In 2017, Luckner Thermonvil and its partners set up another project called ABEPOG (ASSOCIATION OF BLACK ENTREPRENEURS & PROFESSIONALS OF OTTAWA-
GATINEAU or in French Association des Entrepreneur.es et Professionnel.le.s Noir.es d ‘Ottawa Gatineau).
It is a community-based, non-profit organization run by a local board of directors. Established under the Canada Corporations Act (RSC 1970, C-32), the Society is made up of young black professionals concerned with promoting entrepreneurship and the search for economic opportunities beneficial to members of the black community from Ottawa- Gatineau. The company’s financial support is achieved through a partnership with local businesses, the private sector, the religious community, black professionals and governments. For 4 years of its existence, ABEPOG has been committed to encouraging the black presence in the business world in the national capital region. ABEPOG has proven itself in a wide range of business sectors including social and economic development, technology, the individual economy and the cultural sector.
ABEPOG is dedicated to institutional development projects with the goal of making public and private institutions more open, accessible, inclusive and responsive to the diverse black communities of the Ottawa-Gatineau region. Luc Thermonvil had the idea of creating ABEPOG in order to meet mainly the unique needs of black businesses in Ottawa-Gatineau.