Benoît was the co-founder and director of the Centre de recherche sur les innovations sociales (CRISES) from 1986 to 2003. He was the co-founder and co-director of the Alliance de recherche Universités-Communautés (CURA) in social economics from 2000 to 2003. He was the president of the Scientific Committee of CIRIEC international (whose headquarters are located in Liège, Belgium), from 2002 to 2010. He was also the president of CIRIEC-Canada. He is currently a member of several scientific councils. He has published many articles and books, mainly in the domains of economic sociology, Quebec's development model, social economy and social innovation, of companies and of the organization of work.