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Launch of the Interviews Collection

Meet a PR pioneer

The SUSTAINABILITY|COMMUNICATION Group is pleased to release the Interviews Collection, a tribute to the inspiring career of women and men whose contribution helped build and promote a solid corpus of knowledge and skills in PR; and fostered the development of democratic and human values – universal foundation of PR practices. It also expresses the vitality of the increasing interest in the essential role of communicators in the promotion of sustainable development. This collection debutes with a PR pioneer in Quebec, Canada and abroad: Michel Dumas.




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Canadian citizens’ concerns about sustainable development

The first survey revealing Canadian citizens' concerns about SD, conducted across Canada in 2009, is now available in an electronic version. The study, coauthored by Solange Tremblay and Guy Lachapelle, is available with the kind permission of Jean-Marc Léger, founding President of Leger. This analysis originally appeared in the book The Disloyal Company, published by Leger Marketing.



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New civic sociability for the digital age

Issues, challenges & perspectives of the 21st century is the subject of a scientific seminar to be hosted by the Institut des sciences de la communication (ISCC - CNRS /Paris-Sorbonne /UPMC) on November 10 and December 1, 2016, in Paris. Solange Tremblay will give a presentation in the session ‘New Civic Sociability’, sharing her views on corporate discourse about sustainable development in the digital age.

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Journal of Global Responsibility

An article entitled "Sustainable development and social responsibility (SDSR): A longitudinal study of large Canadian companies’ web-based communication practices", was recently published in the Journal of Global Responsibility. The article authored by Jacques Baronet and Solange Tremblay, presents the results of a unique longitudinal study of SDSR communication practices by large firms. Thanks to Thérèse Drapeau for her collaboration and thoughtful advice during this project.














Scientific culture and communication

With more than 350 activities exploring varied scientific fields, including environment and sustainable development, the 24 Hours of Science is now considered the largest scientific culture event in Canada. Held in May 2015 in Montreal, the 10th edition entitled «Shining a light on science» included interactive sessions, lab visits, presentations, science competitions, movies, and more. Since ten years, Thérèse Drapeau leads, as a volunteer, the communication strategy of this annual event and coordinates the efforts of the numerous teams in charge of publicising it throughout Quebec. More


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SD Communications: the long road to responsible communication

Invited to share the results of their most recent research at the Canadian Public Relations Society National Conference, Engagement + Impact, on June 2, Solange Tremblay and Jacques Baronet explained the long road to responsible communications about SD by large organizations and the need for competent communication leadership around these issues. More


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Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014)

Launched in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan, at the World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), the final assessment report on the UN Decade of ESD describes the growth of ESD during the last decade. The contributions of RCE-Montreal, an active member of the Regional Centers of Expertise on Education (RCE) to Sustainable Development Network, figure among the numerous activities held on ESD around the world. Thérèse Drapeau, an active collaborator of RCE-Montreal from 2008 to 2012, notably as a board member, authored its most recent report. More



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Declaration on Biosphere Ethics

The new Declaration on Biosphere Ethics, a commitment in line with the Biosphere Ethics Initiative, launched in 2010 by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, responds to an ethical, scientific and cultural imperative the need to build a relationship connecting humankind with the other parts of the biosphere. Signed by the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle in Paris, the Musées de la civilisation in Quebec City and Montréal Space for Life, the Declaration is the culmination of meetings and workshops held over of two years as part of a Canada-France agreement. Thérèse Drapeau was responsible for the content and design of the Participant Booklet for these consultations. More



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Jean-Guy Vaillancourt


The well-known Quebec sociologist, Jean-Guy Vaillancourt, a pioneer of social ecology in Canada and specialist in sustainable development, passed away recently. Or thoughts are with his family, friends, colleagues, and the large number of students he taught over the years.








Sustainable Development Week - France

During the 2014 annual Sustainable Development Week (Semaine du développement durable), a week-long event held each year in France since 2003, the GRIPIC (CELSA Paris-Sorbonne) organised a seminar on communications and sustainable development. On April 4th, Solange Tremblay presented the latest results of research she has conducted with Jacques Baronet over the last 8 years about the long-term evolution of web-based communication by major Canadian corporations on CSR/Sustainable Development. More info


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Mining Industry and Responsibility

“Mine development: A responsibility for communities, government and industry” was the opening plenary session theme of Québec Mines 2013 Conference on November 13, 2013. Dominique Ferrand highlighted the importance of new communication practices concerning sustainability and the benefits of stakeholders’ involvement in the mining sector. Hosting some 1 900 participants from around the world, the Québec Mines 2013 Conference took place at the Quebec City Convention Center. Program


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Young generation – Tomorrow’s leaders

- The 9th edition of the 2014 24 heures de sciencesEntre art et science, mon cœur balance’’ hosted over 33 000 participants in May 2014. Sponsored by UNESCO, the event enhances dialogue between researchers and the population and promotes scientific careers as well as advanced courses to enrich young students' knowledge about their environment. Sustainable development, climatic changes and biodiversity loss were among the themes presented. Thérèse Drapeau, member of the Organisation Team since the first year of the event, leads the communication strategy each year and the numerous voluntary teams in charge of publicising the event throughout Quebec.


- On February 15, Carole Villeneuve was member of the jury for the 15th edition of the 2014  Délirium durable , at Collège de Rosemont, in Montreal. This collegial competition which promotes the development of new ideas towards sustainable development received over 70 students projects from 16 different collegial institutions in Quebec.


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Sustainable Production and Consumption

A workshop on “Strategic Opportunities for Sustainable Production and Consumption in North America” took place in Washington DC, on December 5, 2013. Organized by the North American Roundtable on Sustainable Production and Consumption (NARSPAC) in cooperation with the Regional Office for North America of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP RONA), this workshop was a sharing and strategy session among stakeholders engaged in advancing sustainable consumption and production (SCP). Participants included US and Canada government representatives, civil society, academia, private sector and international organizations. Solange Tremblay was invited to describe the important role of communications in promoting sustainability’s values.  Agenda


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Natural Resources: dialogue with stakeholders

Dominique Ferrand co-authored L'industrie minière et le développement durable, a working document highlighting the importance of new practices in mining development such as the role of dialogue, transparency and stakeholders involvement in new governance models. Published in 2013, by la Chaire de recherche et d'intervention en éco-conseil de l'Université du Québc à ChicoutimiDocument


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Education and Communication for Sustainable Development

- The Graduate Programme in CSR and Sustainability created at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) in 2009 celebrates its 5th anniversary this year. Co-founded by Solange Tremblay, this short program offered by the Faculty of Communications and the School of Management (ESG UQAM) was the first of its kind in Canada to offer courses given from the double perspective of management and communication. Programme

- Governance, ethical communication, accountability, stakeholders involvement, responsible communications are the main subjects covered by Solange Tremblay, Thérèse Drapeau and Carole Villeneuve in the courses they teach on communication and CSR/Sustainable development issues, at Université du Québec à Montréal and the Université de Sherbrooke.


- Carole Villeneuve acted as a co-moderator at the 3rd edition of a workshop on communication for sustainable development (Université d'hiver de la communication pour le développement durable), organised by the Conseil québécois de la communication pour le développement durable du Réseau des femmes en environnement.  The event took place on March 26, 2014 at the Maison du développement durable in Montréal.

Thérèse Drapeau pursues her collaboration with the Regional Centers of Expertise on Education (RCE) to Sustainable Development Network created in 2004 by the United Nations University (UNU).  The conclusions of the 3rd International RCE of the Americas meeting that took place in Mexico (July 28 to August 1, 2014) were presented  at the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development, in Japan, in November 2014. This World Conference celebrates the transformative power that Education for Sustainable Development has gained throughout the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014) led by UNESCO.


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People and urban wildlife

In November 2013, Thérèse Drapeau organised an international mission on the issues of urban wildlife and people attitudes by inviting Anne-Caroline Prévot-Julliard, a specialist from the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS, Paris, France). In Montréal from November 18 to 22, Mrs Prévot-Julliard focused on the importance of communicating the real issues on these questions by raising public awareness about benefits as well as problems of a shared environment with urban wildlife, explaining her views from a global environmental psychology and sustainable approach. Some 200 people participated in the discussions.







October 2013



World Social Sciences Forum 2013


Academics and researchers from more than 80 countries in Montreal

Social scientists from more than 80 countries shared their most recent research around the theme "Social Transformation and the Digital Age" during the World Social Sciences Forum, in Montreal, October 13 t0 15.  At the invitation of the International Social Science Council, over 750 experts from all spheres of social sciences gathered to debate topics of world significance, such as social movements and activism, sustainability, privacy and security, democracy, social media, ethics, governance, digitization of medicine, hacking and gaming.


Guy Lachapelle, Secretary General of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) and professor in the Department of Political Science at Concordia University, led the organization of this second edition in Montreal.

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Communication and Sustainability

Sustainable Development in the Digital Era

As part of the World Forum, the SUSTAINABILITY|COMMUNICATION Group hosted the workshop «Communication du développement durable :  opportunités et tensions à l’ère numérique».  Researchers from Université Paris-Sorbonne (Celsa), Université Aix-Marseille, Sherbrooke University, Université du Québec à Montréal and from the United Nations Environment Programme presented recent research results and shared views. Animated by Thérèse Drapeau, the workshop took place on Sunday October 13, 2013.

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Céline Pascual Espuny (Université Aix-Marseille), Thérèse Drapeau (SUSTAINABILITY|COMMUNICATION Group), Nicole D'Almeida (Université Paris-Sorbonne, Celsa) and Solange Tremblay (SUSTAINABILITY|COMMUNICATION Group). Missing in photo :  Fabienne Pierre (United Nations Environment Programme) and Jacques Baronet (Sherbrooke University).


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Communication and corporate social responsibility

Corporate discourses on sustainability

How does corporate discourse on sustainability evolve on these new platforms? A real added-value or just a passing fad? On October 13, Solange Tremblay and Jacques Baronet shared the conclusions of their latest research about web-based communication answering the question ‘Is sustainable development the new most important corporate value?'

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Special Session on consumption and production towards sustainability

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

The SUSTAINABLITY|COMMUNICATION Group coordinated the UNEP special session ‘Transforming consumption and production patterns towards sustainability: the role of social sciences’, at  the World Social Sciences Forum. This session was  facilitated by Thérèse Drapeau, on Monday, October 14.  Solange Tremblay and Guy Lachapelle shared views in a presentation titled « Understanding sustainable lifestyles worldwide and in North America», based on their participation in the North American component of the Global Survey for Sustainable Lifestyles conducted by the UNEP : this was the first world-wide survey on this subject targeting young adults (2009-2011).

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Jeffrey Barber (Integrative Strategies Forum, USA), Fabienne Pierre (United Nations Environment Programme - 10YFP Secretariat), Solange Tremblay and Thérèse Drapeau (SUSTAINABILITY|COMMUNICATION Group). Missing in photo : Heide Hackmann (Executive Director, International Social Science Council), Guy Lachapelle (Concordia University).






Fall 2012 - Spring 2013



On October 15th and 16th 2012, Dominique Ferrand took part in the first World Aviation Governance Forum , a high-level symposium, bringing together a select group of senior government and business leaders from 84 countries to launch an ongoing assessment of the critical subject of aviation enterprise governance. He talked about links between climate change, aviation and governance issues.