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From Commitment to Concrete Action
A symposium on communication for a sustainable future


As part of its participation in the 4th edition of the International Conference on Public Policy to be held at Concordia University from June 26 to 28, the SUSTAINABILITY|COMMUNICATION Group will host the symposium ‘Engaging Communication for a Sustainable Future: From Commitment to Concrete Action’. Researchers and experts from several countries will address many of the challenges, pitfalls and perspectives on communication for a sustainable future. Ten presentations will take place during three sessions on June 27, including those of three of its members: Jacques Baronet, Solange Tremblay, organizer of the symposium, and Guy Lachapelle, chief organizer of the 4th edition of the International Conference on Public Policy.

Description and summary of the presentations: Click on each of the program titles here


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Creation of an international research network on environmental communication

Good news for the field of environmental communication, a Study and Research Group on Communication, Environment, Science and Society, created on November 22, 2018 by the Société française des sciences de l'Information et de la Communication will be an official voice to express the deep embedding of environmental communication in society and its links with the scientific field; and to participate formally in the social debate on environmental issues (including sustainability, social responsibility…) and the relationship of humankind with the rest of nature.

An inaugural symposium

With more than forty francophone researchers, this international research network on Communication, Environment, Science and Society officially gets underway by launching its inaugural days on June 17 and 18, 2019, in Aix-en-Provence, France. On the theme 'Relationships, Tensions, Synergies', the symposium intends to initiate reflection on the best forms of contribution the information and communication sciences could bring to the ecological transition. Solange Tremblay will be one of the participants with a presentation entitled Déclaration de responsabilité chez la très grande responsabilité ̶ Le discours accordéon.



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The International Conference on Public Policy to be held in Montréal next June

Our colleague, Guy Lachapelle, is the chief organizer of the 4th edition of the International Conference on Public Policy that will be held for the first time in North America in 2019.

From June 26th to 28th , some 1,500 participants from more than 80 countries are expected at Concordia University in Montreal, to take part in a large program including 13 panels on Sustainable Development, Environment and Policy and two plenary sessions on major global issues: (1) Climate Disorder and Public Policy: Governing in Turbulent Times AND (2) Populism, Parties and Immigration Policy in North America and Europe. The SUSTAINABILITY | COMMUNICATION Group offers its sincerest congratulations for this immense responsibility.



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In the media

Review of the book Développement durable – Une communication qui se démarque in the Revue française des sciences de l’information et de la communication 16, 2019:

« Excellent récapitulatif des enjeux de la communication développement durable tout en ouvrant sur de nouvelles notions … [I]l répond à la fois à la nécessité d’un contenu pratique, immédiatement utilisable en communication et d’une base théorique solide ». É. Vanderlinden


Some others:

Les communicateurs réitèrent leur engagement envers le développement durable
Infopresse, 9 avril 2018

Quebec communicators recommit to sustainable development

Multibriefs, Canadian Public Relations Society, June 27, 2018

Communication et développement durable

Suggestion de lectures, Actualités UQAM, mars 2018


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Becoming a committed citizen

Thérèse Drapeau will participate in the QUINTSUS@7, on the theme 'Becoming a committed citizen', as part of the series of events « À la rencontre des acteurs du changement »: How to transform our individual practices into a collective movement and foster commitment that can transform our society. Friday, May 31, 2019.


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The next generation of professionals is active in Quebec universities


The Simulation of COP 24 in Articulated debates

On January 26, some forty students from HEC Montréal, the University of Montreal, the University of Quebec at Montreal, the University of Laval and Polytechnique Montréal participated in a simulation of COP 24, held at the end of 2018 in Katowice, Poland: an exercise organized by the Humaniterre group of HEC Montréal for a 10th consecutive year. Grouped into teams, their debates focused on the reduction of GHGs due to transport and on the deforestation affecting several areas of the globe − two crucial themes on issues facing humanity in the face of climate change.

The jury was made up of Thérèse Drapeau and Patrick Cigana, Senior Advisor for Sustainable Development at École Polytechnique. Congratulations to all the participants, the best woman speaker, the best male speaker and the teams that stood out!



Best Woman Speaker: Célia Barbotte, HEC Montréal
With the members of the Jury: Patrick Cigana and Thérèse Drapeau





Discussion on the role of communicators

A dynamic new generation of sustainability communication professionals is preparing at the public relations certificate of the Faculty of Continuing Education - Université de Montréal - where the course 'Social Responsibility and Public Relations' familiarizes students with the role of communication in social responsibility and sustainable development. On February 9th, the discussion focused on the responsibilities of communicators in supporting organizations. Solange Tremblay participated.

In class with the teacher, Paule Genest