Our News

May 2019

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Refreshing our website to help us exchange important ideas aimed at improving society

Since founding Umalia in 2012, our goal has been to catalyze private sector engagement aiming to resolve social, economic and environmental challenges, while bringing private industry together with other sectors to create a positive impact on both business and society. Our primary emphasis has been on working with companies – both large and small – to show them how they could establish corporate societal engagement projects that can help the world deal with the challenges of safeguarding our environment and alleviating poverty, while at the same time strengthening their company brands, staff morale and bottom lines.

So we are pleased to announce that it has been revamped, primarily with an eye to making these major changes:

  • It is now responsive
  • We have assigned a prominent place on the homepage to our biannual newsletter called Stimulus
  • Under the most recent Stimulus newsletter on our homepage, there is also a box with the headline, “Subscribe to Our Newsletter”

We hope you’ll visit our revamped website regularly, and feel free to contact us at info@umalia.ca

April 16 2019

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Resounding success at the silent auction for Ecole Sainte-Anne-du-Lac on April 10th!

We are very grateful for the energetic engagement and unwavering collaboration of more than 25 volunteers and 8 organizations from all sectors (businesses, NGOs, school), including Umalia, with whom we managed to raise more than $ 13,600 at our silent auction, which brought together more than 150 participants. A short documentary by filmmaker Olivier Côté, made in 2014 when he was only 16, was also screened to show the genesis of this magnificent education triad in Sô-Ava, Benin.

We thank all our colleagues, clients, friends, families, volunteers and partners for deciding to take this adventure boat with us for the benefit of the children of Sô-Ava.

With a lot of gratitude from the bottom of my heart!

March 2019

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Invitation to join us on April 10 for the Festival International Vues d’Afrique

Join us on April 10th for a citizen and corporate initiative bringing together hundreds of people from Canada and Benin for the benefit of education!

March 2019

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Launch of the Morocco project led by Technologies Ecofixe with Umalia as a partner, sponsored by the Programme de Coopération Climatique International

It is a great pleasure for Umalia to be part of this partnership led by Ecofixe Technologies, where technological, social and systemic innovations coexist for the benefit of the people of Morocco in a context of multisectoral partnership and sustainable development. Congratulations to all partners and thank you to the welcome given by all Moroccan, Quebec and Canadian structures!

March 2019

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Ecole Sainte-Anne-du-Lac:

Rencontrez les trois partenaires entreprises qui contribuent à rendre le rêve une réalité! ecolesainteannedulac.wordpress.com/120-2/
(cliquez dans le sous-menu pour plus d'information)

March 2019

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Umalia President Lucie Bourgeois gave a talk titled, Climat’Eau: Fighting the effects of climate change through a multisector systemic partnership, on March 26, 2019, at Americana, an environmental forum and international trade show for environmental technologies.

The event, held at the Montréal Convention Center (Québec, Canada), was an opportunity to hear first-hand of Lucie's experiences.

March 2019

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The Employer Brand

Our partner, BrandBourg, discusses the employer brand and makes reference to a discussion with Umalia President, Lucie Bourgeois, on how purpose can be a formidable lever for attraction and engagement for employers, while enabling societal impact.

February 25, 2019

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Looking for inspiring organizations and leaders

Lucie Bourgeois, President of Umalia, discusses concrete and diversified examples of engaged businesses and leaders as well as her core beliefs around corporate societal engagement. She renews Umalia’s optimism regarding the power of engagement of these businesses to create sustainable positive change for tomorrow’s society.

April 7, 2018

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Article Les Affaires Décathlon

Nicolas Roucou, CEO of Décathlon Canada, is interviewed by Diane Bérard, from Les Affaires, on Décahtlon’s entry into the Canadian market and on the importance of societal impact (in French)

February 2018

Forum Conference Board Vancouver

Umalia leads Innovation Lab in Vancouver, in collaboration with The Conference Board of Canada, where businesses from several sectors explore global megatrends and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to create economic, social and environmental transformational change. Present at the lab were Port of Vancouver, Telus, Center for Social Innovation and British Colombia Lottery Commission.

February 1, 2018

Ontario Processing Vegetable Industry Conference

Lucie Bourgeois, Umalia President, presents a talk during the annual conference of the Ontario Processing Vegetable Industry organization to discuss corporate social responsibility and the notion of creating shared value.

December 16, 2017

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Article Les Affaires Neil Gaught

Our partner, Neil Gaught, in Montreal for Umalia’s 5th anniversary, is interviewed by Diane Bérard, from Les Affaires, on the notion of a ‘core idea’ (in French)

November 2017

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“Corporate partnership empowers youth to claim their future”

An article from Crossroads International about a multisector partnership conceived and implemented with the support of Umalia for the benefit of Senegalese women soap producers

September 7, 2017

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Quebec government awards $771,715 grant to Umalia, Technologies Ecofixe, Université Laval, and their partners in Benin for ground-breaking water treatment project

Read Umalia's news release or Quebec government's press release (in French only)

May 10, 2017

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Forum Conference Board Toronto

Umalia leads Innovation Lab in Toronto, in collaboration with The Conference Board of Canada, where businesses from several sectors explore global megatrends and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to create economic, social and environmental transformational change. Present at the lab were CN, CPA, Rogers, Fiera Capital, KPMG, Telus and Intact.

May 2017

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Lucie Bourgeois, Umalia president, meets with members of the Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Laval, during their Business Leaders Series, in order to exchange on the notion of giving back and on philanthropic practices of entrepreneurs.

April 26, 2017

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Colloque Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Laval

Lucie Bourgeois, Umalia president, was invited during the Sustainability Conference of the Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Laval to present the notion of corporate societal engagement and to discuss the creating shared value approach.

April 2017

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The Brébeuf College from Montreal invited Lucie Bourgeois, Umalia President, during their annual Sustainability Conference, to discuss the role of private sector relating to sustainability and to talk about a case study of a shared value partnership on the adaptation of climate change.

April 2017

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Umalia’s president, Lucie Bourgeois, discussed the notion of corporate societal engagement during the Forum Stratégie Innovation

January 2017

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Le Détaillant Article CQCD

Lucie Bourgeois, from Umalia, and Corinne Adam from Corinne Adam Services-Conseils publish an article in Le Détaillant, the Conseil Québécois du Commerce de Détail’s publication on « Le défi des surplus de marchandises dans l’industrie du vêtement » (in French) – PDF

November 2016

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Radio interview and feature on the partnership created for Green Beaver and Crossroads International

Interview conducted by Francis Labbé for Radio-Canada on the partnership conceived and implemented by Umalia for Crossroads International and Green Beaver. [ go to min 36:55 sec ] – (in French)

November 21, 2016

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Article on Radio-Canada

The partnership designed and implemented by Umalia for Crossroads International and green Beaver bears its fruits! (in French)

November 2016

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Lucie Bourgeois, president of Umalia, is a speaker at the Pharmaceutical Marketing Club of Quebec to discuss: “Purpose and Profit: Achieving the Unthinkable”

June 14, 2016

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News from a partnership made possible by Umalia

Read the article from Crossroads International entitled “A Productive Exchange Between Women from Senegal and Canadian Entrepreneurs”

June 2, 2016

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Interview with Radio-Canada International (in French)

Umalia’s president was interviewed by Raymond Desmarteau from Radio-Canada International about the company and its mission.

Read more about it and listen to the interview at the bottom of the page

may 13, 2016

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Change management essential to CSR initiatives & shared value partnerships: real cases of companies & nonprofits creating business and societal value

Read our Stimulus article to better understand how a rigorous approach to change management ensures the sustainability of Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives and Shared Value partnerships. Find out how real companies and nonprofits organizations, of all sizes and industries, are creating significant value for their business and for the communities they support.

March 23, 2016

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Shared Value Initiative applauds Shared Value Lab hosted by Umalia and strategic partner Cohesion Strategies

How might we catalyze shared value thinking in companies? The Consulting Affiliate Network is a key component of how the Shared Value Initiative thinks about influencing companies and helping them on their journeys toward creating and scaling shared value.

Read the full article

March 16, 2016

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Launch of a new partnership developed by Umalia for Crossroads International, a Canadian Non-Governmental Organization, with private sector companies Green Beaver and Papillon MDC.

Crossroads International, Green Beaver and Papillon MDC are proud to announce a private sector partnership that will increase the productive capacity and ultimately incomes for a women run soap making business in Senegal.

Download the Press Release (PDF)

February 23, 2016

"Interview with Seven Leaders"
Lucie Bourgeois, President of Umalia, discusses leadership
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Lucie is featured with seven business leaders speaking about leadership. Papillon MDC, a state of the art leadership development firm serving industry leaders worldwide, set out to discover what makes leaders inspiring and great at their work and selected Umalia’s president to discuss her own journey.

February 19, 2016

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Innovating through Shared Value partnerships - five leading companies explore the potential

Umalia and Cohesion Strategies, an expert consulting firm in brand strategy, jointly held the first Shared Value Lab in Montreal. These two companies chose to collaborate and thus demonstrate the essence of this approach focused on creating business and societal value, at the heart of which partnerships are a lever for creating business benefits and positive social impact.

The Shared Value approach, developed by Michael Porter of the University of Harvard and Mark Kramer, stands out from other corporate social responsibility approaches in that it sees societal challenges are a source of innovation for businesses which can enhance the competitiveness and differentiation of the company while simultaneously advancing the economic and societal conditions for sustainable progress.

It is thus using the heart of the business, its strategies, products, services, to create economic and societal impact.

Fifteen executives from five Canadian firms, from different sectors and industries, were present and highly engaged, i.e. Industrial Alliance, Jefo, Saputo, Shire Canada and Ubisoft. They joined a panel of several high quality international experts, coming from the Center for Business Innovation of the Conference Board of Canada, the Shared Value Initiative and formerly from the IBM Smarter Planet initiative.

During the day rich in mutual reflections and discussions, participants had the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the approach and above all, to explore the potential for their own business. These discussions lead them to identify innovative strategies and concepts, allowing them to position themselves competitively, to address trade issues and to respond positively to the challenges of society, thus identifying the potential for them to become positive agents of change.

It goes without saying that these companies have only begun to explore what could help them grow their business while also creating a stronger society on all levels.

April 10, 2015

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Conference on implementing multisector partnerships intended to simultaneously co-create business and social value, ie shared-value partnerships.

Umalia’s president, Lucie Bourgeois, is invited to give a lecture to private sector executives participating in the Executive MBA program of Concordia University.

October 31, 2014

Conference on implementing multisector partnerships intended to simultaneously co-create business and social value, ie shared-value partnerships.

Lucie Bourgeois, president of Umalia, is invited by the CN Centre for Studies in Sustainable Supply Chain Management from Concordia University in Montreal to hold a conference.

See the invitation (PDF)

October 1, 2014

The partnership formed by Umalia between IMS Brogan and Health Partners International Canada delivers concrete results in the field.

Article published in the Canadian Pharmaceutical Marketing magazine

Read the Article (PDF)

September 18, 2014

Conference (in French):
«Mobiliser efficacement les employés au travers du développement durable» (Effectively engaging employees through sustainable development)

Lucie Bourgeois, president of Umalia, and Irene Wisheu, Principal, Environment Practice are invited to give a conference at the Maison du Développement Durable in Montréal accompanied by Lise Lapointe, president from Terranova Corporation.

July 12, 2014

Umalia supports the implementation of a multisector partnership between the United Nations Development Programme and two private companies (Airtel, Rawbank) in the Democratic Republic of Congo

(Article in French)
Dans le cadre du Projet « Appui aux communautés rurales/ Responsabilité Sociale des Entreprises (RSE) », les entreprises Airtel et Rawbank se sont jointes au Programme des Nations Unies pour le développement (PNUD) pour répondre concrètement aux préoccupations des populations rurales de la RDC.

C’est dans cette optique que le Programme des Nations Unis pour le Développement en appui au gouvernement national à travers le Ministère de l’Industrie, Petites et Moyennes Entreprises, en partenariat avec Airtel et Rawbank a organisé, vendredi 11 Juillet 2014, au cercle Elais de Kinshasa, une rencontre d’échange avec une dizaine d’entreprises du secteur privé.

Read the Full Article

February 10, 2014

Umalia develops a partnership between IMS Brogan and Health Partners International Canada to optimize Physician Travel Pack (PTP) Process through innovative Corporate Social Responsibility initiative

Spending decisions at not-for-profits most often lean toward programming and activities that touch the mission directly. As a result, not-for-profits often end up doing things the same way they have always done them, using dated practices, technologies and tools.


December 18, 2013

Official launch of partnership between UNDP and private sector in the Democratic Republic of Congo, supported by Umalia’s president

(Article in French)
Bukavu, le 18 décembre 2013 : … Le PNUD, Programme des Nations Unies pour le Développement, soutient ce projet en partenariat avec des opérateurs économiques du secteur privé congolais : AIRTEL et RAWBANK et le Gouvernement provincial, ce qui est une première dans cette province …


October 15, 2013

Umalia develops business in Colombia

(Article in French)
Umalia est une firme de consultation en gestion fondée en 2012. Elle aide les entreprises privées et les organismes sans but lucratif à atteindre leurs objectifs d’affaires au travers d’initiatives innovatrices de responsabilité sociale...


September 17, 2013

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Umalia holds a conference in Medellin, Colombia on corporate social responsibility

Lucie Bourgeois, president of Umalia, is invited by la Fundación Solidaria La Visitación and by Proantioquia, to discuss and exchange global views on corporate social responsibility with a hundred participants from diverse sectors including from the private sector, the nonprofit sector, universities and associations. The conference is entitled: "CSR in Canada and abroad: Engaging partnerships for sustainable economic and social transformations"

October 31, 2012

Umalia gives back all over the world

(Newspaper article in French)
"Umalia vit sa propre mission au quotidien en redonnant aux organismes sans but lucratif de façon créative et productive", tel est le leitmotiv de cette jeune entreprise lavalloise qui a vu le jour en février dernier, et qui aide les entreprises à devenir des acteurs de changement