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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 here... or Quebec government's press release (in French only) here...


New issue of Stimulus, Umalia's newsletter.

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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” here...


New issue of Stimulus, Umalia's newsletter.

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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 here... (in French)


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

Read our Stimulus Summer newsletter 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.
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Shared Value Initiative applauds Shared Value Lab hosted by Umalia and strategic partner Cohesion Strategies

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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.

This partnership aims to increase production capacity and income of women members of a soap production cooperative in Senegal. See the press release here or in PDF format here.



Lucie Bourgeois, President of Umalia, discusses leadership

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. The video can be accessed through Papillon MDC’s website, under ‘Seven Inspiring Leaders’ here



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.



Launch of Stimulus, Umalia's newsletter.

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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.



Conference: «Creating shared value through partnerships : how corporate value chains can create business and social value.”

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...

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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…



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.


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…




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...



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 …



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. Umalia est composée de …



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’



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…