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Boréalis is active on all 5 continents and counts numerous local partners around the world.

About us

WHO WE ARE

Boréalis helps organizations to manage key stakeholders and secure their support to ensure the success of their projects. Our powerful collaboration software allows any project team to implement effective stakeholder engagement plans and mitigate project risks by making it easy to map and prioritize complex stakeholder relationships, record and monitor all engagements, issues, commitments and grievances, and more. It also assists managers in their engagement strategy by providing insightful analysis, including numerous leading performance indicators and trends on emerging issues.

WHAT WE DO

We build software that help companies manage the data generated by their stakeholder engagement activities in a unified multi-user database. Users can access from any web browser up-to-date information in real-time, no matter where they are. We built a powerful Analytics tool, which enables you to extract very specific information against precise indicators and criteria. There’s also the integration of GIS & mapping that allows you to geo-localize assets, individuals and events, giving you a spatial understanding of a project’s issues. In a nutshell, the Boréalis Application gives meaning to your data.

Our expertise isn’t limited to stakeholder engagement: we’re also experts in data management for land acquisition, socio-economic contributions, local content, governance, compliance and environmental/social impact assessment.

WHY BORÉALIS

Here are some reasons why our clients choose Boréalis:

– Put your engagement plan into action
– Quicker land acquisition
– Meet lenders requirements
– Comply with international best practices (IFC, ISO 26000, Equator Principles, GRI)
– Demonstrate compliance and be ready for audit
– Gain and maintain social license to operate
– Align, monitor and report processes on multiple sites
– Identify and centralize important stakeholders
– Reduce time reporting
– Rely on accurate information
– Optimize your social performance/community relations team’s activities

Meet the team

Our experts

Francis Dupont

Francis Dupont

Account Director

Francis has developed extensive worldwide expertise in stakeholder engagement information management and systems implementation over the last 7 years at Boréalis. After 6 years as the Manager of the Customer Care team, he decided to take on a new challenge as an Account Director. Francis started his career 20 years ago as a Developer, to then complete a degree in geographic information systems (GIS) and a Master’s in Business Intelligence. His complex problem-solving skills and willingness of always improving things contributed to deepen his knowledge and expertise. Francis can discuss with you in French or English. Outside of work, he loves being on the lake to catch big bass, cooking on the BBQ, and growing beautiful flowers!

François Robichaud

François Robichaud

Account Director

François compiles nearly 10 years of worldwide experience implementing complex CSR and environment solutions on large infrastructure projects across various industries (mining, pipeline, plant sites, oil & gas and petrochemical). His social performance expertise includes providing guidance to management teams on change management processes. François has extensive experience in stakeholder engagement, strategic social investment, grievance management, resettlement and livelihood restoration, socio-economic surveys, environmental monitoring, and biodiversity. He joined the Boréalis team in 2009, where he’s successfully contributed to projects around the world in both developed and developing countries. His combination of human relations skills, management experience and technical competencies makes him a multi-disciplinary actor in any project.

Louis R. Lieutenant

Louis R. Lieutenant

Account Director

Louis specializes in Corporate Social Responsibility data management and delivery of quality solutions. He is Account Director for Africa and has important experience as a consultant working on several extractive projects, more specifically in Africa, Australia and Canada. With strong focus on delivering results and transfer of know-how, Louis has developed a strong expertise with community relations’ management, land access and shared value. He’s been with the Boréalis team since 2008 and contributed to the success of several projects that apply international CSR best practice and standards.

Patrick Grégoire

Patrick Grégoire

President

While working on a major pipeline in 1998 Patrick had the creative epiphany which led to the establishment of Boréalis. Companies were just starting to consider community and social risk as part of the execution of their projects - and the implementation of international social impact programs was still in its nascent stage. Six years later, Boréalis was born and rapidly grew into a leader in the Social Performance marketplace. Implementation of the Boréalis solution with global players in the natural resources arena validated Patrick's vision for success. For the past two decades, he has continued his leadership role in major infrastructure initiatives around the world - including pipelines, transmission lines, hydro-power, mines, oil fields, wind power, roads, port, and railway projects.

Raymond Marcoux

Raymond Marcoux

Vice-President, Business Development

Raymond is a business development professional in many industrial and infrastructure business segments. He has many years of experience in operations management and project development with international engineering-construction firms, more specifically for mining and metals, forestry products, biopharmaceuticals, and ports sectors. Raymond’s background brings an excellent complementarity to Boréalis’ team with his in-depth knowledge of developing major projects in North and Latin America, in Africa, in the Middle East, in Australia, in Asia and in Europe. His roadmap includes winning important projects on behalf of global clients. Stakeholder engagement has been crucial for each one of his achievements, including in managing major client accounts. He joined the team in early 2017.

Customer Care

Caroline Rivest

Caroline Rivest

Business Analyst

Caroline has been working at Boréalis since 2011 where she acts as a project manager, trainer and anything that has to do with customer service. She’s evolving in an environment where performance requirements are high and where she must find simple solutions to complex issues. The combination of her expertise in geomatics with her international experience makes it easier for her to understand the challenges of stakeholder engagement.

Karine Côté

Karine Côté

Business Analyst

Karine is a Business Analyst who specializes in Corporate Social Responsibility and strategic decision-making. She holds a Master’s in Business Administration and has worked around the globe in the past years. When facing challenges, she likes to "Keep it simple," as it is often the best way to find solutions to complex situations. Her knowledge of socioeconomic contexts in which clients are evolving in is a useful strength when it comes to put in place adapted business processes. When not at work, she enjoys being outside gardening, biking and rock climbing.

Laura Portelance Jouvert

Laura Portelance Jouvert

Business Analyst

Laura is a Business Analyst who specializes in the continuous improvement of processes. She holds a Master’s in Geomatics from Université de Sherbrooke, where she was able to develop technical and analysis skills through many years’ work. Laura’s experience in data modeling and system management equips her with the ability to understand our clients’ needs and to transform them into functional requirements for technical teams. On the weekends, she likes to keep busy with Spanish and singing classes, and also enjoys knitting for the cold winter days.

Nadine Lessard

Nadine Lessard

Customer Care Manager

Nadine is a HEC Montréal graduate with more than 8 years in the digital industry. She has successfully guided many national and international clients in their strategic decision-making. “Every issue has a solution” defines her approach to the corporate challenges she faces with clients. Her project management expertise makes her an important ally when aiming to achieve business objectives. In her spare time, she enjoys manual work, whether it’s with a new renovations project, gardening, or playing with her dogs.

Product development

Carl Perreault

Carl Perreault

Team Lead

Carl is Team Leader of the Product Development team at Boréalis, which he joined in 2012 as a Developer. Before joining the company, Carl was developing software to improve productivity and processes, in addition to reduce costs of operations, for large companies in the pulp and paper industry. He’s been the President of the Executive Board of 2 local NGOs for the last 15 years. When he’s not brainstorming with his team on a breakthrough for new features on the Boréalis Application, Carl is a fervent fan of his daughters’ figure skating.

Mathieu Bouchard

Mathieu Bouchard

Team Lead, Data Science

Mathieu is Team Leader of the data science team at Boréalis. He holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics and recently joined Boréalis to leverage his expertise in artificial intelligence and mathematical optimization. His team's work allows our customers to exploit the full potential of their data and automates several tasks in Boréalis tools. He previously led the development of a physician scheduling optimization and was an optimization specialist for the NSERC Strategic Research Network on Value Chain Optimization.

Philippe Grégoire

Philippe Grégoire

Team Lead

Philippe is a Development Team Lead at Boréalis. He’s been with the company since 2006 and his contribution brought success to several extractive projects, more specifically in Australia and Africa. He’s always had great interest in developing quality software tailored to user’s needs, which got him his position as a Team Lead in 2010.

Executive team

André L’Espérance

André L’Espérance

Member of the Board

André L’Espérance climbed from intern at Samson Bélair and Associates to become partner within 3 years. After becoming CEO of Industries Lionel Limited, he took over partnership of a subsidury and grew the company to be a major competitor in its market. He later became president of Dettson Group Inc with several factories in Eastern Canada. Currently president of Pal+ Inc., Chairman and CEO of Orford Express, Escapades Memphremagog, Auberge 4 Seasons, and Bistro 4 Seasons in addition to his interest in Boréalis.

Christian De Grâce

Christian De Grâce

Managing Director

Christian De Grâce started from his basement Electronics company to becoming a shareholder in BHM Medical Inc., growing the company from a start-up to a globally renowned manufacturer. Through his experience he has extensive knowledge in business development, international markets and has been involved in M&A, business recovery and mentoring. He sits on various boards of Directors in addition to active involvement with Borealis.

Patrick Grégoire

Patrick Grégoire

President

While working on a major pipeline in 1998 Patrick had the creative epiphany which led to the establishment of Boréalis. Companies were just starting to consider community and social risk as part of the execution of their projects - and the implementation of international social impact programs was still in its nascent stage. Six years later, Boréalis was born and rapidly grew into a leader in the Social Performance marketplace. Implementation of the Boréalis solution with global players in the natural resources arena validated Patrick's vision for success. For the past two decades, he has continued his leadership role in major infrastructure initiatives around the world - including pipelines, transmission lines, hydro-power, mines, oil fields, wind power, roads, port, and railway projects.