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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 first came to be over 15 years ago while founder Patrick Grégoire was working on a pipeline project in Africa and noticed a gap between operations and management, especially for social and environmental impact management. At the dawn of IT and in the early years of mainstream Corporate Social Responsibility, it seemed like a natural thing to combine the two to bring a software solution. After Boréalis’ official launch in 2004 and through close work with our clients in the field ever since, we noticed that it was not only possible to mitigate impacts of projects: we could turn them into positive impacts on communities, local economies, and the environment.

To this day Boréalis still offers a unique combination of CSR expertise and cutting-edge technology. Our product development team stays on top of new trends and technologies to keep the Boréalis Application sharp, efficient, user-friendly and fast to deploy.

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

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.

Olivier Chaumont

Olivier Chaumont

Account Director

Olivier is a manager, CSR practitioner and analyst with 10+ years experience in corporate sustainability, strategic planning & advisory, software implementation, international business development and land surveying in the private sector. His ability to lead and manage multi-functional teams in developing countries across cultural boundaries has led many infrastructure projects to successful operations and the ability to maintain their social license to operate. Olivier’s solid understanding of CSR international standards for numerous industries (mining, oil & gas, food and beverage processing, transport) helped companies from Latin America, Africa, PNG, Australia, Canada and more. He joined the Boréalis team in 2008 and his strategic and analytical skills have been key to the success of many projects.

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 CSR 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.

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.

Francis Dupont

Francis Dupont

Customer Care Manager

Francis has been the Customer Care Manager for nearly 4 years and makes sure you receive a good service. Over the past 15 years, he has developed a strong expertise in IT. Starting his career as a Developer, he then completed a degree in Geomatics and a Master’s in Business Intelligence. His passion and ability to innovate push him to follow the latest trends in customer experience and to offer a service that’s constantly evolving. Francis can discuss with customers in both French and English, and he also continuously improves his knowledge of Spanish. Outside of work, he loves being on the lake to catch big bass, cooking roasts on the BBQ, and growing beautiful flowers!

Hendrick Hassert

Hendrick Hassert

Business Analyst

Hendrick joined Boréalis in 2011 where he is involved in the design, development and embedding of the company’s software solutions. He’s a passionate communicator, at times inspiring and others creative. Outstanding popularizer, he’s able to describe the most complex subjects with a contagious ease. This allows him to efficiently support his customers in achieving their project goals, which he has been doing successfully for over fifteen years across a variety of business areas. When he’s not busy demystifying intricate matter at work, Hendrick is a music fanatic with great saxophone skills and a sports car enthusiast.

Sabrina Audet

Sabrina Audet

Business Analyst

Sabrina is a Business Analyst who specializes in continuous process improvement. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geomatics from Université de Sherbrooke and has developed both technical and analysis capacities through her work experiences. A member of the Boréalis team for 7 years, her database management knowledge and system administration skills give her the ability to understand customer needs and translate them into functional requirements for technical teams. Sabrina is responsive to customer needs and uses her leadership to carry out her commitments. Outside working hours, Sabrina practices piano and particularly appreciates Chopin’s work. She also loves hiking and bird watching with her husband and 3 children.

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 CSR 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.