The art of building bridges
Founded in 1987, Transfer Environment and Society (TES) offers a unique and pioneering expertise in multi-stakeholder engagement, consultations, meeting facilitation and community relations. Aimed towards responsible development, the processes recommended by TES allow organizations to meet the high demands of stakeholder engagement and social acceptability. With a team of over 30 full-time professionals, dozens of collaborators and offices throughout Quebec, TES is the largest firm dedicated to environmental communications, public participation, and social acceptability in Canada.
Fostering meaningful conversations between communities and proponents
Our know-how, our vision: everyone wins
Transfer Environment and Society aims to make all stakeholders winners. Over the years, TES has made its mark by rallying organizations and communities towards common objectives. Guided by our values of excellence, integrity, equity and commitment, TES’ expertise and credibility are recognized both by its clients and by the stakeholders who participate in the processes that we create and manage.
In Canada and beyond
We support clients and communities in Quebec and other parts of Canada, including Indigenous nations and communities with whom we have a long and varied history of collaboration. Our staff also has extensive international experience in the following regions: Western Africa, South America, Eastern Europe,Southeast Asia, and Australasia.
Our services are tailored to meet the specific needs of each project to ensure
their social integration:
Engagement, Consultation, and Facilitation
Develop collaborative approaches and act as a facilitating third party during meetings, committees and in resolving disputes.
Advise and accompany towards reconciliation with First People.
Social Risk Analysis
Verify and validate information and assess project social sensitivity and investment opportunities.
Environmental and Social Communication
Prepare, equip and support effective and transparent communication, particularly in the context of the public evaluation and review of projects.
Impact Measurement and Reporting
Measure and report on the performance and monitoring of commitments to communities, investors, and other stakeholders.
Cohabitation and Social Performance
Building team capacity to foster lasting trust-based relationships with communities.
Social Management of Projects and Issues
Social Acceptability and Public Participation
Citizen Participation and Online Engagement
TES helps you foster online engagement and generate meaningful
- Assessing Issues and Needs in an Online Public Consultation Process
- Strategic planning of online public participation
- Choice of digital tools and platforms to achieve your objectives
- Adaptation of tools to the constraints of the public (accessibility)
- Coaching and support for the management of public participation tools
- Coordination and animation of virtual meetings and conferences
- Organization of online open houses
- Setting up a website to centralize communications and keep the public informed
- Monitoring and analysis of concerns on social media, blogs and online media
Animation and Mediation
Social And Environmental Communication Activities
Strategic Studies, Analysis And Monitoring
Knowing the host environment of a project allows you to plan its
integration well. This helps to better understand the community’s
expectations of the proposed project.
- Social profile and social strategy
- Social feasibility studies
- Social opportunity and risk assessment
- 2.0 media monitoring (traditional press and social media)
Corporate Social Responsibility
TES’s trainers help you develop your teams in different areas, such as:
- Social acceptability
- Public participation
- Impact assessment and public review
- Indigenous Relations
- Crisis management
- Communication and media relations
Computer-assisted mapping can be used to illustrate:
- Buffer zones around an industrial or mining site
- The host environment of a project and its different uses
- The distribution of the various elements of the project itself
- The traditional Aboriginal territories in which the project is located
- The different phases of a development
- The results of a participatory mapping workshop with the communit
We support organizations and communities within the context of major projects or ongoing community relations in several sectors and industries:
- Industrial activities such as smelting and metal processing
- Transportation and urban planning
- Sustainable development
- Waste management
Feel free to contact us for any inquiries:
Co-founder and partner at TES
Co-founder and partner at TES, Cédric specializes in the prevention, management and defusing of social conflicts with regards to major project development. As a senior strategic advisor in over a hundred mandates, Cédric is a key actor in all the files he is entrusted with.
He is responsible for the deployment of TES’ mission, which is to put communities and stakeholders at the heart of project development and to engage them in a process that promotes the fostering and preservation of a mutually enriching and beneficial dialogue.
About Cedric Bourgeois
Guy De Granpré
Senior Director of the Mining Sector
Guy De Grandpré is Senior Director, Mining Sector at TES. He has 20 years of experience as a manager in international mining companies, with particular expertise in Country Management, Stakeholder Engagement, Corporate Development and Human Capital Management, mainly in West and Central Africa. Prior to his professional activities in the mining sector, Guy held senior management positions in the financial sector in Quebec, where he was notably Director of Public Affairs for the Confédération des caisses populaires et d’économie Desjardins du Québec and Secretary General of SSQ Financial Group. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from the École nationale d’administration publique and a certificate in Economics and Society from the Institut d’études politiques de Paris.
About Guy De Granpré
Project Director and Montreal Office Manager
Anik is a specialist in communication applied to public participation with solid experience in virtual and traditional engagement strategies. She’s a practitioner of creative and rigorous public participation. Her empathetic leadership makes her a valuable collaborator, particularly in difficult contexts. Anik worked for more than 13 years at the Office de consultation publique de Montréal before joining the ranks of TES. During these years, she assumed operational leadership for more than 90 public consultations. A sociodidact of the digital age, she has been involved in several communities of practice and remains an active collaborator in numerous professional and community networks in digital communications, citizen participation and social innovation. In her practice, she prioritizes flexible and responsive strategic planning that promotes constructive exchanges and adaptability. She is able to quickly summarize the different facets of a problem and clearly determine the criteria and objectives that will guide the decisions to be made. Anik is recognized for the excellence of her strategic vision and her enthusiasm for transforming constraints into opportunities. She understand stakeholder needs, engage them in an iterative process of finding solutions, and then communicate results with empathy.
About Anik Pouliot
Isaac Gauthier is a Project Director at TES’ Montreal office. As a key member of the team for the last five years, he has developed a keen expertise in community relations, Indigenous and public engagement, and the facilitation of multiparty committees, particularly in the
context of resource extraction and development. Isaac holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from McGill University and a Master’s degree in Environment from the Université de Sherbrooke. Perfectly bilingual, Isaac shares his time working on Quebec and Ontario projects.
About Isaac Gauthier
Dominic excels in projects that bring people together. Versatile, attentive and open-minded, he is hardworking and loves new challenges. Dominic has over 15 years of professional experience in international relations, strategic consulting, project management and facilitation. He has worked in different industrial sectors and has lived and worked abroad for more than 10 years. Dominic is also an experienced interpreter, translator and facilitator and speaks 6 languages. Throughout his career, Dominic has led complex transition projects involving multiple geographically and culturally diverse stakeholders, which he continues doing at Transfert. He holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from the Freie Universität Berlin in Germany, a Certificate in European Political Studies from IEP Strasbourg in France and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Université de Montreal in Quebec, Canada.
About Dominic Vézina
Director of Communication
Sophie-Anne, a skilled strategic communications expert, has nearly two decades of solid experience, mainly acquired in the field she’s passionate about: the environment. Her unwavering commitment is to always strive for excellence in order to build a better future for generations to come. Her background includes key roles in crisis and change management, public and government relations, outreach, philanthropy and strategic partnerships. Backed by these rich experiences, she has a solid academic background, including a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Université de Montréal and a Master’s degree in Environment from UQAM. Sophie-Anne is thus an essential figure in the dynamics of environmental transition.
About Sophie-Anne Legendre