Evolugen values it partners and seeks to strengthen its knowledge, understanding and sound management practices through collaboration. While we recognize the symbiotic nature of our relationships with our customers, investors, governments and regulators and collaborate regularly with them, it is the communities and Indigenous peoples proximal to our facilities with whom we share a special bond.
Building Trust with our Communities
Build trust as good stewards by proactively engaging with communities to ensure that their interests are appropriately considered in our decision-making.
Being an active member of the communities where we live and work has always been an integral part of who we are. We recognize the role that our facilities played in contributing to the prosperity of local municipalities for generations, and the importance of maintaining this contribution.
Demonstrating our Commitment
Across our business, we look to actively contribute to the environmental, social and economic well-being of the local community.
We do so by:
- Engaging proactively to understand community values and expectations and considering them in our management decisions.
- Providing family-sustaining employment and indirect economic benefits by contracting with local suppliers.
- Directly contributing to specific community projects, non-profit organizations, local tourism, and recreational and educational programs, including during public emergencies and natural disasters.
- Providing recreation opportunities to the community by enabling walking, hiking, camping, swimming, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and snowmobiling in a safe manner.
A Local Community Partner
We actively support and contribute to community organizations where we live and work. We value collaborative projects that benefit the community and also encourage employee volunteerism within our company.
In structuring our community initiatives, we focus our support on specific causes, namely medical health assistance, education, community services, environment, sustainable development as well as during public emergencies, such as natural disasters.
One example of such community partnership is our support and participation in the 24H Tremblant charity relay race, which benefits three organizations supporting children. Since first joining the event in 2006, our employee teams have enthusiastically participated by leveraging their personal and professional networks and by developing creative fundraising ideas like bake-sales and hand-crafted ceramic planters. Through a donation matching program, we have helped raise millions of dollars to support this worthy cause.
Gardening with Youngsters
We’re assisting the Gatineau Social Pediatric Centre by making locally-grown food accessible to the children who visit the Centre. Our focus is on helping these children improve their eating habits while educating them on how their food is grown. Over the summer, employee volunteers maintain a vegetable garden on the terrace of our Gatineau, QC office. Each month, we harvest and deliver this produce to the Centre. We also host workshops for the children to teach them the lifecycle of plants and provide them with information on the nutrients that vegetables need to successfully grow.
Making a Difference Together
To support local community organizations, we organize an annual charitable event, which, with the generosity of many supporters and partners permits us to give back hundreds of thousands each year to multiple organizations in the regions where we live and work. Major donations were made to great organizations like these:
- Women’s shelters in Mississauga, Wawa and Sault Ste. Marie, ON, whom we proudly support to create a world where all families lead safe, happy and healthy lives.
- Powell River Food Bank, with whom we partner to eliminate hunger by providing food for families in the community.
Creating Urban Green Spaces
Several employees rolled up their sleeves earlier this year to plant trees at Le Gîte Ami, a local homeless shelter in Gatineau, QC. This initiative is part of a greening project launched by the Regional Council for the Environment and Sustainable Development in the Outaouais (CREDDO) to counter urban heat and help the city adapt to climate change. As a proud partner of this project, our employees’ involvement was key to its success.