Team
Complementarity, the strength of our team.

Since its creation in 2012, the Umalia team has grown and has been able to gather behind its raison d'être a team rich in experience and perspectives, members of an Advisory Board, and invested and trusted partners.

Our Team

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Lucie Bourgeois

In addition to being the founding President of Umalia, Lucie brings more than 20 years of experience as a senior executive with major Canadian and international multinationals in strategic planning, change management, human resources management and corporate social responsibility. It is over these years and with her in-depth knowledge of organizations that she has developed unique and very pragmatic tools and methodologies to strategize and anchor the societal engagement of companies. She has a sharp expertise in the art of combining the strategic and societal objectives of organizations, as well as a great ability to mobilize and engage the various stakeholders towards a societal and organizational impact.

Lucie holds a master's degree in management from the Hautes Études Commerciales and a bachelor's degree in industrial relations from the Université de Montréal, in addition to being certified in change management and affiliate partner of the Shared Value Initiative network. She has collaborated on numerous projects in North and South America, as well as in Africa. She also sits on the boards of directors of multiple organizations in Canada and internationally, including the Board of Directors of the Fédération Humanité et Inclusion (Lyon, France), and the Leadership Faculty of the Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Institute of the Conference Board of Canada (Ottawa, Canada).

"I deeply believe that when an organization begins to question and act, step by step, on its role as a business within society, these actions become meaningful and impactful both within the organization and within society, creating a virtuous circle that carries all stakeholders."

Lucie Bourgeois
President and Founder
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Dr Irene C. Wisheu, Ph.D

A respected scientist, Irene has dedicated her career to the advancement of knowledge relating to biodiversity and sustainability. She is an experienced researcher who has worked with the scientific community, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and the general public.

Following her studies in Zoology at the University of Alberta, Irene went on to complete a M.Sc. in Plant Ecology and a Ph.D. from the University of Ottawa. She also held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at McGill University and was a visiting scholar at the University of Arizona.

An accomplished writer and international speaker, Irene is a passionate ecologist, and has played an active role in preserving the rare wetland flora that was the object of her studies.

Irene joined Umalia to help build bridges between the corporate world and the scientific community. She is confident that cooperation between businesses and nonprofit organizations will generate a host of innovative and sustainable partnerships that will benefit both business and the environment.

“The planet is important and beautiful and I am encouraged by those trying to make a difference.”

Dr Irene C. Wisheu, Ph.D
Principal
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Marie-José Surpris

With her long track record in the development sector, Marie-José brings to Umalia her experience and vision of the development sector, both in Canada and internationally. She has worked for many non-profit and international cooperation organizations, including Oxfam-Québec and the UN (FAO and UNFPA programs), both in the field and in management positions.

Marie-José has lived in several African countries, including Benin, Madagascar, Cape Verde, Chad, Mauritania and Niger, and has worked in more than a dozen other places around the world.

She excels at coaching individuals to develop the skills needed to ensure that projects run smoothly in the field. Her proven project management skills, creativity and great ability to listen are also useful in establishing partnerships for the benefit of Umalia's clients and societal organizations.

"I am a person of action and adventure who likes to be in the 'doing' ; if you want to see a change you have to take action".

Marie-José Surpris
Principal
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Delphine Orfila

Through her experience of working with senior executives in several geographies, contexts and on different scales, Delphine brings a cross-cultural vision to strategic project management for organizations. She has been in charge of the design and deployment of large executive development programs in the private sector, particularly in the water, energy and waste management sectors in Asia and Europe. She has also been in charge of designing and implementing learning and development strategies in a training organisation and in the NGO sector, both for emergency and development settings.

In her project management, in addition to demonstrating a great deal of creativity and pedagogy, Delphine is committed to bringing together and valuing the diversity of contributions in the service of a common goal. Parallel to her career, Delphine has been involved for several years in the field of fire safety and first responder as a volunteer. She is also involved in personal and associative artistic projects to promote culture and the arts.

“If societal engagement were an art, for me it would be the art of mosaic.”

Delphine Orfila
Consultant Societal Engagement
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Christian-José Surpris-Aho

Christian-Jose comes to Umalia with experience in the Canadian IT field, and the Digital space. With a strong passion for digital media and technologies, he joins the team as a Content Creator and IT Specialist to help Umalia boost it’s digital presence and also overhaul and maintain it’s systems. As part of a younger generation, he also provides a different point of view to the team. With his great capacity for analysis, he knows how to help find solutions that can take into account Umalia's needs and customer perspectives in terms of content.

As a millenial, and having lived in different contexts, Christian-Jose has many concerns, some of which regarding the future, and found hope and motivation in Umalia’s mission to help shape a better and sustainable world.

"I like this motto very much: do today what you will thank yourself for in the future. "

Christian-José Surpris-Aho
Consultant Digital Technologies and Media
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Advisory board

We have formed an Advisory Board made up of high-level professionals from diverse spheres of activity related to our mission. In addition to helping us create and implement our strategic plan, they challenge us in our practices and convictions in order for us to better fulfill our mission

Bruce Good
Vice President, Business Development and Growth, Connective Intelligence Inc.
Martin Lafontaine
Life Science Commercial Leader
Gary Fabian
President, GF Consulting Services
Martin Dufresne
President and Managing Partner, Walter Global Asset Management
Serge Demeule
Consultant
Annie P. Cheung
Former Vice President of IBM & Pitney Bowes Inc.

Our partners

We believe that partnerships with complementary organizations with common values and that share the same vision greatly benefit our clients and increase our impact by enabling us to offer innovative, high-quality solutions.

Corinne Adam Consulting Services
Social Responsibility - Sustainability
Papillon MDC
Leadership development - Coaching
Brandbourg
Marketing - Branding - Design
Ciblexpert
Prospective - Socio-Economic Innovation
Neil Gaught & Associés
Business model transformation SOI®