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Many Honours for Alan DeSousa and the Borough of Saint-Laurent

June 4, 2014

Saint-Laurent, June 4, 2014 - Saint-Laurent Mayor Alan DeSousa was in the spotlight on June 2-3 in receiving two prestigious awards for his commitment to the sustainable development of Montréal and the borough of Saint-Laurent. On June 2, he also accepted an award on behalf of the Borough, for Bibliothèque du Boisé.

Alan DeSousa hailed as a leader in sustainable development

On June 2, at the Annual Conference and Trade Show of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) held in Ontario, Mayor DeSousa was presented with a Green Champion Award for 2014, in the individual category, for his leadership, his innovativeness and his outstanding commitment in implementing measures geared toward sustainable development within his municipality.

And at its annual conference held June 2-4, the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) also rewarded Mayor DeSousa for his outstanding leadership in the Public Sector category. The award highlights his major contribution to the CaGBC's mission and to its objective of promoting sustainable development in Canada. 

"It is with great pride that I am receiving such recognition from my peers, nation-wide, for my involvement with the various authorities governing the island of Montréal and its agglomeration. My heartfelt commitment toward sustainable development for the past 24 years has enabled me, I believe, to initiate a major paradigm shift among the decision-makers as well as among the population in general. For sure, this encourages me to continue implementing exemplary practices and carrying out various projects right within our own Administration and our own community," stated Mayor DeSousa in accepting the award.

More honours for Bibliothèque du Boisé

At the same event, the CaGBC and SAB Magazine awarded the Canadian Green Building Award for 2014 to Bibliothèque du Boisé for the excellence of the design, architecture and technical innovation of this municipal building.

"The award presented to the library eloquently confirms that municipal administrations are able to demonstrate austerity and innovation. Providing an environment of outstanding quality, the Bibliothèque du Boisé has been enjoying phenomenal success since it opened barely 10 months ago. We are proud to have created a new cultural and community centre that is well appreciated by residents, while keeping on track with our sustainable development objectives for the project," explained the Mayor of Saint-Laurent.

These honours are some of the numerous awards received by the Borough and Mayor DeSousa over recent years for various projects relating to sustainable development.

Biography of Saint-Laurent Mayor Alan DeSousa

Through his long involvement with authorities governing the island of Montréal and its agglomeration as well as his heartfelt commitment to sustainable development, Alan DeSousa has ensured genuine coherence among them and has spearheaded, alone, a major paradigm shift among the decision-makers as well as among the population in general.

Mayor of Saint-Laurent since 2002, he was elected to Saint-Laurent's Council in 1990. He was also a member of Montréal's Executive Committee from 2001 to 2012, with Vice-Chairman and sustainable development responsibilities. At the same time, he was—and still is—a member of the Agglomeration Council of the island of Montréal and the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal, which comprises 82 municipalities and 3.7 million residents.

All this has provided him with an opportunity to share his passion for sustainable development and to launch ambitious and innovative plans, initiatives and programs agglomeration-wide, just as in Saint-Laurent, where new environmental commitments were made in 2004, making the Borough one of the "green" leaders in Quebec and, in this way, the first municipal authority in Quebec to be granted ISO 14001 certification.

In addition to all this, Mayor DeSousa has succeeded in winning the support of the Saint-Laurent community, as demonstrated by the 155% increase in recyclable materials collected since 2004 (thanks to his insistence on implementing this collection in all residential buildings), by the Mon école écolo school program, the local transportation plan, the urban forest plan and the 2011-2015 local sustainable development plan, for which most of the objectives have been accomplished. His bylaws on planning parking spaces geared toward sustainable development also form part of his well-recognized initiatives. 

Among his achievements in Montréal (enclosed), he spearheaded Écotech Québec, the clean technology cluster, as well as numerous programs and plans relating to residual materials and sustainable development. He also initiated the inventory of corporate and Montreal community GHG emissions, leading to the adoption of a plan in 2013 for which Saint-Laurent is the only one to have supported all the actions.

Mr. DeSousa's commitment to sustainable development is also reflected in Montréal's contribution to a number of projects financed by the Green Municipal Fund, during his years in office. Since 2002, he has moreover been a guest speaker or panellist at numerous national and international events on this topic. For his achievements often surpassing the initial requirements, Mayor DeSousa certainly ranks among those who have displayed the greatest leadership in sustainable development on Québec's municipal scene in the past 24 years.

List of Sustainable Development Awards Presented to the Borough of Saint-Laurent

To Bibliothèque du Boisé:

  • Award for Excellence from the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (2013)
    - Green Building projects
    - Commercial – Institutional projects
    - Jury Favourite projects
  • Project of the Year of the Project Management Institute (PMI-Montréal) (2013)
  • Canadian Architect magazine's Award of Design Excellence (2010)

To the Borough of Saint-Laurent:

  • Sustainable Communities Award from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), Energy 2014 – Honourable mention: Pilot project on LED lighting along boulevard Alexis-Nihon and boulevard Toupin
  • Grand awards of excellence in transportation from the Association québécoise du transport et des routes (AQTR) 2013, Road safety: Reconfiguration of avenue de Saint-Exupéry
  • Défi sans auto 2013 (car-free challenge): Grand prize winner in the Medium-size Business category for the Greater Montréal area
  • For the project involving new rules and regulations on planning parking spaces geared toward sustainable development :
    - Grand award of excellence in transportation from the Association québécoise du transport et des routes (AQTR) 2012, Sustainable Mobility
    - Ovation Municipal Award from the Union des municipalités du Québec (UMQ) 2013: Environment and sustainable development
    Award of Excellence from the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) (2011)