Sustainable development

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The Corporation Ski & Golf du Mont-Orford has signed the commitment to sustainable tourism by 2030 in order to demonstrate its desire to improve its performance in terms of sustainable development by 2030.

The United Nations World Tourism Organization defines sustainable tourism as "tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, meeting the needs of visitors, industry, the environment and host communities”.

Thus, each year, the Corporation commits to measuring and improving its performance in terms of sustainability, in particular by continually adjusting its environmental, social and governance practices. Our commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility is rooted in our mission to provide exceptional experiences while preserving our natural environment.

THE 4 PILLARS OF OUR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY

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PILLAR #1

SUSTAINABILITY MANAGEMENT

Each direction and decision is taken by considering our particular structure as a non-profit organization, our positioning in Mont-Orford National Park and the objectives of the Quebec Ministry of Education.

We are committed to :

  • Govern strategically and continue to implement measures to adapt to climate change in order to ensure the sustainability of the company and provide a sustainable and healthy place for future generations
  • Ensure the commitment of our customers, employees and suppliers to all aspects of the Corporation's sustainability, particularly with our sustainable development contracts during events
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PILLAR #2

RESPECT THE ENVIRONMENT

We are actively working to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. This involves identifying and implementing innovative solutions to minimize our environmental impact, whether through energy efficiency, waste management and sustainable mobility.

We are committed to :

  • Facilitate sustainable mobility by offering travel alternatives for our customers and employees, using carpooling initiatives
  • Opt for sustainable energy alternatives when replacing our current installations and equipment, particularly with new snow groomers that emit fewer GHGs
  • Optimize the performance of our snowmaking system to minimize the impact on WATER resources
  • Carry out a characterization of residual materials every 3 years and adapt the procedures in place in order to reduce the quantity of single-use products and optimize the sorting performance of residual materials
  • Educate our employees and our customers on our positioning and our values relating to eco-responsibility by communicating our actions and decisions and by training our employees
  • Improve the eco-responsible performance of our events.
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PILLAR #3

SOCIAL FOOTPRINT

By fostering a corporate culture that values sustainability, we aim to create a positive social footprint and contribute to the well-being of our employees, customers and the local community.

We are committed to :

  • Govern in a transparent, inclusive and socially responsible manner by setting up advisory committees on different projects
  • Ensure and promote diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion within our organization
  • Prioritize partnerships with local businesses, artisans and producers to support the local economy and promote fair trade
  • Recognize the importance of social economy enterprises in meeting the needs of local populations and their contribution to the dynamism of communities from a sustainable development perspective
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PILLAR #4

CULTURAL AND COMMUNITY COMPONENT

The mountain is a place that promotes health in all its dimensions. Culture is also the expression of healthy lifestyle habits and passion. With our ever-developing cultural offerings, Mont-Orford welcomes all types of enthusiasts.

We are committed to :

  • Regularly organize cultural events, such as festivals, concerts and artistic performances, highlighting the cultural diversity of our region. These events are open to both local residents and visitors, promoting cross-cultural exchange
  • Highlight local art through the exhibition of works by regional artists in our facilities and in outdoor galleries to provide increased visibility for local artistic talents
  • Facilitate access to the mountains for youth customers in the MRC Memphrémagog

Awards and Recognition

PRIZE OF EXCELLENCE

ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

We won the Prize for Excellence in Environment and Sustainable Development at the ASSQ! We are very touched to receive this award which recognizes the vision and scope of the work carried out over the past year in the implementation of our sustainable development strategy and the implementation of our first action plan. The Corporation is committed to training employees, educating customers and raising awareness among our partners. Our implemented policies concern the management of residual materials, procurement and eco-responsible events.

PERFORMANCE +

ICI ON RECYCLE

The Mont-Orford Ski and Golf Corporation has received ICI on recycle certification, at Performance + level!

This recognition is the result of the efforts we have put in place for sound management of residual materials. We are the only ski resort in Quebec to hold this high level, we are very proud and grateful.

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Certifications

Certifications and training acquired

ICI on recycle +

Major objective achieved with the mention Performance! We are the only ski resort to have this level and we are very proud. Our entire team was mobilized to seek this certification, which is a guarantee of performance in residual material management.

OSEDD Committed Company

On August 4, 2021, the Corporation Ski & Golf Mont-Orford obtained accreditation as an organization committed to sustainable development.

Leave no trace Canada

Some employees of the Corporation Ski & Golf Mont-Orford received two days of training given by Sans Trace Canada in order to gradually integrate the principles into the company's decisions and strategies.

Quebec foods on the menu

Our Slalom Pub obtained Aliments du Québec recognition on the menu in winter 2024, approving that we source the majority of food from here. We are proud to offer local cuisine!

Sustainable Tourism Quebec

We have joined TDQ, the solidarity and collective movement bringing together organizations and individuals who are mobilizing to help make Quebec a responsible and sustainable destination.

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The ski resort has been rated partially accessible. It is possible to make a reservation with the Fondation des Sports Adaptés for an adapted ski outing. The Foundation's volunteer team supports participants from the beginning to the end of the activity and facilitates movement around the site, both outside and inside the chalet. The leisure support card is also accepted by the resort.

Leave no Trace Canada

In the coming months, the Corporation will raise awareness among its users of the Leave No Trace Canada principles, in particular through the training of our ambassadors during street kitchen Wednesdays and La Flambée des Couleurs. Training coming in spring 2024.

GreenStep

We are proud to begin the process of obtaining sustainable tourism certification issued by GreenStep Solutions Inc., a Canadian organization recognized by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) whose criteria meet the Sustainable Development Goals of the Nations -United.

It is through a regional approach, along with 17 other tourist attractions in the Eastern Townships, that we are committed to raising the bar on our sustainable development actions and strategies.

ACTIONS to come

We recognize that sustainability is an ongoing journey, and we are committed to regularly evaluating our progress, adjusting our practices, and collaborating with our stakeholders to achieve our shared environmental and social responsibility goals. Together, we can build a more sustainable and balanced future for all.

  • Reduce by 10% the use of single-use products related to the consumption of meals and beverages in food courts
  • Reduce by 95% the use of #6 plastics and replace packaging destined for landfill with recyclable or compostable alternatives
  • Improve sorting equipment for the collection of organic materials in areas where they are not yet present

Summary of concrete actions implemented

Eco-responsible policy

Residual materials

Social and Cultural

Democratize access to the mountains

Application of the 3 Rs

Reduction, recycling, revaluation

Communication plan