Roxanne
Gauthier

Project: Evoq Architecture

Roxanne graduated with honors from the School of Architecture at McGill University in 2005. She joined EVOQ Architecture team in 2006 and was named collaborator in 2017. She has practiced in EVOQ’s main areas of expertise of Heritage Conservation and Inuit and First Nations. While recognized for her expertise in planning and project management, she also has strong technical skills as well as extensive design and construction experience. Her exemplary rigor and her sustained involvement in the projects entrusted to her are appreciated by her colleagues and partners. Roxanne stands out with her impressive organizational skills and positive leadership. She is a LEED Green Associate and she established and leads the EVOQ Sustainable Development Committee. The objectives of this committee are to reduce the environmental impact of our operations while supporting our sustained growth and promoting an eco-responsible and innovative professional practice.

MOTIVATION FOR AND COMMITMENT TO CREATING A BETTER AND MORE SUSTAINABLE PLANET 

Climate changes create a myriad of consequences for people living all over the planet, for people living modern lifestyles in urban center as well as for people living traditional lifestyles in remote regions. I observe that, in Montreal and in Canada, climate changes affect negatively human health, threaten biodiversity and harm our infrastructure and buildings. I have the chance to travel in remote northern areas of our country and I also observe that climate changes threaten traditional activities and way of life for Inuit and First Nations. I believe that, as individuals but also as leaders of private corporations, we must commit to pursuing a more sustainable development that will overthrow climate changes. At EVOQ, our architecture practice aims to create the best living and working conditions for people and communities to thrive. However, we must achieve this without impacting negatively the natural environment in which we intervene. We promote a sustainable architecture that conserve and create buildings that respect the historical, cultural and environmental context. We also commit toward improving our firm’s activities positive impact on the environment and on the communities in which we work. I believe that mobilizing our team (composed of more than a hundred passionate professionals) and our diverse partners toward more sustainable professional practices, work methods and lifestyles contributes to creating a more sustainable planet.

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Our project is to reduce the ecological footprint of EVOQ’s activities while supporting its sustainable and agile growth. We will evaluate our current work methods and tools to identify which ones impact negatively the environment. We will then create and implement alternative methods and tools that will improve our ecological footprint as well as contribute to our firm’s sustainability and support a stimulating and healthy work environment for our team. Our project will increase the mobilization, efficiency and satisfaction of our team through their involvement in internal committees mandated to bring about change. EVOQ internal committees are composed of engaged employees from all levels and departments. We have already identified that must review our methods and tools to minimize the use of paper and its archiving. We must also densify our offices spaces to limit our ever-growing space needs by increasing the flexibility of our workspaces and storage areas. Technological and administrative innovations will be crafted and implemented to achieve these objectives. The internal committees will be mobilized to develop new methods and protocols and, then, to communicate, implement and monitor those innovations within our company.