Green, supportive and responsible

Gestevert was created in 2009 with a common desire of employees to formalize our approach to sustainable development.

Gestev was has been certified as a responsible event manager by the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ) since 2011. Its BNQ-9700-253 certification is supported by its internal sustainable development program, Gestevert.

Gestev is very proud of this certification, which reflects its commitment to developing, implementing and promoting environmentally and socially responsible practices.

Our commitment

At all our BNQ (9700-253)-classified events, we pursue six sets of objectives:

  • Matières résiduelles

    1. Waste management to reduce the amount of garbage generated

    • 6-stream waste management system (recycling, composting, returnable containers, hazardous wastes, construction materials, garbage);
    • Recover more than 70% of wastes in order to limit the amount of garbage generated per person per day
    • Distribute surplus food to organizations that help people in need
    • Recover coroplast sheets
  • Éducation et sensibilisation

    2. Awareness-raising, education, innovation

    • On-site green squad
    • Training on sustainable development for employees
    • Communication strategy on sustainable initiatives
    • Communications with stakeholders about sustainable development
    • Report on sustainable development
  • Gaz à effet de serre

    3. Greenhouse gas reduction

    • Provide a shuttle service for employees, volunteers and athletes
    • Support car-pooling by employees, volunteers and visitors
    • Provide on-site accommodations for employees
    • Report greenhouse gas emissions generated by employees, volunteers, athletes and visitors
    • Symbolically offset greenhouse gas emissions that cannot be avoided
  • Habitudes de consommation

    4. Responsible energy use

    • At least 80% of suppliers within 300 km of event site
    • Green communication plan
    • At least 80% renewable energy
    • Priority to local products
  • Collectivité

    5. Community involvement and economic efficiency

    • At least 5% of suppliers are non-profits or cooperatives
    • Finance projects in the community
    • Involve large numbers of volunteers
    • Create contract jobs
    • Worldwide media coverage
  • Habitudes de vie

    6. Promotion of healthy lifestyles

    • Organize amateur competitions connected to events
    • Family activities
    • Demos and sport clinics

Awards and distinctions

Our efforts have been rewarded!


Mountain Bike World Championships - Finalist Vivats Recyc-Québec Award

  • Responsible waste management

Velirium – Finalists Vivats Recyc-Québec Award

  • Responsible waste management

Gala Sports Québec - Ski Tour Canada

  • International Event of the Year

Les Vivats - Transat Québec Saint-Malo

  • Vivats Recyc-Québec Award - Management of residual materials

Fidéides - Ski Tour Canada

  • Tourist event of the year

Cycling Canada – Vélirium

  • Builder of the Year

Transat Quebec Saint-Malo

  • Merit Awards from the Quebec Sailing Federation

Cycling Canada – Vélirium

  • Builder of the Year

Quebec Cycling Merit Award, Quebec Cycling Sports Federation – Velirium

  • Distinction Award

Les Vivats (Loto-Québec award for responsible events) – Vélirium

  • Waste matter award (finalist)

Coup d'Éclat! - Velirium Event

  • Raising awareness of sustainable development

Coup d'Éclat award – Vélirium

  • Award for raising awareness about sustainable development.

Les Vivats - Transat Québec Saint-Malo

  • People’s choice award (candidate)
  • Waste matter award (finalist)

Phénix environment award - Baie de Beauport, for driftwood recovery project

  • Environmental achievement / corporate action category (finalist)

Jeunes Philanthropes award - Gestev

  • 2013 Jeunes Philanthropes award

Coup d'Éclat award - Transat Québec Saint-Malo

  • Loto-Québec sponsorship award, grand prize
  • Publicizing responsible actions award