Collaboration is the starting point of our management philosophy, which is based on our vision of sustainable local economic development. We value local partnerships, both across the many study phases and in the eventual implementation of the project. We act in coherence with the community and with the common good in mind. These conditions are fundamental to our success.

We pay particular attention to the creation and maintenance of benefits to the community of Bécancour and Quebec as a whole, while minimizing the environmental footprint of the project. We also operate in a transparent and inclusive manner.

We are implementing a proactive and thorough system for public engagement. This will ensure the general public and the local community have access to pertinent and relevant information, gain a global understanding of the project, and have opportunity to express their concerns and obtain clear answers in a timely fashion.


In 2016 and 2017, SIM completed studies covering the economic feasibility of the Bécancour HBI project, as well as its environmental and social impact, and preservation and protection methods.

Commencing in 2017, SIM will conduct public-information sessions and continue to actively progress the local environmental and social approval processes. During these processes, the results of our studies will be shared with local stakeholders, SIM’s overall plan of action will be presented, and there will be opportunities for question and answer exchanges.

SIM is vitally aware of its responsibilities to local stakeholders, and totally committed to making the Bécancour HBI project a model of success on all important fronts — environmental, social and economic.

We encourage you to explore the links below (available soon), to the studies conducted by SIM and its experts to date in the development of the Bécancour HBI project.

Below are the studies conducted to date in the development of the project:

  1. Project Notice, submitted to the Ministre du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques du Québec, May 2015
  2. Summary of the Economic Pre-Feasibility Study, Prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers, January 2016
  3. Summary of the Environmental Impact Assessment, Prepared by WSP, March 2017