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What if public relations was your gateway to the world?

Founded in Montreal in 2010, Zone franche helps its clients build strong relationships with all who matter to them. The keys that open the door onto the world: create relationships, initiate conversations and share captivating stories.

Recognized on numerous occasions for delivering award-winning campaigns, the agency continues to offer its clients strategies that differ from traditional approaches, generating visibility and credibility.

Zone franche provides services to a wide range of companies and organizations in areas as diverse as education, energy, new technologies, health, real estate, transport, telecommunications, financial services and Insurance. The agency supports its clients’ public relations efforts across Canada and in France.

Fields of expertise

Corporate communication
Influencer communication
Internal communication
Social media communication
Product communication
Issues management
Public affairs
Coaching and training


Communication plan
Strategic counsel
Audit (research, surveys, focus groups)
Speech writing
Media relations
Social media strategy
Influencer relations
Event planning
Product/campaign launches
Media monitoring


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December 19, 2020

To be 10 years old in 2020. Or the survivor guilt syndrome.

Marie-Françoise Hervieu, President and founder

Last September, Zone franche turned 10 years old. We had started planning a celebration at the beginning of the year, but due to the pandemic, it did not take place.


November 2020

Four New Team Members at Zone franche

Zone franche is pleased to announce the promotions of Marion Urso to account director and Raphael Rochette to consultant, as well as the appointments of Rose-Marie Ménard and Sarah Hind Cheriet as coordinators.


September10, 2020

Outsourcing or internalizing your communication: a question of balance

In an increasingly complex world, the communication professions, like most other fields, now require a wide range of skills, each more specialised than the last.


July 22, 2019

Zone Franche Welcomes Four New Team Members

The public relations agency Zone franche is pleased to welcome four new members to its team, Ludivine Félix as Account Director, Raphaël Rochette and Élodie Minguet-Mei as Coordinators, and Francine Gnago as Accounting Technician.


May 30, 2019

Foreign companies succeed in Canada when they lock down an effective public relations strategy

Businesses that choose Canada as their port of entry to North America would do well to take an effective approach to public relations that is tailored to their target market.


May 6, 2019


The Montreal-based public relations agency Zone franche announced today its alliance with 3AW, an international network of independent communication agencies.


November 12, 2018

Matthieu Sauvé set to retire in spring 2019 and 
Marie-Hélène d’Entremont-Sauvé named general director

Zone franche is proud to welcome new vice-president Louis Beauchamp into its ranks. His arrival coincides with the retirement of founding agency managing partner Matthieu Sauvé.


July 6, 2017

Canada’s 150th: Bombardier Celebrates Canadian Innovation

Bombardier celebrated Canada's 150th anniversary by honouring several Canadian innovations in a video broadcast in French and English on Canada Day on Facebook.


October 24, 2016

Marie-Hélène d’Entremont-Sauvé named managing director
of Zone franche in Montréal

Zone franche management is pleased to announce the appointment of Marie-Hélène d'Entremont-Sauvé as the agency’s managing director.


October 14, 2016

A New Arrival at Zone franche!

Public relations agency Zone franche is pleased to welcome Morgane Lopez to its staff as a coordinator.


August 30, 2016

Two promotions at Zone franche

The public relations agency Zone franche is proud to announce that Justine Plourde and Éliane Légaré were appointed consultants, an initiative that reflects their important contribution to the ongoing success of the agency since their arrival in 2013 and in 2014, respectively.


April 25, 2016

Strong growth at Zone franche since the beginning of the year: two new hires and a promotion

Having hired two consultants in February, the PR agency Zone franche is proud to announce the arrival of Chloé Lebouc as a consultant and Valéry Chartrand as a coordinator, as well as Ariane St-Pierre’s promotion to junior consultant.


March 17, 2016

Zone franche announces two nominations and two promotions

The public relations agency Zone franche is pleased to announce the arrival of Patrick Préville as Senior Consultant and Ariane St-Pierre as coordinator.


October 23, 2015

Latest News from Zone franche

Zone Franche is pleased to announce the appointment of Louise Lavoie (ex-National).


March 27, 2014

Latest News from Zone franche

Zone franche welcomes Marcello Barsalou and Justine Gagnepain.


September 10, 2013

Justine Plourde appointed junior advisor at Zone franche

Zone franche is pleased to announce the appointment of Justine Plourde (ex-Moment Factory) as a junior advisor.


June 4, 2012

A first award for Zone franche!

There was some happy news last week, as Zone franche won its first prize at the annual gala of the Société québécoise des professionnels en relations publiques.




Zone Franche
296, rue Saint-Paul Ouest
Suite 300
Montréal (Québec) H2Y 2A3
T : 514 317-5715
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26, rue Feydeau
75002 Paris
T : +33 1 78 90 12 61, poste 222
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