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Member meetup focuses on mobilization

Actu - Bilan Rendez-vous des membres 2015

The Équiterre member meetup took place this week. The highlight of the year for the 12,000 Équiterre members was an opportunity to report on activities undertaken, elect three new members to the board and discuss the action plan for next year. The year 2015 will be another year marked by climate change issues especially with the next United Nations Convention on Climate Change (COP21) coming up in December in Paris. (Crédit photo : Chris ND)

The first part of the member meetup took place in Quebec City last Monday. Équiterre and the Caisse d'économie solidaire Desjardins took the opportunity to award the Laure Waridel bursary, worth $10,000, to Chantal Lacasse a master's student in environment management at the University of Sherbrooke. The aim of the award-winning project is to identify the best agricultural production method for wheat cultivation in Quebec, taking into account environmental, social and economic impacts. Four production methods will be compared: intensive, conventional, integrated and organic.

The annual general meeting concluded on Wednesday evening in Montreal, with over 100 people meeting at the Centre for Sustainable Development. This year, the title of honorary member went to Jean-Martin Fortier, successful entrepreneur and organic farmer, and member of the Équiterre family farmer network for 12 years now.

Jean-Martin Fortier is the co-owner of vegetable farm, Jardins de la Grelinette, and internationally recognized for the quality of his innovative agro-environmental practices and cost-effective approach. He stood up to warmly thank the Équiterre team for coordinating the family farmer network and emphasized the importance of supporting organic farming in Quebec.

Everyone present at the member meetup in Quebec City and Montreal welcomed the announcements enthusiastically and warmly congratulated the award winners and guests of honour. Everyone left with renewed energy, convinced of the importance to continue Équiterre's mission: to change the world one step at a time.

Thank you everyone. See you again next year!