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Board of Directors

Nonprofit Equiterre is headed by a board of nine directors, each elected for a three-year term by Equiterre members at our Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Our board members share strong values and a commitment to community involvement. They come from different professional and social backgrounds, and enjoy promoting Equiterre's mission and values within their personal and professional circles. Their enthusiasm along with teir creative ideas contribute to our organization's sucess.

With the support of our executives, the directors meet several times a year to ensure the smooth operation and sound management of the organization. At the AGM, the chairman and the treasurer of the board submit the Annual Report to a member vote. The board, which is also responsible for setting Equiterre's future course, oversaw the drafting of the Strategic Plan 2017-2020, on which all current initiatives are based.

MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Hélène Dufresne, présidente
President, Fondation Dufresne-Gauthier

Skillset: Management and presidency of organizations, philanthropy, social entrepreneurship

Hélène was one of the initial innovators of Cirque du Soleil, with which she was involved from 1984 to 1998, and has chaired the Fondation Dufresne et Gauthier board since the Foundation was established in 2001. She wishes to live in a world of cultural diversity and sustainable development formed by strong yet tolerant identities and characterized by respect, trust and mutual assistance. That ambition is shared by the Massif de Charlevoix project, a broad undertaking to develop the recreational and tourist potential of the Charlevoix region that has been well received locally, and to which she contributed in various capacities from 2003 to 2013. A number of community and cultural projects benefit from her support as a board member, such as the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec and “Horizon Charlevoix”. She has been a member of Équiterre for over 20 years and a board member since 2014. Her approach is marked by a constant concern for equity, openness and sharing.

Amélie Laframboise, treasurer
Investment Advisor, Fondaction

Skillset: Climate finance, mobilization of actors and organizations of change, knowledge of environmental and economic issues and of actors in Quebec’s environmental ecosystem.

Amélie Laframboise is a member of the Order of Certified Management Accountants (CMA) and has an MA in environmental management. She coordinates investment in environmental technologies at the Fondaction CSN, where in recent years she has spearheaded many sustainable development projects. She has much experience as a board member for several organizations, such as the Greater Montreal Climate Fund, CAP Finances (Le réseau de la finance solidaire et responsable) and the CETEQ (Conseil des entreprises en technologies environnementales du Québec). She has also served as an administrator in such environmentally active organizations as the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) and the Groupe uni des éducateurs-naturalistes et professionnels en environnement (GUEPE). Amélie Laframboise has helped Équiterre with fundraising for more than three years and has contributed greatly to several other of the organization’s projects.

Charles Larochelle, secretary
Former senior official of the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks

Skillset: Public policy, institutional and government relations, sustainable development and environmental issues, governance

A former senior official of the Government of Quebec, Charles served for seven years as assistant deputy minister in the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment, Wildlife and Parks. He was responsible for the climate change files. His career also led him to work at the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Ministerial Committee for Regional and Territorial Affairs and the Ministerial Committee of the Montreal region. He was also President and CEO of the Quebec Housing Corporation. Over the course of his career, he has served on various Canadian and international bodies, as well as on boards of directors of NGOs, including those of the Institute for Research and Development in Agri-Environment (IRDA) and the Quebec Action Fund for Sustainable Development (FAQDD). He also chaired the board of directors of the Ouranos Consortium on regional climatology and adaptation to climate change for three years. Charles currently sits on a voluntary basis on the Town Planning Advisory Committee of his municipality and on the Sentiers Québec-Charlevoix Board of Directors.

Frédéric Thériault
Organic farmer

Skillset: Accounting, administration, organic baskets, agronomy, collaborative management
 

Frédéric Thériault is an organic farmer and director of the Ferme Coopérative Tourne-Sol, which has been a member of the Family Farmers Network since 2005. Frédéric studied agricultural economics and has an MSc in agriculture and environment. He is co-author of Crop Planning for Vegetable Growers, a book that seeks to help create diversified, sustainable produce businesses. Involved in farm union work, he has been treasurer of Marché Ste-Anne Farmers Market and president of his local farmer’s union (UPA) office. He was also a member of the Business development association of Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue. Frédéric joined Équiterre’s CSA steering committee in 2008, where one of his tasks was to ensure a link with the Board of Directors until 2020, when the network joined the CAPÉ. His involvement continues and he is still a member of the steering committee.

Claire Bolduc
Agronomist, former president of Solidarité rurale du Québec

Skillset: In-depth knowledge of the rural world and regions, and of the food industry
 

Claire Bolduc was awarded l’Ordre nationale du Québec (2013), the highest award the Quebec government can bestow. She was elected as vice-president (1995-1999) of l’Ordre des agronomes du Québec, and also as its president in the following years (1999-2005). In 2008, she was elected as the chief leader of Solidarité rurale du Québec, succeeding Jacques Proulx, founder of the movement. Under her leadership, Solidarité rurale du Québec undertook a comprehensive reflection on the future of Quebec territories and rural areas. Claire graduated in bio-agronomy from Université Laval in 2003 and was proclaimed the Person of the Year in the same field by the University. In 2005, le Réseau québécois des femmes en environnement proclaimed her Woman of the Year. Finally, in 2007, she was awarded the Mérite du conseil interprofessionnel du Québec. Claire Bolduc grew up in Baie-Comeau and currently lives in Ville-Marie, Témiscamingue, where she operates a vineyard with her husband. Claire has been head of MRC Témiscamingue since 2018. She sits on the board of the Quebec Federation of Municipalities where she presides a commission on democracy, institutions and social development.

Alizée Cauchon
Government Relations Manager - Quebec, Équiterre

Skillset: government relations
 

Alizée is a member of Équiterre’s Public Policy team. She coordinates government relations from our office in Quebec City, and has a great capacity to actively collaborate with all of the teams. Equipped with a degree in political science and a diploma in Climate Change from Université Laval. In addition to being on Équiterre’s board, Alizée is involved in multiple causes: she is committed to greening her neighbourhood and she also campaigned for several years on a local committee to block the TransCanada Energy East project. As the mother of a little boy, she feels particularly concerned about the future of our planet.t.

Ariane Charbonneau
Executive Director, Éducaloi

Skillset: Law, clear communication of law, management of NGOs
 

Ariane Charbonneau first practiced environmental and municipal law before working in business development for a transnational company in Toronto and Montreal. In 2012, she joined the Éducaloi team as Deputy Director General and then took over the reins of the organization in 2017.

A lawyer, member of the Quebec Bar since 1993, she also holds an MBA from HEC Montréal. She is involved in several organizations, leveraging her ability to bring people together around common goals. She has been on Équiterre’s Board of Directors since 2013 and has also been on the board of the Office de la protection du consommateur since 2014.

Olivia Ruge
student

Skillset: Organization of mobilization and awareness events
              

Olivia Ruge is one of the main figures of the student mobilization for climate action in Montreal: she is the executive organizer of Pour Le Futur Montréal, the Montreal branch of Fridays For Future, and she is also involved in CEVES (Student Coalition for an Ecological and Social Change) as co-representative of her CEGEP. She has been a member of Équiterre for several years and is an active member of Extinction Rébellion. In addition to her involvement in student mobilizations, Olivia is a full-time student in applied sciences. In 2019, she won the Governor General's Medal, a prize awarded to the student with the highest general average of her year in secondary 4 and 5. She also helped make the Foulée des Parcs, a race in her neighbourhood, "zero waste" based on the Équiterre’s example with the "Change the World Run".

Alain Webster
Professor, School of Management, Université de Sherbrooke

Skillset: Environmental economics and policies
 

Alain Webster is a professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Sherbrooke and teaches at the University Training Center on Environment and Sustainable Development. He has taught environmental economics for over thirty years and was vice-rector of sustainable development from 2007 to 2017, being the first to hold such a position in Quebec and Canada.

He has a background in ecology and economics. His main areas of research deal with economic instruments in climate change management, sustainable development policies, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and socially responsible finance. He was also a member of Quebec government's Climate Change Advisory Committee from 2010 to 2019.