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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 2008-2012, on which all current initiatives are based.

Members of the Board of Directors

Hélène Dufresne
President

Hélène was one of the initial innovators of Cirque du Soleil, with which she was involved from 1984 to 1998, and has chaired the FDG board since the Foundation was established in 2001. She seeks 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. Her approach is marked by a constant concern for equity, openness and sharing. A number of community and cultural projects benefit from her support as a board member, especially “Horizon Charlevoix”, an initiative devoted to encouraging and promoting outdoor sports in her adopted region: so many moments intermingling action, passion and continuity. This bespeaks her commitment to embrace and acknowledge the multiplicity of social and cultural realities, while at the same time recognizing a heritage for the world to appreciate.

Amélie Laframboise
Secretary

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 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 Equiterre with fundraising for more than three years and has contributed greatly to other projects.

Clément Guimond
Chair

Clément Guimond is a born collective entrepreneur. This innovative social banker was involved at every stage in the creation of the Caisse d'économie solidaire Desjardins de Québec (the Desjardins solidarity credit union). In 1986, he became general coordinator for a team of 80 employees. Some very exciting projects, including the Cirque du Soleil, exist today because of his interest in Quebec collective entrepreneurship. Thanks to his guidance – and his many connections at home and abroad – the fund became a unique hub for people and organizations with ideas that renew the economy. Clément recently retired, but is still actively involved in many projects.

Alizée Cauchon
Director

Alizée is mainly in charge of Equiterre's government relations at the provincial level. Based in our Quebec City office since 2010, she stands out due to her ability to juggle all of the organization's teams. She also works with Équiterre volunteers across the province. Alizée holds a BA in political science and a postgraduate certificate in climate change from Laval University.

Last but not least, Alizée volunteers for various causes: in addition to being a member of Équiterre's board of directors, she is particularly active with Stop Pipeline Capitale-Nationale, fighting against TransCanada's East Energy project.

Ariane Charbonneau
Director


Ariane Charbonneau has been practicing law since 1993. She also holds an MBA that she obtained in 2000. She practiced municipal law before she started working in the business development department for a multinational. For over 10 years, she worked closely to the development of small and medium-sized enterprises in Quebec. Since the beginning of her career, she has been professionally involved by being part of administrative boards. She was elected as the President of the Young Bar Association of Montreal, and she also occupied senior positions at the Bar of Quebec, the Bar of Montréal, and the Canadian Bar Association. She has actively contributed to the development of the profession in Quebec. In September 2012, she became the assistant executive of Éducaloi, and helped to developing and promoting the organization across the province. In addition, she is also in charge of the teams executing the programs of information and legal education on the related topic.

Frédéric Thériault

Director

Frédéric Thériault is an organic farmer and director of the Ferme Coopérative Tourne-Sol, which has been a member of Equiterre's community supported agriculture (CSA) 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 is also treasurer of Marché Ste-Anne Farmers Market. Frédéric joined the Equiterre CSA steering committee in 2008, where one of his tasks was to ensure a link with the Board of Directors. 

Alain Webster
Director

Vice provost for administration and sustainable development at the Université de Sherbrooke, Alain Webster is responsible for the school's sustainable development policy and action plan, with a special focus on sustainable transportation. Professor Webster has an academic background in ecology and economics. His major research interests include the use of economic instruments in managing climate change. He teaches environmental economics and climate change in the management faculty and at the university centre for environmental training.

Rick Smith
Director

Rick Smith is an author and a renowned Canadian environmentalist. He is currently the general manager of the Broadbent Institute. Between 2003 and 2012, he was the general director of Environmental Defence Canada. Along with Bruce Lourie, he published « Vilain petit canard » - a bestseller in Canada and Australia – it is now translated into six languages. Their second book, «Toxin Toxout », was published by Random House Canada in December 2013. Rick has occupied senior positions in several organizations through his career, and had advocated for the implementation of green economy policies at the provincial and the national scales. He holds a Ph.D. in biology, from the University of Guelph.

Claire Bolduc
Director

Claire Bolduc was awarded l’Ordre nationale du Quebec (2013), the highest award 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 milieus. 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 of Québec. Claire Bolduc grew up in Baie-Comeau and currently lives in Ville-Marie, Témiscamingue, where she operates a vineyard with her husband.