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Colleen Thorpe

Job title: 
Director of Educational Programs
Spokesperson, Senior bilingual speaker
Email: 
cthorpe@equiterre.org

AN INTERNATIONAL CAREER PATH: A GLOBAL VISION

Colleen Thorpe has degrees in environmental management and journalism, and speaks many languages. She lived and studied in Berlin for five years, where she witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall and was an assistant producer for CBC. She has also worked as a journalist for Global Television Network, CFCF Television and CBC Television, covering many important issues.

A MANAGER AT ÉQUITERRE FOR 10 YEARS

Colleen specializes in corporate social responsibility and responsible consumption. Before
becoming Équiterre’s Director of Educational Programs and Services, she served as a
senior project manager. In addition to organizing talks, she was a speaker, trainer and
spokesperson. 

Colleen has helped develop various sustainable development plans for businesses,
municipalities and institutions. Since joining Équiterre in 2008, she has worked with various
organizations, including the STM, Yellow Pages Group, Desjardins and Sid Lee, as well as
the municipalities of Laval and Saint-Lambert, the Ville-Marie borough, and the West Island
CSSS.

She has also set up and coordinated projects related to sustainable transportation,
responsible consumption, composting in schools and responsible food sourcing.

Often called upon by French- and English-language media, Colleen has extensive
knowledge of the many issues related to environmental responsibility, as well as a flair for
explaining them to encourage action.

ADDRESSING SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES DAY TO DAY

Colleen embodies the ideals she promotes in her professional life. A year-round cyclist, she
strives to pass on her values to her four teenagers.

Colleen sits on the boards of the Centre des services partagés du Québec [Quebec shared
services centre] and the Espace québécois de concertation sur les pratiques d’approvisionnement responsable, a group promoting sustainable procurement practices, and is a member of the Conseil SAM [Montreal food system council].

Colleen’s family has participated in two projects of Syrian refugees sponsorship since 2016.