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Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is made up of professionals and researchers concerned about the future of cities. It defines the organization’s key directions. The Board of Directors is elected by the MUEC’s members during an annual general assembly (AGA) for a two-year term. Discover our directors!
Johanne Turbide, President
Professor, Department of Accounting Studies, HEC Montréal
Johanne Turbide is a professor at HEC Montréal. She is a member of the CPA of Canada. She is the Director of Sustainable Development at HEC Montréal and Co-Director of the Pôle IDEOS (initiatives for the development of companies and social organizations). Her main research interests focus on different aspects of governance, strategic and financial management of social, community and cultural organizations.
Ph.D. (Industrial and Business Studies) from the University of Warwick (England) and Master of Science in Management from HEC Montréal. She has been a member of the Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec since 1987.
Gabrielle van Durme, Vice-president
Co-founder and collaborator (Solon)
Gabrielle has worked for 10 years in sustainable development consulting, particularly in the application of life cycle thinking in a wide variety of contexts in private and public sectors (most recently as senior analyst at CIRAIG). At the end of 2016, she decided to change direction and dedicate her time and energy to Solon, an organization she co-founded and which aims to support the development of local collective projects for the creation of inclusive, friendly, sustainable and prosperous communities in Montréal. In addition to her involvement as a director at MUEC, her civic engagement has been realized for more than 3 years at Amnesty International as co-founder and coordinator of the Environment and Human Rights committee. She is currently an active member of its Comité de Ruelle, which aims to create a friendly and supportive neighborhood.
Graduate of geography and environmental management
Certificate in business administration from HEC Montréal
Claude Jourdain, Treasurer
Currently in charge of the community real estate project for the CLD West Island, he was the project manager in 2013-2014 for the real estate project Centre St-Pierre. In 2011 and 2012, he led the NETWORK cooperation Quebec labor. He was in charge of the social economy for the Economic Development West Island - CLD during the previous eleven years and he has managed the investment of more than 50 collective enterprises. From 1993 to 1999 he headed the service management and training for the Federation of cooperatives housing of Montreal (FECHIMM).
A graduate in political sciences from UQAM
Ludivine Ventura, Secretary
Master of Business Administration with a specialty in strategy and finance from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Julie Guicheteau, member of the executive committee
Engineer, City of Montréal
Julie Guicheteau has a broad understanding of sustainable development issues, which she acquired through various experiences in the fields of environment and sustainable development within major institutions: industrial and institutional environmental management, climate change and life cycle analysis. She is the primary author of the book called Projets efficaces pour une mobilité durable (effective projects for sustainable mobility), published in 2012. She is recognized for her communication skills and her interest in the governance of organizations.
Bachelor’s degree in physical engineering
Master’s degree in civil engineering
Céline Caouette, Budgets and Accounting Advisor
In charge of administration and accounting for Montréal Urban Ecology Centre
Benjamin Gillis, administrator
Analyst/writer, Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM)
Benjamin Gillis has expertise in metropolitan planning and urbanization management in the context of Greater Montréal. Currently working for Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal, he has contributed to a number of planning projects and in particular to the creation of the Plan métropolitain d’aménagement et de développement (PMAD — Land Use and Development Plan). He is interested in sustainable neighbourhood development strategies via issues linked to transit-oriented development, urban requalification and new citizen participation and consultation approaches.
Graduate of Université de Montréal with a master’s degree in urban planning
David E. G. Marshall, Administrator
David has worked in the municipal sector for ten years, first as a consultant in a consulting firm specializing in urban planning and then as town planning advisor at the CDEC Côte-des-Neiges/Notre-Dame-de-Grâce. Since 2011, David was the Executive Director for Revitalization St-Pierre where he led the transformation of the Marché Saint-Pierre in social enterprise. David wants to make a significant economic and social engine market for the St-Pierre district. David is also president of the Quebec Network of integrated revitalization (RQRI).
Master in Urban Planning and Bachelor in Political Sciences
Melissa Stoia, Administrator
Consultant for growth and innovation in the PME MTL network
Melissa Stoia holds a bachelor's degree in geography from Université Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne (2008) and a master's degree in spatial analysis (geography) from the Université de la Reunion (2010). After gaining experience in the management of water resources within a watershed organization, she put her expertise in territorial analysis for the benefit of economic development in the east of Montreal. Melissa Stoia is currently a growth and innovation advisor within the PME MTL network and coordinates the first industrial symbiosis project in the Greater Montréal area.
Bachelor's degree in geography from Université Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne and master's degree in spatial analysis (geography) from the Université de la Reunion
Olga Fliaguine, Administrator
Bachelor of General Law at the Faculté of Evry Val d'Essonne (France), Master in Business Law from the Université de Montréal and DESS in Environment and Sustainable Development from the Université de Montréal.
Stephanie Shumsky, Administrator
Senior Sustainability Specialist, Resolute Forest Products
Stephanie Shumsky has long worked to bring environmental knowledge and experiences to communities, working with a conservation NGO in Costa Rica, leading eco-tours for at-risk teens in Ecuador and serving 2 years with the US Peace Corps in Senegal. Currently working as a Senior Sustainability Specialist for Resolute Forest Products, her commitment to improving environmental performance and stakeholder outreach has helped the company gain recognition for sustainability strategy and reporting. She completed an M.Sc in Natural Resource Science at McGill after conducting field research in Kenya and holds a dual B.Sc Biology / B.A. Environmental Studies from Brandeis University.
Dual B.Sc Biology / B.A. Environmental Studies from Brandeis University and M.Sc in Natural Resource Science from McGill University.
The MUEC thrives on expertise and multiple complementary skills. Its professionals have in-depth knowledge of many techniques for creating green, democratic and healthy cities. They also know how to guide citizens and decision-makers along the path towards social innovation.
Véronique Fournier, Executive Director
With tremendous drive and thoughtfulness, Veronique deftly steers the MUEC in an ever-changing environment. Through leadership she is able to rally both her team members and city-makers.
Her playground of choice has always been the neighbourhood. Véronique has over 15 years of experience in community involvement, through promoting local development, innovation, social economy as well as urban policies.
Isabelle Gaudette, Team Leader, Participatory Democracy and Citizenship; Community Organizer
Miss Citizen ensures information accessibility and the participation of ordinary people in urban issues.
17 years of experience in community organization, facilitation and collective action.
Alexandra Coelho, Urban Planning Advisor
She moves from one team to another, travels from one project to another — from creating a community garden with citizens of a social housing development to implementing green, active and healthy neighbourhoods across Canada. She works on different aspects of projects that improve living environments.
8 years of experience in the coordination of environmental projects.
Odile Craig, Urban Planning Advisor
Supports, inspires and gives stakeholders the tools to transform their neighbourhoods.
5 years of experience in socioeconomic revitalization and land-use planning in urban and rural areas.
Geneviève Rajotte Sauriol, Communications Advisor, Public Relations; Community Organizer
Ensures the promotion of her team’s projects. She updates the website, posts on Facebook and tweets faster than you can blink an eye. If you’re a journalist, she’s the one to call.
4 years of experience in communications. On weekends, she works on her master’s degree in environment and looks after urban bees.
Anne Juillet, Team Leader, Urban Planning and Active Transportation; Urban Planning Advisor
Works actively to make our cities safer and friendlier for everyone. Spreads the word to those around her. Sometimes seen as a computer geek by her co-workers.
9 years of experience in managing transportation demand and improving transportation conditions in neighbourhoods.
Alexandre Guertin, Landscape Architect
Spends his time daydreaming or talking about greening and urban agriculture, or drawing landscaping plans and sketches. He’s the first one outside when it’s time to work.
5 years of field experience in landscaping and 2 years as a landscape architect and consultant.
Financial contributions and the support of funders make it possible for the MUEC to carry out its greening, urban agriculture, active transportation and neighbourhood design projects.
The MUEC receives funding from organizations working in the areas of municipal governance, academia, public health, research, environment, nutrition and physical activity.
Our main funders:
- Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT);
- Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC);
- Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de Montréal (ASSSM);
- Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ);
- Conférence régionale des élus de Montréal (CRÉ);
- J.W. McConnell Family Foundation;
- Québec en Forme - Fund for the Promotion of a Healthy Lifestyle;
- Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Local Montréal and Canadian Project Promoters
Local project promoters offer support to citizens to help them transform their neighbourhoods:
Understanding Urban Ecology
Urban ecology is more than just a concept. It’s the actions that we can take individually and collectively to transform cities. Curious about how urban ecology works, how it can take root, grow and transform cities one neighbourhood at a time? Read more.
A number of cities have adopted participatory budgeting: Porto Alegre, New York, Chicago and Vallejo in California. It’s a new way to use citizen power and knowledge to transform cities.
Participate in the transformation of your neighbourhood. A number of communities in Montréal and the province of Quebec have already done so. Learn how.
Greening projects can change lives. Find out how families, single people, seniors and children have collaborated to green urban areas and heat islands.