About us

The FNQLSDI relies on a multidisciplinary team, cumulating many years of experience in the various fields of sustainable development:

Michael Ross, Directorp1210225

Michael is a member of the Essipit Innu First
Nation. He completed a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology and a Master’s degree in Renewable Resources Management at McGill University. His Master focused on the impacts of windmills on birds of prey migration. After working three years as a biologist for his community, Michael joined the FNQLSDI to work towards the protection of First Nations rights and the defense of their core issues. Initially hired as project officer, he became the FNQLSDI’s director in 2012. He has since then been involved in projects related to fauna, land-use planning, geomatics and forestry issues, while maintaining a dynamic team environment and efficient management practices.

Alain Bédard, Stategic Advisor

Alain is a member of the Wendake Huron-Wendat First Nation. He completed a Bachelor’s degree in Forest Environment and Management, as well as a Master’s degree in Environmental Biogeoscience at Laval University. A member of the Quebec Order of Forest Engineers, he gathered diverse work experience by joining Environment Canada, Parks Canada, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Fauna, and the Council of the Huron-Wendat Nation. In the course of his career, he has worked on issues related to forest management, environmental assessments, law application, First Nations issues and resource conservation. Alain joined the FNQLSDI as project officer from 2011 to 2016. Since then, he’s been involved in analyzing laws, regulations and policies related to environmental and natural resources issues. Specifically, he developed projects, training sessions and workshops on various topics, such as forests, mining, certification norms, residual materials management, as well as consultation, and strategic and community planning. Now strategic advisor since 2016, Alain assumes an advisory role within the Institute while continuing to work on strategic projects for First Nations.

Sarah Zammit, Consultation Coordinator

Born in Marseille (France), Sarah holds a License in p1210253Geography and a Master’s degree in Environment. Before joining the FNQLSDI, she worked in environmental management and sustainable development, with both municipalitiesand industry. Among others, she worked for the Quebec Federation of Forestry Coops, where she assisted the coops with their ISO 14 001 certification processes. Since joining the FNQLSDI in 2013 as project officer, Sarah analyzes forestry and mining related issues. Among others, she has been involved with the uranium mining issue, and taken part in discussion tables between First Nations and the Quebec government, whose focus were consultation and accommodation with respect to forestry. In June 2016, she became the coordinator of consultations and accommodations.

Marie-Hélène Beaudry, Sustainable Development Project Officer

p1210110Raised in Montreal, Marie-Hélène completed a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and is currently working on a Master’s degree. Her field of interest is the teaching of First Nations issues in CEGEP Geography classes. Having joined the FNQLSDI in 2013 as project officer, Marie-Hélène was at first involved in projects related to water management and traditional knowledge conservation using participatory mapping. She has also developed projects related to at-risk and high cultural value species, as well as to fauna habitats. Among others, she created educational and awareness-raising tools with various partners, animated workshops in schools and summer camps, and oversaw the production of a book for primary school kids, translated in 6 languages. She is actively involved in the development of new projects, particularly in the field of energy efficiency.

Catherine Béland, Planning Coordinator


Raised on the Quebec North Shore, Catherine completed a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Environmental Science, specializing in water environments and ecosystems. She collaborated with various environmental organizations and research institutions, notably the Agence Mamu Innu Kaikusseht, the Comité ZIP Côte-Nord du Golfe, the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Regional Environmental Councils. Through these positions, she had the opportunity to develop watershed management plans, educational and awareness-raising tools, to host various committees, as well as to participate in field surveys and knowledge gathering projects. Since joining the FNQLSDI in 2014, Catherine has collaborated with 7 First Nations in writing and implementing Climate Change Adaptation Plans. She also co-organized a forum addressing climate change adaptation by First Nations. In June 2016, she became a planning coordinator.

Janek Vollant, Energy Efficiency Counsellor

p1210234Janek is a member of the Uashat mak Mani-Utenam Innu First Nation. He holds a Senior Matriculation in Humanities and Social Sciences, and a Technical College Diploma in Hunting and Fisheries Management. To acquire further experience in his current field of study, he spent 4 summers working as an assistant wildlife protection officer for his community. He also worked as youth animator in a thematic summer camp (Shipek mak Shipu), which brought activities related to marine ecosystems to kids of seven Innu First Nations. Janek joined the FNQLSDI team in May 2015 and participates in various species at risk and habitat protection projects. He currently works on energy efficiency for the Econologis program which serves the Anishnabe, Innu and Mi’kmaq communities.

Antoine Maranda, Planning Project Officer

Antoine holds a Bachelor degree in Geography p1210130and a Master’s degree in Spatial Planning and Regional Development. He joined the FNQLSDI team in November 2015 to launch various projects on strategic planning. Shortly, he transferred his knowledge in community planning and used his experience in project management and workshop holding to the First Nations context, and became an important asset to the planning team. Passionate about geomatics, he aspires to enrich the cartographic aspect of FNQLSDI projects.



Katherine Tremblay, Waste Management Project Officer

p1210105After growing up on the south shore of Quebec, Katherine finished her Bachelor’s degree in Natural and Built Environments at Laval University in 2016. During her studies, she completed a waste management internship, and worked on several projects in land-use development and planning. Katherine joined the FNQLSDI’s team in May 2016 as a waste management project officer in order to develop a regional portrait on the topic. Her frequent visits of the communities will allow the FNQLSDI to have a better regional vision of the challenges related to waste management in First Nations communities, and to develop the necessary expertise to support their efforts in this field. Katherine also develops tools to raise awareness and implement waste management programs for the communities.

Marie-Pier Amyot, Consultation Project Officerp1210235

Raised in Quebec city, Marie-Pier completed a college technical diploma in Bioecology, a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, as well as a Master’s degree in Spatial Planning and Regional Development. She has diversified experiences in environment as she conducted various mandates for organizations such as Bassin Versant Saint-Maurice, Environment Canada, Laval University and Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune. Marie-Pier joined the FNQLSDI team in July 2016 as consultations and accommodations project officer.


Joëlle Guérin, Consultation Project Officer

p1210261Originally from Chicoutimi, Joelle has lived in the Innu community of Mashteuiatsh for almost 9 years. Following a Bachelor’s degree in geology, Joelle completed her Master’s degree in Renewable Resources at the University at Chicoutimi. Joelle has worked in the fields of mining exploration, geotechnology and environment before starting to support First Nations in the evaluation of impacts caused by mining projects on their territory. These experiences have allowed her to visit several regions of the province and encounter various First Nations communities. Joelle joined the FNQLSDI in July 2016 as a consultation project officer in the consultation team coordinated by Sarah Zammit.

 Catherine Lortie, Operations and Communication Manager

Catherine joined the FNQLSDI in July 2016 in p1210073support of the administration and to develop various projects related to communication and the use of social media. With her experience in project management and use of technology for multiple purposes, her mission will be to promote the institute among First Nations communities in addition to the coordination of daily operations. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a Master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences as well as a Ph.D. in Experimental Medicine.



Jason Fournier, Planning Project Officer

p1210115Raised on the North Shore of Quebec, Jason completed a Bachelor’s degree in Social Development and a Master’s degree in Environmental Sciences. His expertise encompasses strategic planning as well as project development and management. Jason has realized various projects related to community and aboriginal forestry management as well as stakeholder participation in environmental and territory protection processes. Over the years, he has coordinated the implementation of an economic development plan, and the creation of a cooperative convenience store. He currently works as a project officer with the strategic planning team.

Danielle Linnen, Lawyer

Danielle is a bilingual lawyer who has championed legal issues related to the environment, social justice and aboriginal rights. Danielle is in-house counsel for the IBA Expertise Center where she advises First Nations on impact and benefit agreements and various other legal instruments in the natural resource sector.

Danielle practiced aboriginal law in a boutique law firm where she focused on advising First Nation and Inuit clients on corporate and commercial transactions. Danielle also has experience in Federal court and Superior court and acted as lead counsel for aboriginal claimants in the resolution of residential school claims. Before practicing aboriginal law, Danielle worked at the United Nation’s Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) as a legal researcher in international environmental law.

Danielle holds a Juris Doctorate Degree and a Bachelor of Law from the University of Montreal. She holds an Honour’s Bachelor Degree in International Development and Environmental Studies from McGill University.

Andréanne Ferland, Climate Change Project Officer

p1210242Andréanne has completed a Bachelor of Environmental Sciences from McGill University as well as a double Master in International Ecology and Environmental Management from the Université de Sherbrooke. Passionate about the protection of biodiversity and the well-being of human populations, she has various experiences in research, environment and international work. She has worked in Argentina on habitat selection by cougars, as well as in Vietnam, where she acted as an environmental consultant to cooperatives. At the FNQLSDI, Andréanne is currently working on a project examining First Nations housing vulnerability to extreme weather events, in collaboration with local partners and research institutes.

Nathalie Hardy, Administrative assistantp1210246

Nathalie is a member of the Mashteuiasth Innu First Nation, and has worked for the First Nations for more than 17 years. She worked for the FNQLHSSC first as secretary and then as administrative support clerk in the finance department. Thus, Nathalie had direct contact with people and had the chance to visit communities and to appreciate its cultures. She newly joined the FNQLSDI to take up new challenges and share her expertise with the rest of the team.



Please feel free to contact our team members by calling 418 843-9999 or by sending an email to info@iddpnql.ca.

You want to join our team? Information on available positions is available here.