The FNQLSDI relies on a multidisciplinary team, cumulating many years of experience in the various fields of sustainable development:
Michael Ross, Director
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, Coordinator of the Centre of Expertise in Consultation
Born in Marseille (France), Sarah holds a License in Geography and a Master’s degree in Environment. Before joining the FNQLSDI, she worked in environmental management and sustainable development, with both municipalities and industry. Among others, she worked for the Quebec Federation of Forestry Coops, where she assisted the coops with their ISO 14 001 certification processes. She first joined the FNQLSDI in 2013 as project officer to work on 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 the Centre of Expertise in Consultations.
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.
Katherine Tremblay, Waste Management Coordinator
After 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.
Catherine Lortie, Operations and Communication Manager
Catherine joined the FNQLSDI in July 2016 in support 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
Raised 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.
Laura Morgan, Waste Management Project Officer
Originally from Saguenay, Laura completed her Bachelor in Industrial Engineering with a concentration in supply chain management engineering at Université Laval in 2016. She did internships in logistics and continuous improvement. She did various procedure optimization projects – notably in the fields of food processing, aluminum production and wood transformation. Following graduation, she decided to apply her industrial engineering knowledge to the field of sustainable development for First Nations. Laura joined the FNQLSDI team as energy efficiency counsellor in October 2016. This experience in the heart of native communities allowed her to develop her knowledge and sensitivity about First Nation issues. She has been a project manager for the waste materials team since May 2017 and is currently working on waste management plans and waste characterization.
Marie-Pier Breton, Consultation Project Officer
Marie-Pier holds a master’s degree in spatial planning and regional development, a bachelor’s degree in architecture and an environmental certificate. She joined the FNQLSDI’s Consultation Expertise Center in November 2016. Marie-Pier specialized in northern local governance and in integration of Indigenous culture in planning. Her knowledge gives a complementary and practical vision to her team. As a project officer, her current works relate to energy development projects that affect First Nations territories and for which consultations with various levels of government take place.
Andréanne Ferland, Climate Change Project Officer
Andréanne 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 meteorological events, in collaboration with local partners and research institutes.
Nathalie Hardy, Administrative assistant
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 joined the FNQLSDI to take up new challenges and share her expertise with the rest of the team in December 2016.
Isabel Lemus-Lauzon, Consultation Project Officer
Isabel joined the Centre of expertise in consultation of the FNQLSDI in September 2017. She holds a Ph.D. in geographic sciences from Laval University and has several years of experience working as a research coordinator on projects related to northern governance and the social impacts of mining for indigenous communities. She also worked on the creation of knowledge mobilization tools, such as an interactive map on the links between mining activities and migratory caribou in northern Quebec. During her years as an academic, she worked on the relationships between indigenous peoples and their territory and the development of collaborative research. Moreover, Isabel collaborated to indigenous youth education programs. Isabel brings an interdisciplinary vision to her team and, as a project officer, works on different issues affecting First Nations, including fisheries and navigation.
Claudel Babineau-Boulé, Environmental Project Officer
After ten years in Montreal, Claudel came back to her hometown, Québec, in order to join the team of the FNQLSDI. After completing in 2011 her degree, double majoring Political Science and International Development at McGill University, she completed in 2014 a Master in Environmental Management at the Université de Sherbrooke in Longueuil. Since then, she has been working as a project officer in environmental site assessment for different firms. She has also been working in many parts of the world on different projects dealing with international cooperation and sustainable development issues. She is now since October 2017, a rehabilitation site project officer for the FNQLSDI.
Karine Labrosse-Lapensée, Climate Change Project Officer
Karine holds a Master’s degree in Environmental management and politics from Sherbrooke University and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Montreal University. Interested in environmental issues she participated in the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change that was held in Marrakech. As an observer she was able to follow the negotiation sessions on the issues of energy, clean technology as well as those related to mitigation and adaptation to climate change. With the perspective of enhancing the integration of First Nations priorities and values in climate change policies, Karine joined the FNQLSDI in November 2017 as a climate change project officer.
Isabelle Courchesne, Renewable Energy Project Officer
Isabelle has completed a Bachelor’s degree in biology with a concentration in marine biology at Laval University in 2014. To push further her understanding of the impacts of climate change on northern marine ecosystems, she began a master’s degree in biology that she finished in 2017. During her master, she worked several times in polar regions, particularly in the Canadian Arctic. Her passion for protecting the environment and sharing knowledge on this subject led her to join the FNQLSDI team in November 2017 as a project manager. Isabelle is currently working on a portrait of renewable energy projects in various First Nations communities.
Lydia-Juliette Picard, Sustainable Development Project Officer
Lydia-Juliette is a member of the Innu Nation. She completed a Bachelor’s degree in international studies and modern languages at Laval University. Her interests range from international relations and humanitarian cooperation to the preservation and the promotion of cultures and languages. Sensitive to First Nations issues, she works since her arrival in November 2017 on the FNQLSDI Sustainable Development Strategy. She will complete a certificate in Political Sciences in 2018.
Anabel Caissy, Waste Management Project Officer
Anabel holds a bachelor’s degree in Natural and Built Environments at Laval University and a technical diploma in bioecologie. With her different experiences, she has gained a diversified background in environment and particularly in the public sector and University research. Recently, she worked on the implementation of a pilot composting project for an MRC. Anabel joined the FNQLSDI’s team in November 2017 as a waste management project officer and works on awareness tools.
Laury Tétaut Malek, Financial Assistant
Innu from the community of Nutashkuan, Laury joined the FNQLSDI in January 2018 as Financial Assistant. She completed her professional diploma in accounting at CDFM in Wendake, in partnership with CFP Neufchâtel, in December 2017. She also has administrative support experience working in her community and in various Indigenous organizations during her student jobs. Strongly attached to the nation she belongs to, working for an Indigenous organization in the sustainable development field is one of her greatest professional achievements.
Laurence Maher, Lawyer
Member of the Maliseet Viger First Nation and having growing up in Quebec city, Laurence is a member of the Barreau du Québec since 2018. In addition to her law studies at Université Laval, Me Maher completed an English certificate from McGill University. Laurence joined the FNQLSDI’s team in April 2018 as a junior lawyer in order to expend the Centre of Expertise on Impact and Benefits Agreements team. She collaborates with different members of the FNQLSDI in purpose to conclude agreements who will have positives social economics impacts for communities.
Patrice Bellefleur, Forestry Project Officer
Innu from Pessamit First Nation, Patrice Bellefleur holds an Integrated Bachelor degree in natural and built environments from Laval University. His academic path allowed him to gain some expertise in environmental management, planning and land and resources management from a multidisciplinary standpoint. He accumulated work experiences in various organisations engaging with First Nations during his student internships such as Tribal Councils, Band Councils and the federal government. Furthermore, he finishes a masters in Forest Sciences at Laval University during which he worked on a land planning approach that would be culturally adapted to Pessamit First Nation needs and interests in the context of forest management and planning.
Pascale Ayotte, Consultation Project Officer
Pascale holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences from Montreal University and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, with a specialization in ecology, from Quebec University in Montreal. Passionate about animal ecology, she continued her studies by completing a Master’s degree in research at Laval University. As part of her master project, she studied the impact of population density and environmental factors on the body condition and reproduction of white-tailed deer on Anticosti Island. Pascale joined the FNQLSDI in 2018 as a project officer. She is currently working on maritime issues which may affect First Nations, as well as issues related to wildlife management and conservation.
Joëlle Guérin – Consultations
Olivier Courtemanche – Lawyer, IBAs
Marie-Christine Roussel-Gray – Waste Management
Éloïse Ouellet-Décoste – Lawyer, IBAs
Chloé Leduc – Waste Management
Pascale Ayotte – Renewable Energy
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