Our team

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 dree in Wildlife Biology and a Master’s degree in Renewable Resources Management at McGill University. His Master focus on the impact of windmills on birds of prey migration. After working three years as a biologist for his community, Michael joined the FNQLSDI to work toward the protection of 43 First Nations of Quebec and Labrador rights and the defense of their core issues. Initially hired as project officer, he became the FNQLSK’s director in 2012. He has accumulated various experience related to issues of governance, territorial planning and management, impact and benefit agreements, consultation and accommodation, energy, waste and climate changes.

Alain Bédard, Assistant Director

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 is part of the FNQLSDI team since 2011. He has been involved in analyzing different issues and carrying out various projects related to, among other things, the environment, natural resources, forests, mines, certification standards, residual materials, consultation, agreement negotiation and strategic planning.  Alain assumed the role of strategic advisor in 2016 and became assistant director in April 2017.


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.

Carolane Ferland-Picard, Financial Assistant (Acting)

Carolane is a member of the Huron-Wendat Nation of Wendake. In 2014, she obtained her college diploma in accounting and management techniques. She then carries out several contracts in different organizations working in different sectors of activity. She worked for several years as an accounting technician in an automobile dealership. Carolane joined the FNQLSDI team as Acting Finance Assistant in June 2019. She is very proud to be able to put her professional experience to good use in an organization that cares about the values of First Nations members.

Isabelle Courchesne, Communication Projet Officer

Isabelle first joined the FNQLSDI team in 2017 as a project manager in sustainable development after a master’s degree in biology. After working with us for over a year, she began a career transition in communications. Thus, following several trainings and a formative work experience, she rejoins the FNQLSDI team in 2021 as a communication project manager. Her varied experiences in project management and communication allow her to promote the Institute’s team as well as the First Nations communities throughout the territory.

Sabryna Godbout, Languages and Cultures Project Officer

A Wendat from the Wendake community, Sabryna completed her Multidisciplinary Baccalaureate in the winter of 2019, which consists of three certificates: Indigenous Studies, Ethnology and Social Work at the Université Laval. Her previous professional experiences, including teaching the Wendat language, beadwork workshop and pow wow dances instructor, are all related in some way to cultural transmission. Working as a Project Manager in Languages and Cultures at the FNQLSDI is therefore only one extension of her passion for the transmission of First Nations cultures and languages.


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 allowed 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. In 2017 and 2018, the waste management projects (and the team) grew substantially, and Katherine became waste management coordinator in April 2018.

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.

Natalie Fontaine O’Connell, Waste Management Project Officer

Originally from Ontario and raised in Montreal, Natalie joined the FNQLSDI in May 2018. Her academic career led her from the study of music to international development with Latin American First Nations communities, ending in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering specialized in infrastructure from Concordia University. She remained involved in social change during her graduate studies, assuming the role of Vice President of Global Engineering with the Concordia chapter of Engineers Without Borders and she participated in a research internship in fiberglass-reinforced concrete at the Technical University of Rhine Westphalia, in Germany. She has worked on the rehabilitation of steel and concrete structures for a few years, notably on certain support structures for the Jacques Cartier Bridge. Scaffolded by this multidisciplinary experience, she now fulfills the mandate of acting as technical support for First Nations communities in waste management. In particular, she conducts feasibility studies, prepares plans and specifications, and works on planning the implementation and construction of ecocentres.

Catherine Bergeron, Waste Management Project Officer

Catherine holds a bachelor degree in Geography and a master’s degree in spatial planning and regional development, both from Laval University. In the context of her masters, she studied lichens as bioindicators of air quality in the Quebec region. Then, she got involved in projects of natural and landscape heritage enhancement, and greening of collective spaces in urban areas. She joined the FNQLSDI in 2018 as a project officer in waste management. Her mandate is to accompany First Nations communities in their composting implementation projects.

Catherine Talbot, Waste Management Project Officer

After growing up in Quebec, Catherine completed a baccalaureate in social and cultural anthropology at Laval University. Passionate about identity issues and the attachment of populations to the territory, she then turned to a master’s degree in spatial planning and regional development. She had the opportunity to increase her knowledge of sustainable development and to achieve an internship in France, in partnership with Tours’ polytechnique school, to work on different citizens participation projects. Catherine joined the waste management team of FNQLSDI in may 2019. She works on waste management awareness projects that are adapted to First Nations communities.

Marcel Rodriguez, Waste Management Project Officer

Originally from Mexico, Marcel holds a bachelor’s degree in urban planning and a master’s degree in international ecology. Upon graduating, he has specialized in waste management. He has been involved in several projects related to this topic in Quebec, the United States and Mexico. His work experiences have allowed him to deepen his knowledge of waste management, both in urban and regional context. He worked at the Regional environmental council of Abitibi-Témiscamingue where he was responsible for waste management dossier and the buffer zone committee of Aiguebelle National Park. Marcel has joined the FNQLSDI team in May 2019 as a project officer to help communities improve their waste management.

Marc-André Bonneau, Waste Management Project Officer

Marc-André completed a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental studies at the University of Ottawa in 2015 and a Master’s degree in Community Health at Université Laval in 2018. Before joining the FNQLSDI, he worked at the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission. He trained local interviewers for collecting data for surveys led by the research sector. Among others, he also gained experience by working as an awareness agent for the Coopérative FA, a cooperative that aims to inspire eco-responsible action. Marc-André is now a project officer in the waste management team. He is responsible of the training component.


Andréanne Ferland, Climate Change and Energy Coordinator

For the past 3 years, Andréanne has been assisting First Nation communities in their adaptation efforts to climate change. She is currently working on projects pertaining to infrastructure resilience and coastal habitat restoration. These projects are done in collaboration with First Nation communities themselves as well as with local organizations and research institutes. She holds a double master’s degree in environmental management and international ecology from the University of Sherbrooke.

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.

Niklas Rusche, Renewable Energy Projet Officer


Claudel Babineau-Boulé, Site Rehabilitation 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 site rehabilitation project officer for the FNQLSDI.


Noemie Després-Tasse, Lawyer, Consultation Coordinator

Noemie is a lawyer, called to the Quebec Bar in 2016 and holder of a Master’s degree in Environmental, Sustainable Development and Food Security Law from Université Laval. While working in private practice, her studies inspired her to become involved in the Goldcorp Research and Innovation Chair in Natural Ressources and Energy Law. In this context, she has taken active interest in the legal scope of social acceptability, natural ressources law and the obligation to consult and accommodate. With the desire to steer her practice towards these issues, she joined the FNQLSDI in 2019.

Lydia-Juliette Picard, Consultation Project Officer

Lydia-Juliette is a member of the Innu Nation. She completed a Bachelor’s degree in international studies and modern languages and a certificate in Political Sciences 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 joined the FNQLSDI in November 2017 to work on the FNQLSDI Sustainable Development Strategy. She now works with the Center of Expertise in Consultations since April 2018.

Maïté Blancquaert, Consultation Project Officer

Maïté holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Montreal University. She also completed a master in Environmental Sciences, which led her to take part in a field lesson in Baie-James and Nunavut on environmental issues specific to northern indigenous populations. Also as part of her masters’ studies, Maïté worked as a project manager in urban agriculture and politics analyst for the protection of endangered species. She joined the Consultation team of the FNQLSDI as a project officer in June 2018.

Marie Dallaire, Waste Management Project Officer

Marie holds two Bachelor degrees, one in International Development and Globalization and one in Civil Law from the University of Ottawa. Interested in environmental law and sustainable development, she then completed a Master’s degree in Environmental management at the Université de Sherbrooke. As part of her thesis, she studied the role played by cities in transnational water governance in the St. Lawrence and Great Lakes region. Marie joined the FNQLSDI team in the fall of 2019 as a Waste Management Project Manager. She is currently working on training and awareness issues related to Waste Management.

Laura Wilmot, Environmental Law Project Officer

Laura holds a master’s degree in environmental law, sustainable development and food security from Laval University. Previously, she studied law in Belgium and then international studies in Quebec. It was during her undergraduate studies that she became more interested in environmental studies. Leading her to graduate studies in this field, she became interested in Indigenous right and energy law in her work as a research assistant with the Goldcorp Research Chair in Natural Resources and Energy law. She joined the FNQLSDI in November 2020 in the consulting sector as a project manager in environmental law since it is a very important legal aspect according to her.

Mélissa Whittom, Consultation Project Officer

With a bachelor’s degree in political science as well as a master’s degree in public affairs from Laval University, Mélissa joined the FNQLSDI as an environmental project manager within the consultation team in August 2020. In the past, she acquired professional experience at the Center for Analysis of Public Policies (CAPP) at Laval University as a research assistant on projects affecting a range of diverse socio-political issues. As part of her professional master’s degree, she subsequently completed her internship with the federal government at Natural Resources Canada before being hired as a policy analyst for the Canadian Forest Service sector; more specifically within the program on forest pests.


Pascale Ayotte, Conservation 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 consultation project officer. She is currently working on maritime issues which may affect First Nations, as well as issues related to wildlife management and conservation.

Chrystel Losier, Conservation Project Officer

Chrystel holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Ottawa and a Master’s degree in Biology from Université Laval. Her graduate research focused on the influence of habitat selection on the survival and fitness of woodland caribou. She spent five years working for Quebec’s controlled harvesting zones where she was responsible for wildlife and geospatial data projects. She joined the FNQLSDI in February 2020. Her mandate is to collaborate in the implementation of an Aboriginal Regional Strategy and to develop FNQLSDI’s services and resources in regards to biodiversity and nature conservation.

Laurie Leblanc-Rajotte, Conservation Project Officer

Master in International Ecology from the Université de Sherbrooke and Bachelor in Biology from the Université Laval, Laurie joined the FNQLSDI team in July 2020. With a great interest in ecosystem conservation, she studied the sustainable use of wildlife resources in an indigenous community in Paraguay as part of her master’s internship. Following this experience, she decided to improve her understanding of indigenous issues and her knowledge on protected areas in Quebec. Thus, Laurie completed her studies by writing an essay on the establishment of Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas in Canada. Wanting to collaborate with First Nations, she works as an environmental project officer within the consultation team of FNQLSDI.

Raphaële Piché, Conservation Project Officer

Originally from Northern Ontario, Raphaële completed an Honours B.Sc. in Biology at the University of Ottawa. She then studied at the Université du Québec à Montréal where she did a Master’s degree in biology. Her research looked at tree regeneration in the Boreal Forest following ecosystem-based management. Subsequent jobs gave her a hands-on experience in characterization of natural habitats such as wetlands and forested ecosystems. She joined the FNQLSDI in November 2020 as a conservation project officer where she participates in the development of the Aboriginal Regional Strategy and other services and resources in conservation.


Karl Masson, Mining Project Consultant

Originally from Haute-Savoie in the French Alps, Karl has Master’s degree in Mining Geology. He was also an Eco-consultant thanks to his studies at the University of Québec in Chicoutimi. He has completed his Master’s thesis internship with the Forum Planet’ERE 2017 (international event about environmental education). He has also worked as an exploration geologist in New-Caledonia and in Norway. More recently, he has been working with a lay scout association about environment and sustainable development education and animation.
Since he was a child, he was always interested about the culture of aboriginal peoples around the world. He is happy to contribute to helping the First Nations communities on the mining industry issues in Québec and Labrador.

Flavie Ferrer, Forestry Project Officer

Flavie joined the FNQLSDI in October 2019 in the Expertise on Agreements, Impacts and Benefits team. Thanks to her varied experiences in the forestry sector: forest management, silviculture, management. supplies of wood resources, forest certifications, sector analysis etc. She holds an engineering degree in forest management and in wood industries and technologies, which she obtained in France. She also completed a master’s degree in ecological research at the University of Quebec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue. She is now a member of the Order of Forest Engineers of Quebec.




Catherine Beland, Planning Coordinator

Planning team



Olivier Courtemanche, Lawyer

Impact and Benefits Agreements (IBA)’s team



François Boivin, Junior Engineer

Renewable Energy Project Officer



Charlotte Chicoine Wilson, Lawyer

Impact and Benefits Agreements (IBA)’s team.


Genevieve Richard, Lawyer

Impact and Benefits Agreements (IBA)’s team



Mylène Clavreul, Conservation Project Officer

Conservation Team

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

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