Board of Directors

Hugues Imbeault-Tétreault, President

Engaged and passionate about sustainable development, Hugues has many years of experience working in the field of life cycle analysis at the International Reference Centre for the Life Cycle of Products, Processes and Services (CIRAIG). He has a Master’s degree in chemical engineering from Polytechnique Montréal and a long history of involvement with the student environmental movement. In addition to his work evaluating the environmental impact of products throughout their life cycle, he has volunteered with CPAWS Quebec since 2011 to support biodiversity in protected areas threatened by industrial development. He has most recently served as Secretary to the CPAWS Board of Directors and helped to implement administrative tools to improve management within the organization. As president, his priority will be to diversify CPAWS Quebec’s funding to reach its full potential.

Jennifer Smith, Vice-President

A native Montrealer with a Master’s degree in biology from Western University, a Certificate in Environmental Practice (CEP) from Royal Roads University and a Bachelor’s degree from Concordia University, Jennifer became aware of the beauty, the vastness and the fragility of our wilderness when she spent a summer in the Canadian Rockies for her Master’s degree. This awareness prompted her decision to dedicate her career to the cause of conservation of wild spaces.

Involved with SNAP since 2010, she first worked in the national office in Ottawa, volunteered in Alberta and worked in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia as coordinator for community relations. Jennifer even worked alongside the CPAWS Quebec employees as a volunteer every Monday from 2013 to 2015! Be involved as board member is the continuation of her high involvment in our NGO..

Vincent Castellucci, Treasurer

Vincent considered a career in ecology, but decided to study the nervous system. He obtained a PhD in neuroscience from Washington University in St. Louis (United States). Vincent did his postdoctoral studies at New York University, where he began his teaching career in the physiology department. He is emeritus professor at Université de Montréal and studied biology at Université Laval. He retired after 45 years in the academic world and decided to come back to ecology. He is deeply interested in aquatic ecology and biodiversity.

Devora Neumark

Devora Neumark is an interdisciplinary artist-researcher, educator, frequent lecturer and consultant for the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador. She is inspired by indigenous philosophies and Buddhist teachings, as well as art and writing practices focused on the environment (e.g. Agnes Denes, Jackie Brookner, Mel Chin, Rachel Carson, Gregory Bateson, Kimberly K. Smith and Kevin Buzzacott). Devora’s current body of work explores “deep sustainability” (Val Plumwood), the perils of human-centeredness, and how city-dwellers may be re-enabled as responsible members of the living world. She completed her research-creation PhD – titled, Radical Beauty for Troubled Times – in April 2013 at Concordia University’s Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture. Devora has been teaching in the Goddard College MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts program (Plainfield, VT and Port Townsend, WA) since July 2003.


Marco Festa-Bianchet

Marco has been a tenured professor of biology at the Université de Sherbrooke since 1999 and is the author or coauthor of over 180 scientific publications. He has also served as Chair of the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (2002­2006). Marco’s desire to work with CPAWS comes from his belief that the survival of our species depends on ecosystem services. He is interested in finding better methods to evaluate the real costs of activities involving short­term financial gains but long­term environmental costs, usually not paid for by the parties that initially benefitted. He would also like to offer his expertise in environmental research to support CPAWS in evidence based decision­making activities.


Marina Jolly

In her role as coordinator of a consulting firm for nonprofit organizations, Marina has worked on many strategic and financial plans and supported different organizations in their communications activities. In 2015, her interest in the environment led her to complete a Specialized Graduate Diploma (DESS) in environment and sustainable development at the Université de Montréal in addition to her previous Master’s degree in management. Joining the CPAWS Quebec Board of Directors is a perfect opportunity for her to apply this training and use her skills to support her convictions.

Karina Kesserwan


Véronique Bussières


Mélanie Morin

Mélanie is a lawyer and partner with the firm Pelletier & Cie Avocats Inc. where her practice focuses mainly on labour and employment law. She also works in the areas of  civil litigation and administrative law.  She was called to the Québec Bar in 2003 and is a graduate of the Université du Québec à Montréal. She is also a member of the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines (OCRHA) and is frequently invited to speak on the subject of labour relations, employee management and issues relating to the use of social media. She also teaches the course on labour law at the École du Barreau. Her interest in environmental causes led her to SNAP, where she’s involved in promoting SNAP and contributing as a member of the Board of Trustees. Mélanie works with other members of the Board in their common goal of championing the environment. 

Lucie Taliana

Lucie made her mark as the project director and coordinator for a number of public awareness campaigns that strategically  brought together diverse partners. In the early 2000s, she worked closely with the SNAP Québec team as coordinator of the campaign Aux arbres citoyens, a major initiative focused on protecting areas of the boreal forest. A leader at heart, she has a talent for building relationships and engaging citizens, diverse organizations, stakeholders and financial partners.  Throughout her professional career with various ENGOs, she has acquired a solid expertise in communications and project management as well as an effective network of contacts that she hopes will contribute to the SNAP’s  biodiversity protection activities and community involvement. Lucie holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from the Université de Sherbrooke and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology (Ecology) from UQAM. 


Jacques Prescott

Jacques is associate professor and Eco-Council Chair  at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi since 2010  after a long career in the civil service in both Québec and Canada  as biologist specializing in biodiversity and sustainable development. At the request of international organizations such as the UNDP, FAO, IUCN and the IOF, he coordinated the preparation of a national biodiversity strategy for several countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East and advised national governments on their approach to sustainable development.  In Québec, he coordinated the creation of the first sustainable development strategy, the implementation of the biodiversity strategy and important campaigns for the protection of endangered species. He is the author of publications on the  mammals of Eastern Canada, and numerous academic and popular articles. He joined  SNAP to further his efforts to protect natural habitats and endangered species.