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.

 


Tasso Kouros

Tasso is a business lawyer with experience in commercial transactions at both the national and international levels. Throughout his career, Tasso has had the opportunity to write and negotiate diverse trade agreements, to conduct legal and business analyses (including risk assessments), to develop and implement policies, to write contracts on the marketing of intellectual property and IT, to manage complex litigation and to ensure the effective management of diverse stakeholders from across jurisdictions.
Before joining Delegatus, Tasso was legal adviser at Avon Canada (2003–2007) and senior legal adviser at Avon Products Inc. (2007–2014), New York. In this role, he directed or actively participated in various commercial transactions (USA and Canada) concerning different aspects of the operation, including manufacture, purchasing and supply, logistics, construction law, real estate law, workplace law, data protection, IT service agreements, software licensing contracts and S.a.a.S. agreements.
Mr. Kouros is a member of the Barreau du Quebec (Quebec Bar Association), the New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
 

Véronique Bussières

PhD student at the department of Geography, Urbanism and Environment at Concordia University and holder of a degree in Biology from McGill University and a Master’s degree in Geography, Politics and Public Administration from Concordia University, Veronica has worked for more than 15 years in the field of conservation, especially in the conservation of protected areas. She has taken part of projects involving ecological development and environmental education, some of them in Montreal region as well as in a national park in Panama. Her current research focuses on the management of protected areas in indigenous lands. Veronica was invited to join SNAP administration board in spring 2016. She feels happy to have joined this dynamic team and to bring her expertise in the management of marine protected areas and in the relationship with First Nations.  

Karina Kesserwan

 

John O'Driscoll

An emergency-room physician and clinical professor at the University of Montreal Hospital Centre, John has had a lifelong passion for national parks. A member of CPAWS since 1992, he has volunteered as an organizer of CPAWS events in Montreal since 1996. John was among the first Quebec members to meet in 1999 with the aim of founding a local branch of CPAWS, and he became its first president in 2001, remaining in that role until 2011. John also served at the national level on CPAWS’ Board of Directors between 2000 and 2004.
Apart from CPAWS, John was the first president of the Quebec College of Family Physicians’ Environment and Health Committee between 2000 and 2006, and the first president of the Committee on Environment and Health of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) between 2008 and 2014. Today, John is a member of the CFPC’s Environmental Health Committee.


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.
 

Guillaume Sirois

Guillaume is a law student at the University of Sherbrooke.  His first contact with SNAP was during his participation at Mushuau-nipi Youth Initiative in 2016 where he felt encouraged to get involved in the organization.
Guillaume takes part in several social institutions and has gained experience thanks to his involvement in a number of administration boards; one of them being the administration board of his students’ association where he sit for a year. Currently, he sits at the board of directors of Citizen’s Awakening International, a NGO whose mission is to promote public debate around the world.
Guillaume is the co-founder of an organization that strives for promoting reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous people. He also takes active part of solidarité étudiante contre les oléoducs, an organization with the mission of encouraging universities to withdraw from fossil energies and to take a stand against the development of new pipelines.