Board members

Anais Boutin, administrator, has been sitting on the board of directors of CRE de Laval since February 2012. She holds a Master’s degree in biology and works on the rehabilitation of threatened species and habitat conservation. Director of protection and conservation programs for Eco-Nature as of 2008, she focuses on projects aiming to restore and protect the habitats along the Mille-Iles River, with the help of involved citizens and the contribution of strong partnerships.

Paul-Yanic Laquerre, president, is a director and member of CRE de Laval as of 2018. Holder of a Master’s in environmental law, he works as an environmental advisor at the environmental branch of the Ministère des transports. In the past, he has been an environmental advisor for the Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et des Parcs, special cabinet counsellor for the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport, deputy chief of staff of the Dévelopement durable, de l’Environnement et des Parcs minister of Québec, legal adviser for the Fédération québécoise des municipalités (FQM) and crown prosecutor for the Ministère de l’Environnement et de la Faune.

Amal Melki, administrator, joins the board of directors of CRE de Laval for 2021-2022. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Urbanism as well as a Master's degree in Environmental Science and Occupational Health from the University of Montreal. She chose to get involved as a volunteer in different organizations such as Equiterre, Heritage Montreal and Canada Green Building Council to support the ecological and energy transition that is currently taking place. Convinced that regulations are no longer adapted to the reality of climate change and that a change is required at all levels (local, national and international), Amal joined the board of directors of Coalition Climat Montreal when it was founded in 2015. In 2018, she founded Coalition Climat Laval with her colleagues from Coalition Climat Montreal. She also sits on the coordinating commitee of Laval en transition since 2019 and in 2020, she founded La Caravane en transition, an initiative by Laval en transition.

Isabelle Côté, administrator, sits on the board of directors of CRE de Laval since October 2022. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Communication and Marketing and she is responsible for communications and public relations at Centre d’interprétation de l’eau (C.I.EAU) where she serves as a project manager since 2020. She collaborates on projects for water protection with different stakeholders and actively contributes to the promotion and supply development for an increased awareness towards the resource.

Vincent Leclair, secretary-treasurer, is one of the board members of CRE de Laval since June 2019. He is the general secretary of the Conseil régional FTQ Montréal métropolitain (‘Montreal metropolitain FTQ regional council’) as of June 2016. He was reelected in June 2019 for a three year mandate. As a proud Laval citizen, he is an involved union activist working to advocate and enforce the rights of workers while advocating for unionism based on social transformation. He is also a member of the board of Conseil régional des partenaires du marché du travail de Laval (‘Laval’s regional council of market partners’) as of 2018. The Montreal metropolitan FTQ regional council is environmentally active and wishes to contribute to a fair energy transition.


Julie Vézina serves as vice-president of CRE de Laval's board of directors - she joined the board in May 2021. She also administers Les Amis du Boisé du Souvenir as well as Les Amis du Trait-Carré, which she co-founded. Since 2003, she is the president and prime consultant of Consultation ScienTech, a firm specialising in strategy development in therapeutic innovations. She holds a doctorate in neurobiology and a postdoctoral training in medical biophysics/hemato-oncology, in addition to a master's degree in business administration (MBA). She also worked at the Clinical Research Institute of Montreal, the Ontario Cancer Institute, Novartis Pharma AG and the Amgen Research Institute.

Daniel Desgens, administrator, sits on the board of directors of CRE de Laval since October 2021 as a representative of College Montmorency. He holds a Masters of Science and a diploma in governance and development of organizations. He works as a manager at the Bureau de la planification institutionnelle et de l’innovation and as a sustainable development superviser. Besides being certified as a Green College of Quebec (Excellence level) for over 10 years, the College also devotes considerable attention to sustainable development and to the contribution it can bring to Laval's community.

Luc Falardeau, administrator, holds a Master in Civil Engineering with a specialization in environment. He worked as an engineer in municipal and industrial infrastructures and as a scientific instrumentation adviser. Luc is very involved in his community, notably in the citizen movement regarding the risks posed by hydrocarbons on general safety and the environment. He has been an advocate for the past 10 years in highlighting environmental concerns in Laval's east end. His goal is to promote the dissemination of information as well as a greater citizen participation for the protection of natural environments, for the energy transition and for a harmonious urban development.