Board members

Anais Boutin, vice-chairman, 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.

Brigitte Bérubé is an administrator of CRE de Laval as of March 2019. She holds a degree in chemistry and a Master’s in water science. She has worked for the Quebec government (Ministère de l’environnement et de la lutte aux changements climatiques) for over 30 years and during the last 20 years, she was the manager of inspection and environmental  law enforcement teams. She is also vice-chairman of the board of directors of the Centre d’interprétation de l’eau de Laval (CIEAU) which promotes the protection and sustainable management of water resources. 

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.

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 an administrator of CRE de Laval's board of directors since 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.

Observing members

Mrs Christine Fliesen (biology - Environment Masters), Observing member on CRE de Laval's Board of directors, without voting rights. Head of division, natural environments, outreach and project development since 2018 at the City of Laval, working in the environmental field for more than 20 years, and significant experience as a environment manager.  Holder of a Bachelor in biology as well as a Master in environment from the University of Sherbrooke. At the City of Laval, it is under her direction that adaptation plans to climate change, greenhouse gas emission reduction plans and natural environment conservation plans are developed and implemented. Actions targeting citizens for the establishment of good environmental practices including measures for the reduction of drinking water consumption are also part of her job. She also once was Assistant director for the environment at Montreal Airports and was a lecturer in sustainable development for the Environment Masters program if the University of Sherbrooke.