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OUR TEAM

Our diverse skills and interests allow us to see change from a variety of perspectives. Food connects us all.

Our team

Laura Howard

CO-FOUNDER & DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND PARTNERSHIPS

Laura’s drive and passion is in reinforcing local food systems and building thriving local food economies. Having worked for over 15 years with community driven initiatives related to circular economies; social innovation and social entrepreneurship in connection with local food systems development; Laura is passionate about helping those on the ground leading needed change achieve their desired impact. 


She is the Co-Founder of Récolte and Parler la Bouche Pleine, as well as the organisation Taking Root. Her previous experience includes working with agricultural communities across Canada and around the world; supported the start-up phases of a FoodTech company for farm to restaurant sourcing solution; and working with a diversity of stakeholders throughout Québec and beyond in  support of systemic shifts in the future of food. 

Judith Colombo

DIRECTOR OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Judith’s dream is to provide healthy, diverse, colourful and eco-responsible food for all by developing sustainable agricultural models and creating spaces that reconnect citizens with food. Her ultimate goal: To ensure the sustainability of ecosystems through a dynamic, respectful, and diverse occupation of the territory.


Judith studied agricultural science and has been an Agronomist  for almost 20 years. Her experience at a youth-focused social enterprise in agricultural production inspired her to promote diversified and eco-responsible agriculture. Following this, she specialized in marketing for different collective organizations. The completion of a master's degree in project management from UQAM in 2019 then led her to explore the emergence of collaboration within food governance. The combination of these past experiences, allow her to actively participate in the dynamism of local and eco-responsible food systems at Récolte.

Dominique Lalonde

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS AND DEVELOPMENT

Dominique contributes to the creation of fair and regenerative food systems by sharing knowledge and exploring new sustainable models that create a healthier and more flavourful world.

Documentary Production Manager for 17 years she was drawn to food entrepreneurship in 2015. Dominique has a deep love for food with solid global management experience, committed to supporting the continuing development of this organization. She is also co-founder of Fleuron, an organization dedicated to promoting local, sustainable and diverse grain and organizer of the annual ‘A Taste for Grain’ event.

Nadia Fentiman

PROGRAM COORDINATOR, ACCOMPANIMENT

Nadia is inspired by the immense potential that food systems have to create a more sustainable and tasty world and seeks to share this with others by encouraging them to rethink their relationship to food and how their food choices can be used as powerful avenues of social and environmental change.

Her adaptability, diverse skill set, and boundless curiosity allow her to work on a variety of projects at Récolte. Blending her academic background in geography, geographic information systems and sustainable community development with her passion for everything related to food, she strives to transfer and build knowledge, inspiring individuals to make empowered decisions regarding their food options.


Marie-Neige Besner

COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Marie-Neige has an eclectic background that has taken her all around Quebec, through Italy and Albania (a small country north of Greece). For the past ten years, she has worked as a communications manager for various Quebec organizations in the agri-food and social economy sectors. However, it was while traveling to northeastern Italy to explore the world of agritourism and social and educational farms that she became passionate about social innovation in the agrifood world. Upon her return home, she worked to put her skills and knowledge into practice in the agri-tourism world of Outaouais, the region where she grew up. She has found that it is through communications that she can best contribute to the necessary changes a more sustainable and fair agrifood system.

Manda Razafimahefa

PROGRAM MANAGER, NOURRIR L'INNOVATION

With a background in finance, Manda wanted to give meaning to her career, so she turned towards sustainable development. With a master's degree in management and sustainable development, Manda is particularly interested in social entrepreneurship, management models in social innovation, and alternative financing methods. Manda has several years of experience coaching entrepreneurs, managing projects, and impact investing. She is interested in adopting a systemic approach to act effectively on food security issues.

Julie Sage

DISTRIBUTION & LOGISTICS LEAD, SALIM - MONTREAL IN COMMON

Julie is committed to shaping resilient food systems that restore relationships, territories and dignity.

Prior to Récolte, Julie managed a project on food system resilience and its potential to address the systemic crises we are faced with. She also brings five years of experience in supply chain management as a purchaser/importer of organic fairtrade produce from Latin America for a wholesaler/distributor in Vancouver. As an Agronomist, she is convinced of the socio-environmental benefits of the SALIM project and of agroecology. 

Liam Brown

TECH SOLUTIONS LEAD, SALIM - MONTREAL IN COMMON

Liam is passionate about making people's lives a bit better by finding and building accessible tech solutions to complex issues. With years of experience as a web developer, he transitioned into building and improving tech tools for community food organisations in Montreal, and is excited to be working on the SALIM project.

Louis Lafortune

Procurement Solutions Lead, SALIM - MONTREAL IN COMMON

Louis works to promote the emergence of a sustainable food system, through collective human, technological, and physical infrastructures.


Louis thinks that small scale farms are essential to preserve biodiversity, to guarantee access to healthy food, and to build relationships between producers and consumers. In 2016, Louis started to work for an urban agriculture project in Montreal, and more globally got involved in the healthy food ecosystem. Louis brings a background in Economics, non-profit and social entrepreneurship experiences, as well as a solid organic farming and farm-to-fork background.

Camilla Chiari

NEIGHBORHOOD FOOD INITIATIVES LEAD, SALIM - MONTREAL IN COMMON

Camilla wishes to support community stakeholders in strengthening local food systems to ensure access to healthy food for all.


With a master's degree in environmental science, Camilla has a keen interest in movements calling for healthy, sustainable and accessible food. Before joining Récolte, Camilla supported several organizations and institutions in the development of social innovation projects. The desire to promote the creation of collective projects with strong regional roots and high impact potential is at the heart of her professional and personal career.

Raphaël Goyer-Pétrin

DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS ASSISTANT

Raphaël holds a master's degree in political science and has several years of research experience in both academic and professional contexts.


Geneviève Leblanc

SENIOR ANALYST

Geneviève believes that the world is transitioning to a new paradigm that is more respectful of the systems that sustain life. She observes that we are collectively locked in a straitjacket, like a shell that is gradually breaking down as our beliefs change. She has acquired a vision of a more equitable and healthy world through various experiences including many readings, meetings and travels. 

With a bachelor's degree in engineering and a master's degree in environment, in addition to three years of studies in naturopathy, she combines her technical knowledge, her project management skills and her passion for healthy, local and sustainable food in her job at Récolte. She believes deeply in change through action and in transforming individual and collective thinking. She sees collaboration as an answer to the various plagues that afflict us. She is aware of the challenges ahead and looks forward to the future with serenity.

Our community of consultants

Tim Murphy

Tim holds a degree in Environment from McGill University. His areas of expertise include management, project coordination, and events in the areas of food security, sustainable development, organic agriculture, climate change, and other environmental issues. He is an advocate for small-area bio-intensive agriculture, i.e. largely non mechanized production with ecological methods. Furthermore, his choice of projects reflects his particular interest in food justice and sustainable urban development. Tim is one of three co-founders and associates of La ligne verte: Maraîcher whose mission is to create and utilize new spaces allowing the practice of multifunctional, sustainable and organic urban agriculture. He lead projects including the largest organic productive rooftop in Canada at IGA Duchemin in Ville St-Laurent. He currently works as General Manager of the New Brunswick Environmental Network.

Gwenaëlle Reyt

Gwenaelle Reyt has been specializing in the food sector for more than 10 years. First, as a food journalist writing for several media outlets in Quebec and Europe including Le Devoir and Atabula, then as a researcher on a PhD on restaurants in Montreal. She is also a lecturer at UQAM where she teaches about food and its links to territory; gourmet tourism and food production and processing in Quebec.

Carlo Primiani

Trained in agricultural engineering and working in the non-profit sector, Carlo brings technical expertise counterbalanced by a sensitivity to human dynamics. He is involved in the collective effort to create a more sustainable and just food system, focusing mainly on the creation of urban gardens, public education on agriculture and food justice. He is also interested in accompanying groups for collective decision-making. When he's not developing workshops or planning consultations, you'll find him in the forest looking for mushrooms, or in his kitchen fermenting what he has on hand.

Farid Rener

Farid is dedicated to using technology in an open, socially just, and civic manner to build resilient systems for those in need. Farid has worked alongside governments, NGOs, and other community organizations to create technology to help some of the most vulnerable populations in the world.

Nathalie Laplante

Nathalie believes that her approach to food can be a concrete way to promote its values. She has several years of experience related to local food supply chains and the management of social economy projects. In 2010, she co-founded the solidarity coop Les Bons Voisins in Pointe-Claire, where she managed a restaurant and a grocery store belonging to the Locavore movement. In 2018, Nathalie contributed to the lauching of the market and farmer restaurant "Aux petits oignons", in Mont-Tremblant, as co-manager. Most recently, she founded "Assiette Turquoise", which offers consulting services in sustainable food supply in the Laurentides.

Benjamin Ouanson

Benjamin has worked in the food industry for several years, first in Australia and now in Montreal. His awareness of environmental and social issues guides him in his thoughts, choices and decisions on a daily basis. He is looking for solutions and alternatives in order to promote local and responsible production. Passionate about entrepreneurship, Benjamin supports people in the development of their businesses or their personal growth.

Mélissa Simard

Mélissa's theme song is "I’m every woman". Mélissa touches on everything related to gastronomy, food security, sustainable food, community spirit as well as all forms of learning. Mélissa founded Les Tours de la Table in 2012, which organizes excursions based around gastronomic and tasting experiences. These are occasions to spend special moments with people who create delicious food, full of history. Mélissa loves people and her community. Her goals are to understand the actors in the world of agri-food, support their career, tell their story, help them  to solve their puzzles.


She facilitates the networking with other actors, promoting synergistic collaboration  particularly for training programs, planning and performance improvement campaigns.


Mélissa is trained in professional cooking, as a tour guide, a graduate in Canadian studies from McGill, in business start-ups, as a doula (birth attendant) and is a candidate for a master's degree in Educational Technology at Concordia, related to insurrectional design.


She’s involved with the food bank Réseau d’entraide à Verdun by managing a delivery program for the elderly and people with reduced mobility, as well as with Coop CAUS (Coopérative de solidarité d'abondance urbaine solidaire) as a member of the Board of Directors. Her role is fundraising and business development, including finding more vendors and products for farmers' markets and public relations.


Her passions are biking, cross-country skiing, cooking and her dinner club which has been running for 18 years! She is also interested in sexual and reproductive justice.

Our board

Marie-Noël Ouellet

PRESIDENT

DIRECTOR, OPERATIONS AT DUNSKY ENERGY CONSULTING


Marie-Noel has more than fifteen years of management experience in mission-oriented organizations. Her career has been motivated by the desire to make our world more sustainable. She chose to get involved with Récolte because strengthening the sustainability of our local food system is one of the major challenges facing our society and, also, because the Récolte team is amazing! 

Julien Le Net

VICE-PRESIDENT

CO-FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AT ÉAU (ÉCOSYSTÈMES ALIMENTAIRE URBAINS)


A true Swiss knife of social entrepreneurship, he has collaborated with a multitude of actors in Montreal and elsewhere. Oh yes, and he also found time to co-direct a documentary on land grabbing in Africa!

Boris Zadra

TREASURER

CONSULTANT 


Boris has more than 15 years of experience in budget planning, management and business valuation in large companies. He is motivated to support Récolte because of the quality of the team and a desire to see a sustainable local food system.

Ghalia Chahine

SECRETARY

ENVIRONMENTAL, PLANNING AND CONSULTING COORDINATOR | AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH AND POLICY DIRECTOR AT UNION DES PRODUCTEURS AGRICOLES (UPA)


Ghalia has been working with Récolte since its inception. The passion and commitment of the Récolte team has always been deep in the DNA of the organization and its founders. In recent years, the team has grown and projects have multiplied. The quality of the projects carried out and that of the new team members are an additional guarantee of success.

Frédérick Clerson

ADMINISTRATOR

LECTURER AND DOCTORATE STUDENT


For Frédérick, Récolte represents an opportunity to support change in the way the agri-food system is organized and, therefore, our consumption habits. With Récolte’s help, we can support innovative projects and build a network of initiatives and businesses that represent the future of the agri-food community.

Julie Francoeur

ADMINISTRATOR

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AT FAIRTRADE CANADA


Why she chose to get involved with Récolte? Agriculture and sustainable development. Eating well. Collective and solidary entrepreneurship. These are subjects that Julie is passionate about but often work in a vacuum. Récolte creates a chain linking them all. Supporting a young, innovative organization, led by 3 women, is a welcome challenge.

Magali Moreau

ADMINISTRATOR

MARKETING CONSULTANT

Getting involved with Récolte is a way for me to contribute to a more sustainable world. Promoting access to healthy food, including local products is for me a solution to many of the ills of our society. My passion for the food industry reinforces this choice.

Julie Lefebvre

ADMINISTRATOR

CONSEILLÈRE EN CHANGEMENT ORGANISATIONNEL

Soli Agha

ADMINISTRATOR


A thank you to our co-founder

We would like to express our sincerest thanks to Marina Jolly, co-founder of Récolte. Without her passion, energy and exceptional talents in communication, research and organizational development, Récolte would not be where it is today! Marina played an integral part in the creation and management of Récolte, helping guide the organization through its first years of operation. Thank you for being a key member of our community and for taking such a significant place in the early years of our history!

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