Canoeing at dusk, QC (Photo by NCC)

Canoeing at dusk, QC (Photo by NCC)

Meet the team

  • Jean Laporte (Photo courtesy Jean Laporte)
    Jean Laporte
    Regional vice-president, Quebec region

    Jean Laporte joined the management team of the Nature Conservancy of Canada in the fall of 2017 as regional vice-president, Quebec Region. In his role, he will contribute his management and business development expertise to strengthen the presence and actions of the Nature Conservancy of Canada in Quebec.

  • Joel Bonin (Photo by NCC)
    Joël Bonin
    Associate vice-president development and communications , Quebec

    Joël Bonin, associate vice-president development and communications at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) in the Quebec Region, has been a champion of conservation for over 25 years.

  • Hubert Pelletier (Photo by NCC)
    Hubert Pelletier
    Acting director of government relations and partnerships

    Hubert Pelletier joined NCC in 2002. As acting director of government relations and partnerships, Hubert collaborates with a multidisciplinary team of 30 in the protection of Quebec’s sensitive natural habitats.

  • Louis Belzil, legal advisor
    Louis Belzil
    Legal advisor

    Louis Belzil is a lawyer and member of the Quebec Bar since 2008. He has been working at the Nature Conservancy of Canada since 2010, combining his two passions: nature and real estate.

  • Large Tea Field, Montérégie, QC  (photo by Mark Tomalty)
    Carine Deland
    Acting director of conservation

    Acting director of conservation

  • Caroline Gagné (Photo by Sylvain Giguère)
    Caroline Gagné
    Program director for western Quebec

    Caroline Gagné has worked as a project manager at NCC since 2009 and as program director for western Quebec since 2017. She's responsible for the Ottawa and Gatineau valleys region.

  • Gwenaël Heyvang, chief programs coordinator
    Gwenaël Heyvang
    Director of the securement program

    Gwenaël joined the NCC team in 2006, starting off as program manager. Today, she is director of the securement program.

  • Marie-France Moquin, development director
    Marie-France Moquin
    Development director

    With a bachelor’s degree in sociology and another in social work, Marie-France Moquin has shaped her professional career around various social causes. A nature enthusiast, in 2011 she took advantage of an opportunity to join the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) team in Quebec.

  • Looking out off Round Top, QC (Photo by Eric Tschaeppele)
    Julien Poisson
    Program director for southern Quebec

    Project manager for the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) since 2010, and program director for southern Quebec since 2017, Julien is involved in many conservation projects and in forging strong relationships with NCC partners.

  • Elizabeth Sbaglia, communications manager
    Elizabeth Sbaglia
    Communications manager

    As the Nature Conservancy of Canada's Quebec Region communications manager since 2011, Elizabeth is responsible for designing, implementing, managing and evaluating the communications program for Quebec.

  • Sophie Arbour (Photo by NCC)
    Sophie Arbour
    Communications and marketing coordinator

    Sophie completed a specialized graduate diploma (DESS) in media, culture and technology at the University of Montreal in 2018. She particularly enjoys writing, researching and analyzing.

  • Valérie Aubin, project coordinator
    Valérie Aubin
    Project coordinator

    Valérie Aubin holds a Bachelor's degree in biological and ecological sciences from the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. She has been with the Nature Conservancy since 2016 as a project coordinator in the St. Lawrence River and Richelieu River sectors.

  • Maude Benny Dumont (Photo by Brian Yungblut)
    Maude Benny-Dumont
    GIS & conservation data analyst

    Maude Benny-Dumont joined NCC in the spring of 2014 as a geomatics specialist.

  • Camille Bolduc, project manager, Gaspé Peninsula and Magdalen Islands
    Camille Bolduc
    Project manager for the Gaspé peninsula and Magdalen Islands

    Since 2012, Camille Bolduc has taken on the role of project manager for the Gaspé Peninsula and Îles de la Madeleine.

  • Francine Bégin, finance assistant
    Francine Bégin
    Finance assistant

    Francine Bégin joined the NCC team in 2007 as financial assistant, working alongside Mary Bishay, controller, and Matthieu Sirois, financial coordinator.

  • Gabrielle Cauchon-Déry, project coordinator
    Gabrielle Cauchon-Déry
    Project coordinator

    Gabrielle Cauchon-Déry is the project coordinator for the Saint Lawrence freshwater estuary.

  • Catherine Collette-Hachey, project coordinator
    Catherine Collette-Hachey
    Securement coordinator

    Catherine Collette-Hachey, who has a bachelor’s in biology from the University of Ottawa and a master’s in sustainable management of forest ecosystems from the Université du Québec à Montréal, started at NCC in 2016.

  • Claude Drolet
    Claude Drolet
    Project manager in stewardship

    Project manager in stewardship

  • Sophie Essiambre, Land protection coordinator
    Sophie Essiambre
    Coordinator – conservation finances

    Sophie Essambre has a bachelor’s degree in physics and a master’s degree in environmental studies from the Université de Sherbrooke. Sophie has worked as a land conservation coordinator for NCC in Quebec since 2011.

  • Annie Ferland, project manager, Montreal and Basses-Laurentides (Photo by NCC)
    Annie Ferland
    Project manager for Montreal and the Lower Laurentians

    Annie Ferland began working with NCC in 2009 as a science and stewardship intern, and is now responsible for projects in Montreal and the Lower Laurentians.

  • Patrice Laliberté (photo by NCC)
    Patrice Laliberté
    Securement project manager

    With a bachelor's degree in biology and a minor in ecology from the Université de Sherbrooke, Patrice Laliberté has been a project manager with NCC since 2006.

  • Alfred-Kelly Nature Reserve, QC (Photo by Dan Dabbs)
    Elizabeth Ménard


  • Kateri Monticone
    Kateri Monticone
    Science and conservation planning manager

    Science and conservation planning manager

  • Marie-Hélène Moquin
    Marie-Hélène Moquin
    Development assistant

    A great nature and outdoors lover, Marie-Hélène joined our team as a development assistant in May 2019.

  • Amélie Patenaude
    Amélie Patenaude
    Business development manager

    Amélie joined the NCC team in September 2018 as business development manager. She is responsible for coordinating activities related to business development and the major campaign.

  • Cynthia Patry
    Cynthia Patry
    Project manager for Northern Green Mountains

    Cynthia Patry holds a bachelor's degree in biology, as well as a master's degree and doctorate in environmental sciences. She joined NCC in 2018 as a project manager for the Northern Green Mountains.

  • Olivier Perrotte Caron, project coordinator
    Olivier Perrotte Caron
    Project coordinator for the Gaspé peninsula and Magdalen Islands

    Olivier graduated from McGill University in biology in 2005. He worked for several years in project management in the areas of mitigation of environmental issues and applied research in forest ecology.

  • Pandora Pham (Photo by Harrison Boyd)
    Pandora Pham
    Senior development officer

    Pandora Pham was delighted to join the Nature Conservancy of Canada in 2019 to work alongside philanthropists committed to protecting the environment. Pandora has many years of experience in philanthropy, having worked for the Université de Montréal’s major campaign, and she assisted numerous charitable organizations in their fundraising efforts. She is passionate about her job and loves to guide donors in their philanthropic projects.

  • Valérie René
    Valérie René
    Project coordinator

    A biologist with a master's degree in environment from the Université de Sherbrooke, Valérie René has been NCC's project coordinator for the natural areas of the Haut-Saint-Laurent and Richelieu-Yamaska since April 2017.

  • Francisco Retamal Diaz
    Francisco Retamal Diaz
    Project coordinator – Ottawa Valley

    Project Coordinator – Ottawa Valley

  • Matthieu Sirois, finance coordinator
    Matthieu Sirois
    Senior finance coordinator

    Matthieu Sirois joined the NCC team in 2006 as an intern on the finance team. Today, he is the senior finance coordinator and key assistant to the controller.

  • Martha Stomal (Photo by Julia Stomal)
    Martha Stomal
    Communications coordinator

    After an initial stewardship internship at NCC in 2015, Martha has filled the position of communications coordinator since 2016.

  • Caroline Tanguay
    Caroline Tanguay
    Stewardship coordinator

    Caroline Tanguay has been a stewardship coordinator at the Nature Conservancy of Canada in Quebec since 2012. She has a bachelor's and a master's degree in biology from the Université du Québec à Montréal.

  • Marie-Andrée Tougas-Tellier, project manager, Papineau Lake
    Marie-Andrée Tougas-Tellier
    Project manager for the Lower Laurentians and Petite-Nation

    Marie-Andrée Tougas-Tellier first started working with NCC as a science and stewardship assistant in 2010. After a short time away, she returned in 2014 to work with the team as a project manager.

  • Lucie Veillette (Photo by Brian Yungblut)
    Lucie Veillette
    Stewardship coordinator

    Lucie Veillette has a background in biology and a master’s degree in environmental sciences. She joined the Nature Conservancy of Canada team in 2012 as stewardship coordinator.

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