Canoeing at dusk, QC (Photo by NCC)

Canoeing at dusk, QC (Photo by NCC)

Meet the team

  • Claire Ducharme (Photo by Christianblais.com)
    Claire Ducharme
    Regional vice-president, Quebec

    Claire Ducharme joined the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) in September 2022 as regional vice-president in Quebec.

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

    Joël Bonin, associate vice-president at the 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.

  • Louisa Belaïd
    Louisa Belaïd

    Active in conservation for over 20 years, Louisa Belaid, CPA, has been working at NCC since 2019.

  • 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 NCC since 2010, combining his two passions: nature and real estate.

  • Marie-Andrée Boisvert
    Marie-Andrée Boisvert
    Program Director - Eastern Quebec

    Marie-Andrée Boisvert joined the Nature Conservancy of Canada in 2022 and is a biologist and the director of the eastern Quebec area.

  • Carine Deland
    Carine Deland
    Director of conservation

    Carine joined the NCC team in 2011, keen to be involved in an organization active in conservation across Canada. She has since worked on a wide range of projects and was appointed director of conservation for NCC in Quebec in 2019.

  • 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 Securement and stewardship

    Gwenaël Heyvang has been with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) since 2006, and has been the securement and stewardship director in Quebec since 2017.

  • Kateri Monticone
    Kateri Monticone
    Director Strategic Conservation and Innovation

    Since 2008, she has successfully led a variety of conservation projects on private lands and coordinated the design of around 15 conservation plans. She carries out large-scale projects in collaboration with multiple key players in land use planning, such as the Ecological Corridors initiative and the Southern Laurentians Atlas.

  • Kim Nguyen
    Kim Nguyen
    Director of development

    Kim Nguyen has over 15 years of experience as a manager. She specializes in philanthropic development and strategy.

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

    Project manager for the 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
    Elizabeth Sbaglia
    Communications and Marketing manager

    As the NCC's Quebec Region communications and marketing manager since 2011, Elizabeth is responsible for designing, implementing, managing and evaluating the communications program for Quebec.

  • Jason Beaulieu
    Jason Beaulieu
    GIS project manager

    Jason Beaulieu is the GIS project managerfor the NCC’s Quebec Region. He is responsible for developing maps and tools to help with science and planning decision-making.

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

    Camille, who is passionate about her adopted region, the Gaspé Peninsula, heads several coastal area conservation projects. As her projects often draw on local communities and municipalities, she is attentive to the needs of both humans and nature.

  • 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
    Gabrielle Cauchon-Déry
    Project manager, Mauricie, Capitale-Nationale and Centre-du-Québec

    Passionate about nature and communication, Gabrielle spends a lot of time in the field and is particularly drawn to unique areas such as île-aux-Grues. She loves interacting with people and using her communication skills to get them interested in and connected to nature.

  • Patricia Chourio
    Patricia Chourio
    Accounting assistant

    With a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an accounting diploma, Patricia Chourio has more than 15 years of experience under her belt.

  • Eléonore Chauvin
    Eléonore Chauvin
    Development Officer

    Eléonore Chauvin has a master’s degree in marketing and has been working in philanthropy for many years.

  • 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.

  • Pascal Côté
    Pascal Côté
    Coordinator of conservation planning

    Pascal Côté holds a bachelor's degree in biology as well as a master's degree in environmental sciences, with a specialty in forest ecology, from the Université du Québec à Montréal.

  • Claude Drolet
    Claude Drolet
    Project manager in stewardship

    Project manager in stewardship

  • Charles Dumont Mallette
    Charles Dumont Mallette
    GIS Technician

    Charles Dumont Malletteis a GIS (geographic information system) technician. He provides geomatics support to several projects in southern Quebec while ensuring that field applications are functional and efficient.

  • Renaud Dutoit
    Renaud Dutoit


  • Louis-Georges Equilat (Photo courtesy of Louis-Georges Equilat)
    Louis-Georges Esquilat
    Coordinator for the Quebec Ecological Corridors Initiative

    Louis-Georges is a science coordinator for NCC since 2022.

  • 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.

  • Anne Guay
    Anne Guay
    Communications and Marketing Officer

    Anne Guay is a non-profit communications and marketing professional with a degree in political science and business studies.

  • 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.

  • Fanny Lanoix
    Fanny Lanoix
    Project coordinator - Western Quebec

    Fanny Lanoix holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and a certificate in ecosystem restoration.

  • Éloïse Le Stum-Boivin
    Éloïse Le Stum-Boivin
    Project coordinator Est-du-Québec

    Éloïse Le Stum-Boivin, who holds a bachelor's and master's degree in geography, has been project coordinator for the eastern Quebec team since 2020.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Geneviève Pelletier
    Geneviève Pelletier
    Project coordinator, Mauricie region

    Geneviève Pelletier has been a project coordinator at NCC since spring 2021.

  • Olivier Perrotte Caron, project coordinator
    Olivier Perrotte Caron
    Project Manager Eastern Quebec

    Passionate about forest environments, Olivier loves helping people discover complex ecosystems such as the Malbaie barachois. He has a talent for developing conservation strategies with landowners and finding win-win solutions for humans and nature.

  • Madelaine Proulx
    Madelaine Proulx
    Project coordinator - Freshwater estuary and Bordeland moutains

    After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and a master’s in biology from Université de Sherbrooke, Madelaine Proulx completed an internship at NCC in 2020 for a project in the northern Green Mountains.

  • Isabelle René
    Isabelle René
    Project coordinator

    Isabelle, who holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and has been a project coordinator at NCC since January 2019. She is responsible for stewardship in the Northern Green Mountains.

  • Valérie René
    Valérie René
    Program Coordinator

    A biologist with a master's degree in environment from the Université de Sherbrooke, Valérie René has been NCC's program coordinator for the natural areas of the Haut-Saint-Laurent and Richelieu-Yamaska since April 2017 and program coordinator since 2021.

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

    Project Coordinator – Ottawa Valley

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

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

  • Sophie St-Pierre
    Sophie St-Pierre
    Project coordinator

    Sophie holds a bachelor of science degree with a minor in biology. She has experience in the environmental field in both the private and public sectors.

  • Philipe Tomlinson
    Philipe Tomlinson
    Senior Development Officer

    Philipe Tomlinson holds a diploma in sustainable development from HEC and is a former elected official in Montreal.

  • Caroline Tanguay
    Caroline Tanguay
    Stewardship coordinator

    Caroline Tanguay has been a stewardship coordinator at the NCC 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.

  • Ania Wurster
    Ania Wurster
    Marketing and communications officer

    Ania Wurster came to Montreal 8 years ago to complete her studies in art history. She remained in the city to continue her learning and acquire knowledge relating to various aspects of marketing and communications.

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