Taking Root’s Board of Directors is a dynamic group providing vision for the organization. Our 2013-2014 Board is composed of the following five members:
Jean-Benoît Grégoire Rousseau is an Associate in the Montreal office of McKinsey & Company. Since joining the firm in 2010 he has worked with clients across a range of industries; his areas of expertise include operational excellence and lean manufacturing. Before consulting, Jean-Benoît held a post-doc position with the CIRANO Montreal and lectured at the HEC Montreal. Jean-Benoît holds an Economics PhD from the University of Michigan where he completed a thesis on the Economics of Happiness. Prior to that, he completed a Masters in Economics and a Bachelor in Psychology, both at the University of Montreal.
Sabine Audette-Hall is an associate in the Business Law Group of McCarthy Tétrault’s Montreal office. Her practice is focused on banking and corporate finance. Before joining the Bar of Quebec, among other things, she served on the board of Sustainable Campus of the University of Sherbrooke and worked in the forest industry in western Canada. She is interested in business law and aims to contribute to the sustainable development of the business sector.
Maxime is Vice-president, Strategy, at La Caisse de depôt et placement du Québec. Previously he was an Engagement manager at management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, where he worked with multinationals in the high tech and financial services sectors on operational and organizational issues. Prior to joining McKinsey, Maxime worked at Cirque du Soleil in strategy and business development. Maxime has a strong interest in corporate social responsibility and its impact on sustainable development. He has an MBA from the Harvard Business School, a bachelor’s degree in Finance from HEC Montreal and was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
Laura has 10 years experience in community economic, social entrepreneurship and local food systems. She is one of 4 Co-Founding members of Taking Root. Her work has since focused on organizations and projects related to food security and food sovereignty include: Santropol Roulant as Community Economic Development Coordinator; Canada World Youth (CWY), as Project Supervisor of 3 consecutive programs in the areas of food security and local agriculture, working with communities in Canada and internationally. Based on personal interest and study, she was later hired by the food tech start-up, Provender in the role of Director of Communications, Marketing and Community Engagement. She is currently launching an enterprise that focuses on local food systems and local economic development.
Brooke has a B.A in Communication Studies, Minor in Art History/Studio Art (2006) and a Graduate Diploma in Community Economic Development (2007) from Concordia University. From 2006-2011 she worked as the Online Communications Officer for Icograda, the world body for professional communication design. During this time she helped found Taking Root and, in 2011, began working full-time as Communications Coordinator. In this role she managed the organization’s brand identity and develops and implements its international communications and promotional strategy. She also acted as the Business Development and Communications Director from 2013-2015.
Nicole Lefebvre is a partner and co-founder at Holdur, a premium handbag and accessories business based out of Montreal, Canada. Before launching Holdur, Nicole was a strategic planner with Digital Cement, a marketing agency in Toronto serving multi-nationals across Canada and the US. Prior to this, Nicole was a Principal with AMS, now CGI, with a specialty within the financial services sector. Nicole holds an MBA as well as a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University. Nicole is active member of the community and is active with other boards and organizations.
Joining the board in August 2014, Jérome Dupras is the bassist for the Cowboys Fringants and the Chairman of the Cowboys Fringants Foundation, an organization dedicated to the protection of the environment. He is also a professor in the Department of Natural Sciences at the Université du Québec en Outaouais and a researcher at the Institut des sciences de la forêt tempérée. His research interests center on ecological economics, ecosystem services, land use planning, and green infrastructure. Jérome is a member of the executive committee of the Green Belt Movement and the Cercle scientifique of the David Suzuki Foundation.
David supervises the organization’s data management systems, directs its finances and accounting, and aids in the supervision of project development and operations management in Nicaragua. He is also Taking Root’s chief carbon footprint analyst.
Taking Root would like to thank its past board members for their invaluable contribution to the organization: