École-O-Champ would not be here without these incredible people!

Board members

Mathieu Rouleau

Co-founder and president of the EOC administrative council

Born and raised on a farm, works in agricultural finance, is passionate about youth initiatives, enjoys traveling and loves trying new foods. Mathieu has been account manager, agricultural market sector, at Desjardins since 2017. He was president of the 4H Québec movement from 2011 to 2013. He received the Macdonald campus of McGill Gold Key award for leadership and excellence in the promotion and development of extra­-curricular activities at Macdonald, to the benefit of the Macdonald community as a whole and ability to work with peers. His community involvement led him to be awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and he continues to give back when he can. His leadership allows the organization to outdo itself year after year.

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Caroline Begg

Co-founder and vice-president

She has worked in agriculture in Tanzania, the Philippines and the Laurentians. She loves teaching agriculture at McGill University and is happiest when she is in the garden. Caroline received the Award of Excellence, Honorable Mention from the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication in 2019, the Principal's Prize for Excellence in Teaching and the Macdonald Campus Award for Teaching Excellence in 2016, the McGill Faculty Award for Excellence in Alumni Activities in 2013, as well as the McGill Office of Sustainability Award for Staff Contribution to Sustainability in 2012. She is involved as president of the Marché Ste Anne Board and is an administrator on the board of Corbeille de Pain, a food security organization.

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Simon Brault

Treasurer

True touch to everything, from mixing soil to photo editing, from an idea to an epic, design is the engine of its achievements! Simon has held the position of assistant director of agricultural accounts at Desjardins since spring 2019. He has also been treasurer of the administrative council of Center Paysan since 2016 and the Second vice-président of the Youth association of Montérégie Ouest (ARAMO). He is also the administrator for the Agricultural Youth Federation of Quebec.

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Valerie Toupin-Dube

Co-founder and Executive Director

Dynamo, Mother Nature and her favourite vegetable? The tomato! A passionate Agronomist who loves to share her love for the agrifood heritage with young people.Valérie was the recipient of several awards and recognition including the Brown-Martlet Entrepreneurial Catalyst Award for the best student research on sustainable development at McGill (2014), the Gold Key Award for leadership and student engagement for the development of dynamic projects on the Macdonald Campus of McGill University (2014), the Community Spirit Award from the McGill University Student Association (2014), the Gretta Chambers Student Leadership Award in 2015 for student leadership at McGill, the 8th Laure Waridel award from Équiterre in 2015, the Canada Volunteer Award - Emerging Leader category in 2017, and the 2019 Distinguished Young Alumni Award from McGill University. Her legendary leadership propels the organization to make a real impact on the community. 

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The executive team

Dominique Bilodeau

Executive assistant

Dominique is in charge of administration, communication and the secretariat of Farm-to-school and provides support for the general management and coordination of educational programs. Our superwomen, our sun, our magician; she is the mother of 4 beautiful children. Dominique holds a bachelor's degree in tourism management from UQÀM and has accumulated years of experience in SME management. An Okoise citizen since 2006, she has been involved for several years in several committees and projects intended for families in the region such as the Regroupement Tandem and Récréoka. To this day, she sits on the municipal family policy committee and the board of directors of the Maison des Jeunes d'Oka. Dominique has been involved in the community for a long time and helps propel the organization into the community.

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Laurence Williams

Education Program Coordinator

Laurence coordinates the organization's services in the targeted territory according to the projects in place. She is responsible for financial management and renewal of funding agreements while supervising the team under her responsibility so that the organization can continue to offer agricultural educational activities on the north shore of Montreal. Laurence is an agrologist specialized in urban agriculture and market gardening. She has a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Sherbrooke University, as well as a certificate in ecological agriculture from McGill University. She works as an environmental consultant for André-Grasset College and teaches urban agriculture at Victoriaville College. Laurence was 2017 awarded Porteur d’espoir from Jour de la Terre Québec, a reward for youth with outstanding environmental involvement. She has been involved in many environmental groups as well as in the Transition Towns Network. Laurence is passionate about environmental education and serves on the board of Environnement Jeunesse, an organization that promotes and supports youth action and leadership in the climate crisis.

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Marilou Jeannault

Chief horticulture specialist and agricultural education specialist

Marilou takes care of the preparation of agro-food and environmental educational activities for all types of Farm-to-school customers and takes care of the planning of Farm-to-school gardens. She promotes Quebec agriculture through educational agri-food activities, by transmitting scientific information accessible to all by improving participants’ knowledge of agri-food and the environment. She is a motivated woman who has the mandate to give meaning to each action and to any relationship. Her dreamy side leads her to believe in development and newness, while her instinct gives her the confidence and the nerve to go for it! She lives from her passions and gives them a symbolic place in her daily life. Market gardening, wild plants, herbalism, food processing, art, crafts and of course the sharing of her experience and knowledge make her alive and sparkling! She completed her technique in horticultural production in 2018 and is currently completing a course in herbalism. That is why she ensures the seasonal planning of the various food productions and transformations of the organism as well as the creation and the animation of educational workshops.

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Laurence Archambault

Project manager: animal component

Laurence is the project manager for everything related to the animal aspect of the organization, thanks to her experience and expertise in animal production. She is involved in the agricultural community of her region and she seeks to transmit her knowledge and her passion! Everything that germinates, everything that blossoms, everything that is born, captivates her and seals her sense of belonging to the earth. Her life evolves with the seasons like nature does! Life stimulates and amazes her, pushing her to question herself and always wanting to know more about the various agricultural productions as well as the functioning of our ecosystem. Her desire to learn more and more about agriculture, nature and life, led her to do a technique in agricultural business management and a certificate in animal production. Observation, adaptation to her environment and her optimism are her greatest strengths.

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The summer team

Camille Marchand-Senecal

Specialist in environmental education

Camille joined the organization during the 2019 summer season with an internship as a master's student in environmental science. Camille was a representative of the Escouade des fermiers en ville project and of the Jeunes entrepreneurs bioalimentaires project in 2019 and ensured the development, coordination, logistics, communication and evaluation of these projects. She remains available for the organization and participates in various tasks and projects in addition to animating educational activities during various events where Farm-to-School is present. Camille is passionate about travelling, the outdoors, nature and loves working with youths. She has worked in summer camps for 10 years and is also a canoe-camping expedition guide. She completed a bachelor's degree in Outdoor Intervention at the University of Quebec in Chicoutimi in 2015, where she developed expertise in leadership, risk management, project management, wilderness medicine and more. She also has traveled long-term on all continents, except Antarctica (who knows, maybe in the future!) Back in the Montreal region, she will complete in 2020 a master's degree in environmental sciences at the University of Quebec in Montreal. She specializes in environmental education, food security in the northern indigenous environment, urban agriculture and local agro-food systems. Always ready for new challenges, Camille is a positive, dynamic woman who loves being in a group.

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Maude Camirand

Project manager specializing in floral production

Maude is a project manager for the organization and takes care of different tasks on projects in addition to doing animations at various events for the 3rd year. For the first season, she took care of the flower production. She completed a baccalaureate in geography at the University of Montreal and now works as a florist. Her incomparable creativity brings color to Farm-to-school.

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Animators

Seasonal specialist Animators for any program

Front-line workers, seasonal employees of EOC have the mandate to visit the various partners (municipal day camps, fairs and agricultural events), in order to give specialized activities in agricultural education. They also provide agro-environmental training through the Farmers' Town Squad and Vegetable Squad programs and offer agro-tourism services at Oka Abbey. These field representatives are the pride of the organization!

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High contribution volunteers

  • Rebeca Esquivel
  • Joelle Lefevbre Ouelette
  • Ociane Canadas
  • Ingrid Laplante
  • Roxanne Jasmin Larocque
  • Denise Proulx
  • François Gervais
  • Annick Toupin
  • Érika Bilodeau
  • Valérie Champagne
  • Philippe Aubin-Steben
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A big thank you also to the students who contributed to the writing of the content of the educational modules!

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