Employees profiles

Mélanie Lelièvre participates in the development of Appalachian Corridor’s conservation strategies and manages the voluntary conservation initiative as well as the development of tools in support of this initiative. As Executive Director of Appalachian Corridor, she also contributes directly to the coordination of specific projects and manages human as well as financial resources.

 

Mélanie is highly qualified in managing environmental organizations and projects. Before joining Appalachian Corridor, she held various management positions, namely with an environmental services firm where she headed a team of five directors and twenty professionals. Mélanie holds a BSc in Agronomic Science with a specialisation in organic agriculture, and her passion for the protection of the environment that attracted her to the Appalachian Corridor’s team in 2007.

Martine is our Partnership and Stewardship Director. Prior to joining Appalachian Corridor, she worked as a Coordinator at the Commission régionale sur les ressources naturelles et le territoire (CRRNT) de la Montérégie Est for the last seven years. She has also served as Manager at the Organisme de bassin versant de la rivière Yamaska from 2002 to 2007. Initially trained as a geographer, Martine is fascinated by natural areas and environmental improvement issues.

 

Before joining our team, Martine was coordinator of the Montérégie East Regional Commission on Natural Resources and Territory (CRRNT) for tseven years and also Executive Director of the Watershed Agency (OBV) of the Yamaska ​​River from 2002 to 2007. A trained geographer, Martine is passionate about everything related to natural areas and improving the quality of our environment.

Clément Robidoux is Director of Conservation for Appalachian Corridor. As a Biologist specialising in ecology, Clément carries out ecological surveys and drafts conservation and management plans for protected properties. Furthermore, he is in charge of monitoring species at risk on the Appalachian Corridor territory. Clément sometimes contributes to activities raising awareness on conservation issues. Before joining Appalachian Corridor, Clément worked for a wastewater management company. He also took part in an internship financed by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), which focused on environmental impact assessments of development projects in Mali.

Victor specializes in ornithology, chiropterology (study of bats) and botany. He is always ready to go on the field and take out his binoculars. He participates in ecological surveys and monitors species at risk. He is responsible for the project of wildlife crossings on Autoroute 10.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Ecology and a Master’s degree in Environmental Management. In addition to being part of our team, he is the Executive Director at Conservation chauve-souris des Cantons-de-l’Est. Before he joined Appalachian Corridor, he worked in Ecuador as head of the Bird Department in a reintroduction center. He participated in several grass land birds monitoring in Estrie and Montérégie, especially for the Université de Sherbrooke. He was a biologist at the SETHY Foundation where he participated in numerous conservation projects in wetlands of Haute-Yamaska. He is also a beekeeper and has long been coordinator of Ruche Campus in Sherbrooke.

Frédérique is passionate about communication. She has a Bachelor in Communication and Politics from University of Montreal. Multidisciplinary in her field, she enjoys writing, public relations, creating communication strategies as much as managing social networks. Estrienne by adoption for 5 years, she left Montreal to settle in the Eastern Townships following a major crush for the region. Before joining our team, she notably occupied for more than 2 years the position of development and communications coordonator at the Marais de la Rivière aux Cerises, in Magog.

Myriam is responsible for everything related to accounting. She is responsible for keeping the accounting books, producing payroll, preparing monthly financial documents and end-of-year documents. She also performs various accounting and performance analyzes of the organization’s activities.

 

She has a bachelor’s and graduate degrees in accounting and specializes in management accounting and finance. Before joining the Appalachian Corridor team, she worked as an assistant to the controller and as a financial analyst for various companies.

Patrice looks after all GIS and mapping aspects of Appalachian Corridor’s work, including the production of numerous maps used at different stages of each conservation project, the maintenance and improvements of geographical databases, the use of spatial analyses and modelling, and the production of statistics related to the Corridor’s territory of action. He is also responsible for developing tools allowing the automation of a number of tasks and computer support.

 

His curiosity for natural environments led him to complete collegial studies in bio-ecology. While studying, he was introduced to G.I.S. and discovered a strong interest for this science. After two years working as a bioecology technician, he started a degree in Environmental GIS at Université de Sherbrooke.

 

His position at Appalachian Corridor allows him to combine his knowledge on natural habitats, his interest for IT as well as his values regarding the protection of natural areas and the environment.

David is the coordinator of the RNMV for Appalachian Corridor and is responsible for the elaboration and implementation of Nature Conservancy Canada’s Master Plan for the reserve. His tasks include the supervision and visits of the properties; he coordinates the patrol team, volunteers and collaborates with the managing partners of the trails within the reserve. As for the trails, David investigates the hiking trails infrastructures, produces reports and makes recommendations for required repairs. He is also the point person for all information requests and the maintenance of the web site.

 

Moreover, David assists with conservation projects; he supports and guides property owners through the steps leading to the conservation of their lands. He also participates in ecological inventories and evaluations, data analysis and production of inventory reports.

 

David holds a Technical degree in bioecology from the CEGEP de Sherbrooke, which allowed him to acquire knowledge in the usage of several measuring and mapping instruments along with a good training in taxonomy and ecology. David worked as a guide at the Parc d’environnement naturel de Sutton (PENS) and has completed an internship with Appalachian Corridor before joining the organization. A nature lover, David spends as much time as he can in the wilderness as much as he can.

MÉLANIE FRENETTE
Conservation and Special Projects Advisor

 

Mélanie Frenette supports Appalachian Corridor in the construction of our new offices and contributes to various conservation projects.

 

Previously, Mélanie worked as a Technical Director with a consulting engineering firm. Her environmental training led her to become actively involved in multidisciplinary teams to develop a global vision of the actions to be implemented in a variety of complex and diversified projects. Mélanie was also involved on the Board of the Société de conservation du mont Brome.

MARC LELOUP
Conservation Coordinator

 

Marc’s career has focused on business development and corporate accounts management for large private companies and SMEs in France and Quebec. He has worked in several industries such as packaging, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and recruitment.

 

Sensitive to the environmental cause and to the preservation of wildlife and natural environments, he undertook a change of direction in 2019 by following a graduate program in the environmental studies at the University of Sherbrooke. He joined the Appalachian Corridor team in June 2020. Marc is also an amateur beekeeper.

EVE BÉLANGER
Liaison Representative

 

An anthropologist by training, she has several years of experience in raising awareness and facilitating a variety of stakeholders and partners. She has previously been involved in collective mobilization, territorial networks and the protection of ecosystems, both locally and internationally. Also holding a master’s degree in environmental management, she specializes in sustainable agriculture and the conservation of biodiversity and natural environments.

André supports landowners and guides them through the steps of the conservation of theirlands. These steps include, among others, negotiation of conservation agreements. André participates in conservation actions planning and works together with other advisors to achieved Appalachian Corridor strategy goals.

 

Before joining the team of Appalachian Corridor, André worked with Environment Canada for 27 years. Researcher at The National Hydrological Research Institute, he held several management positions where he addressed major issues such as the St.Lawrence Action Plan, international cooperation for environment, data and information management and the Museum of the Biosphère in Montreal. He was also director of the Museum’s Foundation for a couple of years. Finally, he co-wrote the book Élément d’hydrologie. André holds a Bachelor and a Master’s Degree in Physical Geography from Université de Sherbrooke.

Marie-Hélène Thibeault
Communications and Philanthropy Coordinator (maternity leave replacement)

 

Marie-Hélène has more than 20 years of experience with various roles in corporate communications, marketing, media relations and philanthropy in the private and public sectors and in a wide range of industries including pulp and paper, aluminum, energy, amateur sports, and academia. Her professional highlights including working at the 2006 Olympics in Torino and 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.