Foire ECOSPHERE’s mission is to provide information and raise awareness on the many environmental challenges we collectively face, while offering sustainable solutions to reduce our ecological footprint. The goal of this largest environmental even in Quebec is to create a place where people come together and share, and to showcase alternative products, services, organizations and technologies that improve our health and that of the Planet. Together we can change the world!
Foire ECOSPHERE gives back to organizations that work hard to help change and improve the world. Each organization received between $2,500 and $5,000 in donations.
Fondation de l’hôpital BMP
Regroupement soutien aux aidants Brome-Missisquoi/Maison Gilles-Carle
Le Corridor Appalachien
Le centre de pédiatrie sociale en communauté Main dans la main de Cowansville
La Fiducie Foncière du Mont-Pinacle
Foire ECOSPHERE is also an eco-concerned, carbon-neutral, committed and multicultural fair!
The health of our planet is everyone’s business! Foire ECOSPHERE was rated a level-2 event based on the BNQ responsible event management standard (2013), in partnership with the Quebec Council of sustainable events (CQEER).
Foire ECOSPHERE is committed to reducing waste, using compostable tableware, educating visitors on the importance of individual responsibility when it comes to environmental issues, choosing eco-concerned suppliers, collaborating with local and fair trade businesses, working with social and environmental organizations, and purchasing carbon credits.
“With more than 200 exhibitors and 40 conferences, Foire ECOSPHERE is Quebec’s largest environmental event. Our aim is to bring together major players in the environment and sustainable development fields with the aim to help people learn about ways and products that can help change our lifestyles.”
Since 2006, people of various talents have joined forces to plan and develop environment and ecological construction fairs. Foire ECOSPHERE was founded by Dominique LaRoche, Patricia Kelly and Éric Ferland. Their talent and motivation and that of the Team and numerous volunteers are the reasons behind the durability and continuous growth of Foire ECOSPHERE.
On the Field
Éric Ferland, Directeur Général :
General Manager and Founding Member
Former leader of the Green Party of Quebec, he co-organized the Frelighsburg Festiv’Art (24,000 visitors in two days) and the Pierre Gauvreau and Janine Carreau exhibit at the Frelighsburg Art Centre. A Frelighsburg Municipal Councillor for 12 years, he implemented a recycling infrastructure, collaborated to regulations on logging and promoted an architecture integration and management program. He is a founding member of the Brome-Missisquoi Friends-of-the-Earth organization and of the Cowansville local solidarity market (www.marchecowansville.org). In 2008, Éric was named “Eco All Star” by the Harrowsmith Countrylife magazine.
Catherine Ayotte :
Coordinating Foire ECOSPHERE since autumn 2016.
On the Board
France Levert : President
Aubert Michaud : Vice-president
A soil and water conservation scientist at the Institut de recherche et de développement en agroenvironnement (IRDA), he works with his team to identify and develop tools to fight the diffuse contamination process of surface water in agricultural areas. Monitoring streams, geomatics, remote sensing and hydrological modelling are the main tools they use in a concerted action on the small watershed level. A tireless whitewater paddler and avid off-the-slopes skier, Aubert truly puts his money where his mouth is. He has been a resident of Quebec City for the last 27 years.
Andréanne Larouche : Secretary
Born in the beautiful Brome-Missisquoi region, Andréanne has always been an environment enthusiast. After studying journalism, politics and communications, she worked with Brome-Missisquoi MNA Christian Ouellet, who was first a Bloc Québécois spokesman on Natural Resources, then deputy spokesperson on the Environment. Andréanne currently holds a Communication Manager position for an event planning company, while pursuing her environmental activism as a member of the Ecosphere Board since 2011.
Jaime Lerakis : Treasurer
Benoît Ouellette : Administrator
A proud volunteer for 7 years, Benoît is now a member of our Team. His environmental and humanitarian awareness prompts him to be on a constant lookout for new sustainable development technologies.
Brigitte Blais : Administrator
Farida Sam : Administrator