ECOSPHERE Canada is recognized as the number one event in Quebec with over 200 exhibitors and 40 conferences. Our goal is to bring together a number of stakeholders in the domains of environmental sustainability and development in order to educate the general public about new methods and products which we can acquire so as to alter our lifestyles, thinking about the future.
Since 2006, people of many diverse talents work hand-in-hand to plan and set up fairs that shed light on environmental issues and solutions, ecological construction projects and green housing. ECOSPHERE Canada was founded by Dominique LaRoche, Patricia Kelly and Éric Ferland. Thanks to their talent and motivation, to the dynamic team and to the large group of volunteers, ECOSPHERE Canada continues to grow each year.
Eric Ferland, General Director and founding member:
Former Green Party leader, Eric supported and contributed to the festival Festiv’Art de Frelighsburg (attracting 24 000 visitors in two days), as well as actively supporting the artistic exhibition of Pierre Gauvreau and Janine Carreau at the art centre of Frelighsburg. Municipal councillor of Frelighsburg for a period of 12 years, he successfully set up a recycling infrastructure, collaborated on forest industry regulation, and furthered a site planning and and architectural integration programme. Founding member of AmiEs de la terre de Brome-Missisquoi and of the Marché de solidarité régionale de Cowansville (www.marchecowansville.org), Éric has been applauded as the “Eco All Star” by Harrowsmith Countrylife in 2008, a country life magazine.
The boards of directors
France Levert: President
Mrs. Levert is an expert in the domain of the environment and of sustainable development. She received a degree business management and a Master’s in urban planning. While pursuing her doctoral studies, she became interested in factors influencing businesses making environmental decisions and adopting healthy lifestyles.
She took on many duties at Hydro-Québec as manager and as an expert in the field of the environment, sustainable development, corporate social responsibility, and sustainable communities.
She is the President of the Women’s Environment Network, the Comité consultatif du Conseil québécois des événements écoresponsables, as well as of the Conseil d’administration du Fonds d’action québécois pour le développement durable.
Aubert Michaud: Vice-President
Researcher in soil and water conservation at Institut de recherche et de développement en agroenvironnement (IRDA), Aubert works with his team to describe surface water contamination processes in the agricultural environment and to find effective tools to find solutions to these problems. Aubert monitors stream movement, studies geomatics, analyses remote sensing and hydrologic modeling.
Andréanne Larouche: Secretary
Born and bred in the beautiful Brome-Missisquoi region, Andréanne has always been passionate about the environment. After pursuing studies in journalism and politics, before upstarting a career in communications, Andréanne landed a job working with the deputy of Brome-Missisquoi, Christian Ouellet, who was a spokesperson for the Bloc Québécois when bringing up environmental issues. Ouellet was also the deputy spokesperson in environmental matters.
Brigitte Blais: Tresurer
Brigitte Blais has been working at the Estrie Regional Environmental Council since the spring of 2018 as a consultant in communications and greenhouse gas management. She has been working in this field since the mid-1990s, but also in file analysis and report writing, notably at the Régie de l’énergie where she represented the AQLPA. In 2017, she completed a graduate training course in Sustainable Carbon Management (UQAC). Ms. Blais has been a member of the ÉCOSPHÈRE Group’s Board of Directors since 2016 and lives in Magog.
Benoît Ouellette: Administrator
Proud volunteer for over eight years, Benoît is now a member of our team. Concerned about the environment and the human impact upon the world, he is always discovering new technologies that will help us adopt lifestyles that support sustainable development!
Farida Sam: Administrator
Engineer, member of the Technical Association for the Construction Mechanical Industry and Solar Energy Quebec (ESQ).
Selma Vorobief: Administrator
Research and Evaluation Advisor.
Claude Trépanier: Administrator
Working at Habitat Multi Générations, Claude is a professional who organizes and develops real estate projects, where people can buy homes at a reasonable cost near large urban centers, which allows them to live in the countryside and to revitalize rural municipalities.
Noémie is the coordinator for eco-friendly event management at Enviro Éduc-Action, an organization working in the Outaouais in the broad field of eco-citizenship. She represents Enviro Éduc-Action on the Board.