Youth Delegation 2016
The Youth Delegation is a group of youth professionals and students that have joined forces to offer a vision of the St. Lawrence River by 2030. All citizens from the province of Quebec will be invited to join this vision.
Jean-Éric Turcotte has been the executive director of Stratégies Saint-Laurent since 2011. He has worked in the environmental field as a trainer, lecturer, project manager, and organization director/coordinator for some 20 years. He devotes much of his time to supporting causes associated with the conservation and sustainable development of Quebec’s natural heritage.
As a former nature tourism guide and college-level instructor, Jean-Éric firmly believes in the virtues of education and raising awareness of the environment as the main vector for change and improving the quality of life in society. Jean-Éric has training in the areas of communication, geomorphology, and the environment.
Sébastien Ouellet-Proulx is a doctoral student in water science at the Centre Eau Terre Environnement research centre at Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS-ETE).
He holds a bachelor’s degree in physical geography from Université de Montréal, as well as a master’s in water sciences from INRS-ETE. His research deals with hydrological and thermal forecasting in rivers.
Rébecca holds a master’s in environmental management from Université de Sherbrooke and a bachelor’s in environmental studies from Bishop’s University, and has worked as part of G3E since 2014. Her experience as a project manager, facilitator, and researcher, as well as her environmental knowledge make her a very versatile asset for G3E.
Rébecca works on numerous projects and events, including Éduc-Nature, Adopt a River, the IBA Conservation Plan for the Beauport Flats, and the Fishing Festival.
Anna Scheili has over ten years of professional and academic experience in water science. In addition to a degree in process engineering for the environment and water chemistry/microbiology, Ms. Scheili also boasts a PhD in land-use planning and years of international experience in water treatment and analysis.
Today she serves as regional representative of the Canadian Water Network and project manager of the Watershed Monitoring project.
Throughout her graduate studies and career in the field, Stéphanie Guilherme has acquired multidisciplinary expertise in chemistry, the environment, and public health. She is a postdoctoral researcher at Université Laval interested in drinking water quality issues, specifically in humanitarian emergencies.
Today she works as a representative of the Canadian Water Network committee of students and young professionals.
After heading up the water and water purification programs for Doctors Without Borders in Central Africa, Antoine now serves as project manager for the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Sustainable Development Institute. He has built up solid experience in the issues surrounding water in a multicultural context.
Antoine holds a master’s in land management and regional development and takes a holistic approach to the challenges of balancing water uses..
Maxine Dandois-Fafard has acted as operations coordinator of Université Laval’s CentrEau water research centre since its inception in 2015. After earning an MBA in corporate social and environmental responsibility, Ms. Dandois-Fafard served as water coordinator for Réseau Environnement and later worked on a ZIP committee.
She volunteers with Réseau Environnement and her neighbourhood council.
Jennifer O’Bomsawin is a young activist and lecturer from the Wendat and Abenaki First Nations. As a student at the Université de Sherbrooke School of Applied Policy and female spokesperson of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Youth Network, she aspires to join the country’s decision making bodies and restore the identity and pride of Aboriginal peoples.
In addition to her work to help First Nations regain the prominent role and position they once held, she is actively involved in Aboriginal communities and with various social causes to help people and teach them how to effect change.
Anne-Sophie Sainte-Marieis the North American representative in the World Youth Parliament for Water. In this role, she has volunteered her time to help initiate a number of local youth action projects and has taken part in multiple international events (World Water Forum, COP21, etc.)
Through a research internship with Stratégies Saint-Laurent, she studied the social acceptability of hydrocarbon projects in the St. Lawrence River as part of her master’s in maritime resource management. As a volunteer for the Senegalese NGO Eau Vive, she focused on the impacts of climate change on water resources in rural communities.