Most charities in Canada are governed by a voluntary Board of Directors. This group of individuals is legally responsible for overall governance. Generally speaking, this means that staff are responsible for day-to-day operations and decision making, while the Board provides leadership, direction, and oversight through, for example, the development of long-term strategic plans and organizational policies. They’re also responsible for making some of the bigger decisions such as approving the budget.
Our 9 Board Members are talented, generous, and dedicated volunteers that meet once a month. We have diverse members who each bring their experience, insights, and even expertise to help ensure that our day-to-day work stays on track as we keep an eye on future direction. To do this properly, especially in a highly collaborative organization like ours, we need to have a Board that actively engages and is ready to learn and get their hands dirty. Our Board does this beautifully and we’re lucky to have them!
Establish and hone governance framework – from bylaws, committee constitution, and budgets, to Board recruitment processes;
Develop long-term plan and objectives;
Support the organization’s financial stability through careful monitoring and even participation in fundraising;
Cultivate positive relationships, attend events, be spokespeople, and contribute to organizational life and culture;
Ensure that governance at the Roulant (including the Board) reflects our personality and aspirations;
Select, evaluate, and work with the Executive Director
If you want more info about the role of a Board, you can consult our bylaws on the publications section of our site.
Camille De Grandpré
Board member – Homecare Nutritionist, CLSC
I grew up on the North Shore of Montreal and in the countryside in Lanudière. Nature has always been important in my life but it was while crunching my first fresh and local vegetables that I had a revelation. I am then more interested in the subject of local agriculture, I see that we must change our food system, for out health and that of our environment. At the same time, I have years of experience as a dietitian in the health network. I work primarily with elders in the community and I am constantly confronted with food insecurity in all its forms. As part of my work, I therefore often call on the neighborhood foo aid and meals-on-wheels services, including Santropol Roulant. Today, I am particularly proud and excited to join its board of directors. It is a pleasure to share my knowledge and discover more about this unique organization! Apart from all that, you will find me in a BIXI or on foot walking the streets of the Plateau under the sun or the snow. In the spring, I also like to green my neighborhood and plant flowers everywhere! And in my spare time? I escape to the mountains on skis or by bike!
Board member – Economic Development Commissioner, City of Montreal
On a bike ride in july 2016, shortly after my arrival in Montreal, I came across the idyllic place of Santropol Roulant. It’s love at first sight and I started enrolling to volunteers shifts in the kitchens, while becoming a happy client of the organic baskets … and finally being one of the lucky few to take care of the gardens in Roy street. Being there, every Thursday from 4 PM, learning the foundations of gardening, felt like sheer joy and empowerment. I strongly support the mission of Santropol Roulant and am very proud to join the Board of directors, bringing my knowledge and enthousiasm for everything related to organisations development to the table.
Board member – Union Representative and Advisor, SEOM
I’m very excited to share with Ville-Marie’s community (my neighbors), Plateau’s and the central boroughs community healthy and energetic food. With almost a decade of experience working for the union movement including two years as legal staff of a Little Italy’s non-profit for injured workers, I contribute to the Roulant my knowledge of labour law and administrative law. During the day, I am proud to advise teachers and to contribute to their essential mission in solidarity. Also, I’m partial to pizza, cookies and I’m a big fan of Brave my rescue dog.
Board Member – Executive Assistant, Government of Canada
Anyone who knows me will tell you how passionate I am about food and its amazing capacity to unite, heal, and bring joy. I have always been curious about the parts of the food cycle that we, as consumers, are less exposed to, so when I got the chance to work on a small organic farm and witness the family’s truly distinct appreciation of the earth, I fell in love with food even more. I love how Santropol Roulant finds so many ways to connect with its community around food, in all its different stages. Having started as a member of the Roulant staff, I am excited to move into a new position on the Board.
Board member- Family Doctor
Delivering meals by bike for Santropol Roulant is how I got to know the streets of Montreal, so I am thrilled to now be on the Board of Directors. As a Family Doctor I hope one day to be able to prescribe food. Many of the chronic diseases that affect my patients could be prevented or better managed with access the healthy nutrition. Santropol Roulant’s mission echoes strongly in my values for those reasons.
Gabrielle Paris Gagnon
Secretary – Business Lawyer
From as long as I can remember, I’ve always been passionate about the impact of food production on the environment and our communities. I devoured books and documentaries on the subject and dedicated essays on the locavore movement. While I try to make personal choices to support local and sustainable agriculture, I came to realize that being able to make these choices is a great privilege. The ways in which we produce, distribute and eat food is problematic when viewed through a social justice lens. For this reason, I’m extremely happy to join the Board of Directors of an organization that addresses this problem and brings diverse communities together through sustainable, accessible and nutritious food. As a corporate lawyer, I’ll be happy to bring my knowledge of non-profit laws to the Roulant.
Board member – Capital Markets Associate
I initially joined the Roulant as a volunteer because I was yearning for a community of like-minded individuals with similar values. And here, at the Roulant, we value a sustainable food system, we believe in meeting the basic needs of all people and we share in a way that is inclusive and accessible to all. Our board should not only reflect these values but also understand the needs of its community and the people it serves. That is why I wanted to join the Board of Directors: To contribute in a manner that reflects my commitment to our values and our community.
Board Chair – Consultant, Energy Transition
Hailing from Germany / Switzerland / France via the UK, I moved to Montréal in 2012 and to right around the corner from Santropol shortly after. Intrigued by the mysterious garden rooftop building, I stepped in one day to discover friendly faces and soon after began to volunteer, mostly in delivery (foot, bus, car – even on a bixi!). I then joined the board in 2019, having developed a profound sense of respect and enthusiasm for this rich community. In my day job, I advise organizations big and small on how to measure and structure their social impact, be it monitoring UNICEF’s education work in Western Africa, evaluating the World Food Programme’s partnership strategy, or reflecting on capacity development with community groups in Montréal. Outside of that, I love a good game of soccer, the sunny streets of the Plateau, and my office plant – the only plant that has so far survived my attempts to look after it. Thank you for stopping by and reading this, and please don’t hesitate to reach out to the board for any thoughts or questions!
Board member- Commercial Lawyer
The place that Santropol Roulant occupies in the community bridges two causes that are very dear to me: promoting local food accessibility and breaking social isolation for individuals. In my professional life as an attorney, I help companies navigate their corporate and commercial legal needs. I want to put that expertise to good use as a member of the board of directors of Santropol Roulant to help the organization serve its members as effectively as possible. In my personal life, you can find me strolling or jogging the streets of my beloved city, and I could not be more excited to get involved with an organization that strives to make Montreal even more vibrant than it already is.