Board of Directors

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!

Find out more about the different working committees on which the Board members are involved.

Essential Responsibilities

  • 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.

Alice Feuillet

Board Member – Agricultural and Soil Health Project Manager, Équiterre

I grew up in the French Alps, spending my childhood skiing, hiking or biking. That’s when I realized how much I loved this little planet we live on. Since then, I lived in the capital of the EU, studied in the Queen City in Wwoofed in the Puffin province. Also, I studied in Environmental sciences and in Political Science. Seven years ago, I arrived in the city of Tio’tia:ke, and that’s when I first met with the Santropol Roulant, volunteering with the Fruits Défendus. I have a passion for agriculture, food, cooking and I’m currently project manager on soil health at Équiterre.

Athanasios Mihou

Treasurer – Urban Agriculture Entrepreneur

I grew up in my father’s garden in Montréal but had to go to Nova Scotia to discover my love for farming. After two years in the Maritimes, I returned to my beloved city and got involved in various urban agriculture, collective kitchens and food security projects. I have been able to work full time managing such initiatives for the last 9 years, touching production, distribution, and transformation in a social entrepreneurial context. In the last two years, I started teaching classes on urban agriculture at the Cégep of Victoriaville, allowing me to share my passion for local food systems. I have always loved working and collaborating with the Roulant and joining the Board of Directors is a way for me to give back to such an incredible community and inspiring organization!

Claire Aubert

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.

Eloise Haliburton

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.

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.

Jenny Loughran

Board Member – Human Resources Coordinator

Whether tending to my mother’s tomatoes, weeding my grandmother’s garden or picking strawberries with my friends and neighbours, gardening and agriculture have always been an important part of my family and community life. It wasn’t until I left my small hometown in Southern Ontario that I realized just how powerful a force growing and cooking food with loved ones had in shaping who I grew up to be. This is why I am thrilled to be able to use my background in Human Resources to contribute to Santropol Roulant’s mission of using food and agriculture as a tool bringing together the Montreal community.

Jon Kalina

Board Member – Documentary film writer/director

I have been rolling with the Roulant for around fifteen years (mostly on my bike) and have a deep and lasting affection for the organization. I find it amazing that while the people who work and volunteer for the Roulant change over the years the culture and atmosphere remains the same. It is a warm, supportive place that continues to contribute in profoundly important ways to the community. If anything, it’s getting better. I am incredibly impressed with the qualifications of my fellow board members and I sincerely hope that my generalist’s background as a journalist and documentary film director will make me a valuable contributor to the board. I hope, as always, that my twin obsessions with food and travel will prove useful (or at least amusing).

Lorenzo Daieff

Board Chair – Tracking organizations’ social impact

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!

Tara Bhardwaj

Board Vice Chair – Donor Services Manager, Nature Conservancy of Canada

Looking at my life, it’s clear that my passion for community work has informed my choices. From working in a legal clinic supporting low-income South Asians, to working at the Roulant in fundraising, to doing policy and advocacy in my hometown, to most recently supporting broad-scale conservation work, I believe in the power of the grassroots. Through my work in the nonprofit sector on the front lines and behind the scenes, I’ve learned that the big picture and the day-to-day go hand-in-hand to strengthen communities, and that change needs to come from everywhere. I’m very proud to bring this balanced experience to the Roulant Board. Having worked at two food security organizations, I have a very strong understanding of the issues at play, as well as what nonprofits need to carry out their mission. I’m proud to have supported the creation of the Safer Spaces Policy at the Roulant, and to be a member of the Governance Committee and the Safer Spaces Committee. I’m looking forward to another beautiful year with this amazing community.