Board of Directors

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!

Essential Responsabilities

  • 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.

Jon Kalina

Board Chair – 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).

Jenny Loughran

Vice-Chair – Human Resources Advisor at Outil-Pac Inc.

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.

Lorenzo Daieff

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!

Andrianiaina Rajaobelina

Board Treasurer

Born and raised in Madagascar, I grew up in the countryside (Mananjary, Fandriana), where the air is pure and the food is organic and unprocessed. Agriculture was an integral part of my life since supermarkets were nonexistent at the time. The culture also conveyed respect for seniors and their integration into everyday life (we do not have CHSLDs). The values conveyed by Santropol Roulant correspond to mine, which is why I decided to get involved with the Board of Directors. Having worked in the field of finance for several years and being a CFA Charterholder, I am happy to contribute to this beautiful organization as treasurer.

Caitlin Jenkins

Board Secretary – Lawyer, L.L.B.

I think I can safely say that the Roulant and I grew up together. I volunteered weekly all through primary school and also regularly throughout high school. My first summer job was here, as the intergen project assistant, as it existed then. And I have helped organize many events since. For a couple of years, life got in the way, but a law degree and a little more life experience later, I am so excited to start this new chapter within this great organization.

Mikaelle Daneau

Board Member

I truly discovered Santropol Roulant as a chef in its kitchen during 2018 and I immediately fell in love with its rich and diverse community, where the culture of «care» greatly touched me. I find in Santropol Roulant so many aspects that I’m passionate about, including agriculture, education, inclusion, cycling, food processing, food security, and so on. Being part of this team as a board member echoes my aspirations for leadership, learning, creating alternative food systems, citizen engagement and of course changing the world! Food has always been the narrative of my life, an infinite source of sharing, happiness, pleasure, creativity, and discovery.

Laura Howard

Entrepreneur / Consultant – Local food systems & economy

Some of my early professional work experience was with Santropol Roulant as a Fundraising Assistant and Community Economic Development Coordinator. I continue to carry the values and learning gained from my time at the Roulant and have applied them to subsequent roles in a diversity of organizations and projects. I have a genuine passion for the mission of the organization, particularly engaging people in food-related issues and creating opportunities for collaborative, participatory solutions to the challenges faced by various actors in our local food system. I now have over 10 years of experience in community economic, social entrepreneurship and local food systems, working with communities, organizations, and enterprises both in Canada and abroad. My day to day includes working to support local entrepreneurs, projects, and organizations with various elements of the development of their projects, all of which seek to better our local food system. Take me to a farm and I will smile the whole day through. I am very excited to continue to learn from the organization and be able to contribute my knowledge and experience to continuing to help it grow and thrive.

Tristan Khaner

Associate Director – Institute for Co-operative Education, Concordia University

Growing up in Edmonton Alberta, Montreal has been an incredible place to call home for the past 5 years. I first settled in the Plateau, and quickly started hearing about the Roulant hosting events, influencing societal change, and as a community building organization. Serving as a board member at the Roulant is an opportunity to learn from a group of passionate volunteers & staff, and lend my experience in leadership, individual and organizational change, and group/system dynamics. As a gardener, house-plant lover, advocate for whole-foods, and curious explorer of social change, I am so pleased to be able to serve this organization.

Athanasios Mihou

Urban Farmer

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!

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  1. liz morgan

    i wish them all well and we should feel fortunate to have attracted such generous caring people

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  2. Don Palmer

    Congratulations to Pier and everyone attached to the Roulant on another fabulous year of operation. You continue to inspire you non-profit colleagues across Canada.

    1. Isabelle Gervais Chapman

      Thank you so much for your kind and encouraging words Don! We find the ways in which Causeway assists people in making meaningful changes that impact their wellbeing to be deeply inspirational. Hats off to you too.

  3. Vanessa Reid

    What an incredible group of people elected to the Santropol Roulant Board! Thank you for all you do as volunteers – and what a difference this organization makes in the lives of so many people, and also to the land and the bee population and the non-human world, too.

  4. Julio Arevalo

    Best meals on wheels in town!

    Congrats to you all for next 475 years in Montreal.

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