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.

Marc Nisbet

Board Chair – Community credit advisor at ACEM- Financement Communautaire Responsable

With an MBA and a background in non-profit management, I am currently working with ACEM- Financement Communautaire Responsable as a community credit advisor, where I accompany low income entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations, and cooperatives, to find appropriate financing for their start-up, consolidation and expansion needs. I have been connected in many ways to Santropol Roulant over the past 15 years, as a volunteer, staff member, donor, and now have a parent benefiting from meals and intergenerational contacts. I am honored to be able to contribute to the governance of this vibrant organization as a member of the Board of Directors.

Suzanne Bourque

Board Treasurer – Retired and Audit consultant – CPA – CA

As a Chartered Professional Accountant, I worked for over 35 years in financial, operational and audit management. From 2007 to 2015, I held the position of Auditor General at the STM. For the next years, I would like to contribute to the mission and the challenges of Santropol Roulant, by sharing my knowledge of finance and budgets, as well as governance.

Amelia Brinkerhoff

Sustainability Strategy Coordinator – McGill University

Having grown up in the wonderful small city of Ann Arbor, Michigan, I learned early on how special (and important!) it is to feel connected to your community around food systems and sustainability. As a Montreal transplant, I’m especially grateful to feel this at the Roulant, where I’ve loved my time chopping carrots and mixing dirt. With my background in sustainability strategy, organizational development & project management, I am very excited to contribute to Santropol Roulant’s mission. As a volunteer, a neighbour, and a basket-subscriber, I love witnessing how the Roulant lives its values through every thoughtful initiative and warm interaction, and how this organization cherishes the process much as the results.

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.

Christopher Webster

Consultant & Partnerships Manager

I grew up in a family of health professionals and public officials that were active leaders in their communities. From a young age I learned the value in leadership and public service. My professional experience comes from years in finance, non-profit consulting, and marketing research. Academically, my background is in economics, public administration and governance. I admire Santropol Roulant’s dedication to learning in a community environment and the warmth with which they approach each individual. I thrive in building relationships, but I’m known as a dedicated volunteer and for my passion around civic engagement. I’m excited to contribute in a meaningful way.

Jon Kalina

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).

Judith Colombo

Agricultural Scientist

I was raised among the chard and tomato plants of the luxurious gardens in the Ahuntsic neighborhood. Then, my father’s passion for cooking sealed my destiny of using food as a tool for social integration, for inducing positive change in our world and for encouraging sharing. My academic and professional background as an agricultural scientist and organic grower (for over 10 years) are now at the service of the Roulant in order to contribute as much as I can to its development. The warm welcome and the collaborative force of the Roulant attracted me like a bee on a flower!

Laura Howard

Entrepreneur / Consultant – Local food systems & economy

Some of my early professional work experience was with Santropol Roulant as 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 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 face 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 of 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.

Pierre Legault

General director – Renaissance

After travelling the word and after being shaken by the inequality of the living conditions of many people, I decided that I would spend my life improving the lives of those who are less fortunate! I then became involved in a popular soup kitchen in Griffintown neighbourhood (the old neighbourhood, before the condos). Then, my training as a psychoeducator led me first to work with people living on the street, then with child victims of all kinds of abuse and young offenders. Later, after being touched by a starving child, I wanted to improve the lives of poor people by creating Moisson Montréal, a food bank that feeds the city. A few years later, in wishing to move from giving fish to teaching others to fish, I established Renaissance (the Frip-Prix), the re-insertion company, where I am presently Executive Director. As for how I am able to contribute to the Board, I count on my long experience in the field of community organizations and social economy, where I have played almost every role, to contribute in one way or another to this superb organization that is Santropol Roulant!

Comments 4

  1. liz morgan

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

  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.

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