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.

Judith Colombo

Board Chair

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!

Marco Gartenhaus

Board Treasurer – Founder and CFO of a startup

I grew up in a family that owned a small épicerie de quartier corner Laurier and Papineau. When I was young in the summer, we would get up at dawn to meet the producers at the marché central and select fruits and vegetables to feed the neighbors. Passionate about food and its impact on the environment, I am currently the founder of CANO, a network of reusable food containers that replace disposable packaging. Prior to that, I cumulated several years of experience in finance and strategy for large organizations like CAE and AIMIA. I hope to contribute to the wonderful Roulant community through my volunteer involvement and as a member of the Board.

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.

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.

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).

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.

Jenny Loughran

Board Member – 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 tool bringing together the Montreal community.

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.

Marc Nisbet

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.

Comments 5

  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.

  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.

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