BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Our cooperative business model is intended to work as a tool for promoting democratic management, involvement and empowerment of different actors. All categories of membership, that is, workers, users and community support members, benefit of decision-making power via the respective seats allocated to them in the Board of Directors:
7 members on the Board of Directors:
3 worker members
2 user members
2 community support members
Pierre Batellier – President – was been the Coordinator for Sustainable Development (2008-2013) and lecturer in corporate social responsibility at the HEC Montreal. M Batellier holds a DESS in Management (HEC Montreal), a master’s degree in international trade and development (IEP Paris) and an DEA in environmental economics (Sorbonne). He worked as a consultant for sustainable development of different organizations. He is the author of several articles and many teaching cases on issues of social responsibility of organizations.
Marica Vazquez Tagliero – vice-president- is a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil and has worked for more than fifteen years in environmental and community development in Quebec and abroad. She has a double degree in Sociology and Political Science from Concordia University and a graduate degree in Community Economic Development from the same institution. Since her adolescence she was intrigued and fascinated by the work of the Catadores (informal recyclers or Brazilian binners) in her natal city. After arriving in Canada for her studies in the early 90s, Marica could not help but notice that the same activity was happening in the streets of Montréal: People picking up beverage containers from the public domain in order to ameliorate their quality of life. Since 2004, she has been observing and actively working with these informal recyclers of Montreal. As the Recycling Project Manager of the Éco-quartier Peter-McGill, she created along with Marina (a binner) Projet Consigne, a free collection of refundable beverage containers in businesses. In 2011, Marica became one of the five co-founders of the Coop Les Valoristes, a social enterprise with the goal of providing a voice as well as services to Québec binners
Maricarmen Merino – Secretary Treasurer- Founder of the Centre en entreprenauriat en économie sociale du Quebec, coop (CEESQ) Maricarmen Merino holds an MBA in collective enterprises (UQAM), a Certificate in vocational education (University of Sherbrooke) and bachelor of communication (University of Veracruz, Mexico). She was assistant director of the Cercle d’Emprunt (Loan Circles) of Montreal and senior manager at Company F, entrepreneurship for women, among others. Maricarmen Merino has served as a member of several Boards of Directors. She also worked as a journalist for several media outlets in Quebec and Mexico.
Julien Pednault – administrator
Michel Patoine – administrator –