Our Team: a Board and Volunteers

Cataléthique’s team consists of a board of administrators elected by members of the organisation as well volunteers who help out in a vast variety of ways. Our common interest revolves around sustainability and its application in Quebec’s business sector.

Pierre-Olivier Colas, President

Pierre-Olivier Colas is a freelance consultant in innovation and strategic development. He supports leaders and decision makers in private- and public-sector organizations by providing consulting services and tools for reflection and strategic planning to enable them to capitalize on new business opportunities within the sustainable economy and make sound choices with regard to their development strategies. Pierre-Olivier earned a master’s in sustainable development management from Université de Sherbrooke, as well as a master’s in business management from École Supérieure de Commerce et de Management de Tours (France). He has a marked interest in the complex issues currently faced by Québec communities and organizations and closely follows the major national and international events and factors that could impact the province. Pierre-Olivier has served on the board of directors of Cataléthique as an administrator since spring 2015, contributing to its partnerships and public affairs, and remains focused on promoting the Montréal green drinks event in the city and across Québec. He is the president of Cataléthique.

Halina Torresan, Vice President

halinaWhen she’s not spending time in the great outdoors, Halina works as a Sustainability & Quality Project Manager for Baleco Inc., a local Quebec company that creates and manufactures eco-friendly cleaning products. Having obtained her Bachelor of Commerce with a Major in International Business and a Minor in Sociology from Concordia University in 2013, Halina is particularly interested in the social aspect of sustainability. What inspires Halina? Purpose driven companies that are collectively redefining success in business. Her philosophy can be resumed by a quote from Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, “How you climb a mountain is more important than reaching the top”. Halina is Administrator since December 2014.

Daphne Ferguson, Treasurer, Board of Directors

bio photo FergusonDaphne Ferguson is specialized in government relations and public policy in the environmental sector. Daphne is Senior Analyst, Government Affairs at Enerkem Inc. where she has worked since 2014, following previous positions at Environment Canada and the David Suzuki Foundation. Daphne is interested in sustainable business models that help create a more circular economy and the public policies that support and encourage a greener economy. Daphne holds a Masters degree in Urban Planning from the Université de Montréal, a diploma in Environment from McGill University and has completed a short program in project management at UQAM. Daphne is Treasurer on the Cataléthique Board of Directors since 2015.

Stefany Chevalier, Administrator

Capture d’écran 2017-03-20 à 15.33.56Stefany Chevalier is co-founder of Quintus Marketing. Stay tuned for Stefany’s bio note…

Jean-François Simoneau, Administrator

Capture d’écran 2017-03-22 à 11.38.45Jean-François Simoneau is a professional in sustainable urban development with more than 10 years of experience. He has devoted the last five years to the promotion of complete neighborhoods, living environments in the central districts of Montreal, where it is good to live, work and play; to the preservation of the areas of employment in these districts; to friendly urban planning and stakeholder integration. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science (ULaval) and two post-graduate diplomas in territorial planning and local development (UQAM) and in management and sustainable development (HEC). Passionate about the challenges of social innovation, particularly in connection with entrepreneurship or urban development, he has recently joined, as planning advisor, the Department of Territorial Development and Technical Studies of the borough of Rosemont – La Petite-Patrie.

Mathieu Régnier, Administrator

Mathieu Régnier, président Cataléthique

Mathieu Régnier specializes in environmental communication. He offers research, professional writing and consulting services. With 20 years of professional and academic experience in the field of environmental sustainability, he worked at the international, national, provincial and local levels. Today, he provides consulting services for a range of clients in the public and private sectors, including international organizations, museums, NGOs, media, and citizens’ associations. Mathieu Régnier obtained a BSc., Political Science from the University of Montreal. He holds an MSc., International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International Studies (Geneva) and an MSc., Environmental Technologies from Imperial College (London).

Tsvetomir Valev, Administrator

Capture d’écran 2017-01-26 à 22.03.23Tsvetomir Valev is a senior manager with expérience in business and environnemental management. Tsvetomir Valev holds a Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management from the University of Sherbrooke since 2013. The diploma is the culmination and materialization of his interest in ecology and environmental protection since his early childhood. After completing his high-level education in Bulgaria, administrative and financial management became the main axis of his career. Later, it was while preparing his master’s thesis in international management at HEC Montréal that he developed an interest in reconciling economic interests and the reduction of the companies’ environmental footprints. In this context, his attention was placed on industrial ecology. Passionate about this relatively novel paradigm at the time, he studied multiple case studies of industrial symbiosis between companies including two in the Salaberry-de-Valleyfield region. After his master’s, Tsvetomir worked in a private college where he worked on behavioural change in the student community. He was responsible for managing the school’s environment committee. During the five years of his involvement, he led the institution to obtain the “Excellence” level of the Cégep vert du Quebec certification and was involved in all the steps leading to obtaining another certification: ICI ON RECYCLE! Awarded by Recyc-Québec.Today, Tsvetomir has the opportunity to combine his passion for environmental issues and his management experience. He works for an insurance firm.


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OTHER VOLUNTEERS

Capture d’écran 2015-12-09 à 18.03.02Catalethique is also a team of volunteers. The team is not on the Board of Catalethique but participate very closely to the life of our community. Without them our events would not stand a chance of being as successful as they are today! For 2015-2017, our thanks go to : Cécile Vialaron, Ugo Forcier, Marilou Vigneau, Charles Benoît, Emie-Claude Lamoureux, Marine Dallier, etc.