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 is a seasoned cosom hockey player, a lover of Mediterranean dishes, a fan of rock music, and a great explorer.  He is also the founder of Libelo Conseil.  Pierre-Olivier supports leaders and decision makers in private and public organizations with their strategic thinking and planning processes.  He offers consulting services tailored to their needs, enabling them to seize new business opportunities in the context of a sustainable economy, and to make informed decisions about their development strategies.  Passionate about the complex issues and challenges faced by Quebec’s communities and organizations, Pierre-Olivier follows assiduously the significant national and global events that could impact Quebec.  He provides his clients with unique know-how and expertise in strategic planning, risk management, sustainable development and in the design and facilitation of strategic forums.  Pierre-Olivier holds a master’s degree in sustainable development from Université de Sherbrooke and a master’s degree in management from ESCEM Tours, France.  He has been an administrator of Cataléthique since spring 2015 and has been president of the organization since spring 2016.

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.

Marc-Antoine Brière, Treasurer and acting Secretary of the Board

Marc-Antoine is a Chartered Professional Accountant. He supports eco-friendly businesses and non-profit organizations in the social economy. He puts his finance and accounting skills to use to the benefit of these businesses and therefore he can create a positive impact on the environment and society. He works as a consultant for Partagora, a cooperative that provides professional services to other organizations in the social economy, where he supports customers regarding their accounting needs. Marc-Antoine is also the founder of Altercompta, a CPA firm that provides assurance services and

advisory to eco-friendly businesses.

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…

Ugo Forcier, Administrator

(Bio note will soon follow)
Ugo Forcier works for the Conseil régional de l’environnement de la Montérégie.

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.

Tarek Burgan, Administrator

Tarek Burgan is a craftsman at heart! Maker of cider, beer, kombucha, yogurt, and even a painter of fake Jackson Pollock’s, he is multidisciplinary. Cinema enthusiast and music lover, you will probably find him planning his next trip or around a good glass of wine with friends. With a rather unconventional background, Tarek completed his B.A.in Psychology with a minor in English culture studies from McGill University. Afterwards he worked as a financial advisor, on the radio and in many restaurants, before catching the learning bug for sustainable development. He is currently completing his Masters in Sustainable Development Management and is also a member of the Responsible Investment Club of Quebec (CIRQC) assigned to CSR. Fascinated by circular economy, urban agriculture and renewable energies, Tarek thinks that to take action one must change people’s perceptions and this is done first and for most through education.

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.