EcoMaris, social economy enterprise # 116 354 9380 incorporated under the Companies Act, Part III (Q.S.R., c. C-38, s. 218)

Board of Directors

EcoMaris’ Board of Directors governs and supports the organization while providing strategic direction for all of its operations. Our board is made of creative and experienced professionals from diversified backgrounds. Together, they help EcoMaris assess priorities as well as business and management practices under different angles. The Board meets on a regular basis throughout the year. Our directors are all volunteers who commit to a renewable, 2-year mandate.

David Berger


Cofounder of the St. Lawrence Sailing Program, Founder and VP Business Development at Oceanwide Inc., MBA from McGill University, Naval Architect and Engineer, Diploma from Memorial University.

Charles-Hubert Déry


President and Cofounder of Budgeto. Bachelor of Business Administration. Public Accounting certification from HEC Montreal.

Valérie Gobeil


Lawyer (Bachelor of Civil Law and Common Law B.C.L./LL.B.) and Mediator (numerous certifications).

Marie-Andrée Giguère


In addition to her precious knowledge of sustainable development and the maritime industry, Marie-Andrée Giguère brings energy, humour and a joie de vivre to the table, making business decisions anything but boring. She is a definite asset to our team and we are proud to have her on board. 

Dominic Chalifour


Former participant in the Capstan program and a Concordia University student in the Studio Arts department.

Alain Richard


Trained as Master Mariner and Economist, Alain aslo works as a Teacher, a Researcher and the Director of the Institut maritime du Québec. In addition, he currently acts as the Executive Director of Administration for the Laurentian Pilotage Authority.

Marc-André Godard


Lawyer and Partner in charge of the Taxation group at BCF Business Law. Master of Law – Taxation from the University of Montreal.

Didier Minneci


Real Estate Owner and Developer at B.E.C. Consulting, Administrator and Associate at 2050 Dandurand S.E.N.C. and Edifice RCA Inc. as well as Main representative, NYC Team at CLIPSAS.

Steve Goudy


Psychosocial Counsellor.

Capstan Counsellor.

Advisory Committee

Our Board also benefits from the competences of technical counsellors. We consult them twice a year or whenever needed, in order to make the right decisions on technical and strategic levels.

Board Member

Natalie Brown

Expert Analyst for Quebec’s AMF (Autorité des marchés financiers). LL.B. Law from the University of Montreal. B.Sc. Biology and Environmental Sciences.


Captain Alain Richard

C.L.C., B.EcC
Marine Consultant.

Fernand Desgagnés

C.E.O. of Beland Forest Products.


Captain Gérard Belley

Retired Captain.


Serge Guay

Director of the Pointe-au-Père Lighthouse National Historic Site.

Board Member

Stéphanie Emond

Director of Development at FINCA Canada (FINCA International), MBA from HEC, B.B.A Marketing from the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM).

Board Member

Paul Lapensée

President of Alta Vista Consultants inc., MBA from HEC, Bachelor of Business from the University of Ottawa.

Board Member

Johanne Whitmore

Research Associate and Coordinator at HEC Montreal’s Chair in Energy Sector Management.


Colin Ryan

Cofounder of the St. Lawrence Sailing Program. Associate at Cycle Capital MGMT. MBA Finance from HEC. Bachelor of Engineering from McGill University.

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