More Board Member bios coming soon!
Ariel Harlap has contributed to and co-organized various citizen-led movements in Montreal, notably 100in1day (promoting active citizenship) and Transformation Zone (gameified local urbanism), and continues to participate in the evolution of MuseomixMTL (prototyping participatory museums), and Techno-Culture Club (uniting diverse communities to spark emergent techno-culture projects). With over 5 years of professional experience in project management and organizational strategy, and another 4 years in geosciences and research, he presently provides organizational counselling on design-thinking and organizational strategy. Ariel is driven to co-create more resilient, connected and equitable communities and organizations in Montreal.
Camerin Cobb is a local video artist, community organizer, and techie. Their interests and past works center around media literacy, alternate futures, gender diversity and anti-black racism. They have been involved with the summer arts festival, Qouleur, for several years and are also in the process of publishing an anthology of speculative fiction by QTBIPOC (queer, trans, black, and indigenous people of colour). In their spare time they enjoy their growing collection of musical instruments, none of which are mastered, but all of which are well loved.
With a passion for social justice, Indigenous sovereignty and community-based health, Jas Rezaee has spent the past decade working and volunteering in Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal’s community sectors. Currently she is a member of Upping the Anti, the Montreal Urban Aboriginal Health Centre and works at several non-profit organizations. Committed to inclusivity in all facets of my life, she is excited to join COCo!
Diana Lombardi is a long-time feminist activist who has been working in the Montréal community sector for close to 15 years, mainly with women’s groups. She is currently the coordinator for a “regroupement” of women’s groups in Montréal, le Réseau d’action des femmes en santé et services sociaux and works freelance supporting community organisations. Having worked with local, provincial-wide and regionally based groups, she has accumulated several varying experiences. It is no secret that she has always been drawn to social justice work and activism (even when she was an annoying little kid). The truth is, she considers herself terribly fortunate to do this work and to live in a city where social movements are not only welcomed, but are an integral part of such a vibrant community. She takes pride in hiding her guilty pleasure of sitting through meetings, observing and analysing the dynamics and democracy-style at play. On a typical day, you would find her enjoying the sun, laughing with her family and wasting time on social media… that is, when she is not running from one meeting to the next, beating deadlines or at a well-deserved 5 à 7.
Patrick Yanga was born in France. He studied Geography and Urban Studies in São Paulo, Brazil, specifically on the accessibility of transports for the poor. In France, he was involved in a sports association to help disadvantaged young people. He came out to Canada a few years ago, and worked for C.L.I.C.S. Laval (Centre Lavallois pour l’intégration et la cohésion sociale) to help with the integration of Syrian refugees and other immigrants. His specialization is project management, specifically in partnership, finance, communication, development and social innovation. He’s also a member of the LTQHM (Table de Quartier de Hochelaga Maisonneuve)
Richenda Grazette has worked in fundraising at À Deux Mains/Head & Hands for the last three years while studying Women’s Studies and Ethnic & Race Studies at McGill. Her passions include anti-racism work, Rihanna, and collage.
Cora-Lee Conway is pursuing a Doctorate in Education at McGill University where she also works with students living in residence. She is a co-founder of C-Uni-t, an avid reader and dog-lover. She is passionate about education, working with youth and creating liberating learning opportunities.
Julia was born and raised in the Québec City area, but has been living in Montreal for over ten years. After studying international development and community economic development, she worked in the community sector on a range of issues, including intellectual disability and food security. Julia is currently working at Québec Native Women, and is passionate about issues of social justice, organizational development, and Indigenous rights. She loves to cook, be surrounded by nature, and singing at karaoke.