Janie has more than 10 years of experience in the community sector where she has served in diverse roles including project evaluation and management, training development and facilitation, documentation and communication of results, and collective mobilization around collaborative projects.
A UQAM graduate with a Bachelor’s in Communications with a specialization in Television, Janie relates first and foremost to our common humanity. Janie believes that the perspective of every person is essential, as it is their experiences that often illuminate the path towards solutions. Tempered by her experience working for citizen participation organizations and a Montreal neighbourhood roundtable, she is passionate about governance, transforming the practices of organizations going through change, and working together to explore different collaborative postures with confidence.
Ariel Harlap (currently on leave) 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.
Başak Büyükçelen is a storyteller, film enthusiast, photographer, tech manager, extrovert, and immigrant living in Montreal. She is currently a Product Manager at Rebus Foundation, helping to build a new publishing ecosystem based on open principles. She also is the founder and executive director of Supper Society, which helps newcomers better integrate into Canadian society and become engaged citizens by connecting them with established residents. She is passionate about giving back to the community.
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.
Flore Million studied in Sociology and works since ten years in citizen mobilization. As facilitator of change process, her experience has been built through involvement in social movements, supporting citizen groups in the community sector and working for international organizations. She is currently developing projects increasing the social participation of youth and the representation of women in decision-making structures. Flore likes to build caring spaces of exchanges and co-creation that encourage individual and collective empowerment.
Julia was born and raised in the Québec City area but has been living in Tiohtià:ke (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. Her passion for social justice and Indigenous rights led her to work as a Health Coordinator at Québec Native Women, then as Coordinator for Youth Fusion in the Innu community of Ekuanitshit. Julia is now continuing her work at Youth Fusion as Project Manager for Inuit communities. She loves to cook, be surrounded by nature, and sing at karaoke.
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.
Samuel Raymond is currently a community organizer in a community housing organization for independent seniors. Since 2012, he has been particularly involved in university student unionism, unionism in the health sector during the strike against austerity of 2015, in a support organization for newcomers, in the organization of the World Social Forum 2016 in Montreal, in various artistic projects and in the creation of a forum on the ecological transition in the summer of 2018. His academic experiences are nourished by various disciplines: law, anthropology, music, management and social animation. He is currently studying at the DESS in Community Economic Development at Concordia. His passions are music, social animation and history.
Sara Kendall is an educator and facilitator, currently teaching urban geography and climate justice at Dawson College. She was a co-founder and co-director of Kite’s Nest, a center for liberatory education for youth in Hudson, New York, where she continues to work as Communications Director. She has an interdisciplinary MA from Concordia. Sara has been part of community organizing efforts against gentrification, for migrant justice, and for racial justice in the education and child welfare systems. She’s especially passionate about multigenerational movement-building, and likes making (and then letting go of) meeting agendas.