Our Team

Our Team

Meet Our Passionate Crew

Piché, Daniel

President & representations

  • Founding member and vice-president of APELS des Sables between 2007 and 2010
  • Participant in the implementation of the municipal by-laws on the regeneration of shorelines (banning of mowing and deforestation within 10m, banning of fertilizers and pesticides)
  • Establishment of regulations on restricted areas and speed zones on lac des Sables
  • Establishment of a code of conduct for users of the lake
  • Manager responsible for the municipal boat ramp in Sainte-Agathe since 2007
  • Development and implementation of a pleasure craft control system
  • Initiator of the construction and creation of a boat washing station
  • Establishment of an official nautical patrol
  • Patrol volunteer at lac des Sables
  • Instigator (with Will Dubitsky) of the Université Laval’s study on “Sediment Resuspension related to the Water Columns of the “Wake Boats”
  • Identification and recruitment of sponsors for the above-mentioned “wake boats” study
  • Organizer and coordinator of the “wake boat study”

Berthelette, Diane

Vice-President & Communications

  • Diane Berthelette lives on one of the shores of Lac Bleu, in Saint-Hippolyte. Her experiences and qualifications give her valuable expertise on the Board of Directors of the Coalition Navigation.
  • She is an anthropologist and holds a doctorate in public health from the University of Montreal.
  • When she retired in 2015, she was a full professor at the University of Quebec in Montréal.
  • For over twenty-five years, she devoted her academic activities to the development of evaluative research in Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) and the teaching of OHS management and research methods.
  • She has participated on several boards of directors and ministerial committees. She notably chaired the working group that recommended the creation of the Quebec Social Innovation Award, the Marie-Andrée Bertrand Award.
  • She also led the Psychosocial Intervention and Prevention Liaison Center from 2009 to 2014 as President and CEO. This non-profit organization’s mission is to foster the sharing of scientific knowledge to improve psychosocial interventions.

Duperron, Pierrette


  • In her capacity entailing over 30 years experience as a project manager on sustainability programs, Ms. Duperron worked closely with heads of private companies and public organizations.
  • Upper Laurentians resident since 2012, she is actively involved in the Alliance of Associations for the protection of lakes and rivers of the Upper Laurentians (Regroupement des associations pour la protection des lacs et cours d’eau des Hautes-Laurentides )(RAP- HL), an organization whose mission is to coordinate and support lake associations and volunteers involved in the protection of our waterways.

Cloutier, Denise

Administrator & Public Relations

  • Denise Cloutier is now Executive Director of the Laval Water Interpretation Center, having been a member of the Board for seven years. The center’s mission is to promote the protection and responsible use of water.
  • Before accepting this position in 2017, she was a consultant with her company Arrimage.Com Inc., dedicated to improving the efficiency of integrated water management in Quebec.
  • She acted for nearly 20 years as a municipal councillor and has a B.A.A. HEC, specialized in Marketing / International Management and a Master’s degree in Environment from the University of Sherbrook.
  • Involved in culture, agro-tourism, and environment, she helped found three organizations, including COBAMIL (Thousand Islands Watershed Council), which she has chaired since 2010.
  • She also sits on the Strategic Council of the Upper St. Lawrence and Greater Montreal Regional Concertation Table for the Integrated Management of the St. Lawrence and on the Boards of Directors of the Quebec Watershed Organization (ROBVQ) and Laurel Lake Association.
  • She is involved in the Board of the Coalition as a delegate of ROBVQ.

Gauthier, Johanne

Director & public relations

  • Waterfront resident on Lake Achigan since 2003, member / director of APLA (Association for the Protection of Lake Achigan) since 2004, and President since 2009 to-date.
  • In 2015, the APLA was the prizewinner of the CARA Community Sector award (Assomption River Management Corporation) for an effective transition plan to address cyanobacteria and water body eutrophication reduction.
  • Achievements: active participant in the implementation of a Municipal Shoreline Regeneration Regulation; the setting up of a code of  ethics ; the preparation of an INFO LAC brochure; the adoption of a regulation on the systematic drainage of septic tanks; the establishment of a boat washing municipal station; ;the adoption of a municipal by-law requiring that all boats must be washed prior launching on Lake Achigan; the adoption of a municipal by-law to the effect  that all motorized vessels, other than boats with electric motors, shall be equipped with an hydrocarbon recovery device (commonly known as “booms and / or bilge sponges”); and lastly the setting up of a municipal water patrol in Saint Hippolyte.

Britt, Claude

Director, recruiting

  • Waterfront resident since 1999, he participated in the capture of data according to the protocol developed as part of the voluntary monitoring network of lakes (RSVL) and the Committee on the quality of water from Lake Xavier. He holds a bachelor’s degree (BSc) in geology.

Granados, Carmenza

Director, communications

  • Mrs. Granados sits on the board of the Corporation of residents of lake Xavier. She heads the committee on the quality of the lake water. She has worked in cultural enterprises and works in administration.

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