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”

Cloutier, Denise

Vice-President & 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Behmel, Sonja

Ph.D, Limnologist

  • Sonja Behmel is CEO and Cofounder of WaterShed Monitoring Canada and Europe. She is also associate professor in the École supérieure d’aménagement du territoire et de développement régional at the Université Laval in Quebec City, as well as scientific coordinator at Agiro and environmental delegate for the Association des propriétaires des lacs Perreault et fin (APLPF).
  • Geographer specializing in limnology, Sonja Behmel holds a doctorate in land use planning and regional development and has many years of experience in water management in Canada and Europe. Listed twice on the Honour Roll of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at the Université Laval and named as “inspiring student” in her annual report to the community 2018-2019, Ms. Behmel demonstrates her commitment by supervising graduate student studies at Canadian and European universities, as well as by signing numerous publications. Ms. Behmel has been working for ten years as a scientific coordinator at Agiro.
  • In 2013, she joined forces with academics and business people to found WaterShed Monitoring, a Canadian company, now established in Europe, which aims to provide stakeholders involved in integrated water management with technological and innovative solutions to meet the challenges of storing and analyzing water quality data, while providing optimization and coaching services to facilitate knowledge acquisition and to meet water management needs as well as vulnerability analyses, urban planning and scientific research opportunities.
  • At Agiro, Ms. Behmel has been planning and coordinating all water quality monitoring activities in lakes and rivers of the Saint-Charles river watershed for the past ten years. In addition, she is actively involved in communicating issues to citizens, elected officials, students, media, etc.
  • For the APLPF, she has been contributing, as an environmental delegate, for 13 years on awareness-raising projects for residents of the Lac Perreault and Lac Fin, as well as a member of the environmental committee of the Saint-Ubaibe municipality lakes in the Portneuf region.

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