The Zero waste festivaL's team
Who is behind the ZWF organization ? A team of very motivated citizens, who are organizing the festival for you, on top of their full-time jobs, family life, and the rest!
Here are the core members :
A toxicologist in immunology by training, Michelle is particularly interested in subjects related to human health, environment and waste reduction. She has been living a zero waste lifestyle for the last two years, because it's simple, pleasant and economical. She believes everything should be reusable or repairable, and she promotes the principles of a circular economy.
As she deeply enjoyed organizing the first edition of the festival in 2017, she decided to sign up for the second one! This year, Michelle is the team coordinator, with a focus on recruting exhibitors and organizing the program. She is very excited to participate in this event promoting change!
Laure has been an environmental activist since her teen years. When she joined Action RE-buts 4 years ago, she became aware of the need to reduce waste at its origin and the issues around waste management, recycling and climate change -- a subject often swept under the rug on Monday morning recycling days.
She is now convinced that the zero waste approach empowers citizens to make major collective changes. Zero waste has a measurable and immediate impact, and practicing zero waste creates its own motivation.
Laure hopes that enthusiasm about the zero waste movement will touch more and more people, achieving a critical mass that leads to deep and lasting social change. She sees the Festival as having an important role to play in this mission.
Her main responsibilities in the ZWF ? Finance, partnerships and communication.
Audrey is a small- and medium-sized business and social entrepreneurship consultant and a trainer and lecturer at HEC Montreal. She is also a scuba instructor, a board member of L'Atelier, a not-for-profit social enterprise, and a music fan.
Her passion for the undersea world made her rethink her consumption habits, eventually leading her to dive into the zero waste movement in Montreal, and in the first edition of the ZWF in 2017.
Her main responsibilities in the ZWF 2018 ? Exhibitor communications, budget and volunteer coordination.
Adeline has always been interested in and aware of the environment. The zero waste lifestyle has gradually made its way into her daily life, starting with making bulk food purchases. Within two years of starting to practice zero waste, nearly all of her apartment reflects a zero waste mentality. Her involvement in the Festival organizing committee was a natural result of her increasing environmental and ecological consciousness.
Her niche: Do things in their own time. Practicing zero waste should be pleasurable and simple, and each small act adds up.
Her main roles in the Festival committee: programming, the Zero Waste Apartment and partnerships.
VIRGINIE BRIEN GAGNON
Virginie discovered the zero waste lifestyle a year ago thanks to the best-seller book by Bea Johnson. Since then, she works on reducing the waste she produces at home and encourages her relatives to do the same.
Her involvment in the team behind the festival was for her a logical way to take one more step in her new direction, to promote the zero waste movement in her community.
Her motto : start with single steps, the reste will follow naturally.
Her main role in the Festival Committee : the Zero Waste Apartment.
After a few months of experimenting with zero waste at home with her partner, Cynthia decided to take action and get involved with the Zero Waste movement. An organizer at heart, evidenced by her work as a theater producer, director and manager, with a passion for travel, she dreamed of projects marrying environmental sustainability and economic collaboration. Cynthia has a talent for putting people together to leverage their strengths, and you can learn more about her Zero Waste journey through her blog Chéri-e j'ai réduit les déchets (Honey, I shrunk the trash).
Her principal role in the Festival committee : Logistics.