Advisory Board

Artistri Sud benefits from the expertise and commitment of over a dozen experienced professionals who provide strategic advice and contribute actively to committee work, awareness-raising and fundraising objectives.

Pilar Albareda: International Development professional with fair trade expertise. She worked for nearly two decades in the development field all over Latin America, where she was an instrumental figure in the growth of the Fair Trade movement. She is Director of the International Fair Trade Association (IFAT) in Latin America.

Virginia Armeni: MA. Education committee chair. Educator for over 15 years, with expertise in gender equity issues. M.A. in Pedagogy. She also has experience working in community development, where she coordinated leadership programs for youth, conducted needs assessment evaluations for minority language groups and developed programs for seniors.

Véronique Geoffrion: Certified Corporate Etiquette and International Protocol Consultant and founder of Bottom-Line manners. She works with companies, charities and individuals giving seminars on important aspects to succeed in the business world and international arena, like how to Out-Class the Competition or how to Dine Like a Diplomat.

Clare Hallward: One of the founders of Project Chance, a program and an apartment building for single mothers committed to completing their education and their children. She was Vice President of the Lindbergh Foundation in the States and Chair of their Grant Selection Committee. In Montreal, she has been Chair of the Board of Directors of the Thomas More Institute and got her own degree there in her sixties.

Anita Nowak: PhD. Anita currently serves McGill’s Teaching & Learning Services team as Director of Operations for the Social Learning for Social Impact MOOC. In 2012-2013, she was the founding Integrating Director of McGill’s Social Economy Initiative (SEI). She joined McGill after many years in the private sector where she gained a wide range of experience in corporate communications and speechwriting, new business development, strategic marketing and event planning.

Lucille Panet-Raymond: Has spent 40 years in the non-profit world. She worked at the Montreal Women’s Y for ten years, 5 of which were as Assistant Executive Director where she was involved also in capital campaigns and special events. She also spent another 25 years at Panet-Raymond et Associés, consulting with over 20 clients. Her volunteer board experience includes La Fédération des femmes du Québec, the National YWCA of Canada, Auberge Transition, la Fondation Solstice, la Fondation Léa Roback and the IRB (Institutional Review Board) , Faculty of Medicine at McGill University.

Mary Picard: PhD. Evaluation and research consultant in international development with over 20 years’ experience. She has done extensive work with international and development NGOs engaged in poverty alleviation and social justice. She has field experience in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, primarily with CARE International.

Fred Schick: MA. Trilingual international development professional with over 8 years of practical field and office experience in the non-profit sector. As an Ecological Economist, he is specialized in training in small business development, environmental education, and food security. He has trained over 500 adults in microenterprise development in Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, Bolivia the Caribbean and USA, and has also coordinated over 100 volunteers specialized in agro-ecology and rural development in Ecuador.

Paul Simard: Responsible for Creative Advancement for the ONE DROP Foundation, which was founded by Cirque du Soleil visionary Guy Laliberté. ONE DROP uses an innovative approach to solving water related issues in developing countries. He is an active speaker for the Association for Fundraising Professionals and CASE, as well as several other organizations both in Montreal , Toronto and elsewhere. He brings his passion for learning and teaching to every interaction, in particular in helping donors achieve their philanthropic objectives.

Louis Yang: B.Eng, MBA. Analyst at Claret Asset Management Co. and Co-founder of ZandBox, a web-based platform which aims to connect kids, families, and organizations in local communities. He has experience in sales, entrepreneurship, and strategic planning.


The work of the organization is carried out by a team of dedicated volunteers and interns working on a wide range of activities. The various committees of Artistri Sud include Finance, Program Development, Business Development (Fundraising, Events, Social Business), Communications, Partnerships and Research, and Volunteer Recruitment, among others.

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