Board of Directors
Jennifer Lonergan, PhD, has worked with over 50 artisan groups in a dozen developing world nations in Latin America, Asia, and Africa. As a buyer for fair trade and ethical wholesale and retail markets in North America—in particular, for the boutique she owned, Artistri—and in partnership with international development organizations in the US and Canada, she has helped support artisans’ efforts to generate revenue by capitalizing on their strengths to meet the needs of fast-paced marketplace. Jennifer has a PhD in women’s history and fifteen years’ experience in education and curriculum development, both critical tools in her efforts to build capacity among artisans to meet market needs while supporting cultural heritage preservation.
Francesca Montagna, MA, CRHA, has over fifteen years of experience in Human Resources gained in multinational corporations in South America and Europe. Her expertise is in organizational development and effectiveness and on strategic Human Resources operating model design, which she developed working for an Italian company with branches in South America. During her stay in those countries she had the chance to gain an awareness of indigenous communities and their underprivileged conditions; since then she has been involved in local projects aimed at helping indigenous populations. Back in Europe, she had a successful career in Human Resources in different countries. She now lives in Montreal, where she has launched her own business, Buono, cooking and teaching Italian cooking.
Monica Flores, MBA, is Director of Public Affairs at Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada. Monica has worked in many countries in Latin America, Europe, the US and Canada and has over 18 years of international business experience specializing in healthcare. She is passionate about helping the community and is also a member of the board at La Dauphinelle, an organization that supports women in situations of violence in Montreal. Monica holds an MBA from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (Montreal), where she volunteers on the
International Alumni Advisory Committee and is a guest lecturer in international management.
Ana Amelia Quevedo is an Economist with vast experience in the fields of management consulting, compliance in the financial markets and strategic initiatives in Peru. With an MBA obtained at John Molson School of Business and a certificate in International Finance and Leadership at the Levin Institute of the State University of New York, for the last seven years she has been working for the National Bank of Canada in the areas of Financial Performance and, currently, Financial Markets Operations. Her work as a volunteer started at the Association of MBAs of Quebec where she was a Member of the Executive Board in charge of the University relations committee. Her growing interest for women empowerment and fight against poverty in developing countries led her way to Artistri Sud.
Jordana Armstrong leads the social enterprise program for the intellectual property management team at Innovate Calgary, providing strategic direction for university-based projects that aim to move beyond research to create direct impact in the community. She co-developed the RBC Social Enterprise Accelerator program at Innovate Calgary – a program that accelerates the growth of high potential social enterprises in Calgary – and plays an on-going role developing curriculum related to creating sustainable impact. She enjoys facilitation, and teaches workshops on social entrepreneurship in the community, including at the Calgary Public Library. Jordana has experience working and living in Montreal, New York, Italy, Hong Kong and her hometown of Edmonton, and aims to keep the number of new countries visited on par with her age. She is passionate about sustainability and social inclusion, reflected in her extensive work with social enterprise. She holds a BA (joint honours) from McGill University.
Sara Leblanc. Bio to come.
Artisti Sud Ambassadors
Artistri Sud Ambassadors are engaged individuals committed to making meaningful change in the world. They support Artistri Sud in our efforts to empower women artisans and entrepreneurs around the world to create sustainable livelihoods and transform their lives and those of their families and communities.
Milla Craig is a leading expert in the field of sustainability and sustainable investing. Milla is the Principal and Founder of an independent consulting firm, Millani Perspectives.
In addition to her consulting, Milla has over 15 years in institutional equity sales and has held roles with BZW Canada, the Royal Bank of Canada’s RBC Dominion Securities and Scotia Bank. She has also been Leader – Sustainability, Quebec Region at Deloitte.
Milla is the Co-Founder, Vice-President and Past President of the Finance and Sustainability Initiative (FSI). Milla is also a member of the Montreal chapter’s Executive Committee of the International Women’s Forum (IWF) and also chairs it’s Water Initiative.
Milla has been a member of the Shared-Value Committee of the Women Investing for Impact (WIFI), as well as a member of the Advancement & Advisory Council at McGill University’s Social Economy Initiative. Milla has been a faculty member of McGill University’s CSR Executive Education Program and a guest lecturer at McGill University’s Continuing Education Sustainable Investing Program and Concordia University’s Corporate Social Responsibility MBA Program.
Milla currently sits on the advisory boards of EcoFixe Technologies and Concordia University’s DOCSE/SAMCON Sustainable Real Estate Advisory Board.
When she is not thinking, working or dreaming about TEDxMontrealWomen, Grace can be found on the yoga mat trying not to fall on her face doing side crow.
Grace holds a CFA, an MBA from Ivey and a B.Math in Computer Science from UWaterloo, although she still can’t figure out how to save a file on her computer. She lives in Montreal and leads a crazy and wonderful life alongside her husband and two daughters, who help her out with her computer woes.
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.