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Anie is the president and founder of Baleco. She was born in Montreal to a family of entrepreneurs; her mother ran a paint boutique and her father was the founder and president of Hydrocom International. After joining the family business in 1993, Anie worked her way to the role of vice-president within two years. She left the next year to help found Hydrocom USA, in Birmingham, Alabama. In 2000, the family business was sold to Maclean Power Systems Canada, where Anie took on the role of President. Anie has since served on a number of Boards, including the Association of Electrical Energy of Quebec, and the National Bank of the Montérégie. In 2011, Anie turned her focus to launching Baleco, a Montreal-based company that creates, manufacturers, and distributes a full line of eco-friendly cleaning products. Her work is guided by two deep convictions - the philosophy of sustainable development and a respect for future generations. She is a mother of two adorable children, whom she considers her greatest achievements.

A new arrival to Montreal, Carolyn plans and guides the implementation of economic adjustment and diversification strategies intended to enhance vitality across Indiana and regions of the US Midwest. Her current projects focus on working with the Manufacturing Extension Partnership and other partners to assist defense manufacturers and communities impacted by the defense drawdown and sequestration to grow and diversify. She also leads a cross-state team of community development researchers/practitioners to develop data-driven, community-based approaches to addressing local skills gaps. Her prior role at the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development, Michigan State University, involved exploring pathways to enhance tech transfer processes from land grant universities to rural areas through research and community engagement. She holds a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Toronto and her doctoral work investigated knowledge transfer mechanisms in Canadian furniture manufacturing and the characteristics of cities that enable mature manufacturing firms to rejuvenate themselves within a context of globalization. 

David is the owner and founder of La Papeterie Saint-Armand. David opened Saint-Armand is 1979, after leaving his job at the Pulp & Paper Association of Canada because he had had enough of office work. Papermaking has been in the Carruthers family for generations. David's grandfather George Carruthers was owner of the Interlake Paper Mill, in Ontario. He also wrote the book “Papermaking” which traces the history of 100 years of papermaking in Canada up to 1905. David’s father was a paper salesman with the family firm and he had a gift for selling ‘remainders’ by the carload. The Papeterie Saint-Armand is located in Montreal's historic South West Borough and provides handmade paper, machine-made paper, and sanded paper to a variety of clients locally, nationally and internationally. Saint-Armand is a longstanding pillar within Montreal’s community of small/medium manufacturers, and David’s commitment and interest in the local business community is as strong as ever.

Jill is a co-founder of Made in Montreal and remains keenly involved in the organization in an advisory role. Jill currently works as a project manager with the real estate development and advisory firm Live Work Learn Play. Jill holds a degree in Civil Engineering & Society from McMaster University (2008) and Masters degree from McGill's Urban Planning program (2011), and has worked overseas on a number of local economic development projects in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and in Barbados. Jill's current work at LWLP includes development projects across North America, including a number of projects in the Greater Toronto Area.

Kathleen currently works for La Canadienne boots, a company whose product has been made in Montreal for over 45 years. Kathleen’s professional background is predominantly in the public sector. She served ten years on the board of the Westmount Municipal Association, four as its president, followed by two terms as a city councillor in Westmount between 2005 and 2013. To enrich her contribution in her role as an elected official she enrolled at McGill, earning two Masters’ degrees; Urban Planning (2011), the History and Theory of Architecture (2012). Kathleen is was also implicitly involved in the merger/demerger movement where she developed an important network of connections locally and province wide. She presented a brief to the Commission reviewing Bill 9, the legislation that would define the requirements to demerge.

Norma is an associate professor in the Department of Geography, Planning & Environment at Concordia.  She holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Toronto (2002), and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Cornell (1997). Her teaching and research interests include local economic development and policy, industrial restructuring, and the cultural economy of cities. Her past projects have examined restructuring in Montreal’s apparel and fur industries. Her current project is a collaboration with Deborah Leslie at the University of Toronto to examine the rise of Montreal as a center for contemporary circus. Norma is currently active in both the geography and planning fields; she is on the editorial board of the journals Geography Compass and Geoforum, and she is co-chair of Planners Network, an international organization of progressive planning. In the future, Norma would like to conduct further research on the apparel industry with a particular focus on production activities and on the opportunities and challenges for promoting local design-production relations.

Raphaëlle comes from an art history and city planning background, with a great interest in community engagement and urban planning education. Most recently, as a ‘cultural urban planner’ and coordinator of Pied Carre, she worked on developing creative planning solutions to conserve affordable art, artisan and cultural workspaces in the Mile End in Montréal. Her interests are diverse — she has helped manage art education projects, draft sustainable neighbourhood plans, conduct community engagement activities, and research alternative public participation processes. Extra-curricularly, Raphaëlle is the co-founder of Bricolage Urbain — an collective made of artists, urban planners and educators that aims to make learning, thinking about and participating in urban planning fun and useful. She also serves on the board of Ateliers Creatifs and is co-organizer of the Montreal 60 Second Film Festival - M60. She likes Montréal - a lot.