Philippe Choinière (Host)
Co-founder, Oneka Elements
B. Lorraine Smith (Host)
Writer and Consultant
B. Lorraine Smith is a writer and an independent consultant. She imagines a future where business, people and markets serve a thriving society in a healthy biosphere. In other words, she invests her time in the evolution of a regenerative economy.
As a writer, Lorraine shares her ideas through her blog which introduces different people, places and possibilities connected to the future we want. Her forthcoming book, Where the Trees – ten human stories made possible by trees, journeys through landscapes and moments that challenge us to evolve our roles in nature. And she writes reports and articles about new mindsets and business models.
Since 2004 she has been working with global companies and leaders who are keen to shape the next phase of business. Along with working directly with clients, Lorraine is also an Associate Director at Volans, a catalyst for system level change led by John Elkington, where she informs the agenda on the New Carbon Economy initiative. She is also a senior consultant with BuzzWord, a leading sustainability reporting and strategy group based in the US.
She sits on the Board of Canadian Business for Social Responsibility and is a member of the Release Council of the Future-Fit Business Benchmark, an open source tool that quantifies how businesses are contributing to a sustainable future.
Originally from Toronto, Canada, Lorraine has lived in Australia, Brazil, Germany, New Zealand and New York City. She currently calls Montreal home. To find out more about Lorraine’s work at https://www.blorrainesmith.com/.
Logistics Coordinator, Regeneration Canada
Sarah Dobec (Host)
Marketing Manager, The Big Carrot Community Market
Ananda Fitzsimmons (Host)
President of the Board, Regeneration Canada
Yan Gordon (Host)
Organic vegetable gardener, Les potagers des nues mains
Claudia Goyer (Host)
Soil Microbiologist, Fredericton Research and Development Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Brian Maloney (Host)
Jordan Lebel (Host)
Associate Professor, Marketing of Food, Concordia University
Caroline Magar (Host)
Landscape architect intern, member of the AAPQ
Odette Ménard (Host)
Engineer and Agronomist, Advisor in Soil and Water Conservation, Ministry of Agriculture of Québec (MAPAQ)
Gabrielle Bastien (Host)
Founder & Executive Director, Regeneration Canada
Karen Ross (Host)
Project Manager, Agriculture and Pesticides, Équiterre
Karl Thidemann (Host)
Karl Thidemann, co-founder of Soil4Climate, serves on the board of the Somerville Community Growing Center, an urban oasis offering artistic, cultural, and educational programs in a regenerative-organic garden setting. Karl has experience in the environmental laboratory field, and he marketed electric vehicles for the company that began as MIT’s Solar Car Team. His focus is climate communications including poetry. Karl holds a B.A. in chemistry from Wesleyan University.