The urban farmers working for you
Olivier Demers-Dubé is one of the co-founders of ÉAU. He is completing a Master’s degree in environmental and sustainable development at Université de Montréal, during which time he has specialized in aquaponics through his research and four month of hands-on fieldwork. Throughout his studies, he has completed several courses in residential and commercial aquaponics. He has also attended research symposia in Quebec, Ontario and Europe.
Thanks to his studies as well as his professional and journalistic background, Olivier is well versed in the challenges encountered by urban agriculture. By co-founding ÉAU, he wishes to establish a place to share environmental education centered on urban agriculture. He also wants to contribute to creating a more effective and ecological food system in order to make our cities more resilient and nourishing for its citizens.
Émilie Nollet is a co-founder of ÉAU. She is also a doctoral student in management at the business school HEC Montréal. From 2012 to 2015, she worked on the design and coordination of the urban agriculture institutional project Hectare urbain at HEC Montréal, applying the skills learned in a permaculture design course.
Émilie’s research focuses on fighting social exclusion through sustainable food systems, and her doctoral thesis follows ÉAU’s evolution as a prime example of this philosophy. Her desire to make high quality local food accessible to all strongly motivates her to make ÉAU an important player in municipal food safety. She wishes to make ÉAU an in-demand partner for local community organisations dealing with food issues.
Julien Le Net
Julien Le Net is Chief Business Development Officer. He completed a master’s degree in management at Audencia Business School, specializing in strategy and innovation. He is also an engineer in agro-food, graduated from the Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire, Agroalimentaire et de l’Alimentation Nantes (ONIRIS).
As a strategy and innovation consultant, he worked for four years at weave AIR, consulting company based in Paris. He accompanied large and small companies in their strategy, and in the creation of new products, services and business models. He worked for several years with social entrepreneurs and supported various social projects related to food and permaculture in Quebec.
Benjamin Laramée is ÉAU’s chief scientific officer. During his Master’s studies, his research focused on the intensive farming of percids – a family of fish that includes walleye and perch – in recirculation systems. He’s now pursuing doctoral studies focusing on the role of the microbacterial flora on plants grown in aquaponic systems.
Through his research, Benjamin works to optimise the efficiency of food production in urban settings. He places great importance on reducing the environmental impact of these productions. He draws upon the inspiration found in observing nature, where the concept of waste doesn’t exist. Indeed, the waste of one species becomes the resources of another. Benjamin aims to replicate that model in order to produce as much food as possible in a limited space, without any impact on the environment.
Marisa McLean is a specialist in soilless growing at ÉAU. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Concordia University, and has taught training and instruction programs for soilless growing and vermicomposting at the Concordia University greenhouse and Concordia Food Coalition work groups like HydroFlora Concordia. She has also collaborated with urban growers and non-profit aquaponics growers in the US. Marisa works to develop the process involved to bring urban food production to communities that need it.
Marisa has interests in growing tropical plants without soil and using compost worms to eliminate waste. Marisa enjoys looking for ways to mimic the circular economy of nature in urban food production.
Samuel Caron is an off-soil culture expert at ÉAU. He has a diploma in ornamental horticulture and horticultural production, and has developed a unique expertise in horticulture for more than twenty years. He has evolved in some of the most innovative agricultural companies in Québec: Jardins du Cap, Savoura, Hydro Dionne Québec, etc. His passion for hydroponics, his specialized knowledge in market gardening and his mastery of different modern techniques of cultivation have led him to develop outstanding creativity in the construction of productive hydroponic systems.
Samuel is a father who has incorporated productive practices of food self-reliance into his everyday life. He joined ÉAU to share his expertise and actively participate in the development of the urban farms of tomorrow.
Justin Polgar is ÉAU’s intern. He is a co-op student at the University of Waterloo and studying environmental science. Justin has interned as a research assistant for an aquaponic project run by the Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel.
As a research assistant for ÉAU and thanks to his studies of environmental science, Justin reviews aquaponic systems to ensure minimal environmental impact. He analyzes data from existing aquaponic farms to identify the most effective way to grow aquaponic fish and plants. Justin is motivated to find ways to reuse waste so to contribute to closed loop systems.
Émile Vadboncoeur is aquapologist at ÉAU. He is completing a bachelor in marine biology at the Université du Québec à Rimouski where he studied the basics of aquaculture as a research assistant with the researcher emeritus Céline Audet at ISMER. In 2016, he traveled abroad to complete a three-month internship with Robert White of Aquaponics Thailand, an expert with more than ten years of experience in the field.
By joining ÉAU, Émile wishes to maximize food production in aquaponics, creating closed loop systems, thus enabling aquaponics to become an integral part of the solution to the many challenges related to food in densely populated as well as remote areas.
Lyne Bellemare is the founder of the artisanal seed business Terre Promise, started in 2013. She also works for Seeds of Diversity Canada and gives numerous trainings and lectures on seed-saving. A person of diverse interests, she also is an interpreter of Quebec Sign Language (LSQ) for people living with deafness or hearing impairment.
Thanks for her comprehensive research of ancient and forgotten species, Lyne is repopularizing the tasty fruits and veggies used in the dishes of our ancestors. On her land, she implements techniques derived from permaculture. The two core principles at the heart of her work are preserving the diversity of heirloom fruit and vegetable crops as well as protecting bees through cultivating plants that are entirely natural (non-genetically modified and non-F1).