A learned and experienced team at your service

Without a doubt, our firms greatest strength is its team, whose approach is based on these four aspects :
La plus grande force de notre entreprise est sans contredit notre équipe, qui repose sur ces quatre aspects :

Our consultants are passionate about local, regional and organizational development and are eager to contribute. In addition, all of Niska's members have 2nd or 3rd cycle collegial diplomas.

Intergenerational exchange and expertise transfer is valued and leads to innovation and the advancement of knowledge: here at Niska, both the young and more experienced work alongside each other, perfecting their trade and working collaboratively in order to give rise to ideas and models which respond to the realities and current challenges of creating development in our society.

Our multidisciplinary team is a good reflection of our society: all of our members hail from distinct backgrounds, which allows us to fully grasp the complexity of social, economic and environmental development.

Our cooperative values find their roots in our discourse and come to life through our actions: our members make a constant effort to apply the principles of participative management and democracy both within our firm and in all our interactions with you, our clients and partners. This integration of our values into our actions is of primordial importance to us and reflects our desire to be consistent between theory and practice.

Niska members

Paul Prévost, Ph. D.

Scientific advisor and vice-president

With over thirty five years of experience, Mr Paul Prévost is one of the pioneers of local development management in Québec. Retired professor from the Management Department at the University of Sherbrooke, he has, amongst others, contributed to the diffusion of strategic planning in Local Development Centres and other organisations dedicated to development, in addition to having contributed to the training of many of today’s development leaders.

Maïa Poulin, M.Sc.

Development consultant

Ms Maïa Poulin holds a Bachelors in Business Administration as well as a Masters in Co-operative Development and Management from the Université de Sherbrooke. In the past seven years, she has worked with socioeconomic development stakeholders at the regional and supralocal levels. Her experiences are focused mainly in project coaching as well as training and facilitation. Passionnate about local, community and cooperative development, the facilitation of collective strategic thinking and project brainstorming processes are her main interest.

Chakda Yorn, D.B.A.

Project director and strategic advisor

Mr. Chakda Yorn holds a Ph.D and M.Sc. in management from the University of Sherbrooke and a Bachelors degree in Bio-Agricultural Sciences from Laval University. He champions projects linked to forest and agricultural management, territorial governance, high speed Internet in small communities, etc. More generally, Mr Yorn is interested in rural and sustainable development strategy implementation in organisations and communities. He has developed a very clear understanding of the Nord-du-Québec region, having lived and worked with aboriginal communities for several years.

Karl Lussier, B.Ing. M.Sc.

Strategic advisor

Mr Karl Lussier holds a Masters degree in Co-operative and Community Development Management from the University of Sherbrooke. His bachelor’s degree was in civil engineering, with a specialisation in project management and the environment. He has participated in various projects on partnership, strategic and sustainable local development management over the past fifteen years. Mr Lussier is also involved in strategic planning projects for organisations and communities.


Anne-Marie Nadeau, M.Sc

Secretary-treasurer and development consultant

Mrs Anne-Marie Nadeau holds a Bachelors degree in sociology (Major, Université de Montréal) and in environmental science (Minor, Université du Québec à Montréal), as well as a Masters degree in Co-operative Development and Management (Université de Sherbrooke). In the past ten years, she has acted as project manager, coordinator, researcher and facilitator at IRECUS, Desjardins and at the Eastern Township Social Economy Entreprises Network. Her main interests are social economy entreprises, local development and evaluation.

Gédéon Verreault, D.É.S.S., M.A. (en cours)

President and development consultant

Monsieur Gédéon Verreault is currently undertaking a Masters degree in Regional Development at the University of Québec at Chicoutimi, focusing on territorial planning processes. He holds a Graduate Studies Diploma in Community Economic Development as well as a Bachelors degree in Economics, both from Concordia University. In the last ten years, he has worked as a manager and project manager in the social economy (fair trade and housing co-operatives). He is interested in territorial economic and social development, particularly in participatory development planning and management processes. 


Émanuèle Lapierre-Fortin, M.Sc.

Coordinator and development consultant

Ms Émanuèle Lapierre-Fortin holds a Masters Degree in Rural Planning and Development from the University of Guelph, as well as an Honours Bachelors of Arts in International Development (co-operative program) and Economics for Management Studies. Ms Lapierre-Fortin has been working in sustainable community economic development for over five years. Her passions include community planning processes, project management and applied research.


Pierre Robichaud, M.A.

Conseiller en développement collectif

Mr Pierre Robichaud is a social entrepreneur who brings creativity and participatory approaches to organisational development. He holds a masters in Human Systems Intervention from Concordia University and he is involved in exploring the most innovative methods for learning and collective intelligence in order to support clients in achieving their mission. Having worked in the past 10 years on projects on three continents and with dozens of organisations, Mr Robichaud has acquired a deep understanding of conditions allowing entreprises and collectivities to prosper. He is passionate by the co-creation of conscious transformative processes. His mission is to enable the emergence of living and empowered organisations and communities.

Membres auxiliaires

Julien Lamarche, M.Sc (en cours)

Conseiller en développement collectif

Mr Julien Lamarche holds a bachelors in mechanical engineering from the University of Sherbrooke, which brought him to work in various fields related to green technology and energy efficiency. Passionate by local development and entrepreneurship, he is completing his Masters in Cooperatives Management and Governance at IRECUS. A social entrepreneur active in the community, he is also a cofounder and president of La Fabrique, a cooperative fab lab in Sherbrooke. 

Gabriel Richard, D.Ps.

Organisational development consultant

Mr Gabriel Richard holds a PhD in Organisational Psychology from the University of Sherbrooke. He has worked for the past five years as an organisational consultant, undertaking contracts in team coaching, organisational assessments, program evaluation and diversity management. He has also taught organisational consulting at the Université de Sherbrooke. His various mandates has led him to act as a facilitator, trainer, coach and mediator. His interests relate to change management in human groups.

Dicko Baldé, D.B.A.

Development consultant

Mr Baldé has recently obtained a Doctorate degree in Business Administration, in addition to his Masters degree in Co-operative Development and management and his many diplomas in economics. A long time Niska collaborator, M. Baldé has participated in many studies linked to local governance, development management and public administration, in addition to having studied and intervened in the social economy entreprise sector.

Membres de soutien

Marie-Claude Hudon, M.A.

Vice-president and collaborator - research and redaction

Ms Marie-Claude Hudon holds a Masters degree in social intervention (focus on social economy) from Université du Québec à Montréal, and a Bachelors degree in political science from Université de Montréal. Over the past ten years, she has coordinated and collaborated in projects related to the accessibility of services as well as collaboration mechanisms. She is particularly interested in local and regional development, as well as in projects focused on families and health prevention.

Antoine Thomasset-Laperrière, ing.

Public transportation advisor

Mr Antoine Thomasset-Laperrière holds a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from Université de Sherbrooke, as well as a Graduate Diploma in transportation planning and management from the University of New South Wales. He has eighteen years of experience in the collective transportation sector, including the completion of many studies to harmonize transportation planning in rural areas located in four administrative regions.


Mélanie Lagacé, M.Sc., D.B.A. (en cours)

Development advisor

Throughout her 15 years of experience in development management, Ms Mélanie Lagacé has discovered a passion for communications, human relations and management of collective and public organisations in a changing environment. Because she firmly believes that action and thinking go together and that the society we live in is the result of our actions and interactions, Mélanie started a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) degree in 2013 at the University of Sherbrooke to deepen and consolidate her vision. It is in that context that she began coaching, a year ago, the Director General of the City of Sherbrooke in implementing a major change aiming at putting the employee at the centre with his/her talents, ideas and dreams.