Dr. Isabelle-Anne Bisson is an expert in environmental impact and community needs assessment, helping organizations achieve sustainability. Dr. Bisson has over 20 years of experience as a scientific consultant, coordinator and manager of science and conservation projects globally. She has lead projects for the United States’ Department of Defense and headed a program in Uganda for a United States Agency for International Development initiative. She completed a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Science at McGill University in Montreal and a Ph.D. at York University in Toronto. She went on to conduct post-doctoral research at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and at Princeton University.
In 2014, she co-founded and is now solely running a firm that offers expert services in sustainability. Recently, she worked closely with northern Aboriginal communities and the environmental challenges they face with ongoing development. She is fluent in French, English and Spanish.
Dimitri Roussopoulos is a political activist, ecologist, writer, editor, publisher, community organizer, and public speaker. Educated in philosophy, politics and economics at several Montreal universities and London. Roussopoulos has sought to keep himself free from any academic confinement, and apart from having taught for two years in the late sixties at a college that followed the progressive education philosophy of John Dewey, he has remained institutionally independent.
He founded the Combined Universities Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament [CUCND] in Canada, Roussopoulos founded and edited Canada’s first peace research quarterly journal in 1961, Our Generation. Its first issue gained a circulation of 3000 and was prefaced by Bertrand Russell. The journal evolved into an international new left journal, titled Our Generation. In 1962 he co-founded the International Confederation for Disarmament and Peace (ICDP) at the University of Oxford,
Since 2001 Dimitri Roussopoulos heads the Taskforce on Municipal Democracy of the City of Montreal, helping to draft the Montreal Charter of Citizen Rights and Responsibilities, the first right-to-the-city charter in North America which was recognized by UNESCO as an important innovation in democracy. Active with and promoting the World Social Forum, Roussopoulos continues to advance the need for an extra-parliamentary opposition in Canada.
Isabelle Sawyer is a jurist-geographer (LL.B.-B.Sc.) devoted to community advocacy.
She founded the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (FEDJA) at the UdeM (Université de Montréal) Law Faculty, participated to the design of the first animal law class for the bachelor's degree, and assisted community stages to be recognized as official/credited in this emerging field of law.
Before that, she contributed to the organizing of the first UN Congress for biological and cultural diversity, before interning at the INRS (Institut national de la recherche scientifique) inside a network dedicated to the recognition of Indigenous academic leadership, and where participants were invited to approach knowledge and learning in a pluralistic co-created horizontal way.
Her main interests center around restorative justice, community empowerment, interspecies relations, rewilding, and music.
Grand Chief Serge Simon is the elected Grand Chief of Kanesatake First Nations and one of the co-founders of the Treaty Alliance against Tar Sands expansion, an anti-pipeline group that now comprises 115 chiefs from First Nations across Canada and the United States.
The Grand Chief Serge Simon was born in Kanesatake and is of the Turtle clan, of Mohawk and Algonquin descent. He is a firm believer in unity, above and below with chiefs across the land.