Citizens’ Forum 2015
Healthy Aylmer – the role of urban planning

May 30, 2015, 9:00-13:00
Place des pionniers, 5th floor, 115 Principale, Gatineau



– Foster discussion on urban planning and its influence on health outcomes;
– Explore different ways to improve the quality of life of Aylmer citizens;
– Establish the basis for potential citizen-led initiatives on specific issues.

9h00     Welcoming of participants
9h30      Opening words
Jocelyn Plourde, President, Lakeview Terrace Residents’ Association Howard Powles, President, Deschênes Residents Association Sonja Kosuta, Executive member, Lakeview Terrace Residents’ Association
9h45      Part 1 –The link between urban planning and health outcomes
9h50      Ideal urban planning for a healthy city Véronique Martin Coordinator, Gatineau, Vivre en ville
10h00    The Réseau québécois de Villes et Villages en santé, and Gatineau’s efforts to concretely improve the quality of life of its citizens Agathe Lalande Division Chief, Quality of Life and Community Development, Ville de Gatineau, and Administrator, Réseau québécois de Villes et Villages en santé
10h10     The importance of proximity with nature Claude Sirois Moore Farm Cooperative
10h20     Questions and discussion
11h00     Health break – Screening of Saga Cité
11h30     Part 2 – Implementing projects aiming at improving our quality of life
11h40     Factors underlying success of citizen-led initiatives in urban planning Isabelle Gaudette Team leader, participatory democracy and citizenship and community organiser, Centre d’écologie urbaine de Montréal
11h50     Report of the Commission on public involvement Julie Pelletier Commissionner, Bureau de l’ombudsman deGatineau
12h00    Pros and cons of a public consultation office Luc Doray General secretary, Office de consultation publique de Montréal
12h10    Questions and discussion
12h50    Feedback on the Forum, next steps and final words

Presentation and biographies

The Lakeview Terrace Residents’ Association is a neighbourhood association in the Aylmer sector that exists since 1946. It is considered the oldest neighbourhood association in Gatineau. We represent a territory about one kilometre square populated by close to one thousand people. Our mission is to promote social integration within the Terrace Lakeview neighbourhood.

The Association is active on several fronts:

– We organize family oriented activities such as the Winter Carnival, our Corn Boil, Remembrance Day,
– We organize specific activities designed to address issues raised by our residents such as a meeting with the Police Department or an information session on the emerald ash borer,
– We implement community development projects such as our Neighbourhood Active Transportation Plan or the organization of a Citizens’ Forum.

Established in 2010, the Deschênes Residents’ Association works to represent the residents of our neighbourhood in interactions with local authorities, with a view to protecting our natural and historical heritage and to ensuring that residents are involved in any development-related activities. Deschênes neighbourhood has a rich history based on the river and the rapids, and is surrounded by green spaces of high ecological diversity. There are around 1500 residents in the neighbourhood, which is centred on a “downtown” with a number of small businesses and services.

Véronique Martin – Coordinator, Vivre en Ville Gatineau and Advisor in planning and urbanism

Through university research (M.Sc. regional development) and varied professional experiences related to land planning and transportation, Véronique Martin has developed a specific expertise in best practices in urban planning and sustainable urbanism. As well as contributing to university research on sustainable cities, on public debate and on urban planning, she has held a position of researcher-advisor for the Urban planning department of Gatineau, during the renewal of its long-term City plan (schéma d’aménagement).

For the past two years, Véronique has held the position of Coordinator of MOBI-O, the transport management Centre of Gatineau (Centre de gestion des déplacements de Gatineau).

Agathe Lalande – Division Chief, Quality of Life y and Community Development, Ville de Gatineau, and Administrator, Réseau québécois de Villes et Villages en santé

Ms. Lalande has been working since the 1980s at improving the quality of life of citizens in several municipalities in Quebec. She has also been sharing her expertise with Brazil, Haiti, France and Switzerland, where, through conferences and training sessions, she collaborates with stakeholders on the development of communities.

Since 2005, she has been the Division Chief, Quality of Life and Community Development, for the City of Gatineau. She is responsible for social and community development files, for topics touching different social groups – families, elderly people, youth – and for universal accessibility.
Ms. Lalande strongly believes in partnerships as the foundation of actions in social and community development.

Claude Sirois
Originally from Gaspésie, Claude values freedom and nature. This probably explains his career in international relations and his creativity in the area of communications. He studied social sciences and political science, and has completed, among others, a certificate from the European School for Advanced Management in Lausanne (Switzerland).

His career within Canada’s diplomatic service led to him to positions as, among others, Vice-consul in Warsaw and Consul in Geneva, and manager of Canada’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, for example the International Labour Organization and the World Health Organization, among his responsibilities being the war to drugs. He has also held varied positions in Ottawa, for example with the Governor General of Canada. He gave free rein to his passion for communication through innovative projects such as the development, before the advent of the internet, of the first media monitoring system, flagged by Dow Jones and the Globe and Mail, and the establishment of an internal television service, Info60, covering information for employees and managers within the Department of Foreign Affairs. He has worked on the introduction of the internet within the Department and developed its first website, which was awarded several excellence prizes. He has also lectured at the university and CEGEP in the areas of international policy development, enterprise structure and human resources management. Subsequently, he has been associated with several communication agencies and has founded the communication firm Alterego. He is also the co-founder of Santé Outaouais 2020, as well as of the Moore Farm Cooperative (Coopérative de Solidarité de la Ferme Moore).

He now works as a communication strategist, coach and on specific projects. Claude chooses his activities and projects in line with his social convictions and expertise. He is interested in culture, horticulture, gastronomy and all the good things in life. He cultivates his garden, stays busy in his neighbourhood and intervenes a bit in politics while keeping his freedom.

Isabelle Gaudette – Team leader, participatory democracy and citizenship and community organiser, Centre d’écologie urbaine de Montréal
Isabelle Gaudette has been a community organiser since 1996. She has been working at the Centre d’écologie urbaine de Montréal since January 2010. She is a graduate of the Social Work program of UQAM, with a specialty in community intervention. She worked for the Maison d’Aurore from 2000 to 2009, where she established and coordinated the Traffic committee for the Plateau Mont-Royal which, among other things, has led projects such as «MAXIMUM 30 : Our street, a living environment » and the Citizen urban transportation plan. More recently, she proposed, set up and facilitated the participatory budget process in Saint-Basile-le-Grand.

Julie Pelletier – Commissionner, Bureau de l’ombudsman, Gatineau
Ms. Pelletier has a bachelor’s degree in civil law and common law, as well as a master’s degree in environmental and land use law. Since 1998, she has worked in different capacities in the federal public service, including in the Office of the Auditor General and in Environment Canada. She is currently on secondment to Service Canada’s Values and Ethics Division. Ms. Pelletier’s career has always revolved around the environment.
As a member of the board of directors of the Association des résidants des Jardins Taché since she moved to the area in 2001, she has supported this association in the preservation of the Moore farm lands and buildings and its surroundings, as well as in repairs to boulevard Alexandre-Taché.

Luc Doray – Secretary general, Office de consultation publique de Montréal
Luc Doray completed his studies in political sciences international relations at UQÀM before obtaining a MBA from the École des Hautes études commerciales (HEC) (Université de Montréal). He is currently completing a MBA, Management of cities and metropolis from l’École des sciences de la gestion (UQÀM).

He has been working for the city of Montreal for more than 25 years, among other positions as general coordinator for the Third summit of the world’s big cities, held in Montreal in 1991, and for the Conference of mayors of northern cities in January 1992. He was co-responsible for the coordination secretariat for the Earth Summit, with the City of Rio de Janeiro in 1991 and was a member of the Canadian delegation at this Summit. Responsible for sustainable development issues at the Office of the Director-general for 3 years, he was then a member of the steering committee for the Sommet de Montréal in 2002. Luc Doray has also worked for 4 years managing offices of Ministers of the Quebec Government. Involved in the management of the Office de consultation publique de Montréal since its establishment in 2002, he has been its Secretary General since 2006.


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