OUR TEAM

Marc Cudia

Co-owner


After having purchased the company renting quadricycles at the Old-Port of Montréal at the age of 23, Marc Cudia has been in the business world since 1998. Afterwards, he founded Écorécréo to group together his different activities in the recreational tourism sector. Since 2009, Marc has presided over the administrative council of the Service d’hébergement Saint-Denis, an Auberge du coeur helping homeless youth between the ages of 15 and 21. He, himself, was a former beneficiary of this organization. In 2014, Marc was nominated for Person of the Year by Tourisme Montréal. Marc is the father of two elementary school-aged children.

Jean-Philippe Duchesneau

Co-owner


A lawyer by training, Jean-Phillipe practised law at a large law firm in Montréal before becoming a political advisor to the office of the Minister of Justice and the office of the Deputy Primer Minister of Québec. He later worked as a federal prosecutor and was appointed as a prosecutor for the United Nations at the first international tribunal dedicated to terrorism in The Hague (Netherlands). In 2010, he founded an online agency specialized in Internet marketing. Jean-Phillipe won the Lawyer of the Year award in 2008, granted by the Young Bar Association, and was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for his work at the United Nations. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Procure Foundation, La Grande Journée des Petits Entrepreneurs and the Service d’hébergement St-Denis. He is also the father of two young daughters.

Nicolas Gosselin

Co-owner


An engineer by training, Nicolas has been a project manager, engineering team leader, and business development coordinator for engineering consulting firms working in the sector of heavy industry, and later in health establishments. While doing so, Nicolas managed projects of more than $10 million and was responsible for a project portfolio valued at more than $100 million. In 2014, Nicolas became a project management and project risk management coach for an experienced customer base of information technology and engineering project managers. Nicolas is the father of two preschool-aged children.

Line Gingras

Executive Director


During the past 20 years, Line occupied many direction position in a wide variety of company where she acquired some solid experience in the field of exploitation and operation management. She led SOS Labyrinthe as an Executive Director during two brackets of time (in 1994-1998 and 2015-2018) and allowed the company a significative growth meanwhile reducing some expenses which gave the company a better profit margin. In addition to her experience as an Executive Director at SOS Labyrinthe, Line also held decision-making positions at the World Festival of Traditional Games and Sports, Cirque du Soleil and One Drop.

Caroline Cloutier

Marketing and Sales Director


Travel enthusiasts, Caroline has worked for more than 15 years in the media and digital industry before joining ÉcoRécréo. As marketing and sales director, she is now responsible for the marketing strategy, media buy, partnership and public relation initiatives for all the brands marketed by the group such as Voiles en Voiles and Écotours. Huge geek and Harry Potter’s fan, she is a proud Ravenclaw. She spends her life with her two daughters, a courageous Gryffindor and streetwise Slytherin.

Vanessa Provencher

Operations Director


Vanessa studied tourism at Collège Mérici in Quebec City. After working for several years in the restaurant business, she found a job in her field of study as tender coordinator for the New France Festival. Later, she moved to Montréal and found a job with the Rogers Cup as a corporate sales representative. For the past four years, she has been working at the Écorécréo Group. She contributed to opening and setting up the new aerial park located at the Old Port of Montréal. She is currently the director of operations of Voiles en Voiles for this company. As director of operations, she ensures the profitability and efficiency of the aerial park. She is in charge of hiring, training and employee integration. She is responsible for the quality of the service and products offered on aerial courses. She creates and implements procedures and policies tied to company operations and ensures that they are respected.

Marianne René de Cotret

Director of human resources


Having completed her studies in Anthropology, Marianne stumbles upon Voiles en Voiles by chance during the opening days of the park. She fell in love with the company and never left! She went through almost every position in the group, from the supervisor, group leader, operations coordinator, to finally landing in the human resources department. She is responsible, among other things, for hiring employees, train new recruits, and create motivational programs for the teams. Passionate about travelling and cycling, she enjoys quieter periods to go on an adventure on her bicycle.

Olivier Begué

Facilities Coordinator


You could say that Olivier has had an atypical career path. He started off in the field of international relations, in which he completed his Master’s Degree in 2003. He later spent 10 years working in marketing and business development with service companies in the IT, video games and audiovisual sectors. During these years, Olivier was able to attain 150% of his sales objectives, negotiate contracts with well-known brands and sign the first large-scale international brand placement on a virtual platform for teenagers. In 2014, while seeking stability, Olivier’s life took a turn toward an older and yet equally gratifying profession: carpentry. This was a complete reconversion that led him to work on new and heritage restoration construction sites, eventually leading him to his current place today in charge of the facilities at the Voiles en Voiles site. As Physical Facilities Coordinator, he is responsible for maintaining the quality and safety of the facilities at Voiles en Voiles. By doing so, he provides a safer and more satisfactory customer and employee experience. Other responsibilities include supervision of the inspection and preventive maintenance program for equipment, the coordination of projects with suppliers and external subcontractors and the preparation of improvement project files.

Michèle Chartrand

Technical Coordinator


Michèle studied in engineering at the Polytechnique of Montreal. She was present at the opening day of the adventure park Voiles en Voiles and she never left except that one time when she went to study abroad seas in Italy. She acquired experience in the field of production optimization at Kraft Heinz and Pepsi Co. Passionate about food, bicycle and the Harry Potter saga, Michèle, said Micky, brings joy and enthusiasm every day at work. The Technical Coordinator makes sure to prepare the facilities of every service point for every season. She is responsible for the development and realization of various projects for the whole range of brands of the Groupe Écorécréo.

Alexandre Dufour

Technician


A student of life and a factory machinery operator for 11 years, Alexandre had to leave on March 15, 2009 when the factory closed its doors. After several jobs, Alexandre decided to join his dad working at the Écorécréo Group. For him, the job of a technician consists of overseeing the proper state and operation of recreational equipment as well as taking over for his father, who was at the company for many years. Whether for paddleboats, quadricycles or the kiosk installation, Alex is the expert.

Jérémy Pratz

Marketing Coordinator and Creative Services


Jérémy is a young communication science graduate from the Université de Montréal. He also holds a certificate in graphic design and has taken a marketing course. Before joining the team at the Écorécréo Group, he tried his hand at public relations at a Montréal startup as well as spent a brief time taking training on digital and offset printing. Later, Jérémy came to work in the marketing department for the brands Voiles en Voiles, Écorécréo, Écotours and Patin Patin. He is nicknamed the “Legendary Druid” by his colleagues. As marketing coordinator, he works on the brand image of our different companies, whether with regards to graphic design, events, community management, partner relations or web development. He works in strict collaboration with marketing director Jean-Philippe Duchesneau and ensures that the requests of every group member are satisfied.

Wejdi Yahyaoui

Finances and accounting


As director of finance, Mr. Yahyaoui is responsible for the management of accounts payable and internal auditing at the group. He creates and monitors performance indicators and manages cash flows. Mr. Yahyaoui holds a Master’s Degree in Finance and was a PhD student at the Université du Québec à Montréal before joining the Écorécréo Group. Mr. Yahyaoui also lectures at the Université de Montréal. He is married and the father of one child.