Our Staff

Alejandra Pérez
She / her
Urban Agriculture Manager
ag.urbaine@depotmtl.org
(514) 483-4680 x 216

Behind-the-scenes and on-the-scenes, Alejandra plans, organizes and animates in the collective gardens. She sees food as our medicine and gardening as a way to share knowledge and build and transform community. While she loves languages and bike maintenance, her ideal Friday night involves cooking with friends, making music or reading.

Boris R. Thebia
He / him
Development & Donor Relations Coordinator
boris@depotmtl.org
(514) 483-4680 x 200

Avid storyteller with a background in communication and psychology, Boris spends most of his time making new connections. As a strong advocate for humanitarian and environmental issues, he’s always happy to make the world a better place. On the side he’s also a documentary photographer, passionate about traveling and visual moments.

Caitlin Hayward
She / her
Data & Analysis Coordinator
data@depotmtl.org
(514) 483-4680 x 209

Caitlin is a master of all things data and is a key resource in ensuring all programs are running smoothly at The Depot. In her spare time she hikes, swims, gardens, and reads, all the while dreaming of spreadsheets. Every time she wishes her life was more exciting, a database crashes.

Dahlia Chan-Tang
She / her
Boîte à Lunch NDG Coordinator
dahlia@depotmtl.org
(514) 483-4680 x 218

Dahlia coordinates our after-school cooking workshops, sharing her passion for all things food. In her spare time, Dahlia loves nothing more than to lose herself in a good book, however, she is content just to garden, knit or spoil her cats. And also share a meal with friends.

Daniel Roy
He / him
Operations & Social Support Coordinator
danielroy@depotmtl.org
(514) 483-4680 x 231

Daniel, recently a grandfather, deploys his expertise in logistics and in helping the participants of the Depot. A fan of micro beers, he spends most of his time on weekends, either on a hike or chipping away at his endless renovations.

Gavin Musgrave
He / him
Volunteer Coordinator
benevolat@depotmtl.org
(514) 483-4680 x 204

Gavin grew up in the NDG neighborhood and is thrilled to have returned to live there with his son and work with an organization that supports the community that helped raise him.

Houda Kerkadi
She / her
Community Engagement Coordinator
houda@depotmtl.org
(514) 483-4680 x 223

Houda Kerkadi joined the team as the community engagement coordinator. There, she runs the social justice club as well as helps our community members with resources and referrals. You can find her either at the Depot restaurant DJ-ing in the resource desk or in the markets hosting a social justice club meeting drinking coffee and discussing local politics with our community members where she feels happy that she managed to find a place that combines her two main passions: coffee and politics.

Tyler Haughton
She / her
Boîte à Lunch NDG Assistant Coordinator

assist.bal@depotmtl.org

Tyler is fascinated by the connection between food and community. With a background in sociology, an interest in social justice and a passion for cooking, Tyler found herself in just the right place working for The Depot. Starting off as a Boîte à Lunch facilitator, she has now moved into the assistant coordinator position, energized by the opportunity to contribute more to the organization and the community. When Tyler is not at work cooking and feeding people, she can be found at home cooking and feeding people.

James Barrington
He / him
Community Chef & Community Meal Program Coordinator
chef@depotmtl.org
(514) 483-4680 x 221

James is the community chef with The Depot’s community meal program. He oversees the production of over 400 meals a week made by volunteers. James came to The Depot after a decade of work in the industry, from hotels to catering, and has experience in a wide array of different types of cuisine. His passion is food made with anything you grew yourself.

Jennifer Brennan
She / her
Nutrition & Food Skills Manager
cuisine@depotmtl.org
(514) 483-4680 x 210

Jen guides The Depot on all things nutrition and supports the Food Skills team’s extensive programming across NDG. She is passionate about the importance of access to healthy whole foods and the role they play in promoting overall health and wellness in our community. In her free time, Jen loves to enjoy the outdoors with her family.

Jonathan Kourakos
He / him 
Assistant Distribution Coordinator
dist.assistant@depotmtl.org

When not working Jonathan enjoys spending lots of time in nature (hiking, camping, long walks in the woods), and also watching his favourite soccer teams or Montreal Canadiens hockey games. At The Depot, Jonathan oversees the day-to-day operations of the Marché Dépôt, where participants can collect their food baskets. And ensures that this is done in a way that is both respectful and dignified. Jonathan is at The Depot to help local members of the community have easy access to a wide variety of quality, healthy food options. And to ensure that the process of picking up a food basket on-site is easy, and done so in a welcoming, friendly environment.

Julie Kourakos (Currently on Maternity Leave)
Development & Donor Relations Coordinator
developpement@depotmtl.org
(514) 483-4680 x 200

Experienced in community development and public policy, Julie is passionate building a better, more just society by strengthening our collective social programs. When she isn’t buried under grant reports and applications, Julie enjoys sharing meals with her family and quoting Simpsons episodes.

Karima Dajani
She / her
Communications Coordinator
karima@depotmtl.org
(514) 483-4680 x 222

With a background in Communication Studies & Sociology, Karima is driven by her passion for all aspects of communication and its intersection with society and culture as a whole. Karima is passionate about the importance of access to healthy food for all and the crucial role that this access plays in community building.

Kim Fox
She / her
Director of Programming

programmation@depotmtl.org
(514) 483-4680 x 203

With a decade of experience growing urban agriculture and food security initiatives, Kim contributes planning, operational and evaluation support to the Depot’s programs. She is passionate about food’s capacity to connect us to each other and the environment, and how it reflects culture and politics. In a parallel life Kim is a painter with a passion for music, cooking, gardening, biking and travel adventures.

Lydia Robb
She / her
Good Food Markets Assistant Coordinator

asstmarche@depotmtl.org

Lydia has a background in the arts and in gardening. She deeply wants for everyone to have access to all the necessities of a comfortable and healthy life. She’s excited to work on expanding access to one small part of that – fresh fruits and vegetables! In her spare time, Lydia enjoys way too many hobbies.

Marguerite Kinfack
She / her
Director of Administration & Human Resources

office@depotmtl.org
(514) 483-4680 x 219

Marguerite has had several careers in rural development, international cooperation, and training and capacity building. She is passionate about community development. Now, at the Depot, she works in administration, finance and human resources management.

Marie Lise Chicoine
She / her
Food Skills Programs Assistant

marielise@depotmtl.org
(514) 483-4680

Marie started volunteering at The Depot in January 2021 and found real joy preparing delicious and nutritious food. So much so, that she joined the team to share the love! You are most likely to meet her if you drop in for a meal at Resto-Dépôt, where she leads the table service and takes part with her colleagues in empowering the community. Her favorite garden to tend is her gut microbiome, where diversity is once more scientifically proven to be awesome <3

Melanie Romer
She / her
Good Food Market Coordinator

marche@depotmtl.org
(514) 483-4680 x 208

Melanie grew up at the Depot (quite literally) and fondly remembers many years of Christmas food drives, summer block parties and Halloween zombie fundraisers. She loves having the opportunity to participate as staff in this wonderful organization after watching it grow for so many years.  Her caring nature and ability to remember names and details about the people she meets makes her a perfect fit for running the community markets. She also cares greatly about changing our food systems to be more inclusive and more sustainably driven. In her spare time, she explores the world, tends to her various gardens, walks with her dog and embroiders a picture of the beautiful things she sees.

Natalie Berghuis
She / her
Boîte à Lunch Regional Coordinator
natalie@depotmtl.org
(514) 483-4680 x 226

Natalie is a registered dietitian that not only sees food as a means of building health, but also as an incredibly powerful community builder! In her downtime – if she’s not baking up a storm – she’s pulling out her ukulele or curling up to a good ol’ rom-com.

Nicolas Braesch
He / him
Distribution Manager

distribution@depotmtl.org
(514) 483-4680 x 205

Believing that our society needs a revolution, Nicolas does his part by furthering The Depot’s mission and strengthening local distribution networks within our communities. When not selling fruits and vegetables, he takes care of his family, drinks apple juice and daydreams about being a pop singer.

Susan Munro
She / her
Support & Referral Coordinator
outreach@depotmtl.org
(514) 483-4680 x 206

Susan collaborates directly with Depot participants, volunteers and staff – building community, animating programs, sharing resources, making referrals and giving individual support around food insecurity and other issues. When not visiting her home planet, she hangs out in the woods dancing with the flower fairies and tree elves.

Tasha Lackman
She / her
Executive Director
tasha@depotndg.org
(514) 483-4680 x 207

Tasha leads a passionate and diverse team dedicated to working collaboratively to address issues of food insecurity and poverty.  She is a driver of change and bridge builder committed to social justice and equity.  Her journey into the non-profit sector followed a more than a decade long career as a commercial real estate lawyer at a leading national law firm. Tasha was always an active volunteer in a number of key organizations in Montreal, and five years ago when she decided to pivot full-time to mission driven work, she began at McGill University in a strategic role in University Advancement.  She comes to The Depot after over three years at the Foundation of Greater Montreal, where she acted as Vice President of Community and Philanthropy.  When she is not working, she loves playing in the forest with her family, or curling up with a novel.

Food Skills Facilitators

Our Food Skills Facilitators are a committed group of chefs, nutritionists, teachers, and students who have in common their passion for cooking and sharing healthy food with our community members. You’ll find them running the show in all our Community Kitchen and Boîte à Lunch workshops!

 

 

Ça Pousse! Facilitators

Our Ça Pousse! team works hard to build new gardens and offer workshops and garden sessions to students, seniors, and the Montreal community at large. Through our Ça Pousse! projects we improve the urban ecosystem, promote health and wellness, and use the power of growing food to connect people to their environment and each other.