Our Staff

Akira De Carlos
She + They
Communications Coordinator
(514) 483-4680 x 222

Akira has been passionate about communities and the environment ever since understanding the intersections between social justice, diet and the environment. They have a diverse background in communications, design, education and community organizing. In her downtime you can find her Duolingo-ing one of her many spoken languages or baking a vegan delicacy!

Alejandra Pérez
She / her
Urban Agriculture Manager
(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.

Caitlin Hayward
She / her
Data & Analysis Coordinator
(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.

Carole-Anne Lapierre
She / her
Ça pousse! Coordinator
(514) 483-4680 x 217

Mother of two, Carole-Anne holds a degree in Agronomy from McGill University. She chose urban agriculture as a way of improving people’s quality of life through the creation of edible spaces in cities. In her free time, she enjoys mountain treks and, surprise, gardening!

Dahlia Chan-Tang
She / her
Boîte à Lunch NDG Coordinator
(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 Rotman
He / him
Executive Director
(514) 483-4680 x 207

Daniel is interested in innovative solutions to social problems and believes meaningful collaboration is the key to success. Prior to coming to The Depot, he worked as a consultant for social economy projects in Montreal and abroad. He loves to travel, but maybe a bit less these days since it involves an absurd amount of luggage for his growing family.

Daniel Roy
He / him
(514) 483-4680 x 226



Gavin Musgrave
He / him
Volunteer Coordinator
(514) 483-4680 x 204



Houda Kerkadi
She / her
Community Engagement Coordinator
(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.

Janina Hojczyk
She / her
Boîte à Lunch NDG Assistant Coordinator


Janina handles the operation and animation of after-school cooking workshops. A nerd for home economics, Janina takes great pleasure in equipping children with the lifelong skills to nourish themselves independently. She loves doing puzzles, wandering ruelles vertes, and seeing live music.

James Barrington
He / him
Community Chef & Community Meal Program Coordinator
(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
(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.


Julie Kourakos
Development & Donor Relations Coordinator
(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.

Kim Fox
She / her
Director of Programming

(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.

Marguerite Kinfack
She / her
Director of Administration & Human Resources

(514) 483-4680 x 219

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.

Marie Matte
They / them
Administrative Assistant Coordinator

(514) 483-4680 x 229

Marie collects eclectic passions, like the polyhistors of old, and is thrilled about new experiences. While offering administrative assistance at The Depot, they help ensure that the organization runs smoothly with meticulous detail work and creative solutions to unexpected problems. In their free time, they repaint and reinvent toys, support their favorite causes, and grow enriching relationships with people and cats.

Natalie Berghuis
She / her
Boîte à Lunch Regional Coordinator
(514) 483-4680 x 218

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.

Melanie Romer
She / her
Good Food Market Coordinator

(514) 483-4680 x 208



Nicolas Braesch
He / him
Distribution Manager

(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
(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.

Vera Leskovar
She / her
Social Horticulturalist
(514) 483-4680 x 224



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.