Suzann Méthot, Chairperson
Suzann Méthot was born in Port-Cartier during the mining and forestry boom and grew up on the North Shore. After working in television and radio for 12 years in Montréal, she followed the call of the North and returned to her roots. She devoted some 20 years to promoting Aboriginal culture, environmental protection and orderly development of Northern Québec for the benefit of the territory’s inhabitants. During those two decades, she reconnected with her fellow citizens and developed a vast network of relationships with First Nations and Inuit leaders from diverse backgrounds. Thus began an illustrious career dedicated to sustainable development of the North, with special focus on a holistic view of land use planning grounded in environmental protection and respect for the rights and interests of Aboriginal peoples.
Prior to becoming the chairperson of COMEX in March 2016, Suzann served as regional director for Québec of the Canadian Boreal Initiative and Québec spokesperson for the International Boreal Conservation Campaign. Since 2009, she has worked with governments and numerous stakeholders to implement a balanced vision of northern development and conservation through land use planning measures and decision-making processes based on best knowledge and practices in sustainable management. More specifically, Suzann was co-chair of the sustainable development working group of the previous Plan Nord Partners’ Table and is currently a member of the new Plan Nord’s Assembly of Partners. She also pushed for more roundtables and forums bringing together the scientific community, Aboriginal peoples, industry and governments to discuss common issues in the territory. Examples include the Mushuau-nipi annual northern seminars and the International Scientific Symposium under the theme “Planning the Conservation of Québec’s Northern Ecosystems: The Challenge of the Decade.” She advised the Société de développement Angus on sustainable development issues and, over the years, has also sat on the boards of directors of the Conseil de l’Environnement de Montréal, Earth Day, Fondation Rivières, des Amis du Mushau-nipi and the Station de recherche des îles de Mingan. She is regularly invited to participate in national and international panels on issues that matter to her and on which she has developed an expertise, and has taken part in numerous government consultations on different issues affecting Northern Québec.