The passionate people presented here show the warmth, good humour, and enthusiasm of our team. They are the backbone of this small organisation. Duvetnor owes its success primarily to their committed participation.
Jean BédardFounder and CEO
Jean is a biologist by training and first became interested in the ecology of seabirds during his graduate and postdoctoral studies which led him around the world. His research has been published in numerous international scientific journals. In 1979, he founded the Société Duvetnor with a few biologist friends. By developing various activities, Jean wanted to share his passion so that visitors gained a greater understanding and respect for nature, and a desire to adopt a more eco-friendly lifestyle. His training as a professor makes him an excellent communicator. A hard worker, he is an inspiration and role model for those who want to make a difference in wildlife conservation and public awareness.
Christian BouletShip captain
Christian, a biologist by training, took up the position of captain in 1998. As owner of the Chantauvent sailboat, he has sailed many many hours on the St. Lawrence River as well as in South America, where he spends his winter months with his dog Morgan. Bohemian by nature, he also enjoys the solitude of his cabin in the heart of the forest by Lake Malobèse. Calm and joyful, Christian inspires confidence and navigates the sometimes rough waters with ease. He is easily recognizable by his legendary braid.
Olivier St-PierreForeman and ship captain
Olivier took up his position in 1999 after studying wildlife conservation. Very versatile and curious, he quickly became indispensable. He has a wealth of knowledge and is involved in many of the Society’s activities, including infrastructure construction, design of electrical systems, water filtration, eiderdown harvesting, and navigation of our boats. Island life has many challenges that he gladly takes on to improve the experience of our visitors. When he is not behind the wheel of a boat, you can find him on his motorcycle or heading out to the family cabin!
Sylvie worked in regional tourism before joining Duvetnor in 2001. She is one of our most loyal employees. With her abundant goodwill, she is a maternal figure for all the staff. Although her role is mainly associated with numbers and managing the supply of materials and food that is delivered to the islands, she takes great pleasure in taking reservations and chatting with customers. A great lover of animals, she divides her time between the office and her stable, where she spends many hours feeding and caring for her horses.
Mélanie DoréCommunications and marketing
Mélanie studied public communications and joined our team in 2002. If you are familiar with her name, it is because you probably chatted with her on the phone or by email, or because she welcomed you when you arrived at our office. Her customer knowledge is surprising. She is very pleased and proud to help you make the most of your visit. She is behind all of our promotional and recruitment campaigns that you see on social media. She is not the best sailor, but she can be found on her paddleboard on the River during beautiful summer days.
Michèle PelletierCleaning and production manager of eiderdown
Michèle has been with Duvetnor since 2003. You will not run into her on the islands since she is hidden in our eiderdown cleaning warehouse facilities, located near Rivière-du-Loup. After studying microbiology, Michèle joined our team and manages the down cleaning process for marketing. It is a unique, solitary, and specialized work that requires a lot of attention to detail; few people in Quebec have such a unique role.
Francis DufresneShip captain
Francis has been working with us since 2007. With more than 30 years of experience on commercial fishing boats and excursion boats in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Francis no longer counts the roundtrips made between his native Gaspésie at Rivière-du-Loup to come and work with us during the summer. Known for his unusual sense of duty, he is a major asset to our team. His charming accent, his typically Gaspesian expressions and his sense of humour make him a particularly endearing person.
David joined the permanent technical team at Île-aux-Lièvres in 2009 before his training course that focused on the maintenance and mechanics of our boats. With a background in visual arts and art history, he is now thriving with his new responsibilities. In addition to the engines that have revealed their secrets to him, David devotes himself to the restoration of his home and his passion for making craft beer.
Marc-Philippe ChristopheAssistant foreman
Marc-Philippe joined the technical team in 2011 after studying geography/environment. A colourful and expressive character, he will charm you with his infectious laughter! Owner of Le septième ciel sailboat and a new dad, Marc enjoys playing the guitar in his spare time. He can sometimes be heard singing around sunset by the employees’ house to entertain his colleagues. A great lover of nature, he quickly fell under the spell of the Bas-Saint-Laurent, where he started his family.
Marika MilaniAuberge du Lièvre manager
Marika joined Duvetnor in the summer of 2020 during the pandemic. After completing her bachelor’s degree in dance, she embarked on a career in events, from a street restaurant in France to festivals in Quebec. Since her arrival on the island, she has continued to discover new names of birds and plants, which she sometimes renames in her own way. Marika has a real passion for food and likes to share it with her customers. She is also very creative, whether it is to invent cocktails for happy hour or to solve the last-minute problems brought by the island life. Her boundless energy, her thirst for knowledge and her contagious good mood makes her a person that everyone loves.
Arianne JacquesIntendant Île-aux-Lièvres
Arianne graduated in environmental sciences. She joined our team in the summer of 2020 in the middle of the pandemic. As soon as she arrived, she was immediately adopted! With bright eyes, always in a good mood, Arianne spared no effort to pamper the guests. She is trustworthy and full of common sense. In addition to her endearing personality, she has the health of the planet and humans at heart. She has a green thumb and a great passion for plants. She spends as much time as possible in nature.
Léandre Smith ThériaultSailor guide
Phillip Schube-CoquereauChef - Auberge du Lièvre
Phillip joined the Duvetnor team in 2021. He holds a master’s degree in literary studies at UQAR and many years of experience in several kitchens in Quebec City and Rimouski. Although he spent most of the summer cooking, he lengthens his time on the Island by joining the technical team at the beginning and end of the season, allowing him to connect with this unique environment. The very special connection that he has with his surroundings is felt and tasted in the original dishes that he concocts for his customers. Since the pandemic, he has discovered a talent for sourdough bread, a talent that is highly appreciated by his colleagues and clients! A true lover of nature, of the pleasures of the table and of words, he found his place on Île aux Lièvres. His many skills and inexhaustible energy make him an unparalleled islander.
Jean-Gabriel MorinReception and Café Île aux Lièvres
Jean-Gabriel joined Duvetnor in 2021. He is a management student at HEC de Montréal and decided to leave his native island of Montreal to settle on Île aux Lièvres during the summer. Very curious, he likes to learn more about a variety of topics, from birds to plants, energy management and pastry. On the same note, he discovered a passion for photography of the Island’s birds and sunsets. He is versatile, friendly and a real joker, which makes him a valuable help for his colleagues and clients. We cannot ignore the delicious muffins and other desserts that make everyone happy!
Charles-Antoine LevesqueSailor guide
Marie-Reine ThériaultCleaning of eiderdown assistant
Marie-Reine joined our team at the down warehouse facilities in 2016. She worked for a long time in horticulture in several greenhouses in the region before making a complete career change and arrived at Duvetnor. Do not be fooled by her small size because she can move mountains by herself! She loves to work so much that she doesn’t seem to notice the passing hours. Her strength, perseverance, and her mischievous side make her a highly regarded member of the team.
Rock-Olivier joined Duvetnor in 2021. Originally from Montreal, he is currently studying natural technique at CEGEP de Saint-Félicien. More calm in nature he, however, quickly made a place for himself within the team. Being a nature enthusiast, he particularly enjoys observing the unique bird fauna of the Island. He is a good listener, is always smiling, is very curious and does not miss an opportunity to make one of his famous puns.
Étienne Lajoie-AsselinReception and Café Île aux Lièvres
Étienne joined the Île aux Lièvres team in 2021. Originally from Rivière-du-Loup, he is currently studying architecture at Laval University. Endowed with remarkable memory and energy, he is all smiles with the clientele. Étienne is always ready to lend a helping hand to his colleagues, with a radiant good mood. He also has a surprising talent in drawing and likes to ‘sing in cursive letters’ to make the team laugh around the fire. You may see its long curly hair blowing through one of the trails, at the times when the hares are coming out of hiding.
Alain joined our team in 2021 after working as an event coordinator for numerous years. Following his college diploma in specialized education, he participated in the coordination of an exchange program for young farmers in Africa. Alain wears his heart on his sleeve and is always ready to help his colleagues. Very thorough and versatile, he is appreciated by all and to whom people gravitate naturally. You may come across him at the belvedere of La Corniche, humming an air accompanied by its harmonica or at the bend of a path as it observes birds.
Laurie Coquereau-LambertCook – Auberge du Lièvre
Laurie studied music at CEGEP and then in the Royal Canadian Navy before joining the ranks of the Duvetnor Society in 2021, initially as a waitress. Originally from Rimouski, she came to know the island through her father, Chef Phillip. With her overflowing energy and her thirst for learning, she quickly carved out a place for herself with him in the kitchens. A true firework, she invigorates the team as soon as she enters a room. Her determination and freshness make Laurie an important part of the team. She particularly likes the boat crossing to the island and marvels at its wildlife.