Executive Committee

Ugo José Lachapelle
President

Ugo returned from three years in the gorgeous city of Kurobe, in Toyama (2012-2015). During that time, he worked for the city hall as a CIR in the Policy Planning Division. What Ugo loves most about Japan has always been its language, but he has interest in pretty much everything to be seen in Japan.

Jessica Shepherd
Vice-President 

Jessica Shepherd was an ALT in Ehime Prefecture for 4 years, from 2011 to 2015. During that time, she worked in 8 different senior high schools, as well as special education schools. In her free time, she enjoys practicing Ikebana, Iaido, Togei, running, hiking, as well as learning about the subtleties of Japanese sake. She is happy to talk more about this over a nice Junmai Ginjo!

Isabelle Dansereau
Senior Treasurerisabelle

Isabelle worked as an ALT in Nagasaki prefecture’s countryside for two years (2013-2015) before making her Montreal comeback. Now that she is back, she’s looking to stay in contact with Japan and its culture, and to get more involved in their promotion – while having fun, of course!

Philippe Paquin Goulet
Junior Treasurer and Webmaster

Philippe left for the beautiful city of Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, in 2015. During his year there, he had experiences as varied as discovering tea ceremony and going to a sumo championship.  A teacher by profession, Philippe continues to educate children in the intricacies of the English language, while also sneaking bits of Japanese into his lessons.

François Tremblay
Secretary

François worked as an ALT in Kumamoto prefecture from 2006 to 2011, where he acquired a taste for shochu and basashi. An avid martial arts enthusiast, François was an active member of his local kendo and iaido communities and continues his diligent training to this day. When not at the dojo, he enjoys reading kendo books and watching old-school anime.

Jessica Gagnon
Communications Director and Photographer

Jessica spent two years as a JET in the easternmost city of Japan, Nemuro, and one year in Kanazawa, where she taught English and French in a private school. When she wasn’t relaxing in onsens or singing her lungs out in nijikai karaoke, she liked to travel around various prefectures, trying every kind of ramen or ice cream flavour. Her hobbies include photography, reading and hunting for Montreal’s best Japanese food.

Bianca Granato
Event Coordinator

Bianca worked as an English Language Teacher in Nagahama, Shiga for 3 years (2012-2015). She taught at two elementary schools (grades 1 to 6 as well as special needs classes). During her stay in Japan, Bianca travelled to many different places, from Aomori to Okinawa. She also had a wonderful time taking Japanese Sign Language classes and participating in cultural events such as Kimono Matsuri.

Honourary Members

Frédérick Canuel – Weekend Orientation Advisor
Sylvie Cornibert – Matsuri Advisor


2016 Executive Committee