Renaissance Team

The Renaissance team is a community that is devoted to its larger mission, rich in its diversity and extensive experience.

Board of Directors

The board of directors is comprised of nine volunteer community members and the CEO who is present as a non-voting member. The board members have diverse and complementary skills. They manage the affairs of the organization and exercise the powers established by law.

  • Mr. Yvon Arseneault – President
  • Mrs. Janine Desrosiers-Choquette – Vice-President
  • Mr. Yves Provost – Secretary – Prévost Notaires
  • Mrs. Chantal Clouâtre – Treasurer – LSR GesDev
  • Mr. Daniel Binette – Director – BFL Canada
  • Mrs. Sheila Murphy – Director
  • Mr. Paul-André Lazure – Director – Stamina agence immobilière inc.
  • Mr. Louis Fortier – Director – i4B inc.
  • Mr. Pierre Legault – Director – Renaissance
  • Mr. Eric St-Arnaud – CEO – Member of Office

Missing from the photo: 

  • Me Gloria SanchezMeza, Director – Ville de Montréal
  • Me Robert Potvin, Director De Grandpré Chait

This past year, the Board met five times, not including the numerous special committee meetings during the temporary pandemic shutdown.

To read the message from the President and CEO, click here.

Management Team

Éric St-Arnaud

“ The economic activity of Renaissance not only helps the planet, but also local people. It is with pride that we invest ourselves in allowing people to find the dignity of employment! ”

Éric St-Arnaud,
Executive Director

Pierre Legault

“ The economic activity of Renaissance not only helps the planet, but also local people. It is with pride that we invest ourselves in allowing people to find the dignity of employment! ”

Pierre Legault,
Special Advisor to the Board

Karine-Katia Cole

“ It is a joy to help people integrate the workplace and to accompany them in the liberty of choosing their next path. ”

Karine-Katia Cole,
Director of Socio-professional Services

Benjamin Mercader

“ My greatest enjoyment in working for Renaissance is seeing the continuous evolution of the organization as a leader in the second-hand market and with a goal of changing lives. ”

Benjamin Mercader,
Director of Sales

Nathalie Morissette

“ In my work at Renaissance, my values are in touch with my field of expertise. I can give back to society all while continuing to get involved in things that I am passionate about. ”

Nathalie Morissette,
Director of Finance
and Information Technology

Robert Downer

“ It is a privilege to be involved in an organization that makes a difference in the lives of people, and to count on a team that is experiences in maintenance and caretaking of buildings. ”

Robert Downer,
Director of Property

Marie-Claude Masson

“ Here, humans are at the heart of all of our actions. Renaissance allows me to unite my passion for the consumer experience to an extraordinary mission. ”

Marie-Claude Masson,
Director of Communications
and Marketing

Mouhssine Marrakchi

“ I like to take care of finding talents for Renaissance, and to make sure that the work environment is suitable for the fulfillment of all. ”

Mouhssine Marrakchi,
Director of Human Resources

Dominique Jegorel

“ I think that demands and performance absolutely have their place in a social economy whereby the human being is at the heart of success. ”

Dominique Jegorel,
Director of Procurement,
Transport, and Maintenance


Participants in the integration program complete a 26-week training course during which they learn a new trade in order to join the job market. With Renaissance, they get the start to a new life.


For more than twenty years, Renaissance has welcomed volunteers who live with a mental or physical disability in its thrift shops, bookstores and distribution centre. Many partner organisations, who oversee and accompany these folks, are associated with Renaissance.
Today, 120 volunteers work with the teams and participants on a daily basis. They contribute wholly to everyday operations (labelling, assembling, stocking merchandise) and convey their joy and good spirits.