• The Team •
The team of HorizonCosmopolite
Stéfane Charette considers himself a citizen of the world. With a global view on life, he is actively engaged in lowering the barriers that exist between nations.
In the early 90’s, he participated in the Canada World Youth program, going on exchange in British Columbia and India. Stéfane continues to believe in the positive effects of international experiences on young adults. “As interdependence becomes more and more important in today’s world“ he explains “an experience abroad becomes essential to anyone seeking success in their environment“.
Now that travel is easier than ever, students are finding that it is as formative a learning experience as the education they receive in their regular academic curriculum.It is precisely this line of thought that prompted Mr. Charette to spend a year studying in Turkey at the Middle East Technical University. “In a skills-based working world,” explains Mr. Charette, “the ability to adapt to new circumstances and situations is an indispensable asset. Not only have my studies abroad sharpened my cultural integration skills but they have allowed me to build a solid foundation in cross-cultural relations”.
Stéfane has traveled to Central and South America, Europe, Alaska, West Africa, Russia, Asia and the Middle East for his studies or on various volunteer projects. A graduate of UQAM in Political Science and International Relations, Stefane resides in Montreal and is active in his community. HorizonCosmopolite was founded in 1997, and since then, the organization continues to successfully expand.
Marie-Pierre Fortin received her B.A. in Tourism Management from the University of Québec in Montreal (UQÀM) in 2002. She is passionate about traveling and has been involved in the travel and tourism industry for the last five years. She was the coordinator of the travel office at Ste-Foy Cegep and held the same title while at UQÀM. She also worked for the university’s Office of the Chair of Tourism while finishing her studies, where she organized numerous events that gathered influential members of the tourism industry. She speaks French, English, and Spanish.
Marie-Pierre joined HorizonCosmopolite team in May 2002 and since then she took part in several missions in Latin America, Africa and Asia. She is the international programs coordinator for both individual and group projects. Since January 1st 2006, Marie-Pierre is actively involved with the management team at HorizonCosmopolite.
Geneviève is passionate about intercultural communication and human relations. Taking the time to discover people and cultures has allowed Genevieve to build long-lasting relationships based on equality.
Genevieve’s international career began in the Dominican Republic, while working with Haitian and Dominican communities. She co-founded the organization, ‘Loisir sans frontières’, which provides CEGEP students an opportunity to participate in community work and to be immersed in a different culture.
Over the past 10 years, Genevieve’s experiences in international cooperation have allowed her to develop a personal and professional vision based on mutual respect and openness between people. She has worked for several international cooperation organizations, both here and abroad, including Oxfam, Mer et Monde and the Paul Gérin-Lajoie Foundation. She has trained and supervised several travel groups in Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa.
Genevieve has a degree in Community Action from l’Université de Montreal and studied recreational leadership training and intercultural cooperation at the Cégep de Rivière-du-Loup.
For several years, Kim worked at HorizonCosmopolite coordinating programs and overseeing communications. Kim has travelled extensively in Latin America and has developed a specialty for this region of the world. This has been an asset in terms of providing advice and preparing interns headed to Latin America. Kim took a short break from HorizonCosmopolite to focus on new challenges. She has now returned to the Horizon team as Website and Graphic Manager. Kim has a diploma in graphic design from the Collège Inter-Dec and a certificate in advertising from l’Université de Montréal. Kim also holds a degree in Cultural Animation and Research from the l’Université du Québec à Montréal.
Audrey has always been passionate about intercultural relations and international issues. Since a first student exchange in Mexico at the age of 16, she is convinced of the benefits of intercultural experiences. She holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology, a certificate of collegial studies in international cooperation and a master’s degree in public administration. Program coordinator at HorizonCosmopolite from 2010 to 2016, she is back in the team after a two-years stay as a volunteer cooperant with Oxfam in Benin.