Linda Fortier has been using her exceptional interpersonal and team-building skills to manage the Association since 2002. With 20 years of experience in the communications field, she has helped ARISQ grow dramatically. Thanks to her ideas and strategies, the Association has exceeded its goals, offered members memorable experiences and become a driver of economic development. As a skilled communicator, she understands all aspects of Quebec’s sports industry and is able to propose innovative solutions for creating events that are both professional and enjoyable for all.
Project Manager – Events
Mélissa Tremblay is armed with a diploma in event management from Lasalle College and an incredible drive for successfully completing the projects that are assigned to her. She is a versatile worker and a creative thinker who uses strong listening and organizational skills to ensure that member needs are met and events run smoothly. Her goal is to contribute to ARISQ’s growth while preserving connections between representatives. Her strong family values are apparent through the warm and friendly attitude she brings into the workplace.
With a degree in communications and public relations from University of Montreal, Valérie Châteauvert has held a wide range of event marketing positions and helped organize various events, including the fundraising campaign for the Grand défi Pierre Lavoie and several Saputo events. As someone who is both creative and a perfectionist, she oversees the Association’s internal and external communications. Valérie enjoys gardening, yoga and hiking, and she is always ready to tackle new challenges.
Board of directors
Chairperson of the Board and member of the Executive Committee
Manufacturers’ agent and business owner
Marc Grisé has been the Chairperson of the Board since August 2016 and an ARISQ member since 1994. His goal is to maximize the development of the Association, which he believes provides an essential service to sporting goods buyers and sales representatives interested in forging mutually beneficial business relationships. He aims to ensure that the Association’s growth is managed effectively and that it continues to be a professional and friendly organization, as intended by its founders. Having worked for several brands, Marc knows first-hand that ARISQ is very effective in fostering lasting relationships.
Deputy Chairperson and member of the Executive Committee
Anne-Catherine Tavenas joined ARISQ in 1993 and became a member of the Board in 2014. She is driven to help the Association grow, boost its reputation and increase its digital presence. For her, ARISQ is a dynamic organization made up of people who are dedicated to their industry and to serving the best interests of their customers. Anne-Catherine enjoys cooking, sports (skiing, hiking, running, swimming) and gardening. Her past experience includes working for Reebok, Rip Zone, Brooks and Louis Garneau.
Treasurer and member of the Executive Committee
Richard Talbot became an ARISQ member in 1992 and a member of the Board in 1998. As a representative of several brands, including Tilley, Joules and Naturmania, Richard is proud to defend the achievements of independent sales representatives. Today, he believes in the importance of sharing his knowledge and experiences with the next generation. He hopes to provide stability to the organization while ensuring it remains dynamic in the face of an ever-changing industry. Richard loves spending his free time outdoors, with camping and fly fishing being high on his priority list.
Manufacturers’ agent and owner of Les ventes Bunys
As a member of ARISQ since 2011 and member of the Board since 2013, Eugène firmly believes in the importance of solidarity among sales representatives in Quebec’s sporting goods industry. In his view, ARISQ provides invaluable support to its members and helps ensure fairness within the profession. He hopes the Association will continue to progress by being proactive, involved and effectively positioned within the market. Eugène enjoys outdoor sports like cycling, skiing, golfing and fishing. He has worked for brands such as Elan, Cobra Golf and Footjoy.
Manufacturers’ agent and owner of Agence Richard Arel Inc.
Richard Arel joined ARISQ in 1992 and became a member of the Board in 2014. He has worked for several prestigious brands including Adidas, Nike, Avia, Fila, Tyr and Ski Tops. Today, he shares his experience as a sales representative to keep the Association relevant. To improve the experience for customers and representatives, he hopes to add new technologies to the Association’s events. Richard loves cycling, camping, the outdoors and new challenges.
Sébastien joined ARISQ in 2011 and became a member of the Board in 2016. He firmly believes in promoting unity within Quebec’s sports industry and the shared best interests of sales representatives and their partners. He hopes to use his extensive experience to rally members and see to the integration of new technologies to help the Association advance while preserving its role supporting representatives. Over the years, he has worked for Asics, Fox and Bogs. In his free time, he enjoys cooking and doing sports and home renovations.