UQROP's Board of directors

Guy Fitzgerald President

Guy got his DMV degree in 1987 from the Université de Montréal. He obtained also a Master of sciences degree in 1990 as he did work on the anesthesia of birds. He founded the Birds of prey clinic of the Faculté de médecine vétérinaire of the Université de Montréal in 1986, and has been working there as a clinician since 1992. He founded UQROP in 1987 and was president until 2001. His mentors are Dr. Patrick T. Redig and John E. Cooper who have helped him in the early stages of his training on birds of prey. He has received several awards for his contribution: the Harfang des neiges trophy for the Québec City Zoo and the Ministry of Leisure, Fish and Game of Québec, the Marcel-Bourassa Award for the Ordre des médecins vétérinaires du Québec, the Orille Erickson study grant form the Canadian Wildlife Society, recognition awards from the Provancher Society of Natural History of Canada and the Wildlife Society of Québec and the Animal Action Award of the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

Régis Buteau Vice-president Treasurer

Horticulturist and avid ornithologist, Régis is concerned by the preservation of natural habitats and birds. He is thus involved with several organization in the St-Hyacinthe region. As such, he contributes to beautifying his surroundings.

Françoise Benoit Vice-president Secretary

A resident of St-Jude, Françoise almost grew up on the actual site of Chouette à voir! The Land on which UQROP can be found used to belong to her family. She maintains this link by being involved in several UQROP's activities.


Louis-Joseph Asselin - Administrator

Louis-Joseph Asselin discovered ornithology in youth camps and this passion kept on growing. Self-taught, he did investigations to understand the flight of birds. He gave several talks on bird's flight and identification of birds of prey in flight in order to popularize this important but often unknown caracteristic of birds. He has done presentation on the snowy owl to kindergarden and elementary school children. He has a bachelor degree in political sciences, a master in business administration as well as training in accounting. He currently works for Hydro-Québec.

Sebastien Pion - Administrator

A native of St-Hyacinthe, Sebastien started his involvment with the activities at UQROP and the Birds of prey clinic in 1996, while he was in junior high school. It is at that time that he discovered the amazing world of birds of prey and veterinary medicine. Veterinary assistance, rodent breeding, animation, taxidermy, training of birds of prey: the tasks at UQROP were numerous. After obtaining his degree as an animal technician from the St-Hyacinthe CEGEP, he completes his veterinary degree in 2008 at the Faculté de médecine vétérinaire of the Université de Montréal. He currently works in public health with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Pauline Traversy - Administrator

Serge Messier - Administrator

After obtaining his DMV degree in 1980 from the Université de Montréal, he went on to obtain a M.Sc. in microbiology from the same university and then a Ph.D. from Iowa State University. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists. After working for Agriculture Canada he joined the Faculté de médecine vétérinaire in 1992 where he teaches bacteriology and participates in the activities of the diagnostic microbiology laboratory. He currently is associate-dean for student affairs and undergraduate studies at the Faculté de médecine vétérinaire. He his interested by wildlife and by outdoor sports and activities.

Marielle Rivest - Administrator

Born in the Abiti region, Marielle has lived since her childhood in close contact with nature. A 1976 graduate in social work from Université Laval, she has worked with families for almost 35 years. In the summer of 2002, she became a volunteer at Chouette à voir! a commitment she still holds. Member of two ornithological clubs, she takes part in various activities. She has participated with Jean-Jacques Gozard in organized trips to Costa Rica and Venezuela to observe birds and the biodiversity. As a member of the board of governors of the Société d'aménagement de la Baie de Lavallière inc. since 2008, she strongly believes in the respect of nature and all living things. Indian saying: «Earth is not a gift from our parents, it is only lended to us by our children.»