September 13th, 2017
Projet Montréal today announced its candidates in the borough of Saint-Laurent for the November 5th municipal elections.
- Projet Montréal is presenting a dynamic and experienced team that will respond to the concerns of citizens of Saint-Laurent and over the course of the municipal election campaign will offer them a bold vision for improving the quality of life in the borough.
- In a gathering of members and candidates on Wednesday, Projet Montréal leader Valérie Plante spoke of the issues of concern in Saint-Laurent in this campaign: improvement of public transit and of public services, better management of construction sites to ensure fluidity of traffic in the area, concrete measures to continue to attract and retain families, and greater transparency to encourage citizen involvement.
The following candidates were announced:
Borough Mayor: Nora Chénier-Jones
- Co-founder and Director of the family physical activity studio Vida Sana, Nora Chénier-Jones has been involved in the community for many years, working to promote the rich multicultural base of her community. She sits on the Board of Directors of Projet Montréal as its Diversity Representative. Mother of five children, she studied at Vanier College in Saint-Laurent, and it is in Saint-Laurent that she met her spouse and partner in her non-profit business.
City Councillor: George Platanitis
- With a bachelors degree in economy from Concordia, George Platanitis studied at Vanier College. He has been vice president of the marketing and e-commerce centre at Air Canada Vacations since 2016. Father of two, he has worked in the travel industry for many years, and has twenty years’ experience in business development. Although he resides in Cartierville, he spent nearly all his childhood in Saint-Laurent.
Borough Councillor, Côte-de-Liesse: Julio Rivera
- Originally from Peru, Julio Rivera is Director of COCLA, an organization that has provided food security services to Saint-Laurent families since 1982. With a baccalaureate in applied sciences, and with training in industrial engineering and certification in management from UQÀM, he has a good understanding of issues related to economic development. He works alongside other local organizations to encourage job creation and financial independence.
City Councillor, Normand-McLaren: Julie Lamontagne
- Julie Lamontagne has been at the head of various community projects in Montreal for a over ten years. She has mainly worked in the areas of active transport and food security. With a masters degree in public administration from ENAP and a baccalaureate in international management from the HEC Montréal, she works with discipline and with passion, and has been active in the Saint-Laurent community for three years.
Borough Councillor, Normand-McLaren: Rafik Hakim
- Rafik Hakim has operated his own dental clinic in Saint-Laurent for nearly twenty years. Born in Lebanon, but living in Saint-Laurent since the 1980s, this father shares the concerns of other residents in his neighbourhood concerning quality of life, security and development, and sees the well-being of his fellow citizens as key to rediscovering pride in the community. He is involved in numerous local associations, among them the Jardins des Rêves daycare at the Saint-Laurent YMCA, the Saint-Laurent Civic Movement, the Rotary Club of Saint-Laurent/Mount Royal, and the Lions Club of Saint-Laurent, of which he serves as president.
“Development in the borough is achieved by people who have the desire to make a difference and who get involved. Our team is well-known in the community and has the experience needed to offer bold new ideas for families, for the elderly and for youth in Saint-Laurent.” – Valérie Plante, Leader of Projet Montréal and candidate for Mayor of Montreal.
“More than ever, with Projet Montréal, citizens of Saint-Laurent can choose a team that listens to their concerns. that has a mission to develop the borough in a sustainable way for families, and that does not hesitate when the time is right to offer new ideas.” – Nora Chénier-Jones, candidate for Mayor of Saint-Laurent.