OIDN’S network

Clara Juliana Neira

Clara Juliana Neira Rueda is a lawyer at the Industrial University of Santander and a specialist in competition and free trade law at the Pontifical Xavierian University, with subjects from the Master in Political Studies at the National University of Colombia. 

For five years, she worked at the Constitutional Court of Colombia, where she drafted judgements for the revision of guardianship related to the protection of the fundamental rights to participation and prior consultation of communities affected by administrative measures and development projects. 

She is currently working on her master’s thesis, which compares the legislative reforms and judicial decisions that have determined the conditions for activating, processing and voting in popular consultations on environmental issues in Colombia, Ecuador and Mexico.

Valérie Cabanes

Valérie Cabanes is a lawyer in international law, specialized in human rights and humanitarian law. After two decades of field work for NGOs working in the area of international solidarity, she has been working since 2013 for the recognition of the rights of Nature and the crime of ecocide within the international campaign Stop Ecocide. 

 She is Honorary President of the NGO Notre Affaire à Tous, the initiator of the Affair of the Century. She is also an expert in the United Nations initiative Harmony with Nature and a member of the steering committee of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature. In 2019, she co-founded a school for the rights of nature: Wild&Legal.  She has written two books: Homo Natura, in harmony with the living(Buchet/Chastel, 2017), Un nouveau droit pour la Terre. Pour en finir avec l’écocide, (Seuil, 2016).

Uapukun Metokosho

Uapukun Mestokosho is a young leader from the Innu community of Ekuanitshit, located on the North Shore of Quebec, Canada.

She is always looking for ways to live with different peoples and cultures. She loves to travel around the world and has visited France, Sweden, Cuba, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Brazil and the United States.

Her greatest passion is to travel her ancestral territory in search of her identity in order to discover the way of life of her ancestors and to protect her territory for future generations.

Already a guardian of Nitassinan, the ancestral territory of her Innu community, Uapukun is working with the OIDN to become a guardian of the Magpie River, the first river in Canada to receive legal status.

Pier-Oliver Boudreault

Pier-Olivier Boudreault is a professional biologist, working as the director of conservation for the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – Quebec section (CPAWS Quebec). His interest in conservation, protected areas and species at risk comes from his work experience at the Parks Canada Agency and non-governmental organisations in Canada and Latin America. 

He works with governments, indigenous communities, citizen groups, industry and other environmental organizations to achieve CPAWS’ vision to protect 50% of our wild spaces and create new protected areas. He has also worked as a freelance journalist and publishes is thoughts in various opinion forums.

He is responsible for the campaign for the protection of the Magpie River at CPAWS Quebec, and coordinated the initiative for the recognition of the rights of the river in partnership with the International Observatory on the Rights of Nature and the Muteshekau- shipu Alliance.

Andrew Galliano


Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts from Concordia University and is completing his Bachelor of Laws at the Université de Montréal. During his time at Concordia University, Andrew specialized in political science and received academic training in human rights. Andrew graduated with honours and was named to the Dean of Arts and Science in 2017 and 2018. During his time at the University of Montreal, Andrew has worked as a research assistant for Dr. Hugues Parent (criminal law), Dr. Amissi Manirabona (international criminal law) and Dr. Kanstantia Koutouki (indigenous and environmental law).

In 2017, Andrew completed a two-month internship in Arusha, Tanzania with a legal aid organization that advocates for women, children and human rights (AWLAHURIO). In his free time, Andrew loves to read novels, play guitar and he is also an avid world traveler.

Andrew strongly believes that our duties and obligations to our future generations consist of conserving and protecting the health and sustainability of our Natural environment.

Fréderic Pitaval


Frédéric Pitaval is a graduate in environmental sciences, oceanography and aquaculture engineer.

Since 2018, he has assumed the leadership of the association id-eau, based in Lausanne, Switzerland. The association mobilizes scientists, entrepreneurs, artists, schools, organizations, men and women around free events. The objective is to seek together how to change our daily life to preserve this essential and vital resource: water.

In this context, id-eau is committed to the rights of Nature by launching the “Appel du Rhône”. It is a citizen-led transnational campaign to demand the recognition of the legal personality of the Rhône River from its glacier in Switzerland to its delta in France.

Ginette Riopelle

Ginette Riopelle is an energy consultant. She holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and is a member of l’Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec. Aside from working in the field of energy efficiency and energy management, she wrote a self-published book titled Nudge for the Planet – A Guide towards a New Worldview and aimed at increasing awareness of the environmental emergency. 

Ms. Riopelle has been a member of the Knowledge Network of the United Nations’ Harmony with Nature Program since 2019; In relation to this affiliation, she promotes ecological literacy, which involves developing systems thinking and understanding strategies that strengthen the resilience of natural systems. The application of these strategies to human spheres of activity leads to regenerative practices – such as circular economy, biomimicry, regenerative agriculture and ecological economy – which are more respectful of Nature than current practices, and which have the potential of limiting global warming and biodiversity decline.

Marie-Pierre Beauvais

Marie-Pierre Beauvais is a geographer. She also holds a master’s degree in biological sciences (specialization in biodiversity conservation, 2015) and a master’s degree in geography (urban agriculture and the right to the city, 2020). Among other things, she was a lecturer at the University of Montreal, a research professional, coordinator of biodiversity conservation projects and consultant to environmental organizations. She is also a botanist-consultant for the biogeography laboratory at the University of Montreal.

Passionate about Nature preservation, she has been involved with the Friends of the Champ des Possibles, the Network of Protected Natural Environments, Nature-Action Québec and the Society for Nature and Parks.

Concerned with ecological and climate crises, she is interested in the rights of Nature as an additional tool to ensure the protection of biodiversity and the well-being of communities.


Helena is passionate about decompartmentalization: intergenerational and interdisciplinary contact, and connections between people of all ages and backgrounds is what drives her at all times. A visual artist, she has studied with several leading artists of the figurative revival in the United States and Europe and holds an masters degree from the New York Academy of Art. Her work primarily addresses the relationship between humans and their natural environment. Since 2018, she has been working as a cultural mediator at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and is actively involved in various environmental protection projects, notably through ENvironnement JEUnesse’s Jeunes Leaders en environnement program, as well as in the citizen group MARE Laurentides (Mouvement d’Action Régionale en Environnement). As a project manager for À la rencontre du fleuve, she is involved in environmental education with the organization Waterlution to raise awareness about water protection and to take part in shoreline cleanups. She hopes that her love for the beauty and importance of the river can be contagious!

Emmett Phil Coriat

Emmett Phil Coriat is the founder of Natural Leadership (www.natureandleadership.com). He is a pharmacist and has been a successful entrepreneur in healthcare innovation for more than 25 years, as a venture capitalist, a CEO/founder of biotech startups and most recently as a partner at AEC Partners, a healthcare strategic advisory boutique firm, where he leads the Healthcare Technological Innovation practice.

 After rebounding from a burnout and thriving thanks to Nature, he became a certified Forest Bathing guide. He then spent time with various Earth-based peoples to learn from their relationship with Nature (Kichwas in the Ecuadorian Amazon, Heiltsuk in British Columbia).

Since then, he has dedicated his life to the creation of a Nature connection practice that:

  • serves as an antidote to the stress, anxiety and burnout epidemic that our society is facing
  • combines all the scientifically demonstrated benefits of Nature
  • enables accessibility to all
  • caters to the needs and the context of business leaders and their teams

 Natural Leadership offers business leaders Nature-inspired programs that restore Wellbeing and enhance Performance for their teams. The programs are based on the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku (sensory immersion in Nature), and draw on more than 900 publications of scientific findings to maximize the benefits of Nature to face the stress, anxiety and burnout epidemic of the 21st century.

 After reviewing all the scientific literature about Nature and human health, Emmett Phil has concluded that stress and burnout is in fact a dis-connection epidemic. With urbanization and progress, our dis-connection from the more than human world has led to disease. Other consequences are disconnection from others and from self (or purpose).

 Emmett Phil is a member of Biotopnatura (www.biotopnatura.com) and active in the Derechos de los Arbolescampaign which aims to have personhood rights granted to trees in Spain and in the world. He is a council member of the association Nature and Forest Therapy of Canada (NFTC).

 Emmett Phil lives in Ayer’s Cliff, Quebec and holds dual Canadian/Spanish nationality.