Sidney Ribaux is the co-founder and general coordinator of Équiterre, a non-profit organisation based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, promoting fair trade, energy conservation and ecological and socially just choices. Ribaux was Chairman of the Board of Directors until 1998. Since then, in his capacity as General Coordinator, he has participated in the development of Équiterre's strategies and educational projects on fair trade, ecological agriculture, energy efficiency and sustainable transportation.
From 1996 to 2003, Ribaux's passion for urban planning also led him to chair the Montreal Regional Council on the Environment, a group of 100 organizations active in the field of urban ecology. He played an important role in the financial planning of public transportation in Quebec as well as in Canada's ratification of the Kyoto Protocol. While working for the consumer protection group Option consommateurs from 1992 to 1998, he was responsible for the energy file and helped set up an energy-efficiency program targeted to low-income families. Ribaux is a member of many boards, including the UQAM Institute of Environmental Sciences, the Green Communities Canada Association and the Québécois Action Fund for Sustainable Development. He has also authored many papers, reports, articles and documents on energy, transportation, responsible consumption and climate change. He is a frequent lecturer and is regularly interviewed by the media.
In 2007, he received a fellowship from Ashoka, an international organization that recognizes and supports social entrepreneurs. In 2009, he received the first Canadian Award for Environmental Innovation from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.
Ribaux also implemented and oversees the Centre for Sustainable Development, slated to open in 2011, which aims to be one of the greenest buildings in Canada, as well as a hub for social and environmental groups.
- "Sidney Ribaux - Ashoka". Ashoka. 2007.
- "2009 Winner - Sidney Ribaux - Canadian Award for Environmental Innovation". Royal Canadian Geographical Society. 2009.