Our Team

At Novea, teamwork is not just an expression; it is our guiding principle. From assignment management to internal organization of the company, every member is involved and shares their voice during every step of the process. Behind each consultant, there is an entire team operating in the background in order to offer our candidates and clients the best possible service and chance at success.

Marie-Eve Altur

& Founder

I graduated from University of Montréal and HEC Montréal and hold university certificates in Law and in Human Resources. I also completed a professional diploma in Legal Administration. I started my career as an assistant/paralegal in a law firm before orienting my career in recruitment with a recognized national law firm. I also worked for a national legal recruitment agency before founding Novea Recruitment.

I would describe myself as ambitious, collaborative, and efficient. I make a point of being authentic in everything I do, and my dynamism is felt in each of my relationships. My values of transparency, respect, and proactivity transpire in my work and team on a daily basis. I consider myself always available and attentive to my colleagues, clients, and candidates, and I distinguish myself in my field by my bubbly personality and daring temperament.

When I’m not running Novea, I’m hiking, skiing, camping, reading, playing the flute, or starting renovation projects.

Maude Labelle-Chiasson

Talent Acquisition
Director and Partner

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Relations from University of Montréal. After completing a few law certificate courses at the same university, I joined Novea Recruitment in 2016. Five years later, I am now a Talent Acquisition Director and Partner, and I specialize in recruiting professionals in Human Resources and Administration.

Dubbed a go-getter and advocate for change, I find building transparent and authentic relationships simple. My passion for recruitment allows me to understand the reality of the market, support my candidates in their job search, and effectively assist my clients in all their recruitment processes. With my smile, versatility and positive personality, I make it my mission to meet everyone’s expectations while providing quality personalized service. I am often praised for my team spirit, my ability to bond with people, as well as my mentoring skills.

In my spare time, I organize all kinds of events to spend time with my friends and family; I take care of my dog, whom I love; I clean (one of my passions), and I shop online or plan my next adventure.

Harmony Richard

Director of

Born in France, I obtained a diploma in Hotel Management before settling in Montreal. My experiences in the hospitality industry have allowed me to develop a great sense of customer service as well as strong analytical and organizational skills. A few weeks after arriving in Montreal in 2017, I got an administrative role within the Novea team. More than four years later, I am now the Director of Administration and, as such, responsible for the administrative and accounting management of the company.

I’ve been told I’m cheerful, organized, and versatile. I actively support the Novea team in their day-to-day life and ensure that operations are managed efficiently. I am always attentive and involved in my work, keeping one thing in mind: the success of our clients and candidates at Novea Recruitment! My colleagues think of me as the team’s operation mastermind and a nice quiet force, since I am involved in everything.

When I’m not busy with invoices, payroll management, meeting planning, managing projects, or answering questions from my colleagues, I love to discover Quebec. This means planning my next trips, hiking, video calls with my family, and enjoying drinks with my friends.

Laurie Grand’Maison

Talent Acquisition

Passionate about human contact and working relationships between employees and employers, I am currently completing a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Relations at the University of Montréal. During my first year, I joined Novea part-time as a coordinator. After more than two years, I am now a Talent Acquisition Consultant and manage recruitment assignments in Human Resources, Administration, Accounting, and Finance.

Dynamic, open-minded and outgoing, I like challenges and constant improvement. I am organized and resourceful, and always make sure I offer the best service and follow up regularly with my clients and candidates. I also maintain relationships based on communication and respect. My approachability, active listening, and enthusiastic personality are my main strengths. My colleagues regularly congratulate me on my positivity, love of collaboration, and energy. In addition, I know how to meet all the needs of my clients and my candidates by offering them the best of myself.

Away from my beloved team and work, I spend a lot of time with my family, partner, and friends. I like to hike and go camping, care for my amazing dog, and try new things, all while devouring a good book.

Frédérique Desgagnés

Talent Acquisition

I have been working as a Talent Acquisition Consultant at Novea for over two years and specialize in Marketing and Communications, Accounting and Finance, and Executive and High-Level Management Recruitment. I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology from Bishop’s University before taking a few certificate courses in law at University of Montréal. I would eventually like to complete a Master’s degree in Business Administration in order to solidify my skills even further.

I would say I’m curious, empathetic and positive by nature. It helps me stand out for my attentiveness, authenticity, and ability to understand the needs of the professionals with whom I do business; I make sure to manage their expectations, too. Passionate about recruiting, I help my candidates maximize their potential in order to achieve their professional goals, and I am able to create relationships based on trust and collaboration with my clients. My team regularly emphasizes my positive attitude, zest for life, and great resilience.

Monika Van Dorpe


College graduate in Social Services and a holder of a professional diploma in Secretarial Studies, I joined the Novea team in 2021 to support the consultants in their daily work and administrative management. I actively participate in the success of recruitment mandates through my proactivity and my involvement in each of the mandates.

Passionate about administrative support, I am structured and meticulous. My work experience in administrative support, organizational skills, and ability to establish good relationships with my peers allow me to effectively support each member of my team. My colleagues describe me as an outgoing person and tell me they appreciate my calmness, proactivity, and caring personality. I strive to provide an outstanding level of service, for my team or our clients and candidates.

In my spare time, I take care of my young son, making sure he grows up with a lot of love. Otherwise, I like to organize get-togethers with my friends, spend time with my family, do activities with my little boy, and work on self-improvement.

Joëlle Castonguay

Talent Acquisition

With a Bachelor’s degree in Communication (specializing in Human Relations) at UQAM, I completed the majority of my elective courses in Human Resources. I was quickly able to confirm my interest in this field and acquire valuable knowledge which, combined with my experience in recruiting for a national law firm, became very useful to me in my work at Novea. I was recently added to the team in 2021 as a Talent Acquisition Consultant, specializing in Administration, Human Resources, Marketing, and Communications.

Dedicated, sympathetic, and determined, I make a point of serving my clients and candidates as I would like to be served if I was in their shoes. Their satisfaction is my top priority and I make sure to neglect zero details in order to achieve it. My mission is to build lasting and harmonious relationships with the people around me as well as to provide impeccable, quality service at all times. I’m quite attentive to others! My colleagues appreciate my sense of humour, and fighting spirit: I am not afraid to roll up my sleeves and I am always here to help others.

In my spare time, I spend time with my family and friends, not to mention my beloved (old) dog! I also enjoy spinning and sharing good food and good wine with my partner and friends. One does not go without the other; everything is about finding balance!

Theodora Navarro

Talent Acquisition

I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Law and a Master’s degree in Political Science in France, and worked for several years as a journalist before joining the recruitment team of a large Canadian law firm. I joined the Novea team in 2021, where I now act as a Talent Acquisition Consultant specializing in Legal Recruitment.

I make a point of creating and nurturing lasting relationships and anticipating the needs of candidates as well as clients. My empathy for others and honesty are key assets in the recruitment process. My experience as a specialist in student recruitment at my previous job also allowed me to understand the dynamics specific to the legal sector and to nurture my interest in the field. My team appreciates my gentleness and professionalism as well as my outgoing personality and smile.

I devote my free time to my family and outdoor life. My real pleasure is finding a new hiking trail to explore or a new place to visit with my family and my dogs. When I’m not walking, I cook—a lot—just to compensate for all the energy expended in discovering Quebec.

Marine Guillaumet

Marketing & Business Development

Native of France, I moved to Montreal in 2020. I graduated in Paris with a Bachelor’s degree in History of art and a Master’s degree in Digital Marketing, before specializing over the years in digital content creation. I am now working for Novea as a Marketing and Business Development Coordinator.

Dynamic, enthusiastic but also proactive, I am known for my constant desire to take on new challenges. I enjoy using my creative mind and analytical skills to create innovative and impactful content. Furthermore, my diverse background and my continuous curiosity are a real asset that allows me to have a transversal vision on my different projects. My colleagues appreciate my sympathy, my listening skills and my involvement in my work.

Outside of work, I like to visit museums and also find small cafés. I am always looking for new places to discover and I always keep my backpack ready to answer the call of adventure. I also love wine, board games and contemporary literature.


Karine Jean-Baptiste

Legal Talent Acquisition Consultant

I hold a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in law from the University of Ottawa and I have been a member of the Quebec Bar since 2018. I am currently completing a certificate in human resources management. Having always had an attraction for the non-traditional side of legal practice, I have held roles of support to the judges, trainer, researcher, legal advisor and teacher of paralegal studies. I joined Novea in 2022 as a talent acquisition advisor for legal professionals.

Creative, engaging and always listening, I have strong communication skills that allow me to build authentic and lasting relationships with my clients and candidates. Smiling and positive in nature, I offer my recruitment services with unparalleled dedication. My passion is helping people and I always make myself available to offer high-quality advice to job seekers. My colleagues appreciate me for my joie de vivre, my unifying attitude as well as my versatility and intellectual curiosity.

When I’m not creating perfect “matches” between my clients and my candidates, I teach, I give my time to a cause close to my heart, I travel around the world where I carry out activities that highlight my creativity such as pottery and the creation of homemade natural products.

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