Josée Duplessis was elected City Councillor in the DeLorimier district in 2009. She is also responsible for sustainable development, environment and parks on the City of Montreal executive committee.
Josée Duplessis is a sociologist by training and ran a consultation firm dedicated to improving the environmental practices of Québec municipalities. A devout environmentalist and cyclist to the core, she counts the following among her achievements: the first Ressourcerie du Québec, an environmental portrait of the Island of Montreal, and a strategic plan on the transport of goods for the Metropolitan Region. Mme Duplessis taught a course on the social and environmental impact of industries at École de technologie supérieure and started a theatrical company which made more than 150,000 children aware of daily environmental practices. She was equally the Vice President of the Conseil régional de l’environnement de Montréal. A citizen of the Plateau for 20 years and Borough Councillor since 2005, Mme Duplessis was involved with numerous issues, notably the preservation of Fire Station 26, the weekly compost (brown bin) collection serving 3,000 people, and the development of social housing.