About Us

 

PROMOTING SUSTAINABILITY THROUGH MYCOLOGY

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Our Story

The Concordia Mycological Society was created in the winter semester of 2021, with the goal of bringing the study of mycology to fellow Concordians. We view fungi as more than just funky, interesting organisms; we see them as a crucial part towards a more sustainable future. From growing various mushrooms at home to foraging our own, avoiding importing mass-farmed foods is a critical way to reduce our carbon footprint. Moreover, mushrooms can be used for various purpose; they can be used as a natural dye, as meat alternatives, as a natural medicine and even as biodegradable insulation that can replace polystyrene foam. 

 

What We Do

Food systems

 

 

education

 

Sustainable Farming

 

Wildlife Preservation

 

Our Mission & Approach

Ultimately, we aim to contribute to a greener future by helping Concordians learn about the wonderful world of mushrooms and how they can be part of it.

Meet the Execs

Fawaz Halloum

Fawaz Halloum

Co-President

Hi! I’m an amateur mycologist and a third-year undergraduate history student. My passion for mycology began in high school and developed during the Covid-19 pandemic. At first, I was only interested in cultivating medicinal, exotic and gourmet mushrooms. After starting this club, my love for mushrooms became more cosmopolitan. Foraging and identifying mushrooms with likeminded enthusiasts became my favorite pastime. I’m glad to be a part of our phenomenal executive team and excited to keep meeting fellow mycology enthusiast on our trips and events!

Meryem Benallal

Meryem Benallal

Co-President

I am the co-founder of Concordia Mycological Society. To keep it short, I am a dedicated and strong mom. I have always desired to help students by creating fun activities relating to fungi and to help them with all the stress of academia! I am very excited to get to know all of you and have lots of fun this year!

Jasmine Singer

Jasmine Singer

Vice President

I am a 3rd-year psychology major with a deep infatuation with nature. As of late, I have been obsessed with anything fungi; whether it’s in the form of sourdough bread or a fruitful colony of mushrooms, I want to know more about it. When I am not volunteering, working at the bookstore, or studying, you can find me going for hikes, camping, reading, or trying to master one of my too-many hobbies. My long-term goals include being an elementary school counsellor, building my own log-cabin, and growing a food forest

Arnau Payette

Arnau Payette

Treasurer

Hi fellow CMS members (or soon-to-be CMS members), my name is Arnau Payette and I’m a 3rd year Economics student and Treasurer of the CMS! I’m passionate about learning how to be self-sufficient and sustainable in an urban environment like Montréal and applying it to my everyday life. When I’m not studying or working you can find me brewing beer, rollerblading or reading Sci-fi novels and watching horror movies. I’m excited to spread knowledge on mycology and all it’s cool applications for sustainability and self-sufficiency to the student population and learn a lot myself in doing so!

Hayden Sissingh

Hayden Sissingh

Chief Technology Officer

Hello fellow mycologist, I am in my final year of majoring in International Business and minoring in Marketing and the current CTO of the Concordia Mycological Society. I was ecstatic when I saw an opportunity to combine my passion of technology and mycology and have been fortunate to work with such a wonderful team. As a child, I had such a fascination of yeast production every time my family would make fresh bread and that fascination later blossomed into other aspects of mycology! I love learning new things and mycology seems to be the study where I always find myself learning something new! I love using my knowledge of mycology to help promote more sustainable practices, expand urban agriculture, transform our food systems, and launch Quebec’s first student-led mycology society.

Francisca Spedding

Francisca Spedding

General Coordinator

Hello! I am a second year undergraduate student in Environmental Science minoring in chemistry and the General Coordinator of CMS. I am an obsessed plant-mom and dog-mom and spend my free time hiking and travelling or going to yoga class. I am in love with the natural world and the power of fungi fascinates me! I am delighted to share my developing passion for mycology with others and build a community based on learning and wholesome values centering on sustainability.