A native of Quebec, Canada and a competitive Freestyle Snowboarder since 2002, Marie-France Roy continues to thrive in the upper echelon of women’s snowboarding. Continuously pushing her own progression, Marie-France is as comfortable shredding big lines in the backcountry, as she is throwing down in the park. She’s placed in numerous high profile competitions, has won numerous X-Games titles, and has earned many accolades, including TransWorld’s SNOWboarding “Rookie of the Year” award in 2005, to most recently, their "Women's Rider of the Year” title in 2015.
With years of activity in the snow, Marie began taking special notice of climate change and how much impact her own travel and lifestyle could have on it, which spurred her into action and a passion for environmental advocacy. She and film director Darcy Turenne collaborated to produce the film, “The Little Things” an environmental documentary on snowboarding and climate change, which earned the Best Environmental Film Award from the Vancouver International Film Festival in 2015, and a Finalist honor and a spot on Banff Film Festival’s World Tour.
In partnership with Protect Our Winters, TransWorld also honored Marie with the 2015 Climate Activist Award for the film’s demonstration of Marie’s own efforts to reduce her environmental footprint. When not snowboarding, hiking or mountain biking, Marie can be found in her eco-friendly cob home she built on the West Coast of Vancouver Island.