Chairpersons biographies

The individuals who guided the destiny of Hôpital Montfort had very full professional lives. One by one, they passed the torch on to the competent, tireless workers who succeeded them and contributed to the community’s well-being. As Chairpersons of Hôpital Montfort Board of Trustees, these people presided over countless committees responsible for ensuring sound management of the hospital and for supporting decision-makers in implementing best practices.

Chair of the Board of Trustees from 1964 to 1967.

Born in Ottawa on September 19, 1925, Jean-Pierre Beaulne completed high school and then his classical studies at the University of Ottawa where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1945. At the same university, he underwent training at the Canadian Officers Training Corps. He served as a navigator in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) from 1943 to 1945. Upon his return from the war, he studied engineering at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and apprenticed at Polymer in Sarnia before attending the Institute of Philosophy of the University of Ottawa, where he completed a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and a Bachelor of Philosophy (B.Ph.) in 1949. Between 1950 and 1952, he was a lieutenant and platoon commander with the Royal 22nd Regiment, and then a foreign relations officer and war correspondent in Korea for Canada’s French newspapers, including Le Droit. He returned to study law at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, and was admitted to the Ontario Bar Association in 1955. Mr. Beaulne practised law in Ottawa under the name Lafleur, Aubin and Beaulne from 1956 to 1967. He was a Crown prosecutor on retainer between 1957 and 1962, and then legal counsel for the Norris Commission in 1963. Between 1958 and 1963, he was a pro-tem member of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. Appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1966, his alma mater awarded him with a post-graduate degree in law in 1969. Appointed magistrate for the Province of Ontario in 1967, Jean-Pierre Beaulne was attached to the Provincial Court, Criminal Division in Ottawa, from 1967 to 1992, where he was also a lecturer in Criminal Law at the University of Ottawa. He chaired the Commission for Public Complaints against the RCMP from 1992 to 1997, and then returned to the Ontario Court of Justice as a supernumerary judge. Mr. Beaulne was highly active in Ottawa associations: he was Chair of the Ottawa French Chamber of Commerce (1958-1960), a lifetime member of the National Press Club, President of the Institut canadien-français d’Ottawa, of the Cercle universitaire d’Ottawa  and of the Canadian Society of Criminology, Director of the  Canadian War Correspondents Association, a member of the Board of Governors at the University of Ottawa, President of the Ottawa-Carleton Regional District Health Council, President of the Ottawa Health Sciences Centre and President of the Ottawa Arts Court and of Theatre Canada. He was also on the Board of Directors for the International Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (IACOLE). He received the Meritas-Tabaret Trophy from the University of Ottawa, the Order of Merit from the Association of French-Speaking Jurists of Ontario, and the Key to the City of Ottawa.

Husband of Louise Lafleur and father of three children. Jean-Pierre Beaulne died in Ottawa on January 12, 2009.

Member of the Board of Trustees (1964-1967) and Chair of the Board of Trustees from 1967 to 1972.

Pierre Camu was born in Montreal on March 19, 1923. He studied at Collège Sainte-Marie (B.A.) and Université de Montréal (B.A. 1947, M.A. in Geography 1947; Ph.D. in Geography 1951), as well as at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore (1947-1949). He chose Ottawa as his home where he worked as a geographer for the Department of Mines and Technical Surveys (1949-1956). He then became a professor of Economic Geography at Université Laval (1956-1960). He returned to Ottawa, where he became Vice-President (1960-1965) and then President (1965-1973) of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation. Mr. Camu in turn presided over the Canadian Marine Transportation Administration (1970-1973), Canadian Association of Broadcasters (1973-1977) and the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (1977-1979). He moved to Montreal and ran the March Shipping Company (1979-1984), while serving as Vice-President of Logistec Corporation, Montréal (1982). He was Vice-President of Lavalin Inc. (1984-1988), and later senior advisor for Lavalin Inc. and Lavalin International (1988-1990). After being President of the Petroleum Monitoring Agency (1988-1992), he ended his career as an adjunct professor of Geography at the University of Ottawa (1994). He was a member of the Ottawa University Circle from 1961 to 1999, and was very active in managing non-profit organizations: President of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (1967-1977), President (1973-1979) and honorary member (1979-) of the Board of Governors at the University of Ottawa; cofounder and president (1992-1995) of the Trans Canada Trail. He also wrote several books including Economic Geography of Canada (1964), Le Saint-Laurent et les Grands-Lacs au temps de la voile 1608-1850 (1996) and Le Saint-Laurent et les Grands Lacs au temps de la vapeur, 1850-1950 (2005). In addition to being a member of the Royal Society of Canada (1966) and the Royal Naval Academy of France, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada (1976) and a Knight of the National Order of Quebec (1998). Mr. Camu has honorary PhDs from the University of Ottawa (Geography, 1968) and University of Windsor (Law, 1986), and was awarded the Medal of the Royal Naval Academy of France (1997), the Camsell Medal from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (1999), the City of Rimouski Award (2006) and the Les Grands Amis de la Vallée du Saint-Laurent Award (2011). The Trans Canada Trail Pavilion in Gatineau bears his name (2010).

He is married to Marie-Marthe Trudeau and the father of three children.

Member of the Board of Trustees (1970-1972) and Chair of the Board of Trustees from 1972 to 1978.

Born on December 31, 1924. He studied at the École de Cassleman (1939) and became an accounting clerk and administrator at various branches of the National Bank of Canada between 1941 and 1983. He worked as a bank manager in Wakefield, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Pointe-Claire and Vanier from 1955 to 1970. He subsequently worked as District Manager (Ottawa) from 1970 to 1977, and Branch Manager at Place du Portage from 1977 to 1981 and Vanier from 1981 to 1983. As a member of the Ontario Parole Board (1983-), he served as a consultant for the federal department of Regional Economic Expansion in the Small Business Loans Section between 1984 and 1985. He retired from the National Bank in 1982. He was a member (1968-eighties) and President (1971-1972) of the Club Richelieu d’Eastview, President of the membership campaign for the Canadian Cancer Society in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Co-President of the Red Feather Campaign for Montreal’s West Island (1964), and was in charge of reorganizing the Chambre de commerce de la Basse-Gatineau (1956-1958).

He was married to Gilberte Bercier and a father of three children. Jean-Louis Racine died at the age of 82 in Ottawa on May 9, 2007.

Member of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Board of Trustees from 1978 to 1982.
Founding Chair of the Montfort Hospital Foundation.

Born in 1934, he worked as vice president and executive director of Coscan Homes. Husband and father, Marcel Lalande died in Florida on March 9, 1994. An Ottawa park in Cumbeland ward, located at 2157 Northlands Drive, bears his name since 1997.

Chair of Board of Trustees from 1982 to 1990.

Jean-Pierre Kingsley was born in Ottawa on July 12, 1943. He went to high school at the Académie De La Salle and then to the University of Ottawa. He has a Bachelor’s of Commerce (BCom 1965) and a Master’s in Hospital Administration from the University of Ottawa (MAdmHosp. 1969).

He worked successively as a programmer at IBM (1965-1966), a district manager for Travelers Insurance (1966-1967) and head of hospital administration at the Department of Veteran Affairs from 1967 to 1971. After being the General Assistant Manager and General Manager of the Charles Camsell Hospital in Edmonton (1971-1973), he served as Chief of Staff for the Office of the Deputy Minister of Health and Welfare Canada, Head of Government Service Groups at the Treasury Board Secretariat and Director General of Audits for the Public Service Commission from 1976 to 1977. In addition to having been president and CEO of the Ottawa General Hospital (1977–81), he held several positions in the upper echelons of the federal public service: Deputy Secretary for Program Evaluation at the Department of Social Development (1981-1984), Deputy Secretary of the Policy and Staff Directorate of the Treasury Board Secretariat (1984-1987) and Assistant Deputy Registrar General of Canada (1987 to 1990). He was Chief Electoral Officer of Elections Canada from 1990 to 2007 and President and CEO of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) from 2007 to 2009.

Jean-Pierre Kingsley was very active internationally, especially in Mexico and Haiti. He led an international observation mission during the Iraqi elections in 2005-2006, as well as for the elections in Haiti in 2006. At the same time, he oversaw the 2006 general election in Canada, and then served as Mission Head in Portugal (2009) and the United Kingdom (2010). He was an observer for the elections held in Sainte-Lucie (2011).

Mr. Kingsley has worked as a professor (senior fellow) at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa since 2009. In 2007, Mr. Kingsley received the Order of the Aztec Eagle from the Mexican Government. In 2012-2013, he was a member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. He is an honorary member of the Association of European Election Officials.

He is married to Suzanne Potvin and is the father of three children.

Member of the Board of Trustees (1970-1983; 1985-1990; 1990-1994), Acting Chair of the Board of Trustees from February 1990 to May 1990.

Donald G. Laplante was born in Montreal on June 16, 1927. He graduated from the École polytechnique of the Université de Montréal (P.Eng. 1952) and certified in Public Works and Construction. In 1969, he obtained a graduate diploma in public administration from Carleton University. He was an engineer, namely, at Dominion Bridge in Lachine. He moved to Ottawa in 1964 and worked for the department of Trade and Commerce as an Industrial Development Officer and became head of the Construction Section in 1966. He was Director General of the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers from 1984 to 1995. In this capacity, Mr. Laplante, among other things, worked at restructuring the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (1986), and formed the Canadian Engineering Qualifications Board (1987) and the Canadian Engineering Public Awareness Board (1993). He turned the Canadian Engineering Manpower Council into the Canadian Engineering Resource Board in 1991. Mr. Laplante was Vice-President of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations in the late nineties. A member of the Rideau Club and the Cercle universitaire d'Ottawa -- of which he was president --, he is also a founding member and treasurer of the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation (1989).

He was married to Cécile Rodrigue and passed away in Ottawa on June 1, 1999, at the age of 71.

Member of the Board of Trustees (1988-1989) and Chair of the Board of Trustees from 1990 to 1993.

Born on June 27, 1940, in Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, Jean-Jacques Blais received his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from the University of Ottawa in 1961 and his law degree (Common Law) in 1964 (LL.B.). He articled in Toronto and was admitted to the Bar of Ontario in 1966 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1979. In 2001, he earned a Master’s in International Law. Between 1966 and 1970, he practised his profession at Miller & Blais in Toronto in labour and criminal law. In 1968, he was elected as a member of the French Language Advisory Committee for Metropolitan Toronto, which founded Étienne Brulé High School, the first French-language public high school in Toronto. In 1970, he moved back to his birthplace and practised law until he was elected to the House of Commons in October 1972 as the elected member for Nipissing. Mr. Blais was re-elected in 1974, 1979 and 1980; he was appointed parliamentary secretary for the President of the Privy Council in 1975. He gained admission to the Cabinet in 1976; he successively worked as Postmaster General and (1976-1978), Solicitor General (1978-1979), Minister of Supply and Services (1980-1983) and Minister of National Defence (1983-1984). Between 1984 and 1991, Mr. Blais was a member of the Monitoring Committee for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. In 1997, he was appointed president of the parliament inquiry committee on parliamentarians’ salaries. From 1991 to 2003, Mr. Blais went on 12 democratization missions, including one between February 17 and September 22, 1998, as Vice-President of the Temporary Election Commission in Bosnia and Herzegovina in anticipation of the elections in September 1998. This experience came in the wake of a series of electoral observation missions in Zambia (1991), Mali (1992), the Seychelles (1993), Mozambique (1994), Haiti (1995), Pakistan (1997) and Cameroon (1997). In March 1999, Mr. Blais was asked to represent Canada at a conference of elections experts in Yemen. In 2003, he spent eight months in Afghanistan as head of the electoral mission for Elections Canada. In October 2003, he oversaw the preparation of a report on the electoral process in Iraq for the International Foundation for Election Systems. In December 2005, he participated in a planning mission to train Haitian parliamentarians, and, in April 2006, he went to Afghanistan to help in the training of Afghani parliamentarians. Mr. Blais is a member of the Board of Governors at the University of Ottawa. He also chairs the board of the Canadian Institute for Strategic Studies, President Emeritus of the Board for the International Pearson Peacekeeping Centre in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia, and the founding director of the Canadian-Israeli Industrial Research and Development Foundation and Thomson-CSF Systems Canada Inc. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Parliamentary Centre of Canada, Vice-President of the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Heart Institute at the University of Ottawa. He is a member of the Compagnie des Cent-Associés francophones and received the Bernard-Grandmaître Award in 2011. Maître Blais is legal counsel at Marusyk Miller & Swain and MBM, and advises his clients on government relations and public law.

He is married to Maureen Ahearn and is the father of three children.

Member of the Board of Trustees (1989-1997), Vice-President (1990-1993) and Chair of the Board of Trustees from 1993 to 1995.

Born in Verner, Ontario, on May 29, 1937, Gérard Raymond undertook his classical studies at the Collège du Sacré-Coeur in Sudbury (B.A. 1959) and at the University of Ottawa. He received his license to teach from the Ontario College of Education, Toronto. He started his teaching career as a high school teacher in Elliot Lake where he became a vice-principal, and then as director and founder of high schools in Val Caron and Welland. As a superintendent of the French Language Schools for the Niagara South Board of Education from 1969 to 1972, he was temporarily reassigned to his school board in 1971 to take part in the Symons Commission as a research director. He was invited to become an education officer at the Ministry of Education from 1972 to 1974, and then Vice-President (1973) and President of the Conseil supérieur des écoles de langue française (1974-1977). Mr. Raymond had a long, distinguished career with the Ontario Public Service where he was the first Franco-Ontarian to hold a deputy minister position: he was Assistant Deputy Minister of Education and Colleges and Universities from 1977 to 1979, Assistant Deputy Minister of Resources Development from 1980 to 1982, Assistant Deputy Minister of the Environment from 1982 to 1983, Assistant Deputy Minister of Health from 1983 to 1985 and Assistant Deputy Minister of Government Services again from 1985 to 1986. Lastly, between 1987 and 1989, he held two positions: President of the Public Service Commission, and President of the French Services Commission. He retired from public service with the Ontarian government in 1989 and moved to Orléans where he was on the Board of the Residence Saint-Louis.

Gérard Raymond is a life member of Canadian Education Association, an honorary member of the Ontario Teachers' Federation. He is also a member of the Ordre du mérite scolaire franco-ontarien and of the Compagnie des Cent-Associés.

He is married to Desanges Poirier and has three children.

Member of the Board of Trustees (1990-2005) and Chair of the Board of Trustees from 1995 to 2001.

Born in 1944, Michelle de Courville Nicol completed her primary and secondary studies in her birthplace, Timmins. She graduated from Laurentian University in Sudbury. She has lived in Ottawa since the end of the sixties. Along with her husband, she has managed various family businesses, especially in the field of video production and post-production, and later in translation and editing.

Ms. de Courville Nicol is involved in her community, in particular as a member of the Gloucester Public Libraries Board and Éditions L’Interligne. When Ms. de Courville Nicol was president of the Hôpital Montfort, the Ontario government had threatened to close it down. As co-applicant in the successful legal action of Hôpital Montfort against the Ontario Government, she led a ferocious fight for the hospital’s survival between 1997 and 2001.

Since 2006, she has been chair of the Board of Directors of Montfort Renaissance Inc., a not-for-profit community organization that works actively in drug addiction, mental health and accommodation. She was named honorary co-president of the États généraux de la francophonie d’Ottawa (2011-2012).

She is married to Jacques de Courville Nicol and is the mother of four children.

Member of the Board of Trustees (1992-2009), Vice-Chair and Chair of the Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2006, and from 2007 to 2009.

Pierre Lefebvre was born on January 12, 1943. He had in-depth expertise in management in both the public and private sectors. He was a senior manager with the Federal Public Service and a founding member and Associate Director of the CCI Leadership Institute.

Married to Marie Lamontagne and father of two children, Pierre Lefebvre died in Ottawa on February 18, 2009, at the age of 66.

Member of the Board of Trustees (1997-2007) and Chair of the Board of Trustees from 2006 to 2007.

Born in 1949, a native of Gagnon (Limoges, Ontario), Denis J.A. Pommainville studied History and Political Science (B.His., 1971) at the University of Ottawa before switching to Law (LL.B., 1974, LL.L., 1975). He was a criminal lawyer for 30 years, serving as counsel on many cases, while spearheading legal procedures in French for Francophones. In the profession, he was known as “Le Renard” (the Fox).

In 1976-77, he participated with Étienne Saint-Aubin in the creation and the establishment of common law practice in French in Sudbury and in Ottawa. He was Crown counsel and prosecutor at the Québec Court in Hull from 1975 to 1979. He was part of the team of jurists who participated in one of Canada's largest court cases and trials, the Haspect Affair. In the early 2000s, he was prosecutor at the L'Orignal, Ontario courthouse, and at the Municipal Court in Gatineau in 2004-05.

Denis Pommainville worked as a lawyer, a politician and a farmer, and was in politics for 25 years, 23 of which he served as mayor. In 1980, he got into politics in the Township of Cambridge. He was initially an alderman, then ran in 1982 as a sub-prefect, but experienced his first defeat. He returned in 1985 and was elected mayor until the merger in 1997. From 2000 to 2010, he is elected and reelected mayor of the municipality of La Nation.

From 1995 to 1997, he took part in the municipal reform initiated by the Harris government. He was an advisor to Minister Al Leach in the reform of Ontario municipalities and municipal law which saw the number of municipalities drop by 50%.

Member of the Board of Directors of the Hôpital Montfort and the Collège agricole d’Alfred, he took part in the battle “SOS Montfort” and the fight to keep the Collège d’Alfred open. In 1999, he became an associate member of the Compagnie des Cent-Associés. A member of the board of the Association française des municipalités de l'Ontario (AFMO), he served as president from 2005 to 2007.

Between 2000 and 2010, he was elected and re-elected as mayor of the Municipality of La Nation. Mr. Pommainville sought the Liberal nomination at the federal level in 2005, and again at the provincial level, under the Progressive-Conservative Party in 2007. Mr. Pommainville also managed his farm where he grows soy, wheat, grains and hay. He sold part of his land to the Village Vacances Valcartier where the Parc Calypso is established.

In 2010, he retired from political life and from 2010 to 2012 he followed his wife, lawyer Cornélia Miculschi, who pursued a career at the University of the South Pacific in the Republic of Vanuatu, east of Australia.

Married to Mireille Dubé (first marriage) and Cornélia Miculschi, he is the father of three children and one grandson.

Member of the Board of Trustees (2001-2011), Vice-Chair (2007-2009) and Chair of the Board of Trustees from 2009 to 2011.

Born on July 20, 1931 in Dolbeau, Québec, Gilles Morin spent his youth in Rouyn. He studied in Quebec City, at the Séminaire de Québec, Académie commerciale de Québec and École supérieure Montcalm. In 1951, right after his secondary studies, he enrolled in the army. He joined the ranks of the Royal 22nd Regiment as a member of the Third Battalion. After his training as a cadet officer in Borden, Ontario, Wainwright, Alberta and Valcartier, Quebec, he served in Korea. He was promoted to lieutenant and became a recruiting officer. Subsequently promoted to captain, he became an aide-de-camp for Their Excellencies Vincent Massey and Georges P. Vanier, Governor-generals of Canada between 1957 and 1959. After nine years of service, he left the regular armed forces in 1959 with the rank of captain, while remaining in the reserve services of the Governor General's Foot Guards (1959-1964). He was awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration (C.D.) and Korean Medal, and received as Commander of the Order of La Pléiade by the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie.

In 1959, he became a finance and investment consultant in Ottawa. He represented several investment and finance firms. In particular, he worked in municipal finance (bond market), but also specialized in financial analysis and pension plans. He founded Placements Capital with Guy Lemieux and became Vice-President of the company. During the sixties and seventies, he was involved in the Young Chamber of Commerce of Ottawa, Ottawa Board of Trade, Scouts, Big Sisters/Les Grandes Soeurs, YMCA and served as Vice-President of the Ottawa section of the Canadian Automobile Association.

From 1975 to 1980, Gilles Morin worked in Toronto at the Office of the Ombudsman of Ontario. He was the director of Rural, Agricultural and Municipal Affairs at the Office of the Ombudsman of Ontario in North Bay and opened and managed the Northern Ontario office out of North Bay from 1980 to 1982. He was responsible for Northern Ontario and Aboriginal Affairs and opened offices in Timmins and Thunder Bay. Upon returning to Ottawa, he served as Director of the Regional Office of the Ombudsman of Ontario in Ottawa between 1982 and 1985.

In the spring of 1985, Gilles Morin ran in the Ontario elections and was elected Liberal member of parliament for Carleton East. He was named Vice-Chair of the Assembly’s Committee of the Whole. Re-elected in 1987, he was named parliamentary assistant to the ministers of Social Services and of Colleges and Universities. From 1989 to 1990, he was appointed as a minister without a portfolio and in charge of seniors. Re-elected in 1990, he was appointed Vice-President of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. Re-elected for a fourth time in 1995, Mr. Morin retired from politics in 1999. He is a member of the Ontario Highway Transport Board since 2000 and in 2015, he was appointed as Interim President of the Board, a position that he still occupies. He also served in other functions, such as president of the Caisse populaire Montfort, President of the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre Foundation, and Vice-President of the Ontario Association of Former Parliamentarians. He was a delegate in election observation missions to the Seychelles Islands in 1993 and to Comoros Islands in 1996.

He has two sons, Erik and Nicolas, and his wife Paula is from The Hague, Holland.

Member of the Board of Trustees (2003-2015), Vice-Chair (2009-2011) and Chair of the Board of Trustees (2011-2015).

Alain-Michel Sékula was born in Saint-Raphaël, France, on March 30, 1953. He did his secondary studies at the École secondaire de l’Université d’Ottawa. With a degree from the University of Ottawa in Public Administration (BA PAdm, 1978) and in Industrial Relations (CertLABRN, 1978), he obtained an MBA from the same university in 2000. He received the designation of CMC (Certified Management Consultant) from the Canadian Association of Management Consultants. Mr. Sékula worked in insurance in Montreal between 1979 and 1990 and held several senior management positions at Chubb of Canada, Lloyd’s of London, and the Guarantee company of North America. From 1990 to 1996, he worked in real estate with Century 21 International and the Ottawa-Carleton Economic Development Corporation.

Starting in 1996, Mr. Sékula pursued a career in insurance and financial services at Desjardins. At Desjardins Financial Security, he went from Senior Vice-President, Ontario, to National Vice-President, Business Development. In 2014, he was appointed Vice-President, Intergovernmental Affairs. He was named Vice-President of the Board of Directors of Sigma Assistel, one of the largest assistance companies in Canada, and Vice-President of the Desjardins Financial Services Board. Having lived and worked in Canada, France and the United States, Mr. Sékula is an ardent advocate of globalization. After his contribution to the North-American Free Trade Agreement, he was made an honorary citizen of the City of Dallas and was also named the official president of the Great North American Race, which took place in 1995 between Ottawa and Mexico. He was also on the team that presented the tender of the City of Ottawa for Expo 2005 to the International Exhibition Bureau in Paris.

In the community, Mr. Sékula was the Senior Vice-President of the Easter Seals Society of Quebec, and Vice-President of the Board of Directors for the Office des télécommunications éducatives de langue française de l’Ontario (TFO). Mr. Sékula is a member of the advisory committee of the Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ottawa.

On September 2, 2015, he was inducted as Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of the Canadian Forces Health Services Centre Ottawa.

He is married to Diane Fontaine and has three children.

Member of the Board of Trustees (2011-...), Vice-Chair (2014-2015) and Chair of the Board of Trustees (2015-2018).

Ms. Suzanne Clément worked for the federal public service for over 35 years, occupying executive level positions for over 27 years. At the time of her retirement in May 2014, Ms. Clément had completed a four and a half year mandate as deputy head for Status of Women Canada.

Prior to her appointment at Status of Women Canada, Ms. Clément worked at the Department of Canadian Heritage as Secretary-General, as Director General responsible for the Government of Canada’s cultural portfolio, including the CBC/Radio-Canada, Telefilm Canada, the National Film Board, the National Museums and the Arts Council, and as Director General responsible for policies and programs promoting participation in cultural and community affairs.

In 1998, Ms. Clément was recruited to work with the Deputy Prime Minister of Canada on developing the government’s primary initiative to commemorate the new millennium, such as the creation of the Millennium Bureau of Canada and its programs.

In 1995, as Director General with the Department of Human Resources Development Canada, Ms. Clément led the effort to develop a federal strategy that would promote job creation among young Canadians. This strategy was a resounding success and was allocated an annual budget of $400 million. Ms. Clément also held the position of Director General of Communications and Public Relations for the same department.

In 1987, Ms. Clément was appointed to her first senior management position as Secretary-General of the National Transportation Agency of Canada; she was the first woman to hold this position.

Ms. Clément is a Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada and an Adjudicator for the Law Society Tribunal.

Ms. Clément has often supported initiatives of benefit to the Francophone community as a volunteer (Chief Editor for the Journal de Vanier, the Festival franco-ontarien and the ACFO, for example). She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Hôpital Montfort since 2011.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Ottawa.

Member of the Board of Trustees (2016-…), Chair since 2018.

Carl Nappert has been Executive Vice-President of Maplesoft Group since 2001. Most notably, Mr. Nappert contributed to growing Maplesoft Group as a company owner from 2001 to 2015 through his role in management as well as business development at the national and international levels.

Mr. Nappert sits on the Consultative Council of the Telfer School of Management and is involved in the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation.

In 2010, Mr. Nappert received the Ottawa Business Journal’s “40 Under 40 Award,” which recognizes business executives who have distinguished themselves through their success in the business world and their participation in charity and community activities. He was also the recipient of the Young Achievers Award form the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management in recognition of alumni who have achieved business excellence before the age of 40.

Mr. Nappert completed his studies in business administration with a specialization in marketing and international business at the University of Ottawa. He was the president of the Student Association of the Telfer School of Management in 1996-1997, and won first place in the Entrepreneurship Case of the Commerce Games in 1997.