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Marie-Josée Martel Elected Chair of Montfort’s Board of Directors

Carl Nappert, Marie-Josée Martel et Dominic Giroux

Ottawa, June 13, 2024Marie-Josée Martel and Denise Amyot were elected Chair and Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Association de l’Hôpital Monfort, the governing body of Ontario’s Francophone Academic Hospital, at the Annual Meeting held yesterday evening. Ms. Martel will take over from Carl Nappert who served as Chair with distinction for six years. Léa Bou Karam, Samia Ouled Ali and Mathieu Fleury were also elected to the Board of Directors.

In addition to elections, the event included the presentation of several annual reports.

Passing on the flame

Marie-Josée Martel has worked for many federal government departments and agencies, including the Privy Council Office, the Treasury Board, the Office of Aboriginal Constitutional Affairs, the Canada Revenue Agency, Health Canada and Justice Canada. Former assistant deputy minister, she developed an expertise in the delivery of quality services. She has been a member of Montfort’s Board of Directors since 2018, where she served as Vice-Chair since 2021, after serving as Secretary since 2019. She also sits on the Board of Directors of Collège Boréal, Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada (HIROC) and the Montfort Foundation.

Groupe de personnes soulignées lors de l'assemblée

An international leader in educating for employment, Denise Amyot was the former President/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Colleges and Institutes Canada. She was the CEO of a federal government corporation, assistant deputy minister at the federal level, and worked with Human Resources Development Canada, National Defence and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. A champion of diversity, sustainable development goals and coaching, Ms. Amyot has received several awards for her leadership and is a renowned speaker on the national and international stages. She has been a member of Montfort’s Board of Directors since 2021, and has served as Secretary since 2023.

Dr. Chantal D’Aoust-Bernard, who was recently appointed Chief of Staff, will be joining the Board of Directors when she takes her position on June 17. In addition, the Medical Staff Association has entrusted its position of Chair to Dr. Marie-Pierre Carpentier, who will take office in September.

A year crowned by success

The General Meeting was an opportunity to highlight last year’s achievements, with the presentation of reports from: the President of the Patient Partner Council, Francine Tremblay; Chair of the Board, Carl Nappert; President and CEO of Montfort Hospital, Dominic Giroux; Chief of Staff, Dr. Thierry Daboval; in addition to receiving the financial statements and annual report on the state of services in French.

The following highlights from the Annual Report to the Community stand out:

  • Many innovations in our offer of services, including the arrival of intelligent bedside screens and a Voyce interpretation platform, available in 240 languages; 
  • Increased clinical services, including an increase of 18% for cardiorespiratory examinations, 13% for medical imaging tests, and 12% in the number of days of adult admissions;
  • A new agreement with the Ottawa Paramedic Service to allow Francophone patients to be directed to Montfort when possible;
  • A net increase of 148 employees, requiring the recruitment of 443 new employees to fill in for departures and retirements;
  • Montfort’s upward climb among the top hospitals in the world, ranking fifth among the best employers in the national capital region, as well as ninth among the top research hospitals in Canada; 
  • Reduction of its annual deficit, from $ 8.5M in 2022–2023 to $0.2M in 2023–2024.

The entities affiliated with Montfort—the Institut du Savoir Montfort, Montfort Health, the Montfort Hospital Foundation and the Association des bénévoles de l’Hôpital Montfort—also had an opportunity to present a brief overview of their activities last year

Tribute to exceptional people

The Ilios Award, which recognizes outstanding contribution to Montfort’s development as an academic hospital, was presented to Ann Salvador, Clinical Director of the hospital for over 15 years, for her key role in countless innovative initiatives, such as implementing a virtual care program and the delivery of postnatal care at home, as well as for her significant contribution to the continuous improvement of services, especially care culturally adapted to members of Indigenous communities.

Groupe de personnes soulignées lors de l'assemblée

Lastly, heartfelt tributes were presented to the outgoing Chair, Carl Nappert; to Dr. Thierry Daboval who will be leaving his position as Chief of Staff in the next few days; and to Pierre Lanctôt, who has completed his mandate as a member of the Board.