Introducing our board of directors

Mike St-Onge
Mike St-OngeNew Brunswick
Chair
Mike St-Onge is retired in general insurance and was the co-owner of Alliance Assurance Inc. in New Brunswick. Throughout his career, he has been involved with several not-for-profit organizations, devoted considerable time to volunteer activities, and served as chair of several organizations.
Guy Gagnon
Guy GagnonManitoba
Vice-chair
Guy Gagnon is a college teacher. He is very active in his community, sitting on several boards and teaching literacy.
Martin Marcoux
Martin MarcouxPrince Edward Island
Treasurer
Martin Marcoux is Chief Accounts Manager, Commercial Financial Services at RBC, in Charlottetown. He has been a long-serving volunteer in a host of projects and organizations.
Jean-François Pitre
Jean-François PitreNorthwest Territories
Secretary
Jean-François Pitre is the owner of Pido Production and has been active in the audiovisual sector since 1983. He is a proud supporter of the arts and culture in his community.
Michel Matifat
Michel MatifatBritish Columbia
Member
Michel Matifat is a Portfolio Manager with PionMatifat Investment Group at CIBC Wood Gundy in Vancouver. He has more than 25 years’ experience in the financial sector.
Josée Bélisle
Josée BélisleYukon
Member
Josée Bélisle gained considerable experience in international business before moving to the Yukon. She and her husband run Groundtrax Environmental, a company specializing in soil decontamination.
Gabriel Brodeur
Gabriel BrodeurNewfoundland and Labrador
Member
Lawyer with a bilingual practice in business law in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and a partner with the law firm Stewart McKelvey, Mr. Brodeur is the President and an administrator of RDÉE TNL. He is also a member of the board of directors for the Fédération des francophones de Terre-Neuve et Labrador and for JA Newfoundland and Labrador. Originally from Montreal, Mr. Brodeur is a member of the Barreau du Québec and of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Charles Gaudet
Charles GaudetNova Scotia
Member
Charles Gaudet has a wide range of experience, including in the province of Nova Scotia’s Department of Fisheries, Lands and Forests and Public Works, in the federal government’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans, at Université Sainte-Anne, at Collège de l’Acadie and in the Nova Scotia Department of Education. Nowadays Mr. Gaudet works as a consultant. He is also Past President of the Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse (CDÉNÉ), and also is a member of many other boards of directors and committees of Francophone and Acadian organizations in his home province.
Gilles Lanteigne
Gilles LanteigneNew Brunswick
Member
Gilles Lanteigne is Director, Business Development – Commercial, of the Mouvement des Caisses Populaires Acadiennes and President of Entreprise Péninsule. He is also very active in his community.
Jason Nystrom
Jason NystromSaskatchewan
Member
Jason Nystrom is Manager, Customer Integration, at Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI), and has over 10 years’ experience achieving exceptional results in demanding environments.
Émilie Pasalic
Émilie PasalicNunavut
Member
Émilie Pasalic has owned and operated a hairstyling salon in Iqaluit for the past five years. She is also the HR coordinator for the Territorial Government. Her interpersonal, management and socioeconomic networking skills prompted her to begin volunteering at Carrefour Nunavut in 2012, helping with fundraising and securing new partnerships. She also volunteers to help the disadvantaged and at local foodbanks, and has taught hairstyling to Inuit girls interested in learning the trade.
Jean-Philippe Couture
Jean-Philippe CoutureAlberta
Member
Jean-Philippe is a partner in the Calgary office of the national law firm Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. Jean-Philippe’s practice focuses on a broad range of corporate and Canadian income tax law matters, including advising Canadian and foreign clients on tax matters relating to acquisitions, divestures, structuring and restructuring of business transactions, reorganizations, public offerings and financings.
Gilles LeVasseur
Gilles LeVasseurOntario
Member
As a lawyer and university professor of law, management and economics, Gilles LeVasseur is actively involved in constutional language rights in Canada. He is a member of many national and provincial organizations (http://bit.ly/2emnygz). Mr. LeVasseur has also won a number of awards for his work to promote the Francophonie and, more recently, he was presented with the Ordre du mérite des caisses populaires de l’Ontario for his contribution to the growth of cooperatives in Canada.
Julie Tremblay
Julie TremblayOntario
Member
Julie Tremblay was born and raised in Kapuskasing, a bilingual town in Northern Ontario. She completed her post-secondary education at La Cité Collégiale in Ottawa, Ontario in graphic design which led her to work for an award-winning Internet solution and public relations firm for 7 years. In 2007, Julie established JT&Co, a virtual communications company specializing in brand development and expansion, website design, application development, content and collateral creation. Julie is very active in her community as a volunteer and dedicates her time between helping entrepreneurs start-up or expand and wanting to feed the hungry.
Marcel Blanchard
Marcel BlanchardOntario
Member
Mr. Blanchard holds a Master of Business Administration from Queen’s University and certificates in Municipal Law, Municipal Administration and Emergency Measures Management. Now retired, he started his career in the construction industry. In 1996 he moved to the municipal sector where he was Chief Administrative Officer for the Township of Russell. He worked at the Office of the Auditor General of Canada from 2004 to 2009. He then occupied a senior level position with Public Works and Government Services Canada until 2012. He was also a member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of l’Association française des municipalités de l’Ontario from 2001 to 2003.