Board of Directors

Carole Croteau, President
Sylvia Martin-Laforge, Vice-President
Eric Thauvette, Treasurer
Annie Gagnon-Larocque, Secretary

André Morris, Board member
Céline Manoël, Board member
Jill Hugessen, Board member
Kathleen Weil, Board member
Manon Chevalier, Board member

Mark Shalhoub, Board member
Mary Larson, Board member
Sylvie Girard, Board member
Thierry Leroux-Demers, Board member


Executive Committee

  • Carole Croteau, Chair
  • Sylvia Martin-Laforge, Vice-Presidente
  • Eric Thauvette, Treasurer
  • Annie Gagnon-Larocque, Secretary

Client Committee

  • Jill Hugessen

Communications Committee

  • Manon Chevalier, Chair
  • Talar Dikijian
  • Mark Shalhoub

Finance Committee

  • Éric Thauvette, Chair
  • Carole Croteau
  • Jill Hugessen
  • Annie Gagnon-Larocque

Human Resources Committee

  • Mary Larson, Chair
  • Carole Croteau
  • Sylvia Martin-Laforge
  • Céline Manoël
  • Mary Kyres

Building Committee

  • Sylvie Girard, Chair, Archi-
  • Me Annie Gagnon-Larocque, McCarthy Tetrault
  • Mike Lisi, Broccolini Inc.
  • Roger Plamondon, Broccolini Inc.
  • Ryan Zamestrieus, BentalGreenOak

Nominating Committee

  • Sylvia Martin-Laforge
  • Carole Croteau
  • Jill Hugessen


Carole Croteau


Among her accomplishments, Carole Croteau is the past Senior Director of Operations of Altus Group. A CPA and accomplished controller and team builder/leader with more than 20 years of experience in the service industry, Carole is experienced in leading change management initiatives and tools, preparing and monitoring budgets with achievable bottom-line goals and results. She joined the Board in October of 2014 and was elected Treasurer shortly thereafter.

Sylvia Martin-Laforge


Currently Director General of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), an advocacy group for Quebec’s English-speaking community, Sylvia Martin-Laforge has vast policy and program experience dealing with Official Language Minority Communities, Aboriginal and women’s issues. Named to the Board of the Conseil supérieur de la langue française by the Government of Quebec for the period between February 2008 and July 2013, Sylvia Martin-Laforge was elected Vice-President of Chez Doris shortly after joining the organization in July of 2014.

Eric Thauvette


Eric Thauvette is a CPA with more than 30 years of experience, the last 25 with BAT, an international consumer goods company. He currently is the Vice-President and CFO of Imperial Tobacco Canada, the Canadian subsidiary of BAT. Prior to his current role, Eric has completed similar assignments in North Africa, Central Asia and Europe. With a demonstrated ability to adapt and the ambition to achieve the highest standards, he has successfully led major transformation initiatives delivering both growth and productivity gains in highly complex environments.

Annie Gagnon-Larocque


A partner at McCarthy Tétrault, Annie Gagnon-Larocque has an active leadership in the firm’s Real Property & Planning Group and acts as the Group’s lead for the Québec region.  She represents and advises clients on a variety of transactions notably real estate acquisitions, real estate financings, property development, commercial leasing, and joint venture transactions. She represents financial institutions and public and private companies in the senior housing, retail and hotel industries. Ms. Gagnon-Larocque was President of CREW Montréal (Commercial Real Estate Women) from 2012 to 2014.  She is also a member of CREW Montreal, ICSC, the Urban Development Institute and the Canadian Bar Association. Ms. Gagnon-Larocque received her BA degree with specialization in French Literature and Translation from McGill University in 1999 and her integrated BCL/LLB degree from McGill University in 2002. She joined the Chez Doris’ Board of Directors in September 2023.

André Morris

Board Member

André Morris has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, where he has worked closely with numerous executives, business leaders, healthcare professionals and charities. André holds a life and group insurance license and has successfully completed the Greater Montreal Real Estate Board’s residential real estate brokerage program. He also holds the prestigious Chartered Investment Manager (CIM®) designation. Outside of his professional career, André attaches great importance to his community involvement. He joined the Chez Doris’ Board of Directors in September 2023.

Céline Manoël

Board Member

As Senior Director of Inclusion & Diversity at National Bank of Canada, Céline’s main mandate is to create an inclusive culture, build diverse teams and support the bank’s social and governance commitments. An engineer by training, Céline has extensive and solid experience in training, organizational development, human resources and information technology in the banking, energy, telecommunications, NPO and social innovation sectors. Previously an entrepreneur and certified coach, Céline specialized in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as well as in the social commitment of organizations.  She has offered her expertise in project management and change management in various cultural contexts around the world. She joined the Chez Doris’ Board of Directors in September 2023.


Jill Hugessen

Board Member

Jill is a certified professional coach working with executives and lawyers. Jill obtained a B.A. (psychology) in 1981 and a BCL/LLB (law) in 1985, both from McGill University, and then practiced business and corporate law with Stikeman Elliott LLP from 1986 to 1993. She was subsequently the General Counsel for Karhu Canada, a sporting goods manufacturer and retailer, before returning to Stikeman Elliott in 2001 as a member of the Montreal management team (Director of Professional Development). She left the firm in 2010 to become an executive coach and professional development consultant.  Jill is a past chair and continues to serve as a director, of the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation, and is also a member of the hospital’s governing body (the Council for Services to Children and Adolescents) and its Executive Committee.  She joined the Chez Doris Board in January 2016.

Kathleen Weil

Board Member

After obtaining a Bachelor of Civil Law, Common Law and History and Political Science from McGill University. Kathleen Weil began her political career by joining the Quebec Liberal Party. She was first elected to the Quebec National Assembly in 2008, representing the riding of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce. During her tenure, she held various ministerial positions, including Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities, Minister of Immigration, Diversity, and Inclusion, and Minister of Justice. After retiring from active politics in 2018, Kathleen Weil continues to be involved in causes close to her heart. She joined Chez Doris’ Board of Directors in September 2023.

Manon Chevalier

Board Member

Manon Chevalier has over 30 years of experience in the publishing world. Following 15 years in the news department of La Presse, she founded Communications Chevalier in 1989. Her company quickly established itself as the most important independent publisher of corporate inserts as well as special and thematic supplements in Quebec. Since then, she has continued to innovate in conception, design, and production and today has more than 700 supplements to her credit. Recognized for her narrative method, she knows how to describe her clients, from all sectors of activity, from an original viewpoint. She has also developed know-how in the design of partnership and sponsorship packages as well as fundraising. And finally, Manoncontinues to maintain solid business ties with all major newsprint chains throughout Quebec and Canada. She joined the Chez Doris Board of Directors in 2020 and will be able to provide the organization her expertise in the field of communications and mainstream media.


Mark Shalhoub

Board Member

Mark Shalhoub has worked as a broadcast journalist (CTV News, CJAD 800, 940 News, Q92, etc.) in a variety of News and Sports capacities over the last 20 years. He has also been an on-air / online commercial video storyteller (Mark Shalhoub Communications) over the last decade, producing hundreds of videos of all types. Mark’s commitment to Chez Doris is longstanding; as a member of Rotaract in 1988, he volunteered to paint our house’s outdoor steps and has been the MC at our Tea fundraiser, finally joining the Board in December of 2014.

Mary Larson

Board Member

Having played global strategic leadership roles as a senior executive for leading international companies and as a partner in top-tier consulting firms, Mary has built an extensive array of skills around strategy, sustainability, and organizational culture. Mary serves as a trusted advisor to CEOs and senior executives in the US, Canada and Europe on strategy, culture, governance, and leadership issues. She has also led culture and organization transformation initiatives in multi-billion dollar companies and crown corporations. She is currently a board member and partner at MNP Consulting, where she leads the National Strategy Practice. Mary has served on several not-for-profit boards, typically as Board or Committee Chair.

Sylvie Girard

Board Member

Sylvie is a partner at CGA Architectes Inc. since 2001. She received her Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Laval in 1983, became member of the Ordre des architectes du Québec in 1985, and named fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada in 2014. She designed, planned, and managed various healthcare projects between 1985 and 1996 while at TPL architects, and was with Lemay from 1996 to 2001 before partnering with Pierre Corriveau to contribute to the evolution of an emerging architectural practice established in 1995. Since 1990, Girard is regularly invited as a professor, guest critic, and studio head at the University of Montreal. She was on the Board of Directors of the Association of Private Architects of Quebec (AAPPQ) and actively promotes the recognition of the architectural profession. She joined Chez Doris’ Board of Directors in January 2016.

Thierry Leroux-Demers

Board Member

Enterprise Architect (AVP) at Manulife, Thierry has worked in Information Technologies for over 30 years and participates to technology governance for Manulife local and global operations. He implemented software solutions in multiple areas, including telecoms, financial services, industrial SMEs and, as a volunteer, for minor hokey. In addition to a bachelor’s in computer engineering from École Polytechnique, Thierry has an MBA (UQAM) and has touched on the different management disciplines such human resources, marketing, accounting, taxation, contracts, and intellectual property, as a manager and entpreneur, as well as through his involvement in different non-profit organizations.