Board of directors
Board members 2018-2019
From bottom to top and from left to right: Talar Dikijian, Marina Boulos-Winton, Lyn Lalonde-Lazure, Janet Boisjoli (no longer on the Board), Sylvie Girard, Sonia Tournay, Sylvia Martin-Laforge, Pat Hardt, Caroline Croteau (no longer on the Board), Jill Hugessen, Mark Shalhoub. Not on the picture: Mélanie Allaire, Cristel Chabot-Lapointe, Carole Croteau, Kent Hovey-Smith and Mario Lefebvre
Photo : Courtesy of www.tanissaucier.com
COMMITTEES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
- Pat Hardt
- Jill Hugessen
- Sonia Tournay, Chair
- Manon Chevalier
- Kent Hovey-Smith
- Mark Shaloub
- Michelina Lanni, Chair
- Carole Croteau
- Sylvie Martin-Laforge
Human Resources Committee
- Lyn Lalonde-Lazure, Chair
- Carole Croteau
- Sylvia Martin-Laforge
- André Costin
- Sylvie Girard
- Robert Manningham, Atelier Habitation Montréal
- Sylvia Martin-Laforge, Chair
- Pat Hardt
- Françoise Lyon, CGA Capital
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.
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.
Michelina Lanni, CPA, CA
Michelina Lanni is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant. Michelina obtained a Bachelor of Commerce, with a major in Accounting and a minor in management information systems from Concordia University and her Graduate Diploma in Chartered Accountancy from McGill University. Michelina is an associate partner at Ernst&Young serving clients of all sizes in various industries ranging from small private owned companies to large multi-national public companies. Michelina works closely with clients to provide advice and assistance. She manages teams of professionals and oversees the EY teams on client engagements to ensure overall engagement efficiency, quality service and satisfaction. Michelina has volunteered in various not-for profit organizations and was an active member and Treasurer of a CPE Board.
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.
At CN since 2011, Ms. Allaire is a trusted advisor who provides assistance with legal matters, such as environmental issues, Aboriginal law, and Aboriginal Relations. Since 2016, she has done more than just fulfill her role as Legal Counsel. She also leads the Aboriginal Affairs team, where she provides advice on construction projects, incidents, maintenance work, territory knowledge and understanding and assists CN’s clients across the network in Aboriginal community relations. She is responsible for implementing CN’s Aboriginal Vision and moving forward with CN’s Aboriginal strategy. Mélanie has diverse experience in environmental law, Aboriginal law, regulatory affairs, business law, and commercial contracts. She was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 1999 after having completed her degree at Université de Montréal, where she was recognized for her many achievements and honoured with awards for academic excellence. She began her career at Stikeman Elliott, a law firm, before joining the legal department of an international pulp and paper company in 2001.
Ms. Chabot-Lapointe’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, technology, energy and agribusiness.
She regularly represents various businesses operating in venture capital, agribusiness, technology and energy industries and in the retail sector in the preparation and negotiation of share and asset purchase agreements, shareholders’ agreements, limited partnership agreements, supply agreements and other commercial agreements. In addition to contributing to the firm’s various blogs, Ms. Chabot-Lapointe is the author of numerous publications. She is actively involved in Québec business industry (member of the Nouvelle Génération Committee of Réseau Capital and of Jeune Chambre de Commerce de Montréal (JCCM). She sits on the board of directors of Maison Plein Coeur, a not-for-profit organization that works to prevent illness and promotes health among people living with HIV/AIDS.
In 2010, Ms. Chabot-Lapointe obtained a Bachelor of Civil Law/ Bachelor of Laws (B.C.L./LL.B.) from McGill University, where she was awarded the I.M.E Prize in Commercial Law. Prior to her legal studies, she obtained a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and International Law from Université du Québec à Montréal in 2007 and a diploma in European Integration from Université Jean Moulin Lyon III, in France, in 2006. She was called to the Québec Bar in 2011.
Currently a Marketing Manager with Distributel, Talar Dikijian has held various Marketing positions with Montreal based technology companies such as Insight, Matrox, Intelerad Medical Systems and Hartco. Her expertise is in marketing campaigns and B2B strategy and tactics. After volunteering at Chez Doris on weekends from 2007 to 2010, she joined the Board in 2010. In June of 2014 she accepted the role of Chez Doris Board President.
After working for many years as a nurse in Health Services at Concordia University, she obtained her Masters in Counselling Psychology, and became Cross Cultural Counsellor for International Students. At Concordia, she also received an appointment as Ombudsperson, and was a Grievance Officer with the Professional Union. After retirement Pat had a private practice as a therapist at the Argyle Institute. She has volunteered at Chez Doris, doing 1-1 counselling with the women from 2002 to 2015, and has been a Board member since 2005.
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 is 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.
Kent Hovey-Smith is a Partner and the Director of Corporate Affairs with Tidal Health Solutions. He previously served as a Senior Director of Public Affairs with Biogen and as Managing Director of Strategic Communications for Canada with FTI Consulting. Previously, he served as Director of Communications for Schering-Plough Canada Inc., lead communications for neuroscience products at Eli Lilly Canada Inc. and for A.C.M. Wood Chemicals plc in London, UK. Mr. Hovey-Smith has a Bachelor of Public Relations from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and a Master’s degree in European Public Relations from Leeds Beckett University, in Leeds, UK. Throughout his career Mr. Hovey-Smith has served with numerous community organizations, including as Chair of Network Canada in the UK, the Board of West Island Community Shares on Montreal’s West Island and the Advisory Board for the Department of Communications Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University.
Lyn Lalonde Lazure is a senior Human Resource professional, with extensive experience both in leading operations for large professional firms as well as working as a consultant with smaller enterprises. Lyn has sat on various Boards including The Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation, The Study Board of Directors, and the Montreal West Children’s Library Board. Lyn joined the Board of Chez Doris in March of 2015 with a focus on providing expertise in Human Resource management.
Mr. Lefebvre is an economist who began his career in 1991 at the Bank of Canada, where he worked in both the Research Department and the International Department. In 1998, he joined The Conference Board of Canada where he stayed a total of 16 years. He first worked for the International Services Group of the Conference Board, which led him to be involved on projects with several Ministries of Finance, including those of Tunisia, Morocco and Ukraine. From 2002 to 2013, Mario Lefebvre was the Director of the Conference Board’s Centre for Municipal Studies. In January 2014, Mario Lefebvre joined the Québec Urban Development Institute, where he served as President & CEO for two years, before joining Ivanhoé Cambridge in January 2016. Mario Lefebvre holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Montreal. He was Chair of the Economic and Public Policy Committee at the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal from 2011 to 2013 and Chair of the Public Policy Committee at the Quebec Economic Association in 2015 and 2016. He co-authored the book Power Play: The Business Economics of Pro Sports, published in March 2014.
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.
Sonia Tournay is devoted to the world of image and communication. Building on her hands-on experience in every stage of the creative process, she launched her agency Créatures Stratégie Image over 10 years ago. The Créatures team specializes in corporate branding strategy and brand awareness tactics, with a consulting practice that targets entrepreneurs who wish to refresh their image and develop creative and highly customized communication tools. Sonia builds the ultimate branding strategy for each organization by leaving no detail to chance. She joined the Board in March of 2015.