Board of Directors

Carole Croteau – President
Sylvia Martin-Laforge – Vice-President
Michelina Lanni – Treasurer
Jill Hugessen – Secretary

Talar Dikijian – Board Member
Sylvie Girard – Board Member
Pat Hardt – Board Member
Mélanie Allaire – Board Member

Lyn Lalonde-Lazure – Board Member
Mario Lefebvre – Board Member
Mark Shalhoub – Board Member
Dominic Guinta – Board Member


Client Committee

  • Pat Hardt
  • Jill Hugessen

Communication Committee

  • Dominic Guinta, Chair
  • Manon Chevalier
  • Mark Shaloub

Finance Committee

  • Michelina Lanni, Chair
  • Carole Croteau
  • Sylvie Martin-Laforge

Human Resources Committee

  • Lyn Lalonde-Lazure, Chair
  • Carole Croteau
  • Sylvia Martin-Laforge

House/Building Committee

  • Sylvie Girard, Chair
  • André Costin, Xemplar Inc.
  • Mike Lisi, Broccolini
  • Robert Manningham, Atelier Habitation Montréal

Nominating Committee

  • Sylvia Martin-Laforge, Chair
  • Pat Hardt
  • Françoise Lyon, CGA Capital


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.

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 Hugessen


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.


Talar Dikijian

Board Member

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.


Pat Hardt

Board Member

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 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 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.

Mélanie Allaire

Board Member

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.


Lyn Lalonde-Lazure

Board Member

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.

Mario Lefebvre

Board Member

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

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.

Dominic Guinta

Board Member

Dominic is currently General Manager Récréoparc, co-owner of the Vortex RH recruitment agency and a special marketing advisor at Groupe Xpansion. He was previously Director of Operations and Corporate Affairs at Just for Laughs. Over the past few years he has worked on strategic repositioning, business development and marketing. In addition, he has participated in fundraising initiatives, the launch of mobile applications and the management of online social media. Dominic holds a degree in Public Relations and Communications from UQAM, obtained in 2012 as well as a certificate in Leadership, obtained in 2016.