Mrs. Claudia Guidolin holds a bachelor’s degree in French literature and a teacher’s certificate from the University of Ottawa. She has many years of experience in the field of education, as a teacher as well as in curriculum writing, project management and personnel management. Mrs. Guidolin is particularly interested in social advancement and Francophonie and was active in the teachers’ trade union movement before becoming a manager with l’Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO) in 2004 and its deputy director general in 2012. Mrs. Guidolin just retired and is looking forward to dedicating more time to volunteer activities in the community.
Mrs. Michelle de Courville Nicol, a graduate of Laurentian University, is vice president of Noracom Consultants. She was a manager in various family businesses in the areas of video production and post-production, translation and revision. Active in her community for many years, Mrs. de Courville Nicol was a member of the board of directors of the Montfort Hospital from 1990 to 2005. She served as board chair from 1995 to 2001, the years during which Montfort Hospital, threatened with closure by the Government of Ontario, waged a fierce fight for its survival. She was one of two plaintiffs for Montfort Hospital in its court case against the Government of Ontario. Mrs. de Courville Nicol was honorary co-chair of the États généraux de la francophonie d’Ottawa (2011-2012), a collective exercise to enable Francophones in the Ottawa area to participate in establishing a vision for the future of their community.
Michelle De Courville Nicol
Mrs. Hélène Nadeau, an economist, is a graduate of the University of Montreal. During her 32-year career with the federal public service, she held senior management posts in many organizations, including the Canadian Transport Agency, Health Canada, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal and the Privy Council Office. She has also been a visiting senior executive with the Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada (APEX). Since her retirement in 2016, she has joined the National Association of Federal Retirees, first as a member of the Board of directors of the Ottawa Branch and subsequently as a district director (Ottawa and Nunavut). Mrs. Nadeau is also a member of the Board of directors of the Public Service Dental Care Plan and from 2015 to 2018, was a member of the Accessibility Advisory Committee of the City of Ottawa.
Mr. Denis Jolette has more than 32 years of experience with the federal government and concluded his career in 2017 as Vice-Chair of the Appeal Division at the Parole Board of Canada. For many years, he was involved in training members of an administrative tribunal and in decision-making linked to mental health, addictions, social reintegration, behavioral risk assessment, and applicable laws and regulations. He chaired various committees, including those focused on quality decision-writing and on establishing and respecting professional standards. Mr. Jolette holds a master’s degree in political science from the University of Ottawa (1983), and since then he has worked in various ministerial offices and government organizations such as Environment Canada and Consulting and Audit Canada. Over time, he developed an expertise in public governance, resource management, risk and performance management, strategic planning and communications. He intends to continue supporting the needs of minorities in the community, such as in Orleans, where he has lived for the past 30 years.
Mrs. Dominique Germain holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Ottawa. She has more than 20 years of experience as a social worker, in fields such as child welfare, mental health, addictions, crisis intervention, counselling, threat and risk assessment, sexual abuse, the supervision of interns, and behaviour management with a variety of clients. Mrs. Germain was a member of the emergency intervention program of the City of Ottawa and is on the board of the Community Suicide Prevention Network and of Urban Schools of Ottawa. She has been teaching social work at La Cité since 2010 and has been its social work program coordinator since 2015. Mrs. Germain is now the director of the Institut des services d’urgence et juridiques of La Cité. She’s staying very active in the community as a a volunteer for various associations.
Mr. Michael Kroon, president of Kroon Electric Corporation, is a licensed electrician and a master electrician who also holds a Masters in business administration from Lansbridge University in Fredericton, New-Brunswick, and a Masters in Management from the American Graduate School of Management in Nashville, Tennessee. Mr. Kroon was project manager of several million dollars of construction projects while growing his company. He has created a world class electrical asset management organization with offices in Ottawa and Montreal and his company now manages over 30 million square feet of electrical assets in Eastern Ontario and in Quebec. Mr. Kroon is an elected member of the advisory committee for two electrical services organizations in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, TEGG and CurrentSafe. He has been a volunteer for numerous groups in the Ottawa region and is board chair of Billy Buffet House of Welcome since 2015.
Mr. Roger Régimbal, a career teacher, is well known for his work with associations and unions. An experienced negotiator, he was chair of the Association des enseignantes et des enseignants de l’Ontario (AEFO) and the Ontario Teachers Federation (OTF) as well as vice-chair of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF). Now retired, he continues to work for his colleagues as director general of the Canadian association of retired teachers. He participates in his local retirees association as treasurer, and at the provincial level as a member of the pension committee and presenter of workshops for early retirement. Mr. Régimbal also chairs the pastoral council of his parish, Montfort, and co-chaired the Diocese’s study on the viability of seven parishes in Vanier. In recent years, he became active in the community and is Board chair of the Centre de services Guigues and a member of the City of Ottawa’s Seniors Roundtable.
Mr. André Rodier holds a Bachelor’s degree in Administration and a Master’s degree in Health Administration (MHA) from the University of Ottawa. He has worked for nearly 40 years as a manager, planner and consultant in the health and social services sector. During his career, he was Executive Director of the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital, the Winchester District General Hospital and the Centre de santé et de services sociaux de Gatineau (CSSSG). He also worked as a consultant for CGI and PricewaterhouseCoopers as well as for his own firm, CGO. Mr. Rodier not only has a solid expertise and a vast experience of the healthcare sector, but he is also very knowledgeable about the role and functioning of a board of directors, having served on several of them during his career. He therefore hopes to be able to make a significant contribution to the growth of Montfort Renaissance.
Mrs. Hélène Gauthier worked for the Federal Public Service for more than 37 years, 30 of these with Public Services and Procurement Canada (formerly Public Works and Government Services Canada) in the Real Property Services Branch. She managed many portfolios of buildings owned by the Crown. Mrs. Gauthier was subsequently involved in the subcontracting of property management and project management services as well as leasing services. She was part of the Working Committee responsible for the development of the Statement of Work for contracts and of the quality management program used to verify the performance of contractors. Mrs. Gauthier was also Technical Authority for one of these contracts for many years. Since her retirement, she is a member of the Board of Directors of the condominium corporation where she lives.
Dr Bernard Leduc is the president and CEO of the Montfort Hospital, an acute care university hospital, since 2010. He was previously chief of staff at the Montfort Hospital. Dr Leduc practiced family medicine for more than 27 years, in both Quebec and Ontario, in rural as well as urban areas. He joined the medical team at Montfort in January 1999. Dr Leduc holds an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) from Queen’s University. He is the winner of the 2004 Irwin Bean prize, awarded by the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the 2010 Ralph E. Price Giffin prize for his contribution to the Queen’s EMBA program in Ottawa and the 2006-2007 co-recipient of the Teacher of the Year award for the Family medicine program of Montfort Hospital. Dr Leduc is also chair of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Ontario Regional Laboratory Association (EORLA) and a surveyor at Accreditation Canada.
Mrs. Sylvie Patenaude is a graduate of the University of Ottawa in social sciences and law (Common Law in French 1991) and a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. After several years as counsel to Algonquin Travel Corporation and subsequently to My Travel Group PLC (now Thomas Cook) for all their Canadian operations, she returned to private practice in 2009. Mrs. Patenaude now practises as a partner with Sicotte Guilbault and specializes in business law. Active in her community, she participates in Sicotte Guilbault’s community pro bono legal clinic and sponsors various non-profit organizations in addition to acting as a tutor in real estate law for students who have failed their bar admission exams.
Mr. Michel Lavigne is a partner and co-founder of Vaillancourt Lavigne & Associés LLP/s.r.l. He was elected Fellow of the of Chartered Accountants of Ontario and is a Licensed Public Accountant in Ontario and CPA, auditor CA in Québec. In addition to providing certification services, income tax, accounting and business consulting services to individuals and small and medium-sized businesses, he is an author and course leader for Chartered professional accountants Quebec (CPAQ). Mr. Lavigne’s past community involvement has included being a member of the Board of Directors of the Ottawa Hospital and of the Board of the Council of Chartered Professional Accountants Ontario (CPAO).