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
Michel Bisson worked in the field of criminal law for fifteen years and now teaches law at La Cité, Ottawa’s francophone community college. A graduate of the University of Ottawa’s French Common Law bachelor program, he also holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Manitoba. As a lawyer for the defence, most of his clients were from Eastern Ontario, and many were before the courts because they had mental health or substance abuse problems. Over the years, Mr. Bisson was active on various committees to help ensure accessibility to legal services in French and also taught courses on criminal law procedure and access to justice for all in the French program of the University of Ottawa’s French legal program. He is active in his community as a hockey and soccer coach and was in the past very active with Special Olympics, with a particular interest in helping children with cancer.
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. Lynn Brousseau is a graduate in pharmacy from the University of Montreal and also holds a degree in administration from Laval University’s Graduate School. She worked for some thirty years as a pharmacist, administrator, principal counselor and project manager. Mrs Brousseau was Head of the Pharmacy Department at the Hôpital de Gatineau and subsequently at Montfort Hospital before eventually channelling her expertise in information management systems and data analysis into projects with the Centre hospitalier des vallées de l’Outaouais, the global information technology consultant CGI and the Canadian Institute for Health Information. In this new information technology era, her knowledge and experience in health systems, project management, information systems design and management and operational and functional programming are an asset for our board of governors.
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.
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.
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.
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. Méziane Zéroual has spent more than 30 years in the field of building and construction project management. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Ottawa, and his expertise is in the management of human, material and financial resources. During his 22 years at La Cité, he was the director of security and of physical resources and was responsible for the management of large and small construction projects as well as of sustainable development and energy resources. He is enjoying his retirement but continues to act as an independent consultant in project management.
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.