Ad hoc
Major and Exceptional Donations Committee

IRCM Foundation

Comité spécial des dons majeurs et exceptionnels

André Couillard

President, IRCM Foundation

Corporate Director

André Couillard was Vice-President, Executive Search & Recruitment Solutions at Optimum Talent, from 1998 to 2020. He worked as Associate and Associate Director for three national/international executive search firms, in Ottawa and in Montreal. His previous business experience includes executive positions in Operations and Human Resources for national and international corporations, including Sears Canada, Le Château Stores, Shirmax, Henry Birks and Sons Ltd., and Bell Canada.

Former President and member of the Board of Directors of the Regroupement des gens d’affaires de la Capitale nationale (Ottawa), he was/is a board member or member of the advisory committee for several organizations, including the Montreal Kidney Foundation, the Conseil québécois du commerce de détail, Le refuge des jeunes de Montréal, The Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation, and was a founding member of Destination Centre-ville (Montréal).

Mr. Couillard has been president of the IRCM Foundation’s Board of Directors since June 2013 (Board Member since 2009) and is a member of the Ad Hoc Recruitment Committee and of the Ad Hoc Major and Exceptional Donations Committee.

He has been a member of the IRCM Board of Directors since June 2013 and is a member of the IRCM Human Resources Committee.

Guy Saint-Jacques

Consultant and Administrator

Guy Saint-Jacques created GS +J Consulting Group Inc. after retiring from the Canadian Public Service. He is currently a Fellow of the China Institute of the University of Alberta and the Institute of International Studies in Montreal. In addition, he sits on the Board of Directors of Xebec Adsorption Inc. and he is Honorary Chairman of the Canada-China Small Business Group and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Quebec Section of the Canada-China Business Council.

Previously, Mr. Saint-Jacques worked for the Department of External Affairs of Canada for nearly forty years, serving in Kinshasa, Hong Kong, Beijing, Washington, DC and London. He has served as Deputy High Commissioner at the Canadian High Commission in London, and later headed the consular affairs directorates for Francophone Africa and Science and Technology and the Associate Deputy Minister’s Office. He has been Deputy Director of the Energy and Environment Branch, Director of Assignments and Director General of Personnel Management. In addition, Mr. Saint-Jacques was the Government of Canada’s Chief Negotiator and Ambassador Climate Change as well as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Canada in the People’s Republic of China. He speaks Mandarin fluently.

Mr. Saint-Jacques is a member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation of the IRCM since April 2018.

Louise Ann Maziak

President of the IRCM Foundation's Audit Committee

Corporate Director

Louise Ann Maziak holds a Master’s degree in business administration from the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University, as well as a Master’s degree in bioorganic chemistry from the Faculty of Science at McGill University. For over 25 years, she has developed a strong background in financial services at the Royal Bank of Canada, the National Bank, the Société générale de financement du Québec and, today, the TD Bank. In addition, she gained knowledge in the field of biomedical research while working as a research associate at the IRCM in the 1980s. She is a Board member of Blue Metropolis and the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal.

She has been a member of the IRCM Foundation’s Board of Directors since 2015 ans. She is also a member of the Ad Hoc Major and Exceptional Donations Committee, member of the Ad Hoc Governance and Recruitment Committe, and President of the IRCM Foundation's Audit Committee.

Maya Raic

President, IRCM Ad Hoc Major and Exceptional Donations Committee

Executive Director, Ordre des orthophonistes et audiologistes du Québec

Maya Raic holds a master's degree in political science and a master's degree in business administration (MBA). She is also a member of the Ordre des administrateurs agréés du Québec and has extensive expertise in non-profit organizations and government. She was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Chambre de l'assurance de dommages from 2004 to 2018. She has also worked in the public service as Chief of Staff and in the field of financial services and tourism. She is currently the Chairwoman of the Olympic Park Board of Directors.

She is also a member on the board of directors of Options consommateurs and the Syndicat des copropriétés 6100 Deacon as well as member of the Association des femmes en finances du Québec and the Association des femmes d'assurance de Montréal. In the past, she was member on the board of directors of the Collège des médecins du Québec and the Coalition pour la promotion des professions en assurance de dommages. She received the Mildred-Jones Award for the “Insurance Woman of the Year” in 2015.

Ms. Raic has been a member of the IRCM Foundation’s Board of Directors since November 2018. She is also President of the IRCM Ad Hoc Major and Exceptional Donations Committee and member of the IRCM Foundation's Ad Hoc Governance and Recruitment Committee.

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