IRCM Foundation

The Board

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.


Antoine Bégin                 

General Manager of Sales at TELUS Health Virtual Care 


Antoine is passionate about innovation, health and business. His role as General Manager of Sales at TELUS Health Virtual Care allows him to live his passions on a daily basis. As part of the EQ Care team in telemedicine before joining the TELUS Health family, and previously in a genetic laboratory, he piloted multiple projects and strategic partnerships aimed at the adoption of various health innovations by the medical profession, insurers and plan sponsors. Antoine holds an MBA since 2010 and is a member of the Barreau du Québec since 2011.


Étienne Rivard

President and Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructel

Étienne Rivard (CPA, CMA) is President and Chief Executive Officer of Infrastructel, a consulting engineering firm. A charismatic leader, Mr. Rivard is a seasoned financial professional with solid experience in business development, strategic analysis and organizational development.

Ginette Paquin

Chair of the Annual Dinner Committee

Marketing and Communications consultant, and Corporate Director

Ginette Paquin is a marketing and communications consultant and a corporate director. Until recently, and for more than five years, she was Vice President of Communications and Marketing at Professionals' Financial, a subsidiary of Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec, whose mandate is to provide private banking, investment and financial planning services.

Ginette Paquin, a senior executive with a solid background in marketing, communications, business development, health and finance, has worked for Laurentian Bank, Intact Insurance and belairdirect, as well as TELUS Québec and TELUS Solutions. As an inspiring leader, Ms. Paquin has been recognized for her ability to identify business challenges and the new roads companies need to take to expand and increase their market share. Throughout her career, her vision has inspired, generated and enhanced the growth of prestigious brands, implementing innovative and powerful solutions in highly competitive markets. In addition, her experience includes corporate and NPO governance.

Ms. Paquin has been a member of the IRCM Foundation Board of Directors since June 2017.

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.

Jean-François Côté

Jean-François Côté

Interim President and Scientific Director of the IRCM

Director of research unit

  • Interim President and Scientific Director, IRCM
  • Vice President, Research and Academic Affairs, IRCM
  • Director, Cancer and Genetic Diseases Research Division, IRCM
  • Director, Cytoskeletal Organization and Cell Migration Research Unit, IRCM
  • Full IRCM Research Professor
  • Full research professor, Department of Medicine (accreditation in molecular biology, and in biochemistry and molecular medicine), Université de Montréal
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Medicine (Division of Experimental Medicine), McGill University
  • Research Scholar, Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé
  • Holder of the Transat Chair in breast cancer research
  • Person in charge of responsible conduct of research, IRCM

    Awards and honours
  • 2013 Pierre-Bois Excellence Award, IRCM Foundation
  • Pre-doctoral awards from Cancer Research Society and NCIC (Terry Fox Funds)
  • Post-doctoral award from CIHR and NCIC (Terry Fox Funds)
  • CIHR “New Investigator” award (2006-2011)
  • FRQS Scholar (Junior 1, Junior 2, Senior) awards
  • Recipient of the Marcel Piché prize

    Degrees and relevant experience
  • PhD in biochemistry, McGill University (1996-2001)
  • Postdoctoral fellowship, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, California, USA

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.

Luc Rodier

President and CEO, Guillevin International 


Marie-Claude Soucy

Vice-President, Administrative Services
Autorité des marchés financiers

Marie-Claude Soucy has been with the Autorité des marchés financiers since 2015 as Vice President of Administrative Services. In her role, she oversees finance and administration, human resources, information technology, governance and project management, as well as internal communications. She has nearly 30 years of experience in the retail and parapublic sectors.

A graduate of HEC Paris, she also holds a bachelor's degree in administration from the Université de Sherbrooke. She is a member of the Ordre des CPA, holds the designations of CHRP, CIA (Certified Internal Auditor) and is also ASC certified by the Collège des administrateurs de sociétés.

A committed leader, Ms. Soucy is a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Derivatives Institute, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of CIRANO (Centre interuniversitaire de recherche en analyse des organisations).In addition, she has been involved in recent years on the boards of directors of Protégez-vous, the ÉPIC Foundation and Capsana, a Quebec-based company dedicated to health promotion and chronic disease prevention.

In 2021, she received the Leadership Award from the Association of Québec Women in Finance, recognizing her influential leadership based on her human approach to inspiring, promoting and developing talent from all walks of life.

Ms. Soucy has been a member of the IRCM Board of Directors since November 2021.

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.

Pierre Duplessis

Chairman of the IRCM Board

Management and Public Health Consultant

Pierre Duplessis is a Management Consultant specializing in public health and the implementation of development projects at a national and international level. He is also Adjunct Professor for the School of public health at the Université de Montréal. He holds a MD degree from the Université de Montréal, a Master’s in public health from Harvard University and a specialty in community medicine from the Université Laval.

Dr. Duplessis started his career in clinical medicine, became public health specialist in the early 1980s and spent 20 years of his career in health care management from 1990-2010. He held several positions including Senior Medical Advisor to the Deputy Minister for the Quebec ministry of Health and Social services, Deputy Secretary General for the Quebec College of Physicians, and Secretary General and CEO for the Canadian Red Cross Society. Dr. Duplessis has gained over 30 years of teaching experience at McGill University, the Université de Montréal and University of Ottawa. For the past several years, he volunteers with various non-profit organizations and currently chairs the Board of Directors of CellCAN. In 2002, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Gold Jubilee Medal.

Dr. Duplessis has been a member of the Board since December 2015, and Chairman since June 2017. He is also member of the Executive Committee and of the Governance Committee.

Renée Lefebvre

Senior Director - Financial Planning & Analysis
Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp.

Renée Lefebvre is Senior Manager, Financial Planning at Pratt & Whitney Canada.  Ms. Lefebvre has 30 years of experience in the aerospace industry, where she has held several finance roles and leveraged her expertise as a CPA.  A leader with integrity, she knows how to mobilize teams to achieve objectives while incorporating process improvements.   
Ms. Soucy has been a member of the IRCM Board of Directors since November 2021.

Robert Dupont

President of the IRCM Ad Hoc Governance and Recruitment Committee

Partner, Fasken

Robert Dupont is Partner at Fasken law firm. He is a graduate of the Université de Montréal. Before arriving at Fasken in 2014, Mr. Dupont worked for Heenan Blaikie law firm and Canadair Limited (today Bombardier Aerospace Limited) in both the Human Resources and Labour Relations departments.

Robert Dupont taught jurisprudence in labour arbitration at the Université de Montréal, labour and administrative law at the professional training school of the Barreau du Québec, as well as employment law at McGill University. He is a member of the Barreau du Québec and the Canadian Bar Association. In 2011, 2012 and 2013, he was recognized as one of Canada’s leading lawyers in the area of Labour and Employment Law by the Best Lawyers in Canada directory. Mr. Dupont is a member of the Board of Directors of Queen of Angels Academy, a private arts and science high school for young women located in Dorval, Montréal.

He has been a member of the IRCM Foundation’s Board of Directors since June 2013 and chairs the Ad Hoc Governance and Recruitment Committee.

Serge A. Boileau

President of the IRCM Golf Tournament

President, Commission des services électriques de Montréal

Serge A. Boileau has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the Université de Sherbrooke and a Master’s in Project Management from Montreal’s École Polytechnique. He devoted his professional activities to the field of civil engineering for over 13 years, transitioning from project engineer to regional director and associate at BBL Inc. In 1995, he joined the Centre for Expertise and Research on Infrastructures in Urban Areas (CERIU) where he held the position of Technology Advisor, and then that of Director of Business Development. Today, Mr. Boileau is President of the Commission des services électriques de Montréal. This organization is devoted to the management of the overhead and underground cable networks on the entire island of Montreal and is the technical integrator for underground deployment projects. Mr. Boileau is a Board Member of the CERIU.

He has been a member of the IRCM Foundation’s Board of Directors since 2005. He is also President of the IRCM Golf Tournament.

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