A brand specialist and designer, Pierre Léonard worked for more than 20 years at Cossette as a partner and creative vice-president for its branding and design division. In 2014, with two long-time comrades, he founded BrandBourg, a firm specialized in brand creation and repositioning. Over the course of his career, he has contributed to the success of numerous organizations including, among others, Bell, Radio-Canada, Air Canada, Desjardins, Cirque du Soleil, Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, La Tohu, Cavalia, Université de Montréal. Pierre is a mentor to master's level students at the Montreal branch of the École de design de Nantes. He has been a lecturer at the Université du Québec à Montréal, for which he received the title of ambassador on the occasion of the university's 40th anniversary. In October 2017, Pierre received the Award of Excellence for Outstanding Career from the International Council of Design. Pierre has served as chair of the council since June 2019. He was a member of the Humanity & Inclusion rebranding committee in 2017.
Alexandre Gravel is co-founder of Groupe Toast, which has been operating for over 22 years in the fields of advertising production (Toast Studio) and television production (Avanti-Toast). He has worked with a large number of major brands to implement high-performance communications and content strategies (Air Transat, Premier Tech, Bombardier, Sun Life Canada, Groupe Germain, DuProprio, etc.) and assists senior executives as a consultant and strategist. He has sat on several boards of directors, and his mission is to be present and available.
Chantal Thiéblin Goffoz knows Humanity & Inclusion Canada well having worked for 4 years (2012-2017) within the executive team and then as a volunteer in the communication and development committees. Chantal is now Director, Impact and Sustainable Development at Evol, which provides financing and coaching to inclusive businesses in Quebec. At Evol, Chantal is committed to aligning the objectives of impact and sustainable development with the organization's concrete actions with entrepreneurs. Chantal is very active in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. She is co-founder and president of Divergent Capital, a private equity fund that supports innovative solutions to major societal challenges. She is a member of the coaching team of several incubators and gas pedals in Quebec. In Canada since 2006, Chantal has an international profile. After 20 years in Reunion Island, near Madagascar, her professional career in International Marketing and Market Research led her to work in France, Spain, the United States and finally in Canada. Always sensitive to the plight of the most vulnerable, Chantal is proud of the impact of HI Canada and the HI federation in the world and wishes to further promote the organization in Canada.
Daniel Lebel, CPA, CMA, CIA, CCSA, CGAP, CFSA, CRMA, is a Chief Audit Executive with experience in several private and public organisations over the last years. With more than 25 years of experience in internal audit in various sectors (Information technology, pharmaceutical, higher education, aerospace and transport), he is now a professional trainer and consultant in USA, Canada, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. He is also a recognized speaker on internal audit trends and innovations and is a regular guest at the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) annual international conference, providing guidance to Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) candidates. Former member of the Board at IIA Canada, he is now a Board member at Humanity and Inclusion Canada and sits on the Audit Committee at Humanity and Inclusion International.
Élise Saint-Aubin's legal experience, as well as her extensive experience in human capital management in complex environments, brings both depth and a strong business perspective to her work. This combined knowledge allowed her to develop competency in strategic planning, business transformation, human resources strategy, leadership development and communications. Her expertise covers both the public and private sectors including healthcare, aerospace, telecom, multimedia and finance sectors as well as human capital advisory work for one of the "big four" global consultancy firms. As well, she volunteers for non profit boards in the humanitarian and art sectors. Her practical approach to resolving issues, her discernment and knowledge help organizations enhance their human performance.
As Executive Director of Space for Life Foundation since 2019, Stephanie Barker oversees the philanthropic development of Montreal’s Space for Life, Canada's leading natural science museum district. Previously, she was Assistant Director General of The Lighthouse Children and Families, Quebec's first pediatric palliative care hospice, after being Chief of Operations for the joint campaign for the Université de Montréal, HEC Montréal and Polytechnique Montréal, from 2009 to 2017, that resulted in a billion dollar impact in the community. Stephanie was also Head of Outreach at the National Film Board of Canada, and Director of Community and Public Relations at Historica Foundation. As an engaged volunteer in the community, she chairs the Board for iScola (Innovations scolaires) and is an administrator for Humanity & Inclusion Canada, and she contributes to the student selection processes for the Loran Scholars Foundation and for McCall MacBain Foundation.
Jean-François Lévesque is President and CEO of the Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de la Rive-Sud (CCIRS), one of Quebec's largest business groups and a key catalyst for economic development in the Montérégie and metropolitan regions. He holds a Master's degree in International Law and a Bachelor's degree in Literary Studies, and has previously held management positions in the professional services industry, worked for organizations promoting international issues, and spent a dozen years in higher education. He draws on a diversified professional background and solid experience in strategy and market positioning, public and government relations, and the pursuit of structuring business opportunities.
With a long track record in the international development sector, Marie-Josée Surpris worked at Umalia, an organization that works to mobilize and accompany companies to better identify and establish their strategy of societal commitment and partnership with community organizations. Prior to that, she worked for a number of non-profit and international cooperation organizations, including Oxfam-Quebec and United Nations organizations (FAO and UNFPA), in executive positions that led her to manage development programs/projects in several African countries, including Benin, Madagascar, Cape Verde, Chad, Mauritania and Niger, and to supervise the work of development workers in more than a dozen other places around the world. Today, she shares her expertise on the Board of Directors of Humanity & Inclusion (HI) Canada and the Federation.
Philippe Régnoux is a producer and media strategist. He is the president of the GALA MEDIA group, which has been developing multi-platform editorial content for over 8 years. Philippe also presides over GALA PROD and GALA Editions, subsidiaries of GALA MEDIA. A seasoned communicator and specialist in editorial production for nearly 20 years, he has been behind innovative editorial initiatives in the fields of science and technology. A lawyer by training, Philippe Régnoux holds a Master's degree in International Public Law obtained in 2001. He has been working in the media and communication sector for over 20 years. His experience and his dynamic approach to business have also led him to take on responsibilities within multiple organizations, including the association Agir pour le Développement Canada, which he chaired and founded between 2007 and 2011, and the collective Souriez, Vous êtes Français!, which he co-founded and led between 2008 and 2010 in Montreal. He has been an administrator of Humanity & Inclusion Canada for 4 years.