Berta Angulo McLean

bertha mclean Berta is a graduate of Georgetown University (B.S. in Foreign Service) and London Business School (M.B.A.).She worked for a large global bank in London, Madrid and New York before moving to Toronto.

Berta was the Chief Administrative Officer of the Lycée français of Toronto (2006-10) where she acquired knowledge of the highly organized French educational system which is regulated by the Ministry of National Education. She obtained experience working with school boards, government officials and teachers while implementing business concepts to manage the school finances, personnel and overall administration.

She is a supporter of educational institutions that broaden minds and foster respectful behaviour towards new cultures, languages, economic and political systems.

She was a Board Member and Treasurer of IWAT (International Women Association) and is currently a member of a Committee at the Ladies Golf Club. She has close ties with the French community in Toronto and is an active member of Toronto Accueil.


Laura Doak - Vice-President

laura doak A finance professional with experience in executive talent management, executive communications and brand management. Prior to joining CIBC's Diversity, Inclusion and Executive Talent Management group, Laura worked in the luxury fashion sector for Burberry and Holt Renfrew, and more recently in London, UK as brand manager for a celebrity Michelin star chef and his global restaurant group.

Laura has an Honors BA from the University of Toronto, which includes academic terms at the University of Bonn (Germany) and Universita degli Studi di Siena (Italy). She is currently completing a Management degree with the London School of Economics and The University of London. In her spare time, Laura volunteers as an adult literacy tutor and enjoys traveling, the ballet and skiing.


Jacques P. Gauthier

Jacques-gauthierB.A. (Carleton, 1969), LL.B. (Ottawa, 1972); Admission to the Ontario Bar, 1976; Ph.D. (Graduate Institute of International Studies, University of Geneva, 2007) is the principal and founder of Gauthier & Associates, an international law firm established in Toronto in 1984. He is a member of the Intercontinental Grouping of Accountants and Lawyers (IGAL) and has developed extensive experience in legal issues involving international human rights. From 1982-1986, he was President of the Association de juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario. He received an award for dedicated service to the profession from the Canadian Bar Association (Ontario) in 1989. Dr. Gauthier has also acted as legal counsel to a number of states including Spain, Mexico and France. In 1995, he was a founding member and legal counsel of the Lycée français of Toronto. He was also awarded a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite in 2000. He has served as Acting-Chair and Vice-Chair of the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development and led a human rights mission to China in November, 2009 on behalf of this organization.


Dr. Paul Genest

Paul GenestDr. Paul Genest is a Fellow at the Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Ryerson University. Paul spent 6 years as a Deputy Minister in the Ontario government (2009-2015) where he served as Deputy for Intergovernmental Affairs and Associate Secretary to the Cabinet. He also served as Deputy Minister of the Pan/Parapan American Games, Deputy for Francophone Affairs, and Special Advisor on Strategic Mandate Agreements (Universities). Paul proudly served throughout his Deputy tenure as the Executive Champion of the OPS Pride Network in support of the LGBTQ community, and the Deputy Minister Champion of Glendon College.

Prior to joining the provincial government, Paul was President and CEO of the Council of Ontario Universities. He was also an Assistant Vice-President, Public Affairs and e-Services for Bell Canada, liaising with federal and provincial governments on sector policy issues including R&D, e-services, and tax policy. He was Director of Policy and Research for Prime Minister Jean Chrétien from 2000-2003, and was a Senior Policy Advisor to two federal Ministers of Health. Dr. Genest began his career as an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Union College in New York State. He received his honours BA in English and Philosophy from the University of Guelph, his MA from the University of Ottawa, and his PhD in Philosophy from Johns Hopkins University in Maryland. Dr. Genest has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He lives in Riverdale, Toronto with his spouse Barbara Jessup; they have two grown children. He relishes every opportunity to hike, paddle, and ski down hills.


Donald Ipperciel - Secretary

donald ippercielDonald Ipperciel is the Principal of Glendon College, York University. He served as Vice-Dean (2012-2014), Associate Dean Information Technology (2011-2014) and as Associate Dean Research (2007-2010), as well as Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Alberta, Campus Saint-Jean. Principal Donald Ipperciel holds a BA and an MA in Philosophy from l’Université de Montréal, and a PhD in Philosophy from Ruprecht-Karls-Universität in Heidelberg, Germany. From 2002 to 2012, he held the Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy and Canadian Studies at CSJ and was the Director of the Canadian Studies Institute. In 2011, he founded Oohoo IT Services, a spin-off company specializing in learning technologies. In 2017, he was awarded the title of Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes académiques by the French Republic.


Elaine Kierans

elaine kieransElaine Kierans worked as a lawyer after graduating from McGill University in 1983 and remains an active member of the LSUC. She also holds a business degree, specializing in labour relations, from McGill University and has an ICD.D designation from Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto and the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Ms Kierans has held numerous positions throughout her career including Vice Chair and Director of the AGCO from 1998 to 2004, Vice Chair of the Canadian Artists and Producers Professional Relationship Tribunal in 2007 and was acting Chair and CEO of the Tribunal until from 2008-2013.

She also has sat on a number of boards, including those of Brighter Minds Media Inc., Toronto French School and Granite Golf Club.


Claude Lajeunesse

Claude LajeunesseMonsieur Lajeunesse est membre, depuis 2005, du Conseil d'Énergie atomique du Canada limitée dont il préside le comité des Resources humaines.

Il a été président-directeur général de l'Association des universités et collèges du Canada (AUCC), recteur de l'université Ryerson à Toronto et recteur de l'université Concordia à Montréal. Il a par la suite occupé le poste de président et chef de la direction de l'Association des industries aérospatiales du Canada.

l détient un baccalauréat en génie physique de l'École Polytechnique, Université de Montréal, ainsi qu'une maîtrise et un doctorat en génie nucléaire du Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Troy, New York.

Parmi ses nombreuses activités para-professionnelles, il a présidé le Conseil d'administration du Groupement Aéronautique de Recherche et Développement en eNvironnement (GARDN); il fut membre des conseils d'administration de TD Assurance (Meloche Monnex), de SOFINOV (CDPQ), du Toronto East General Hospital, de la Fondation du patrimoine ontarien, du Théâtre français de Toronto ainsi que du Toronto Board of Trade.

Il est membre de l'Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec et Fellow de l'Académie canadienne du génie dont il a présidé le conseil en 2002-2003.


Yves Roberge

yves-robergeYves Roberge is Principal of New College (University of Toronto) and Professor of French Linguistics in the Department of French, where he formerly served as Associate Chair for undergraduate studies. He is also a Past President of the Canadian Linguistic Association.

His current research interests focus on theoretical linguistics and the acquisition of French as a first language. He has authored and edited several books: The syntactic recoverability of null arguments (McGill-Queens UP), Syntaxe et sémantique du français (Fides), La variation dialectale en grammaire universelle (Presses de l’Université de Montréal), Romance Linguistics: Theory and Acquisition (John Benjamins), The End of Argument Structure? (Emerald).

Professor Roberge is the recipient of a Faculty of Arts and Science Outstanding Teaching Award; his teaching interests include sociolinguistic and dialectal variation within the Romance languages continuum, as well as Canadian French.


Georges A. Soaré - President

georges-soareGeorges is an experienced executive compensation consultant with a wide variety of public and private clients across Canada. Prior to joining Hugessen in 2006, he was an accomplished professional in the financial services sector including in private equity and investment banking. He has extensive experience as a board member, including as a member and/or chairman of Compensation and Audit Committees. He is well versed in corporate strategy, governance, valuation, business performance measurement, and executive compensation.

Experience: Georges joined Hugessen Consulting in 2006 as a founding partner. Georges was previously a Managing Director with BMO Capital Markets’ Merchant Banking Group (part of Bank of Montreal), based in Toronto. He was involved with all aspects of the group’s diversified private equity investments for over 10 years, which included close involvement with portfolio company leadership teams and Boards/Committees. Georges’ prior corporate experience includes Vice-President, Corporate Development for Cott Corporation (1994-1995), and as an investment banker specializing in Mergers and Acquisitions for Burns Fry Limited, a predecessor firm to BMO Capital Markets (1988-1993). Georges is a lawyer by training and articled at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg.

Education: Georges holds a BA from University of Toronto, an MBA from Schulich School of Business and a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.


Josée Turcotte - Treasurer

josee turcotteJosée joined HSBC Bank Canada (HBCA) as Senior Vice President, Corporate Secretary and Head of Governance. She leads HSBC’s Canadian Corporate Secretary function and is a member of both HBCA’s Executive Committee, and of HSBC’s Global Corporate Secretary Executive Committee. In this role, Josée is responsible for the oversight and implementation of applicable legislation and regulations, corporate governance and compliance standards for HBCA and its subsidiaries. She also contributes to the formulation and development of global governance standards that applies to HSBC at the international level.

Prior to this role at HSBC, Josée served as Secretary to Ontario Securities Commission (OSC), as Deputy Secretary and as Independent Adjudicative Counsel to the OSC, as Senior Legal Counsel to the Canadian Competition Tribunal, and as Competition Law Officer at the Competition Bureau. She started her legal career at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP.

Josée holds a Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) in business law from Osgoode Hall Law School, a Civil Law degree with honours (LL.L.), a Juris Doctor degree with honours (J.D.) from the University of Ottawa and an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. She has taught at the University of Ottawa and at Osgoode Hall Law School, and is a frequent speaker and lecturer at various conferences and events.

In addition to her work at HSBC, Ms. Turcotte previously served on, and continues to serve on various professional associations and not-for-profit Boards of Directors and Board Committees. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of l’Alliance Francaise de Toronto, and of Governance Professionals of Canada (“GPC”). She also served as Chair of the Board of Directors of The Canadian MedicAlert Foundation (as Past Chair) and on its Board Committees, and as the Chair of the Ontario Bar Association - Public Sector Lawyers Section. Josée is bilingual and a member of various professional associations, including Women in Capital Markets and L'Association des juristes d'expression française de l'Ontario (AJEFO). She is a member in good standing of both the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Barreau du Quebec.


Lifetime members

Gail Lord

gail lordPresident, Lord Cultural Resources Planning & Management Inc., 1981–09 (to present); specializ-ing in Management Consulting, Facilities Plan-ning, Exhibition Development, Heritage Site Man-agement

Formerly: was with the Information Branch, Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages, 1980–81; Instructor, Art History and Multi–disciplinary Studies, Ryerson University, Toronto, 1970–75; Art Critic and Feature Writer for the Toronto Star, 1964–69; Commentator on weekly CBC national broadcast, The Arts in Review, 1968–70 Contributor to Chatelaine, Toronto Telegram, Toronto Calendar, and other publications Authored publications include The Manual of Museum Management, The Manual of Museum Exhibitions

Ed: Graduate Studies, History, U of T 1968–70; Hon. B.A. History, U of T 1968


Hon. Bill Graham

bill grahamFormer MP Toronto-Centre-Rosedale (1993 to 2007), Min of Foreign Affairs (2002-04) Min of National Defence 2004-06) Leader of the Official Opposition 2006 Interim Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada 2006

Currently : Chancellor Trinity College, Univ. of Toronto (2007-09); Chair, Atlantic Council of Canada; Co-Vice Chair Canadian International Council; Hon. L.Col. Governor General’s Horse Guards (2008)


Paul Perron

paul perronFormer Principal University College, U of T

Author: 30 books

Formerly: professor (semiotics), head Dept French Studies UofT

Ed: Doctorate French Studies, Un of Bordeaux early education in Manitoba and B.C.

Boards: Board Mbr Alliance Française (2001-04), Mbr Standing Ctee on Policy & Planning and Standing Ctee on Nominations--Ontario Council of Ontario Universities

Other: Chevalier de l’Ordre de la Legion d’Honneur; Officer Ordre des Palmes Académiques (for services to French culture)