Laura Doak

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.


Marie Thérèse Chaput

marie therese chaputMarie-Thérèse Chaput is a graduate of McGill University BA 1980, MLS 1984. After receiving her degree she was Executive Director, Quebec Chess Federation 1984-1987, Executive Director, Quebec Special Olympics 1987-1989, Development Officer, McGill Faculty of Music 1989-1993, Capital Campaign Director, Laval University 1993-1997, Director of Development, HEC – École des Hautes Études Commerciales – Montréal. 1997-1998, Director of Development, York University. 1999-2002. Director of Advancement, Glendon College since 2002.

She was the Chair of the Alberta Tour, Governor General’s Canadian Study Conference in 2000 and an active volunteer 2004 and 2008 . Member of the Board of the University Club of Toronto 2002-2004 and Member of the Board of Thêatre Français de Toronto 2001-2007 where she was President 2003-2005. She was President of –L’Association des Club d’Entrepreneurs Étudiants de la Francophonie (ACEE de la Francophonie) The International Student Entrepreneurs Clubs for the Francophonie. from 2005 to May 2011- past president and vice president of the Board 2011 to present and Vice President of ACEEC (Association des Clubs entrepreneurs étudiants du Canada )since its foundation in 2012.


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.


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)


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.


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



Paul Perron - Vice president

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)


Yves Roberge - Secretary

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.