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 With over 10 years of experience in executive communications, talent management, strategic planning and brand development/communications, Laura is currently the Human Resources Manager at Shimmerman Penn LLP. Prior to joining Shimmerman Penn LLP, Laura worked in human resources for CIBC’s Diversity, Inclusion and Executive Talent Management group, as well as in the Technology & Operations group. Her previous experience includes roles within the luxury goods sector for companies such as Holt Renfrew and Burberry in Toronto, and as Business Development & Communications Manager for a Michelin star chef and his global restaurant group in London, UK.

Laura is a former graduate of the Toronto French School and passionate about French language education. She holds 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).


Shaloma Gauthier

shaloma gauthier

Shaloma Gauthier completed a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the University of Toronto in 2005. As a result of her interest in international relations, she pursued graduate studies in Geneva, Switzerland. She obtained a Master of Arts degree in International History and Politics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and completed her PhD at the same Institute in 2015. For several years, she conducted multi-disciplinary research in English and French at numerous international organizations, such as the International Labour Organization, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the United Nations Organization, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the World Health Organization.

Shaloma has professional experience in the private and public sectors. She has both organized and made numerous presentations on international themes at conferences in Geneva, Sanremo and Toronto. She has contributed to various activities of the University Women’s Club of Toronto, where she served on the Heritage Fund Scholarship Committee and the Charitable Giving Committee. She is currently involved as a Mentor for political science undergraduate students at the University of Toronto.


Donald Ipperciel - President

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.


Sabine Soumare

sabine soumareSabine Soumare is the founder and CEO of dBrief Consulting, a communications, marketing and public affairs firm. She holds a master's degree in marketing from the Ecole Supérieure de Gestion in Paris, Communication degree and a certification in Strategic Management. Prior to this entrepreneurial role, she was the communication and spokesperson of the Minister of Francophone Affairs in the provincial government from 2015 to 2018. Her significant experience in communication and public relations, have led her to teach public relations and marketing at La Cité College. Very involved in the Francophone community since her arrival in Toronto, she began her career by creating and managing the Department of Communications and Community Relations at the Centre francophone de Toronto.

She currently serves on the Board of Directors of l’Alliance Francaise de Toronto and volunteer as a facilitator at Skills for Change, an organization that helps newcomers find work. A sports enthusiast, she was a member of the PanAmerican Games Francophone Committee in 2015.


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.


Jessica Watkins

jessica watkinsJessica Watkins is a lawyer by training and worked at a mid-size Toronto law firm before transitioning to Queen’s University where she oversaw the Career Services office.

In 2008, Jessica joined Miller Thomson LLP, where she is currently the Director of Talent Management. In her current role, Jessica is responsible for the strategic oversight of legal talent programs nationally, which includes dealing with elements of compensation, performance management, talent acquisition and employee relations. Jessica often works in French and considers it a privilege to be able to communicate with her various stakeholders in both official languages. Jessica works closely with senior management and the executive committee. She brings a collaborative, strategic and common sense approach to all her dealings and always approaches new projects with a value-add lens.


Erin Finlay

erin finlayErin Finlay has worked in the financial services sector for over 15 years with a specialized focus on B2B marketing, strategy, and brand management.

She is currently responsible for the marketing strategy and execution for Scotiabank’s global corporate and investment banking and capital markets business. Erin holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Rotman School of Management and an Honours Bachelor Degree from Queen’s University.


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)