Hermine Mbondo

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Entrepreneur, storyteller, globetrotter, foodie, and social impact advocate… Hermine Mbondo is a woman with many strings to her bow.

She holds a Master’s degree in Management from SKEMA Business School, has lived in 3 different continents and worked in France, the United States and Canada.

With over a decade of international marketing experience under her belt, working in communications, trade marketing and branding across both agency and client side, Hermine Mbondo decided in 2017 to use her proven marketing expertise for the greater good and founded B4brand, a storytelling-driven marketing agency for purpose-driven brands.


Laura Doak - Vice-President

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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

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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 - Président

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Donald Ipperciel est le Principal du Collège universitaire Glendon de l’Université York. Prof. Ipperciel a été co-doyen (2012-2014), vice-doyen à la technologie (2011-2014), vice-doyen à la recherche (2007-2010) et professeur titulaire de philosophie politique au Campus Saint-Jean de l’Université d’Alberta. Le Principal Donald Ipperciel a obtenu un baccalauréat ainsi qu’une maîtrise en philosophie de l'Université de Montréal, et un doctorat en philosophie de l'Université Ruprecht-Karls-Universität de Heidelberg, en Allemagne. De 2002 à 2012, il a été titulaire de la chaire de recherche du Canada en philosophie politique et en études canadiennes, et il a été directeur de l’Institut d’études canadiennes. En 2011, il a fondé Oohoo IT Services, une entreprise dérivée qui se spécialise dans les technologies d’apprentissage. En 2017, il a reçu le titre de Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes académique de la part de la République française.


Elaine Kierans

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Diplômée en 1983 de l’Université McGill en commerce, spécialisé en dialogues sociaux, Elaine Kierans, détient également un diplôme de ICD.D du Rotman School of Business de l’Université de Toronto et de l’Institut des Administrateurs de Sociétés (Institute of Corporate Directors).

Elle est aujourd’hui avocate et un membre actif du Law Society of Upper Canada. 

Elaine Kierans a occupée de nombreux postes notamment en tant que Vice-présidente et directrice du AGCO de 1998 à 2004, Vice-présidente du Tribunal Canadien des relations professionnelles artistes-producteurs en 2007, puis Présidente et directrice du Tribunal de 2008 à 2013.

Elle siège à de nombreux conseils d’administration, notamment au Brighter Minds Media Inc., au Toronto French School et au Granite Golf Club.


Sabine Soumare

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Sabine Soumare est fondatrice et présidente de dBrief Consulting, une firme de communication, marketing et affaires publiques. Diplômée d’une maitrise en marketing de l’Ecole supérieur de Gestion à Paris, Sabine a été la conseillère en communication et porte parole de la ministre des Affaires francophones au gouvernement provincial de 2015 à 2018. Son expérience en communication et relations publiques, l’ont amené à enseigner les relations publiques et le marketing au Collège La Cité. Très impliquée dans la communauté francophone depuis son arrivée à Toronto, elle a commencé sa carrière en créant et gérant le département des Communications et des relations communautaires au Centre francophone de Toronto.

Elle est actuellement membre du conseil d’administration de l’alliance française de Toronto et facilitatrice bénévole à Skills for change, un organisme qui aide les nouveaux arrivants à trouver un travail. Passionnée de sport, elle a été membre du comité francophone des jeux PanAmericains en 2015.


Josée Turcotte - Trésorière

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Josée 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

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Jessica 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

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Erin 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.


Membres à vie

Hon. Bill Graham

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Député fédéral de Toronto-Centre-Rosedale (1993- 2007); Ministre des Affaires étrangères (2002-04); Ministre de la Défense nationale (2004-06); Chef de l’opposition, (2006); Chef intérimaire du Parti Libéral du Canada (2006), Hon. Bill Graham est aujourd’hui chancelier de Trinity College, Université de Toronto (2007-09). Il tient également la place de président au Conseil Atlantique du Canada; vice-président adjoint du Conseil international du Canada et lieutenant colonel des Governor General’s Horse Guards (2008).


Gail Lord

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Co-fondatrice et Présidente du Lord Cultural Resources Planning & Management Inc. en 1981, Gail Lord est spécialisée dans la consultation de gestion, la planification d’installations, l’organisation d’expositions et la gestion de sites historiques, muséaux et patrimoniaux.

De 1964 à 1969, elle travaille en tant que critique d’art et rédactrice d’articles spécialisés pour le Toronto Star.

De 1968 à 1970, elle est commentatrice pour l’émission  hebdomadaire nationale sur CBC, “The Arts in Review” et enseigne l’histoire de l’art à l’université Ryerson de Toronto.

Elle est aussi instructrice en études pluridisciplinaire et en histoire de l’art à l’Université Ryerson, Toronto de 1970 à 1975.

De 1980 à 1981, elle travaille à la direction de l’information au Bureau du commissaire aux langues officielles, avant de fonder Lord Cultural Resources Planning and Management Inc. .

Elle est l’auteur de nombreux livres tels que “The Manual of Museum Management” et “The Manual of Museum Exhibitions”, et collaboratrice à Chatelaine, au Toronto Telegram, Toronto Calendar, et autres publications.

Gail Lord est diplômée d’un Bachelor en Histoire de l’université de Toronto (1968-70).


Paul Perron

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Ancien directeur de l’University College de l’Université de Toronto, professeur de sémiotique et chef du Département des études française de l’Université de Toronto, Paul Perron est aussi l’auteur d’une trentaine d’ouvrages.

Paul Perron est titulaire d’un doctorat en études françaises de l’Université de Bordeaux, après avoir reçu une éducation élémentaire et secondaire au Manitoba et en Colombie-Britannique.

Il siège à de nombreux conseils d’administration tels que : Alliance française (2001-04), Comité permanent sur les politiques et la planification; Comité permanent sur les nominations, Conseil des universités de l’Ontarioanding Ctee on Policy & Planning and Standing Ctee on Nominations--Ontario Council of Ontario Universities.

Paul Perron a été nommé Chevalier de l’Ordre de la Légion d’Honneur; Officier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques (en reconnaissance de ses contributions à la culture française).