Boards of Directors

Members of our boards of directors, through their professional expertise, support the management in its decisions to ensure the sound management of the organization, the development and adaptation of services to the needs of users.


Member of the Boards
of Directors 

Mr. Bilodeau is in charge of implementing BDC’s information technology (IT) strategies and services.

Mr. Bilodeau has a wealth of experience in information technology and operations in the financial services sector. Before joining BDC, he was active in the Fintech industry, notably overseeing the organization of the 2015 and 2016 editions of the Canada FinTech Forum presented by Finance Montréal—the largest event of its kind in Canada.

Most recently, Mr. Bilodeau led IT governance and business relationship activities within the Office of the Vice President of Information Technology at Hydro-Québec. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President, Operations and Strategic Initiatives Office at the National Bank of Canada, Stéphane Bilodeau holds degrees in Management from Harvard Business School (Advanced Management Program) and from HEC Montréal (MBA), as well as a degree in IT Management from UQAM.

President, Maison du Père's Board of Director

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer - Banque de développement du Canada

Pierre Seccareccia has extensive experience in financial consulting and management. Partner of Coopers & Lybrand, a firm of chartered accountants, from 1976 to 1998, he was managing partner of the Montreal South Shore office from 1987 to 1989, of the Montreal central office from 1992 to 1996, and of the offices of the Quebec from 1996 to 1998. Following the merger of Coopers & Lybrand and Price Waterhouse in 1998, he was Managing Partner of the Montreal office of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP from 1998 to 2001.


Since 2003, he has been a full-time director of various open and closed entities. Mr. Seccareccia is currently a director of Boralex Inc., WSP Global Group Inc., Ovivo Inc., New Millennium IronCorp. and Ivanhoe Cambridge Inc.

He is a Fellow of the Quebec Order of Chartered Professional Accountants and a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors (Canada) and the National Association of Corporate Directors (USA). Mr. Seccareccia is also a graduate of the Montreal HEC (1969).

Corporate Director

Administrator, Maison du Père Foundation's Board of Directors

Louis-Martin Richer is Senior Vice President, National Practice in Construction and Surety at MARSH since October 2017.

He previously held the position of Chief Risk Officer and Ethics Officer, WSP Global Inc. Group (2013-2017), Chief Risk Officer (2011-2013), Corporate Secretary (2006-2008), and Chief Legal Officer (2006-2008).

Mr. Richer is ex-officio chair of the legal affairs committee of the Association of Consulting Engineers of Quebec, where he is still a member and member of the contract management committee of the Association of Consulting Engineers-Canada.

He is a graduate of the Université de Montréal with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Science degree. He is also a member of the
Barreau du Québec.

Senior Vice-President Construction and Member of the Global Professional Indemnity/ Engineering Leaders Group, MARSH Canada Ltd.

President, Maison du Père Foundation's Board of Directors

François Boissy is General Director of the Maison du Père as of March 2016. He joined the team at the Maison du Père as Director of Operations in 2014. Among other achievements, he coordinated the opening of the Maison Wolfe men’s rooming house and represented the Maison on numerous committees in the community before assuming overall management of the Maison du Père in 2016.

François spent much of his career in the hotel industry as a senior manager for groups such as Hilton Hotels, Delta Hotels, and IHG, and spent
11 years with the Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel. He was also a municipal councilor for the City of Saint-Lambert, which he represented at the agglomeration level on the Boards of Directors of the Longueuil Municipal Housing Bureau (Office Municipal d’Habitation de Longueuil, OMHL) and the Social Housing Commission (Commission des logements sociaux). There he also chaired the Traffic Committee, which was mandated to set up a new master traffic plan. He was a member of the Board of Directors for the Friends of the Saint-Lambert Library Foundation.

He graduated from the Institut de tourisme et de l’hôtellerie du Québec (Institute of Tourism and Hospitality of Quebec) and completed the advanced hotel management program at the University of Guelph in 2005.

Administrator, Maison du Père Foundation' Board of Directord

Chief Executive Officer, Maison du Père

Jean-François Lecours is a partner in the Certification Group of the Montreal office of PricewaterhouseCoopers and Leader Energy in Quebec. He has over 15 years of experience providing services to private companies and large public companies subject to Canadian and US regulatory requirements.

Accompanied by collaborators from around the globe, he has been actively involved in the design and deployment of PwC's audit software.

He holds a post-graduate diploma in Public Accountancy from the Université de Sherbrooke and obtained the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) designation in 2004.

Partner, Price WatherhouseCoopers

Treasurer, Maison du Père's Board of Directors

France De Blois holds a Bachelor's degree in Science and Administration from the Université du Québec à Montréal.

Upon graduation, she joined Price Waterhouse Coopers as Assistant Director. She then held the position of Chief Financial Officer at Sanofi-Aventis, a world leader in healthcare in 1993.


After more than 10 years, she obtained a position of Controller of the company at Transcontinental. From 2010 to 2013, Ms. De Blois is Vice President of Accounting, then Chief Financial Officer at GL & V. She will then be Vice President Finance at Ovivo.

She is currently Director, Finance and Control, at Harnois Groupe Pétrolier.

Treasurer, Maison du Père Foundation's Board of Director

Director, Finance and Control, Harnois Groupe pétrolier

Germain Benoit began his career at Price Waterhouse. Subsequently, he joined the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) to advise and finance growing SME projects. He has also been a financial advisor at Raymond Chabot Martin Paré and project director at Société d 'investissement Desjardins.

From 1990 to 2010, he was president of Capital Benoit Inc., a family-owned company that invests in private or public companies with good growth prospects. In addition to his professional responsibilities, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of several Québec companies for more than 40 years, as Chairman of the Board, Chairman of the Audit Committee, Member of the Human Resources Committee, Secretary or treasurer.

He holds a Master's degree in Commerce from the Université de Sherbrooke and an MBA from HEC Montréal. He is a member of the Ordre des CPA, CA du Québec.

Administrator, Maison du Père Foundation's Board of Director

President of the Board, Capital Benoît

Suzie joined IMK in 2016 after completing her articling. During her studies at the University of Ottawa she acted as research assistant and coordinator for the Research Chair in Legal Pluralism and Comparative Law. Suzie has a particular interest in employment law and the law of persons.


Rania El-Alloul v. Attorney General of Quebec: Rania El-Alloul in her application for judicial review of a decision from the Court of Quebec (with Catherine McKenzie)

Digital Shape Technologies v. Walker: Walker in a defamation claim concerning comments posted online in her ex-employer (with David Grossman)

Associate at Irving Mitchell Kalichman

Secretary, Maison du Père's Board of Directors

Marie Zakaïb had a career at TD for 20 years. She held the position of VP, Employee Relations, Corporate Human Resources. She stands out for her ability to develop and execute human resource strategies in a context of continual change. In addition, his abilities to build and manage a results-oriented work team, professionalism and efficiency in employee relations are recognized.

Ms. Zakaïb holds a Bachelor's degree from the Université du Québec à Montréal, in Business Administration, Finance option.

Vice-President of Talent, Culture and Organizational Communications at Investissement Québec

Administrator, Conseil de la Maison du Père

Specialist in geriatrics, Dr. Roberge is, above all, a clinician. He has worked in a variety of settings, including CSSS, long-term care, regional hospitals and university hospitals.

Clinical professor at the University of Sherbrooke from 1986 to 1989, he holds a master's degree in medical pedagogy and obtained a Ph.D. in education sciences (measurement and evaluation) in 1995. Hosted at Université Laval he became a clinical professor in the Department of Medicine in 2002. Since 2013, he has been assistant clinical professor at the Université de Montréal. Researcher at the CHUM Research Center since 2016, he was a member of the Quebec Research Group in Geriatrics; Fellow of the Chair of Geriatrics at Laval University; more than 167 scientific papers, 34 publications in specialized journals.

In 2002, he improved his career on the administrative side. He acts as medical advisor to the Curateur public du Québec, as assistant director in the Exercise Improvement Division and secretary of the Professional Inspection Committee at the Collège des médecins du Québec. He obtained a Master's degree in Public Administration in 2004. From 2005-2012, he is Director of Professional Services, Director of Medical Affairs, Strategic Planning and Program Development at the CSSS Jeanne-Mance. In 2013, he completed postgraduate studies in management.


Currently, he practices medicine at the University Hospital Center of Montreal (CHUM). In summary, Dr. Roberge is both a clinician,
a teacher, a researcher and a seasoned manager, not forgetting that he is the father of seven children.


Administrator, Maison du Père Foundation's Board of Directors

Christian Létourneau is head of Dentons Canada's national labor law group and head of the firm's Montréal office's Labor Law Group. He advises and represents clients on matters relating to labor and pension law, litigation and other dispute resolution, at all levels of the justice system and various administrative tribunals. He is particularly known for his deep expertise in the field of psychological harassment.

Me Létourneau is listed in The Best Lawyers in Canada as one of the leading lawyers in Canada in the field of labor law.

He holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Montreal, is a member of the Quebec Bar and the Canadian Bar Association and is a member of the Order of Certified Human Resources Advisors.

Partner, Dentons Canada

Administrator, Maison du Père's Board of Directors

Gwen Klees has nearly 30 years of experience in corporate and commercial law, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, having been involved in numerous transactions both domestically and internationally for large corporations in Canada.

During the first 15 years of her career, after practicing in private practice, she held various positions with, among others, the Royal Bank of Canada, Bell Canada and a subsidiary of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. She joined Ovivo (formerly GLV Inc. and Laperrière Group & Verreault) to manage global legal affairs in 2003. She was appointed Vice President, Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary in 2007 and in 2013 she took charge of the management risks. Her responsibilities at Ovivo, a water and wastewater company, include strategic risk management at the local, national and international levels, in collaboration with insurance and insurance providers. other risk management tools.

Ms. Klees has a Bachelor's degree in civil law and is a member of the Quebec Bar.

Vice-Présicent, Affaires Juridiques, Gestion des risques et secrétaire corpo., Ovivo Inc.

Administrator, Maison du Père Foundation's Board of Directors

Head of the securities law strategic team, Gilles Seguin sits as the Vice-Chaiman of the board of BCF Business Law.

His unique expertise and solid experience of some 30 years of practice make him one of the foremost lawyers in his field.

Mr. Seguin sits on the board of directors of numerous public and private agencies and advises various audit and governance committees. A member of the Board of Directors of the French Chamber of Commerce, he also sits on the board of the Private Capital Market Association.


He is one of the firm's two representatives at Meritas, the international law organization.

Mr. Seguin holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Laval and a member of the Quebec Bar.

Partner, BCF Avocats d'affaires

Administrator, Maison du Père Foundation's Board of Directors

Robert Manningham is at the service of communities who wish to improve their living environment while respecting a harmonious and viable development. Since 1987, he has developed, coordinated and delivered more than 130 community housing projects, representing over 3,500 housing units.

The new part of the Maison du Père was built under his coordination.

Member of the Board of Directors of the Network for Assistance to Lone-Singles and Montrealers, he holds a Bachelor's degree from the Université du Québec à Montréal in Animation and Cultural Research.

Director generall, Atelier Habitation Montréal

Administrator, Maison du Père's Board of Directors

France Desjardins is the general director of Maison du Père and its foundation. She joined the Board of Directors of the Maison du Père in 2006, then took charge of the general direction of its Foundation in 2007 and then took over the entire management of the Maison du Père in 2009.

She worked a good part of her life in the corporate world, including 14 years at Standard Life, first in public affairs and eventually as Vice President, National Sales of Group Retirement and Group Insurance. She has also worked in the manufacturing and cultural sectors, while sitting on various Boards of Directors, such as the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Douglas Institute Foundation and the Douglas Institute where she acted Vice-Chair of the Board and Chair of the Governance, Ethics and Human Resources Committee.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Montreal where she also studied at the master's level in literature. She also studied music at the University of Quebec in Montreal.

Board of Directros of the  Montreal West Island IUHSSC

Administratrice, Conseil de la Fondation de la Maison du Père

I am 59 years old, married, mother of 2 girls and grandmother of 5 grandchildren.

I have a degree in nursing from the Université de Montréal. I have been retired for a year after a very rich career as a Clinical Nurse in Intensive Care at CHU Ste-Justine for 36 years. This career brought me into the spheres of critical care with a clientele of children from 0 to 18 years old suffering from serious illness often fatal. I was also a nurse unit leader for about 7 years. Through my career in the health sector I have been in turn: nurse, trainer and manager.

I hope to be able to share with Father's House my experience and my desire to continue to care for members of the community.

Administrator, Maison du Père's Board of Directors

Retired Nurse

Father Loïc Huygues Despointes completed his university studies at Le Mans, in economics and holds a Master's degree in Spirituality.

He was professor of economics at the secondary level, before choosing the consecrated life, community and serving the captives with the Trinitarians. Ordained priest in Paris in 1978, he was chaplain of a medical center associating care and schooling.

From 1984 to 1998, he was chaplain at the Paris prison and then at the Villepinte prison, near Charles-de-Gaulle airport. From 2005 to 2010, he was the initiator of a family welcome, for a dozen homeless, the presbytery of a small country village, 80 km from Paris.

He has lived in Quebec since January 2011. After a stay at 'La Petite Ferme' in Roxton-Falls, sharing the life and activities of homeless people, he served his spiritual ministry at the John Paul Regimbald Trinitarian Center in Granby.

He is now Chaplain at the Father's House and the Montreal Detention Center (Bordeaux)

Administrator, Representative of the Trinitarians - Maison du Père Foundation's Board of Directors

Trinitarian Father and Prison Chaplain

In August 1962, Jean-André Patry began his postulate followed by his habit and the beginning of his novitiate with the Trinitarians in Granby. Father John of Charity will serve as alternate chaplain to three hospitals: Mayfair, Shriners and Notre Dame. He has other duties as vicar at
St-Bruno-de-Montarville parish.

Father Jean has specialized studies: Bacc. art, bachelor's degree in theology, master's degree in specialized pastoral, course in criminology at the University of Montreal, doctoral schooling in theology.

On January 31, 1969, he was appointed the first chaplain of the Bordeaux prison. It is a return to the task that will continue until 2007.

In retirement, Father Jean still leads an active life. He is very busy because he continues to see detainees and ex-detainees.

He has a mandate from the Archbishop and he continues to visit the prison. He is also assiduous at the house he founded, Oasis-Liberté, located in Montreal.


Retired Prison Chaplain

Administrator, Representative of - Maison du Père's Board of Directors

Father Stéphane Roy is a priest in the diocese of Montreal. Frequenting the Charismatic Renewal since 1992, he runs youth retreats, gives lectures for associations or prayer groups.

Father Stéphane Roy was ordained a priest on June 27, 2008 at the Marie-Reine-du-Monde Basilica, Montreal Cathedral.

After having worked as parish priest, he was appointed chaplain at the Bordeaux prison in 2010.

Prêtre et aumônier de prison

Administrateur, Représentant de l'Archevêque - Conseil de la Fondation de la Maison du Père

550, boulevard René-Lévesque Est
Montréal  (Québec)  H2L 2L3
514 845-0168
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