Our Board

JEAN-PHILIPPE COUTURE

President

Jean-Philippe is a partner in the Calgary office of the national law firm Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. Jean-Philippe’s practice focuses on a broad range of corporate and Canadian income tax law matters, including advising Canadian and foreign clients on tax matters relating to acquisitions, divestures, structuring and restructuring of business transactions, reorganizations, public offerings and financings.

PATRICIA LACHANCE

Interim Vice-president

Born in Baie-Comeau, Quebec, Patricia moved to Edmonton in 2001. She is passionate about leadership, business development and mentoring. In addition to her experience in entrepreneurship, with her company A5 Energy Consulting, she is president and founding member of Clitar Heroes Foundation. Patricia was also a founding member of the French Quarter Business Association and sat on its board of directors, including as president, from October 2010 to 2015. A mother of three, she held, in 2013, the Edmonton Top 100 Businesswomen Award.

NATHALIE BEAUREGARD

Treasurer

Nathalie Beauregard has been working in the Alberta Francophone community since her arrival in 2004. She has over thirteen years of experience in operations management, communications & public relations and project development in the employability industry. Currently, Nathalie is the Executive Director of Accès Emploi, the Francophone Employment Center in Edmonton and the Northeastern Alberta region. Nathalie sits on the Board of Directors of the Economic Development Council of Alberta and on the Board of Directors of the Quartier Francophone in Edmonton (Business Revitalization Zone).

AMÉLIE CARON

Administrator

Amelie Caron has been working to promote energy efficiency in the Canadian residential construction industry since 1999. She has a master’s degree in building science and sustainability from Danube University Krems in Austria. In 2009, she founded EcoSYNERGY—a company that focuses on educating trades, professionals, and the public for the purpose of understanding building science and promoting best practices in building envelope construction.

GUILLAUME BÉDARD

Administrator

Guillaume became an entrepreneur at age 18 when he started to invest in real estate in Montreal. 3 years later he became a board member of the Mouvement Desjardins, making him the youngest administrator of the financial institution at the time. Guillaume has companies and investments in the fields of environmental, engineering, professional sports as well as import and sale of wine and cheese. Guillaume also is the Vice President Business Development of LVM Engineering for Western Canada.

SYLVIE GRÉGOIRE

Administrator

Co-owner of the restaurant Chez François de Canmore for nearly 30 years, Sylvie Grégoire also worked as a journalist for the newspaper Le Franco. Originally from Quebec, she (and her husband) made it a point of transmitting her Francophone culture to their five children and their clients. The restaurant’s reputation has lasted for almost 15 years. In 2005, the restaurant was awarded the CDEA Business of the Year award. Her expertise in tourism is an undeniable asset to the Board.

STÉPHANIE CARON

Administrator

With her experience advising on tax issues for corporations and individuals, Stéphanie Caron, CPA, is a trusted business advisor who understands the different business and financial challenges of her clients. Holder of a master’s degree in taxation from the University of Sherbrooke, Stéphanie worked for Deloitte Canada in Calgary for 10 years, notably as Senior Tax Manager, before taking up a new challenge at BMO in November 2018 – Financial Group as a consultant in wealth and tax planning. Throughout her career, she has demonstrated a strong work ethic, consistently demonstrated by her management, technical, analytical and problem solving skills.

BEN VAN DE WALLE

Administrator

Originally from the municipality of Legal and living in the town of Morinville where he was a municipal councilor for many years, Ben Van De Walle joined the CDÉA board in October 2017. This commitment is a restoration for Mr. Van De Walle in terms of involvement in the Franco-Albertan community. In 1997, he received the ACFA’s Marguerite-Dentinger Award, a prize awarded in recognition of a contribution to community development. Van De Walle was president of the City of the Rockies and a founding member of the Calgary Community Center.

GILLES CHOQUET

Administrator

Franco-Albertan is from the Bonnyville region, Gilles Choquet joined the Board in October 2017. He has been an insurance broker for nearly 30 years and is a co-owner with his wife Anna de Choquet Insurance Group Ltd. Located on the main street, the family business has grown significantly in recent years and now has 10 employees. In 2015, the company received the Lauriers de la PME in the category “working in rural areas”.

AURÉLIEN BALANDONA

Administrator

Aurélien is the Founder, CEO & Chief Engineer at “Baüne Ecosystem Inc.” Prior to joining “The Can Company Inc.” as partner, he held senior positions with many leading companies.

He has contributed significantly in the development of the green and sustainable construction technologies in the world, using shipping containers. He graduated with a Master’s Degree in Mechatronics Engineering from Polytechnic School of Engineering, University of Yaoundé – Cameroon.

ERNEST JOHNSON

Administrator

Ernest Johnson comes from the Peace River region and has lived in Girouxville for almost 30 years. Well established in the region, its family-owned company, Merlot Ag Services, which was established in 1991, provides agricultural and chemical products to farmers in the region. Committed to his community, Ernest has already sat on the board of the ACFA Peace River where he was president. Elected to the municipal council of Girouxville in the October 2017 elections, he is the delegate of that municipality on the Bilingual Association of Municipalities of Alberta (ABMA).