Our Board

AMÉLIE CARON

 President

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.

PATRICIA LACHANCE

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.

STÉPHANIE CARON

 Treasurer

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.

GUILLAUME BÉDARD

 Secretary

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.

DANIEL COURNOYER

Administrator

Before joining La Cité francophone, Daniel was general and artistic director of L’UniThéâtre for 19 years. A Franco-Albertan by birth, Daniel Cournoyer has been the Executive Director of La Cité francophone since 2012. Located in the heart of Bonnie Doon, Edmonton’s French-speaking neighbourhood, La Cité, is a cultural and community centre and a community gathering place. Under his leadership, many major initiatives were undertaken to raise the profile of La Cité francophone while strengthening its financial position. Examples include Café Bicyclette, a flourishing café popular with both Francophones and Anglophones. As well as The Flying Canoë Volant winter festival, an event that allows visitors to discover the history of the Chasse-Galerie, French-Canadians and First Nations folklore. In the  span of five years they have grown from 3000 to 40 000 visitors come to experience an adventure in the illuminated ravine of Mill Creek. To discover their spirit as travellers in an atmosphere of light, music and dance. More than ever, La Cité francophone is an important centre for tourism development in the city of Edmonton.

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”.

MARIO RAYMOND

Administrator

He began his career at a very young age by working on construction sites in his hometown of Quebec. The pursuit of his passion has led him to improve his training, knowledge and experience throughout Quebec and Ontario. His hard work, perfectionism and dedication to his work brought him to Alberta in 2008 to start his own commercial glass installation business, Mario Glass Inc. Since then, he has worked throughout the province and has even been involved in projects  as far away as Nunavut. Mario Raymond regularly participates in CDÉA activities and events, including being one of two “dragon investors” at the final evening of the Young Entrepreneurs Contest, held in Edmonton in March 2019. Mario Raymond is proud to support many Francophone organizations financially. In the spring of 2018 he launched his endowment fund with the Fondation franco-albertaine, whose objective is to support Alberta’s Francophone community.

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).

JEAN-PHILIPPE COUTURE

 Past 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.