Women in Governance’ activities are driven and supported by a dynamic and committed team with the help of its loyal, devoted partners.

Our committees work throughout the year on the different aspects of our mission.

The Events Committee focuses on creating, organizing, and coordinating Women in Governance’ talks, breakfasts, and galas. Its members work hard to ensure that our guests have an enriching experience that promotes their success.

The Certification Committee works actively to create a new standard which will help firms in Quebec and Canada, to increase the representation of women in leadership roles

Mentoring Committee members draw inspiration from best practices in the field of mentorship and apply them in making a solid program. These experienced and passionate people encourage the advancement of women through their concrete actions and their presence alongside the mentors and mentees.

The Communications Committee is made up of troupers in the communications field who make use of their creativity to make our website, newsletters, press releases, and other documents bearing the Women in Governance logo as interesting, eye-catching, and informative as possible.

Here are our committee members and their reasons for getting involved:

Events Committee

André Dorais

Andre Dorais
Avocat, André R. Dorais Avocats

« The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.»

Valérie Doucet

Valérie Doucet
Media Relations Manager, Québec and Atlantic Provinces, BMO Financial Group

«I’m lucky to work in a company that promotes the advancement of women in business, and Women in Governance allows me to continue along those lines and incorporate those values within a innovating and inspiring organization. I hope to continue spreading the news about Women in Governance and encouraging women’s progress and integration in the business world and in key roles within companies.»

Sergina Guéry

Sergina Guéry
President, Agence ÉvènemenCiel

«As a female entrepreneur, naturally, I can identify with Women in Governance’ mission, but above all, it’s the perfect combination of openness, courage, and passion that drives the founder, Caroline Codsi, which had led me to get involved and to truly believe that change is coming.»

Martina Krummen, CPA, C.A.

Martina Krummen
Tax Expert, Co-Founder Tax Mediation Association of Canada

«An increased presence of women in corporate management and leadership positions as well as on boards of directors is essential. They bring different and complementary dynamics and perspectives.»

Michèle Meier

Michèle Meier
Vice President, Communications, Corporate Marketing and CSR, and International Affairs, Ivanhoé Cambridge

«Women in Governance’ work is important, because teams will enhance their performance through diversity and a multidisciplinary approach.»

Cédric Meyer

Cédric Meyer
Étudiant en commerce à John Molson Business School et Conseiller au service à la clientèle à La Banque Royale du Canada

«Feminism is not just about women. We all benefit from living in a more balanced society that allows women to achieve their potential and to fully contribute to the growth of our economy.»

Élodie Meyer

Elodie Meyer
Étudiante en droit à l’Université de Montréal et Juriste chez André Dorais et associés

«Accessing senior management and board positions is a concern that young women must also share in order to prepare for their future but also to participate in the social movement that will contribute to achieving gender equality in all spheres of society.»

Anne No Delaide, ing. MBA

Anne No Delaide
Vice-president, Commercial Financial Services, RBC Royal Bank

«Women in Parity is part of RBC’s DNA. For years, we have believed that achieving gender equality is the key to the success of our business and of society as a whole. I am proud that we are the first Canadian bank to have appointed a woman to chair our board of directors in 2013, which is one of the most prestigious positions in finance.»

Robert Trudeau

Robert Trudeau
Premier directeur, Vente aux entreprises & développement commercial, Air Canada

«Women in Parity is not just women’s business. Any society that wants to be fair and open to the prospect of capitalizing on all of its human capital should also make it its business.»

Nancy Beshay

Nancy Beshay
Director, Business Development at Hypertension Canada

«Our society will not advance much further without the active and equal participation of women in the decision-making process in the political, economic and social levels. The work of “Women in Governance” is vital to Quebec and Canada as it equips women from all walks of life with the necessary tools to advance their careers and be promoted to leadership positions in their respective fields, while at the same time creating an enabling environment that fosters the inclusion of women in the decision-making process. »

 

Parity Certification Committe

 

Magali Depras

Magali Depras
VP Strategy, Nakisa inc.

«I have worked in predominantly-male industrial and engineering environments throughout my career in Europe, Asia, and North America. I was one of the few women in senior positions with high-level responsibilities. I would be happy to share my experience and help my female colleagues. Despite some progress, the representation of women at the highest level of the company is still missing. This is a cause that is particularly close to my heart and this is why I agreed to join Caroline and her team at Women in Parity.»

Nicole Piggott

Nicole Piggott
Human Resources Consultant

«I joined Women in Parity because I feel the responsibility, as a successful woman in a predominantly male industry, to do my share. I would like to set the stage for my two daughters so that they are always judged for their skills, their intelligence, and their achievements. I hope that our actions will help to ensure that their gender is not a factor in their career advancement.»

Robert Bonneau

Robert Bonneau
Co-fondateur et associé principal, Décarie Recherche de cadres

«”However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.”»― Winston S. Churchill

Louise Champoux-Paillé, C.Q., F.Adm.A., ASC, MBA

Louise Champoux-Paillé
Administratrice de sociétés certifiée

Pierre Gaston

Pierre Gaston
Chef d’entreprise

«”Leaders don’t force people to follow, they invite them on a journey. “» ― Charles S. Lauer

Suzanne Gouin

Administratrice de sociétés

Chantal Lamoureux, CRHA

Chantal Lamoureux
Directrice – Développement professionnel et qualité de la pratique, Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés

«As a CHRP and human resources professional, my role as well as that of my colleagues in the profession, is fundamental to transforming organizations and bringing them to achieve parity. I want to be part of the movement, to discover and deploy all possible means to achieve this goal, which will lead us to a fairer world. A world where all people can contribute to the success of organizations to their full potential.»

Behnaz Saboonchi, PhD, Eng.,

Behnaz Saboonchi
Management Consultant, McKinsey & Company

«As a professional woman and the mother of a girl who is to hopefully grow into a future leader in our society, I am passionate to play my part in building organizational cultures where women would advance faster towards higher leadership roles.»

Chantal Trépanier

Chantal Trépanier
PDG de SIM – Cognibox

«As an IT entrepreneur in a predominantly-male culture, I am proud to be able to contribute to Women in Parity’s efforts to achieve gender equality. From personal experience, I know that by focusing on diversity, together we can find better solutions and obtain superior results.»

Louise Dufour

Louise Dufour
Partner for the Women’s cause
(former HR executive)

« With men and women working together towards parity we will get there winners and in harmony. »

 

Mentoring Committee

Frank Bernard

Frank Bernard
Director, Business Development, Mercer

« High-performing companies have long understood that diversity within the organization is their secret weapon. »

Laure Cohen van Delft

Laure Cohen van Delft
Entrepreneur and Management Coach, SmartCoaching

«Opening as many doors as possible to women in decision-making roles in order to create a richer, more diverse, and more humane working environment together.»

Nathalie Deshaies

Nathalie Deshaies
Vice-présidente Développement philantropique grand public Fondation CHU Sainte-Justine

«I have always considered that the success as well as the evolution of an organization rest mainly in its capacity and its will to balance its forces.»

Cynthia Fortin

Cynthia Fortin
Directrice, Programme d’affiliation – Québecor Numérique

«To get involved in Female Governance is to give back to the following – I was in the first cohort of the Mentoring program. Women, and especially those in my field, digital marketing, must become aware of their value, communicate it and also support each other. Mentoring is a great way to help women achieve their career goals.»

Lydia Kwizerza

Lydia Kwizerza
Attachée politique du député Yves Robillard (député de Laval, Marc-Aurèle-Fortin)

«No one commits a greater fault than one who does nothing because he can not do much.»

Carolina Lerena

Carolina-Lerena
Senior Specialist, Human Resources, Bell

«Living out my passion through others’ development. Fostering their well-being by guiding them in the emergence and progression of their talents.»

Jonathan Plourde

Jonathan-Plourde
Managing Partner, Alexander Hughes

«I chose to join the mentorship program strategic committee in order to share my passion for mentorship and my desire to influence the next generation of leaders. It’s not always easy to “infiltrate” the closed circles of Boards, so a program like this makes it possible to acquire the skills needed to get closer!»

Sonia Poulin

Sonia Poulin
Associée, Audit, KPMG

«I am personally convinced of the importance of gender diversity within work teams as well as the integration of people of all backgrounds. For several years, studies have shown that organizations that ensure a good ratio of men to women at all levels of responsibility are better performing organizations!»

 

Communications Committee

Paul Crépeau

Paul Crépeau
Video production specialist, Communications Paul Crépeau

«As a communications and video production specialist, I am constantly working and collaborating with women. Personally, I have never perceived men and woman as being rivals or competitors. Quite to the contrary, I consider men and woman, in all aspects of life, as being part of the same human team. When combined, our different strengths and qualities simply make us stronger.»

Valérie Doucet

Valérie Doucet
Directrice Relations médias, Québec et provinces de l’Atlantique, BMO Groupe financier

«I am fortunate to work in a company that values ​​the advancement of women in the business community and Women in Parity allows me to support that and to include these values ​​to an inspiring and innovative organization. I hope to contribute to Women in Parity’s outreach and to promote the evolution and integration of women in business and in companies’ key roles.»

Sihem Neggaz

 
 Marketing and business development director Intuitives.

«Share, inspire, support and influence. Men and women have to work in complete harmony to promote diversity. Women in Governance have a creative mission to help reach a united road.»

Jeremy Pastel

Jeremy Pastel
VoxSun Telecom & BoostMyCom

«Participating in our society’s progress by promoting a variety of skills and talents, regardless of gender or origin.»

 

Louise Côté, Co-president, communication committee

Louise Côté
President, Associate, Lacosta Communication

«By working in the same direction with each person’s strengths, we are stronger together. Let us not be deprived of great potential simply for reasons of gender or origin. There are still so many great projects to realize in our society; open-mindedness is the essence of their success.»

Evelyne Côté

Evelyne Côté
Creative Director, Associate, Lacosta Communication

«Women in Governance, for me, proudly symbolizes the new found freedom acquired by our sisters who have advocated before us for this identity quest which is women rights in our societies.
It wishes to demonstrate, not only the progress made, but also the continuation of these joint actions for parity within companies and organizations. It is precisely to help advance this cause that I have bound myself to its deep values.»

Laurie Defoy

Laurie Defoy
Chargée de comptes chez TransPerfect à Toronto

«Balance within a team is vital at all levels. Women in Parity’s mission is highly positive and is pioneering in the field.»

 

Volunteer Committee

Marie-Josée Garneau

Marie-Josée Garneau
Industrial Psychologist, Manager talent management, learning and development. Standard Products.

« “Anything may happen when womanhood has ceased to be a protected occupation “- Virginia Woolf
Be a member of Women in Governance it is to continue to make the wonderful dream of freedom live that our elders left us in heritage. »

 

Comité Relations Gouvernementales

Karina Kesserwan

Karina Kesserwan
Avocate spécialisée en droit autochtone, Kesserwan Arteau

Louise Champoux-Paillé, C.Q., F.Adm.A., ASC, MBA

Louise Champoux-Paillé
Administratrice de sociétés certifiée

Édith Garneau, PhD

Édith Garneau
Researcher & Consultant

«Governance by women which is not yet properly valued in general motivates me to participate in concrete actions. Addition of a diversity of women including First Nations, Inuit and Metis women shall be my leitmotif.»

Comité Logistique Événementielle et Protocole

Sergina Guéry

Sergina Guéry
Présidente, Agence ÉvènemenCiel

«As a female entrepreneur, naturally, I can identify with Women in Governance’ mission, but above all, it’s the perfect combination of openness, courage, and passion that drives the founder, Caroline Codsi, which had led me to get involved and to truly believe that change is coming.»

Sonia Mrabet

Sonia Mrabet
Consultante indépendante en protocole et gestion d’événements

«Convinced that all individuals should enjoy the same rights to achieve their professional ambitions, regardless of their gender, Women in Parity has seduced me by its mission and its means of action focused on networking, mentoring, sharing experiences with inspiring women, and the rallying of men to the cause of parity. It demonstrates that it is possible to promote female leadership and a better gender distribution within decision-making positions without parading under arms or getting into aggressive feminist discourse.»

Josée Pelletier

Josée Pelletier
Education Coordinator, Group Retirement Solutions. Manulife

«I believe in the values and objectives of Women in Governance. I could not remain passive and decided to offer my services in order to assist in the advancement of women to board seats and other key positions.»

Kenny Dias Medeiros, CAPM


Implementation Manager, International Region, Morneau Shepell

« “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ―Margaret Mead »

 

Counsellor

Emmanuelle Létourneau, lawyer, LL.M., ASC

Emmanuelle Létourneau
President and founder, Enterprising governance

«Good governance practices, ethics, and social consciousness make up the trio of effective governance. Women have a vital role to play.»

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