Pierrette Lalonde, Chair
Ms. Lalonde has sat on the Board of Directors of Gestion Providentia since its creation in 2015, and has been Chair of the Board since 2016. During her many years of management experience in health and social services, Ms. Lalonde worked on projects relating to support; studies; mentoring; the reorganization of financial, building and technical services; and the performance analysis of clinical and administrative activities. Ms. Lalonde has also served as Director of Administrative Services and Interim Executive Director of the Centre jeunesse de Montréal – Institut universitaire, as Director of Planning for the Curateur public du Québec, and Vice-President, Administration and Finance, for Groupe Conseil Éduplus Inc. She has served on a number of boards of directors, including that of the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux (CISSS) de la Montérégie-Centre, Cégep Marie-Victorin, the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (Montreal Region), and the Association des Centres de services sociaux du Québec. Ms. Lalonde has a Master of Public Administration.
Lorette Beaudry-Ferland, Vice-Chair
Ms. Beaudry-Ferland has been Vice-Chair of the Board of Gestion Providentia since 2016. She started her professional career in the Francophone cultural sector in Manitoba before moving to the health care sector, particularly the delivery of French-language health care services in the province. She served as French-language services coordinator at St. Boniface Hospital and coordinator of Santé en français and contributed to the creation of the Consortium National de formation en santé at Université de Saint-Boniface. Her strong experience in health care management has helped Ms. Beaudry-Ferland in her role on the boards of directors of a number of institutions, such as St. Boniface Hospital, Centre Taché-Foyer Valade, Centre de santé Saint-Boniface, Catholic Health Corporation of Manitoba, and Catholic Health Sponsors. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Winnipeg.
Aldo Sylvestre, Secretary-Treasurer
Mr. Aldo Sylvestre has sat on the Board of Directors of Gestion Providentia since 2017. He has vast experience in the real estate sector. He joined the Canada Lands Company in February 2008 as Director, Real Estate. In this role, he worked on a number of projects for the Nouveau Havre de Montréal. Prior to joining the Canada Lands Company, Mr. Sylvestre was Vice-President, Consultation Services at NKF Devencore, where for 20 years he assisted many corporate and institutional clients in Canada and around the globe with strategies for real estate portfolio planning and the enhancement of surplus property assets. Mr. Sylvestre trained as an architect and graduated from McGill University’s School of Architecture. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario.
Me Carole Paré, Board Member
Ms. Paré has sat on the Board of Directors of Gestion Providentia since 2017. Thanks to her many years of practice in diverse environments and her advanced studies, Ms. Paré has extensive experience in her fields of specialization. She skillfully uses her knowledge of the law, administration and finance to carry out transactions and agreements relating to acquisitions, development, funding partnerships or brokerage. Prior to joining Delegatus in 2012, Ms. Paré was Senior Director of Partnerships at Maestro, a subsidiary of the Caisse de Dépôt et de placement that, at the time, was the largest owner and manager of seniors residences. She also served as Director of Legal Services at Sobeys Québec and Vice-President of Legal Affairs at NKF Devencore. Ms. Paré has been a member of the Barreau du Québec since 1987 and has a Master of Business Administration with a real estate option.
Sister Aurore Larkin, Board Member
Sister Aurore Larkin has sat on the Board of Directors of Gestion Providentia since 2016. She joined the Grey Nuns of Montreal in 1963 and became professed in 1966. Her journey is deeply rooted in the charism and mission of the Grey Nun’s foundress, Saint Marguerite d’Youville. Sister Larkin first worked in parish ministries and as a social worker in the Northwest Territories and Alberta. She has held various congregation leadership positions (provincial superior, provincial advisor), including ten years as Congregational Leader from 1996 to 2006. She continued her work with the underprivileged at community organizations in Montreal until July 2016, when she was again elected as Congregational Leader for five years. She has a Bachelor of Theology from the Newman Theological College in Edmonton, a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Calgary, and a Master of Arts from La Salle University in Philadelphia, with a concentration in marriage and family.
Manitoba, and Catholic Health Sponsors. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Winnipeg.
Yves Benoit, Board Member
Yves Benoit holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in health services administration with a major in health services management from the Université de Montréal. Self-employed since 2011, he has pursued studies in individual coaching and collaborative work, and acts as a coach, mentor and advisor to the Quebec health and social services network.
With more than 40 years in the health network, he has acted as Assistant Director of Community Health, Assistant Executive Director and Executive Director of various establishments in the network, including a general care hospital centre, a university hospital centre and a physical disability rehabilitation centre. He pursues mandates for the Health and Social Services Network. He has to his credit several years as a director on several boards of directors, particularly on governance and ethics, risk management and audit committees.
Francine Ducharme, Board Member
Francine Ducharme is a Doctor of Nursing. She is a full professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the Université de Montréal and a researcher at the Research Centre of the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal. She held the Desjardins Research Chair in Nursing Care for the Elderly and the Family from 2000 to 2015. A leader in the field of nursing care for seniors and their families, she was a national researcher for the Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec (2007-2011) and has directed the work of several master’s and doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows. Her work focused on health, quality of life and support interventions for family caregivers of seniors with cognitive problems. She served as Dean of the Faculty of Nursing from 2015 to 2020.
Hubert Gauthier, Executive Director
Hubert Gauthier is a manager of great talent and great experience. He has worked in the health and social services sector for almost 40 years. In addition to his undeniable skill, broad knowledge and emotional intelligence, he provides Gestion Providentia with invaluable skills in the area of change management. He brings people together and brings out the best in each of them. His incredible energy is why Gestion Providentia is so appreciated by its clients.►▼ See full profile
With a Master of Public Administration from the École nationale d’administration publique (ENAP), Hubert Gauthier has held different strategic roles in the Quebec health care network as Assistant Executive Director of Planning and Programming for the Regional Council of Health and Social Services for the Quebec region, Executive Director of the Montérégie Regional Council, and Assistant Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Health and Social Services. For six years, he acted as President and CEO of the St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg. He also attended several international courses on the decentralization of services, organization of emergency services, change management, as well as cultural and linguistic sensitivity in the delivery of health and social services.
He began working as a consultant at the start of 2005. He contributes a great deal of experience, especially in the area of change management. The many stakeholders he has met and worked with have given him extensive knowledge of the major trends and issues in health care and social services.
In recent years, Hubert Gauthier has worked and continues to work with religious congregations on strategic planning and strategic accompaniment. These congregations include, among others, the Grey Nuns of Montreal and the Sisters of Misericorde, the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Saint-Hyacinthe, the Dominican Brothers of Saint-Albert-le-Grand of Montreal and the Redemptorist Fathers of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré.
He has served on several boards of directors of provincial and national organizations, including the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and Canadian Nurses Association.
In 2007, the University of Manitoba awarded him an honorary doctorate of law.
Danielle Gratton, CPA, CGA, Assistant Executive Director
Danielle Gratton is a chartered professional accountant and talented manager who has worked for 30 years at various service companies and nonprofit organizations. She is a dynamic and committed professional who stands out through her human-focused and personalized approach.►▼ See full profile
A certified member of the Quebec CPA Order, Danielle Gratton started her career as an accounting intern at the accounting firm Lévesque Marchand Welch, SENCRL, where she gained experience in accounting, audit, and tax services.
She went on to become a controller for Les Jardins de la Montagne, a private real estate management firm that offers a range of services to the owners of residential and commercial complexes throughout Canada.
Her career then led her to a position as Controller and Director of Human Resources for Cartier Place Suite Hotel, a 235-room hotel complex in Ottawa, Ontario.
In 2000, she became a consultant and co-owner of Gestion Dynapro, where she led a team that offered a wide range of accounting and administrative services and financial management, including the implementation of accounting programs, the design and implementation of internal controls, budget planning, the implementation of accountability processes, as well as the development and preparation of financial reports. Her client portfolio included over 50 small and medium-sized companies in different sectors and particularly nonprofits such as the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada, the Agency for Co-operative Housing, and over 15 housing co-operatives.
In 2007, again as the co-owner of Gestion Dynapro, Danielle Gratton began working with the Grey Nuns of Montreal. This partnership prompted her to sell her shares in Gestion Dynapro to offer consultation services to the Grey Nuns. She then took on the role of Financial Director and supervises the team responsible for the congregation’s accounting and financial affairs. She also contributes to the development of the congregation’s strategic orientations.
In 2016, she helped create Gestion Providentia, for which she is now Assistant Senior Advisor.
Her many years of experience have given her invaluable managerial skills and essential abilities to manage and coordinate work teams. Her involvement with various organizations has let her develop skills to help Gestion Providentia’s clients in the development of strategic orientations and change management.
Jean-François Houle, Director of Operations
In addition to having a Bachelor of Business Administration with a finance option from Université du Québec à Montréal, Jean-François Houle received his Master of Business Administration with an international option as part of a joint program at Université du Québec à Montréal and Université Paris-Dauphine. His extensive background has made him a seasoned manager, and his skilled and creative contribution to Gestion Providentia has been significant.►▼ See full profile
For nearly six years, Jean-François Houle was a financial advisor for startup and expanding companies with Demers Beaulne, an accounting consultancy in Montreal. He often gives talks as a guest speaker on how to start a company.
In June 2000, he started working for the Société Quartier international de Montréal (Société AGIL OBNL since 2015), a nonprofit that manages between $20 million and $25 million annually in high-end urban and architectural development projects. The projects of Société AGIL OBNL include the Quartier international de Montréal, McGill Street, Square des Frères-Charon, Quartier des spectacles, the rehabilitation of the Mariners’ House, the renovation and expansion of the Museum of Ingenuity J. Armand Bombardier, the creation of the Fort de Ville-Marie pavilion, and the enhancement of the 100 linear metres of the William collector sewer.
As part of his duties, Jean-François Houle was involved in the management of various projects and was also responsible for the governance of the organization. He managed client requests, ensured client satisfaction and maintained the relationship and work climate in an environment where projects are often fast-tracked. Among other things, he was responsible for office administration, producing and monitoring budgets and preparing the organization’s or projects’ funding files with the main funding agencies.
In 2006, he was named Head of Quality and became responsible for reviewing all of the organization’s processes and management practices, which earned him an award of merit at the Grands Prix québécois de la qualité in 2007.
In 2008 and 2009, Jean-François Houle was an evaluator for the Grands Prix québécois de la qualité. Evaluators play a key role in the selection process for these awards.
Since 2018, as Director of Operations for Gestion Providentia, Jean-François Houle has ensured that the priorities established by the Board of Directors and the executive team are applied, all while managing corporate services, human resources, financial operations and facilities. He also oversees the implementation of client contracts and works on projects for various religious congregations.
Jean Légaré, CPA, CA, Finance and Accounting Advisor
Jean Légaré is a chartered professional accountant and talented manager who has over 30 years of experience at different service companies. He is a dynamic, involved and conscientious professional who is highly appreciated by his co-workers and staff. He builds on everyone’s strengths and constantly looks for ways to optimize processes while respecting individuals. His solid experience and entrepreneurial spirit make him an important asset when it comes to finding ideas that lead to innovative solutions.►▼ See full profile
Jean Légaré has a Bachelor of Business Administration with an accounting option from Université Laval. He also has a degree in accounting and has been a chartered professional accountant since 1987. He was first part of the international accounting consultancy Deloitte Haskins & Sells / Samson Bélair, where he served respectively as staff auditor, senior auditor for France, and finally senior auditor.
He was then the controller for the Chambre des notaires du Québec, the professional order governed by the Code des professions that is dedicated to protecting the public.
After working as a senior partner at Gestias, an outsourcing and administrative services management company, he became Director of Financial Management for MédiSolution, a company traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange that offers a full range of clinical and administrative computer products as well as professional services on the Canadian health market.
In 2000, he became the Director of Finance and Administration for Buzz Image Group, a Montreal animated visual effects and video post-production company for advertising video, TV , film and the web.
Vision Globale, a company with a range of services in film post-production, acquired Buzz Image Group, and Jean Légaré took on the position of Vice-President of Finance.
He then spent eight years as Director of Finance for the TV production company Point de mire.
Through many training courses on funding for companies at different development stages as well as courses from the Quebec CPA Order, Jean Légaré has taken a rich journey that has given him solid knowledge of both public sector and private sector management.
Éric St-Laurent, Director of Services for Eastern Quebec
In addition to a bachelor’s degree in social work from Université Laval in Quebec City, Éric St-Laurent holds a graduate degree in organizational management from Université Laval in Quebec City. Over the last few years, he has completed numerous training courses related to the management field, such as change management, coaching approach, performance management and many others.►▼ See full profile
For the past 21 years, Éric St-Laurent has held various management positions in the health and social services network, including the last 12 years as a senior executive in a director’s position. He worked for nearly 16 years in youth protection for youth centers, initially as a social worker, as a middle manager in various sectors, as assistant director, and 6 years as director of youth protection for the Centre Jeunesse du Bas-Saint-Laurent and the CISSS du Bas-Saint-Laurent. He then held the position of director of intellectual and physical disabilities programs for the CISSS of Bas-Saint-Laurent for 4 years.
Mr. St-Laurent has set up various programs for the development of managers in the health and social services network, but also for certain organizations. It has implemented a training and coaching program for the succession of managers. He has also acted as a coach for middle managers in the coaching program of the Centre Jeunesse de Québec and for the CISSS of Bas-Saint-Laurent. He has also been a management trainer on various subjects related to personnel management, planning, facilitation of team meetings and individual meetings.
He currently holds the position of Director of Operations for Eastern Quebec at Providentia Management. He supervises the team in place and carries out various strategic coaching mandates, including general management of religious congregations.
He is passionate about management and teamwork. His top priority is to meet the various needs of his clients and to ensure the quality of the services provided to them.
Mylène Laurendeau, Director, Archives and Collections Service
Mylène Laurendeau has a Bachelor of Arts in History from Université de Montréal and a Certificate in Archival Studies (with high distinction) from the École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l’information. She started her career as an archivist for the Grey Nuns of Montreal and then became the Director, Archives and Collections Service for the Grey Nuns. Her professional career as an archivist and then manager has allowed her to develop solid experience in handling historical archive holdings, providing services to researchers, drafting multiple policies and procedures, disseminating archives, and managing a multidisciplinary team. As a member of the Gestion Providentia team, she provides consulting services in archives management.►▼ See full profile
As Director, Archives and Collections Service, for the Grey Nuns, Mylène Laurendeau oversees the overall functioning of the Archives and Collections Service, plans and coordinates the work of employees and nuns, develops and drafts policies relating to the management of archives and collections, responds to internal and external research requests, handles the archive holdings according to Quebec’s archiving standards (Règles de description des documents d’archives), oversees interns, and coordinates the work of volunteers.
Before becoming Director, Archives and Collections Service, for the Grey Nuns and then joining the Gestion Providentia team in 2016, Mylène Laurendeau was an archivist with the Grey Nuns of Montreal from 2004 to 2016 as well as for the Society of the Priests of Saint-Sulpice in 2003.
Her non-work-related involvement also illustrates her enthusiasm and keen interest for her field. For example, she was a member of the Scientific Committee for the Guide d’accès aux archives religieuses published by the Québec Religious Heritage Council. For the past ten years, she has been a member of the Association des archivistes du Québec and the Regroupement des archivistes religieux.
She sits on the Archives Committee of the Québec Religious Heritage Council and is a board member for the Canadian Catholic Historical Association (CCHA). Since 2015, she has written the “Religious Archives” section of the CCHA newsletter.
Every day, this management team has the skilled support of a broader team of over 20 people.