MONTREAL, June 6, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - During the IRCM Foundation's
annual general meeting which was held yesterday, the directors elected
a new Foundation President, André J.P. Couillard.
"I proudly accept this new responsibility," says Mr. Couillard. "I have
been a member of the IRCM Foundation's Board for four years, during
which time I had an opportunity to learn more about the Institut de
recherches cliniques de Montréal and the importance of the research
conducted here. The IRCM is truly a major research centre not only in
Montréal, but one that reaches worldwide. I consider myself privileged
to be able to contribute to its development by supporting, through the
IRCM Foundation, its research projects, technological development and
The outgoing President, Alain Mayrand, took stock of the years he passed chairing the Board and presiding
over the Foundation (1999 to 2013). He also thanked all Board members
for their support and collaboration.
In addition, the directors elected three new Board members: Marie-Line Beauchamp, President of the St-Hubert Group's Restaurants division, Françoise Bertrand, President and CEO of the Fédération des chambres de commerce du
Québec, and Robert Dupont, Partner at Heenan Blaikie law firm. They also thanked Joseph Paulin
and Emmanuel Triassi, who decided not to renew their mandates.
About André J.P. Couillard
André J. P. Couillard is Vice-President of Optimum Talent Executive
Search. He previously held several executive positions in Operations
and Human Resources for national and international corporations. Mr.
Couillard has been a member of the IRCM Foundation's Board of Directors
since 2009 and is President of the ad hoc Recruitment Committee.
About Marie-Line Beauchamp
Marie-Line Beauchamp has been President of the St-Hubert Group's
Restaurants division since March 2013. She has extensive experience in
the field, namely as Operations Manager at Quaker, Sogsabec and
Marriott, and as Executive Vice-President for Global Operations
Management at Sodexo Canada, and Vice-President of Sustainable
Development at Sodexo Paris.
About Françoise Bertrand
Françoise Bertrand is President and CEO of the Fédération des chambres
de commerce du Québec (federation of Quebec's chambers of commerce).
She has over 30 years of experience in senior management for major
organizations. For example, in 1996, she became the first woman to
chair the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission
(CRTC). She is currently Chairperson of the Board for Quebecor Inc.
About Robert Dupont
Robert Dupont is Partner at Heenan Blaikie law firm. Mr. Dupont
previously worked for Canadair Limited (today Bombardier Aerospace
Limited) in both the Human Resources and Labour Relations departments.
He is a member of the Barreau du Québec and the Canadian Bar
Association. In 2011, 2012 and 2013, he was recognized as one of
Canada's leading lawyers in the area of Labour and Employment Law by
the Best Lawyers in Canada directory.
About the IRCM
The IRCM (www.ircm.qc.ca) is a renowned biomedical research institution located in the heart of
Montréal's university district. Founded in 1967, it is currently
comprised of 37 research units and four clinics specialized in
cholesterol, hypertension, cystic fibrosis and diabetes and obesity.
The IRCM is affiliated with the Université de Montréal, and maintains a
long-standing association with McGill University. The IRCM Clinic is
associated to the Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal
About the IRCM Foundation
Also created in 1967, the IRCM Foundation (www.ircm.qc.ca/fondation) raises funds to support the institute. The major fundraising campaign,
Give for Life, aims to support the IRCM's research priorities in upcoming years. The
campaign's objective has been set at 15 million dollars.
SOURCE: Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (IRCM)
For further information:
You can find the new members' complete biographies and the list of other IRCM Foundation Board members by visiting the website www.ircm.qc.ca/fondation.
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