The Honorary Patron
Ms. Sophie Desmarais is a philanthropist known in the musical field for her involvement with the musicians of the Université de Montreal’s Big Band since 2007, as the "Coeur à Coeur" annual concert producer.
She continues her involvement with youth. All forms of bullying are a major problem in Quebec and in all other areas of the country as well. Personally involved with Fondation Jasmin Roy against bullying and "Kids Help Phone", Ms. Desmarais is presently starting a pilot project with youth in the area of Charlevoix. She will personally support this project, which is dear to her, in order to support bullying victims and bring information to groups of youth about the risks and the disastrous consequences of bullying.
Management board members
Jasmin Roy, president
Born in 1965, Jasmin Roy is a well-known Quebec actor, host and author. Part of Quebec's cultural environment for more than 20 years, multi-talented, curious and an unfailing advocate of liberty of expression, Jasmin Roy bears a mission of justice for the future of our society. Known for his direct style and his drive, he is also a columnist and an event producer. Graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, Jasmin Roy has an impressive filmography. Today, as founder and president of Fondation Jasmin Roy, he plans to ensure a healthy and safe environment for Quebec students by supporting all citizen initiatives that fight school discrimination and violence.
Christian Bolduc, LL.B., CFRE, administrator
Co-founder of BNP Strategies and member of the Quebec Bar since 1991, Mr. Bolduc is a Certified Fundraising Director of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). In particular, he increased his knowledge at the renowned Fundraising School University of Indiana. As an consulting expert since 1995, he contributes to spreading the influence of BNP Strategies in the philanthropic world by being a member of the philanthropic standards implementation committee of the Quebec Standards Office. Committed leader, he maintains privileged links with decision makers.
Claudine Bouchard, secretary
Claudine Bouchard is director of process management and operations support for Hydro-Québec Distribution. For more than 15 years, Ms. Bouchard has managed a number of diversified teams at Hydro Québec. She has conducted many organizational transformations and delivered many strategic projects, while being recognized for the quality of her accomplishments.
Holding a Bachelor of Sciences, a Master’s Certificate in Communication-Marketing, and a Master of Business Administration, Claudine Bouchard also has a strong knowledge base in complex communications and negotiations. Highly motivated by her desire to contribute to community development, she has been active for several years with numerous boards of directors of business, educational and cultural organizations.
Danielle Boulet, treasurer
Danielle Boulet graduated in Industrial Relations at University of Montreal and has been a member of the Ordre professionnel des conseillers en ressources humaines. Since 1998 she has managed a partnership between the FTQ, the Fonds de solidarité FTQ and the Quebec government for the creation of summer jobs for students through the Fonds étudiant solidarité travail du Québec I et II.
A thoroughly engaged citizen who is passionate about the outlook for youth, Danielle has been a commissioner of the Commission scolaire Pointe-de-l'Île since 2007, is a board member of CEGEP Maisonneuve and Fondation de la Pointe-de-l'Île which promotes staying in school. Though proud of these endeavors, Danielle says that her daughter fills her with happiness and is her greatest success story.
Jean-François Aubry, vice-president
Having gained experience in the his family's business, Jean-François Aubry and his business partner decided to start their own business, Groupe 3R, in 2010. Groupe 3R is a general contractor specializing in residential design and renovations. It now has about 15 employees with headquarters in Montreal's Griffintown district.
In addition to his role as company CEO, Jean-François is very involved in several non-profit organisations. Since 2012, he sits as the business and self-employed segments' representative on the Regroupement économique et social du Sud-Ouest (RESO) board of directors. Youth welfare has always been a concern of Jean-Francois's. In the early 2000s, he was a founding member of Carrefour jeunesse-emploi des Pays-d’en-Haut and vice-president of Forum jeunesse des Laurentides. In 2004 and 2005, he sat on the board of director of the Caisse populaire des Pays-d’en-Haut.
Jean-Francois's leadership and entrepreneurial spirit were recognized at the Quebec Entrepreneurship Contest's 13th edition, during which he placed first locally as well as regionally (Montreal). He also won a Young Promoter title in 2011.
Esther Bégin, administrator
Professionnelle chevronnée de la communication, Esther Bégin possède au-delà de 20 ans d’expérience en journalisme et animation. En tant qu’entrepreneure, elle cumule avec succès des mandats variés et ponctuels dans le domaine des médias.
À titre de chef d’antenne à la télévision, elle a réalisé des centaines d’entrevues avec les grands décideurs du Québec et du Canada, tels premiers ministres, ministres et chefs d’entreprises, de même que les leaders économiques, sociaux, culturels et environnementaux.
Elle est reconnue et respectée pour avoir animé des dizaines de soirées électorales, que ce soit sur la scène québécoise, canadienne ou américaine, et pour son expertise dans l’animation de breaking news et d’événements spéciaux de l’actualité. Elle était notamment à l’antenne dans la foulée des attentats terroristes du 11 septembre 2001, de la guerre en Irak et lors des fusillades au Collège Dawson et à l’Université Virginia Tech.
De New York, où elle a vécu de 2009 à 2012, elle a collaboré à plusieurs médias québécois (Radio-Canada, La Presse, 98,5 FM, Yahoo!Québec, CNV radio internet, les magazines Châtelaine et Ricardo) en tant que journaliste, analyste, reporter, blogueuse et chroniqueur de l’actualité américaine.
Depuis son retour à Montréal, elle a animé deux émissions d’affaires publiques à l’antenne de VTélé. Elle tient actuellement un blogue dans le Journal de Montréal dans lequel elle commente quotidiennement l’actualité québécoise, canadienne et américaine, en plus d’être fréquemment invitée à titre d’analyste et paneliste auprès de différents réseaux de télévision et stations de radio du Québec.
Esther Bégin possède 2 baccalauréats de l’Université Laval : un en droit et un autre en sciences politiques. Elle fut admise au Barreau du Québec en 1989. Elle a complété un certificat professionnel en Leadership et gestion des ressources humaines à l’Université de New York (NYU) en avril 2011. Elle a publié en 2013 Carnet d’une flâneuse à New York, 2ième édition - revue et augmentée - un best seller, rassemblant plus de 125 coups de coeur dans la Big Apple.
Mathieu Cloutier, administrator
Mathieu Cloutier has been an advisor on variable income equity and asset allocation for the Fonds de solidarité FTQ since January 2007. He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Finance from Université de Sherbrooke and is a CFA Charterholder.
Though never a victim of bullying, Mathieu is very sensitive to the harsh fact that bullying leaves far too many youths emotionally scarred for life. He believes that as adults our responsibility is to do all we can to ensure children can grow in a positive environment, in other words a fun, stimulating and safe one.
Whether a neighbour, passer-by, family member, teacher or parent, we all have the ability and moral duty to act when needed. By doing so together, we can win the battle against the unacceptable behaviour that is bullying.
Caroline Girard, administrator
With a degree in finance at UQAM, Caroline Girard now has over 13 years of experience in real estate management as Vice President of Operations and Development. Two years ago,she joined Galion Gestion Développement Immobilier Inc. a corporation that develops projects in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors. This Quebec company is experiencing remarkable growth and has assembled a substantial property portfolio. Caroline has been named one of the “Incontournables” of commercial real estate in 2014 by the “Premières en Affaires” magazine for her various achievements in recent years. She is energised by new challenges and does not hesitate to follow her instincts.
This consummate negotiator, uses that skill set at home with her young son who is in elementary school. Caroline is actively involved with him in many sports so she felt concerned by the little disagreements between young children of that age. She has all the required qualities to be an asset to the Foundation. Giving our children good values is an art she says. It is a lifelong goal and commitment.
The Administration Team
Allain Basque, project lead
Allain Basque, an Acadian, was born in Campbelton, New Brunswick, in 1973. After two years studying communications at the University of Moncton, he studied theatre at cégep Saint-Hyacinthe to complete his education and spent some time at the Pro Chant School. Since, he was called upon to become graphic researcher for Just for laughs Live. Through the years, he got involved with many Montreal GLBTT events. He also held the artistic director position of one of the largest Montreal gay bar, SKY, for six years. Furthermore these strong and rich experiences, Allain Basque holds direct marketing training, as well as fundraising specialized training.
Mylène Isabelle, project lead
Mylène Isabelle graduated in communications at Conservatoire Lassalle and UQÀM, and has worked as an assistant director for several TV productions at TVA, as a staging assistant for a few Juste pour rire / Just For Laughs galas, and as artistic coordinator and stage manager for several live shows. After meeting Jasmin Roy in Toronto during a show's staging, she was invited to be artistic coordinator and stage manager of the Foundation's first three benefit shows. In January 2015, Mylène Isabelle joined the Foundation as project manager for the Grandes Rencontres series of awareness training sessions.
Julie Ciccone, accounting clerk
Julie Ciccone completed a Diploma of Vocational Studies in Accounting in 2014, during which she did an internship at Fondation Jasmin Roy and was later hired as an accounting clerk. In 2016, she graduated from Dawson College with a Diploma of College Studies in General Social Science, on top of having completed the requirements for the certificate in Women's/Gender Studies. During her time at Dawson, she also was the lead student coordinator of the college's first edition of the International Women's Week. Julie is currently an Anthropology student at Concordia University.