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Diverse, inclusive and dynamic: Université de Sudbury welcomes eight new members to its Board of Governors

SUDBURY - The Université de Sudbury is proud to announce the appointment of eight new members to its Board of Governors, fulfilling the “by and for” governance of the institution. The university is very pleased to have a diverse and representative Council, with nearly 60% of its members from equity-seeking groups (EDI).

“The profiles of these new members are tangible proof of the dynamism, commitment and diversity of the Franco-Sudburian community,” said Serge Miville, President and Vice-Chancellor of the Université de Sudbury. “Their expertise and experience will be an undeniable asset to the work and reflections of the Board and to the transition of the Université de Sudbury into a French-language institution “by and for” Francophones.”

New members include Dr. Claire-Lucie Brunet, Gouled Hassan, Charles Humphrey, Kim Morris, Jean-Marc Spencer, Léo Therrien, Christine Pagé and Rose-Lyne D'Aoust-Messier. They come from a wide variety of sectors, including health, the economy, business, community, arts and culture, and education. These sectors will be strengthened within the Université de Sudbury’s Board of Governors.

“The appointment of these new members over the past few months is in response to the university’s transformation as a French-language institution. This new reality must be reflected in the Board of Governors,” said Pierre Riopel, Chair of the Board. “These new members have been at the Board table for several months now and I am pleased to welcome them and thank them for their commitment.”

In addition to Mr. Riopel, the Board is composed of Donald Obonsawin (Chancellor), Serge Miville (President and Vice-Chancellor), Edmond Paquette (Vice-President) and Mohammed El Mendri (student representative).

The Board of Governance is responsible, among other things, for adopting and reviewing strategic priorities, identifying and developing policies and setting financial objectives that support the University’s goals and mission.


Docteur_Claire-Lucie_Brunet.jpg    Dr. Claire-Lucie Brunet holds a doctorate in medicine from the University of Ottawa in addition to an honorary B.A. and an MSc from Laurentian University. Since completing her specialization in family medicine at the University of Manitoba, Claire-Lucie has worked in Timmins, Toronto, Dryden, Ignace and Australia, eventually ending up at the Centre de santé communautaire du Grand Sudbury in 1998. Brunet was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and was selected as the Franco-Ontarian personality of the year by the ACFO du grand Sudbury in 2015.
 Gouled_Hassan.jpg   Gouled Hassan holds a BA in Business Administration with an option in Finance and a BA in Economics from Laurentian University. He is originally from Djibouti, East Africa. Gouled is the project coordinator for the Contact interculturel francophone de Sudbury. He is a member of the board of directors of the Coalition des noirs francophones de l'Ontario, a school trustee with the Conseil scolaire public du Grand Nord de l'Ontario and also participates in the AGIR Table of the Assemblée de la francophonie de l'Ontario.
 Charles_Humphrey-crop.jpg   Charles Humphrey is an advanced care paramedic and pre-hospital researcher with nearly a decade of experience in post-secondary education in English and French. He has served on many public sector boards and committees and is the federal Conservative Party’s official candidate for the riding of Nickel Belt. Francophile, Charles has always been passionate about French language and culture and lives in Azilda with his wife and two daughters.
 Kim_Morris.png   Kim Morris holds a BA in Political Science from Laurentian University, a Communications degree from Cambrian College, and a Master’s in Strategic Communications from McMaster University. She held the position of Dean of the School of Health Sciences at Collège Boréal for 10 years. Kim is the Chair of the Board of Simulation Canada and Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario. Kim recently started her own communications company, KMcommunication.
 Jean-Marc_Spencer.jpg   Jean-Marc Spencer holds an MBA from the Université de Moncton, a certificate in strategic leadership from Laurentian University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers. Earlier in his career, Jean-Marc worked in the banking sector as a general manager for Caisse Desjardins for over 35 years and as an assistant manager for National Bank of Canada. He has served on several boards, including the Health Sciences North Hospital.
 Léo_Therrien.jpg   Léo Therrien, a leader and great visionary, has been working in international development and health in Greater Sudbury for more than 35 years and for the past three years as the founding executive director of Place des Arts du Grand Sudbury. A graduate in social work, he has worked to develop his community at the local, provincial and international levels. He contributed to the evolution of Maison La Paix, an organization dedicated to HIV-AIDS. Under his leadership, McCulloch Hospice subsequently doubled its capacity and now provides end-of-life care to 20 residents and their families.
 Christine_Pagé-crop.jpg   Christine Pagé holds a BA in French Studies and History, a BA in Education and an MA in History from Laurentian University. Committed Franco-Aboriginal and member of the M'chigeeng First Nation of Manitoulin Island, she teaches at l'École secondaire catholique l’Horizon at the Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario and is a member of the Ontario Teachers' Association’s Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace Advisory Committee. In May 2022, Christine shared her master’s research project at the National Indigenous Education and Reconciliation Network conference.
Rose-Lynn_DAoust-Messier.jpg   Rose-Lyne D'Aoust-Messier is a PMI® management professional with a college diploma in business administration with a marketing option from Northern College. She is currently President of RLDM Consulting Inc. and works in the community and economic development of Northern Ontario, including with many Indigenous nations in the region. She has served on the North-East Training Commission as an education representative and has worked in several community organizations. She is currently a member of the Kirkland Lake Multicultural Group and a member of the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce.
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