Our Directors

The Hélène Tremblay Lavoie Foundation is leading the way to ensure Francophones in the Toronto region have access to a long-term care facility and health care services in French. We are guided by a dedicated Board of Directors, which includes the Honorable David Crombie, former Mayor of Toronto, as well as many other invaluable volunteers.

Meet our Board of Directors:

Sylvie Lavoie, BBA, CGA
President and Chair

Sylvie Lavoie has been a member of the Certified General Accountants of Ontario since 1992. She completed her Bachelor in Business Administration from York University in 1976 after completing her studies in the Bahamas and Boca Raton, Florida. Her experience in accounting, internal audit, and with accounting systems and operations includes Canadian General Electric, Ultramar Canada, and Tupperware Canada. Since 1989 she is a consultant and as such, she helps small and medium enterprises to choose software, implement it, and train personnel to manage their own financial affairs.

Sylvie has taught at Seneca College part time and was treasurer of the Toronto Hydroplane and Sailing Club for two years. Sylvie was treasurer of Les Centres D’Accueil Heritage from 2008 until March 2011.

The Honorable David Edward Crombie, PC, OC

David Edward Crombie is a Canadian politician, professor and consultant. He was a lecturer in politics and urban affairs at Ryerson in the 1960s. David, along with John Sewell and others, became a leader in grassroots movements that favored improving social services and prioritizing community interests. He was elected to Toronto’s city council in 1970 and was the 56th Mayor of Toronto from December 1, 1972 until November 1978. He left City Hall in 1978 winning a Progressive Conservative seat in the Canadian House of Commons. He served as Minister of Health and Welfare. He served as an MP until 1988. He then returned to urban affairs as head of the royal commission on the future of Toronto’s waterfront.

Throughout the 1990s, David served in various advisory capacities to city and provincial governments relating to urban issues in the Toronto area. On May 13, 2004 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Guylaine Jaeger, Clinic Coordinator

Guylaine works as Clinic Coordinator for the Credit Valley Family Health Team new expansion, “Site B” which provides French Language Health services to the Francophone Community of the Halton Peel region. Previously, she was Project Director at the Centre de services de santé Peel et Halton Inc. (CSSPH) where she served on various committees and focused on the promotion of French Language Health Services in the Peel Halton Region. She has also served as Deacon on the Board of her church.

Guylaine has a degree in Translation and in teaching French and English as second languages. She also has a degree in Orthotherapy. Guylaine is honored to be part of the Board of   the Hélène Tremblay Lavoie Foundation in helping improve access to long-term care and services in French for our community.

William A. King, J.D., Barrister and Solicitor

William A. King has practiced law for over 35 years. He graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1971, articled at Edison, Aird & Berlis (now Aird & Berlis LLP) and returned there following the Bar Admission where he stayed until mid 1976. He then founded his own practice, primarily focused on corporate law, real estate, wills, powers of attorney and estates, and has remained a sole practitioner to the present.

William has served on the Board of The North Toronto Hockey Association and was a founding member and director of the Canadian Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths.

Rudy J. Mattiuz, Senior Executive

Rudy J Mattiuz was educated in Montreal, attending Sir George Williams University (now Concordia).

He joined Electrolux in 1975 in the position of Assistant to the President and completed projects and studies required prior to the implementation of programs or adoption of amendments to policy or procedure.

Appointed Vice President-Treasury Operations in 1983 and reorganized all Departments prior to the conversion of all data to a computerized system. In 1986 the office tower of the Treasury Operations was destroyed by fire operations resumed in a temporary location in six days. Five months later all the departments were located in a new permanent location.

In 1988 he was appointed Vice President – Corporate Operations and in1989 became a member of the Board of Directors, the post from which he later retired.

Jacques Naud, MBA

Jacques Naud is Vice President at Knowledge First Financial. He is a Senior Executive with over 30 year’s leadership experience in the banking industry. He was previously vice-president at the National Bank of Canada for many years. He is also president of JN Marathon Consultants Inc., President at Forum pancanadien sur le développement économique francophone canadien and member of the Board of Directors of Fondation de l’hôpital Montfort, Club Canadien de Toronto, Théâtre français de Toronto and Alliance Française de Toronto.

Benoit Paré

Benoit Paré is a product manager at Sanofi Pasteur. He has been working in sales and marketing in the publishing and pharmaceutical industry for over 15 years, with Pfizer, Pharmascience and Quebecor.

He also was part of the founding members of the Montérégien Rehab Center Foundation, on Montreal South Shore, of which he was president from 2007 to 2010.

Honorary Co-chairs

Louise Pitre

Louise Pitre is Canada’s first lady of musical theatre, famous for countless Canadian and US performances, including her 2002 Tony award performance in Mamma Mia, and more recently her appearance as a judge on CBC’s “Over The Rainbow” series.

Louise is the winner of a National Broadway Touring Award, a New York Theatre World Award, a San Francisco Theatre Critics’ Award, a Betsy Mitchell Award and four Dora Mavor Moore awards, all for best performance by a leading actress in a musical.

Since earning her Honours BA in Music Education (piano) from the University of Western Ontario, Louise has become the proud recipient of honorary degrees from the Royal Conservatory of Music and Humber College along with a Doctorate of Music from the University of Western Ontario.

Sylvain Landry

Sylvain Landry is an opera singer, conductor and collector of art established in Toronto since 2000. In 2006 he opened with his wife Joanne Thompson, the Thompson Landry Gallery located in the Historic Distillery District.


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