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President

Jean-François Mongeau

Jean-François has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2016. A financial advisor by training, he is director of North American retirement programs for a multinational manufacturing company. Passionate about education and financial security, he does not hesitate to get involved in causes that are close to his heart.

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Board Member

Stéphanie Dubé-Desrosiers

Lawyer and former participant of a year program in Australia, Stéphanie is actively involved in the AFS organization. Her experience has been her gateway to the international arena, which has led her to participate in numerous international projects, study abroad sessions and to work for several years on a project to support training in natural resource management in the Congo Basin led by Université Laval.

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Treasurer

Luc Pilon

Luc Pilon is a Chartered Professional Accountant and currently works as a freelance corporate controller. He has over twenty-five years of experience in financial reporting, international accounting standards and information technology. He has also worked in financial and personnel management in the manufacturing sector. In the past, he has worked for Cascades (2007 to 2011) and Logistec (2011 to 2018). He completed a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) at HEC Montreal and is a member of the Ordre des Comptables Agréés du Québec (CPA, CA auditor). Appointment to the Board of Directors: in 2006 (non-industry director) Audit Committee (Chair) in 2008.
He has been a host family twice.

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Board Member

Emmanuelle Lebeau

Emmanuelle Lebeau has been a real estate broker in Montreal for more than 10 years. Prior to that, she worked for many years as a project manager for international cooperation organizations in Canada, Latin America and Africa. Graduated in sociology, she is passionate about international exchanges, culture and education. A former AFS participant in Colombia in 1996, she became involved as a volunteer upon her return, first as a trainer and then as a counsellor. She has served on the scholarship committee and conducts several selection interviews with participants and host families. She has been a member of the AFS Board of Directors since 2019.

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Board Member

François Le May

A dynamic and bilingual professional manager and accountant, François Le May has nearly 30 years of diversified experience in administration, finance and accounting in the areas of charity management, training and professional services. He currently works for an architectural firm in Montreal as Director of Administration and Human Resources. Prior to that, he worked for more than 10 years in charitable organizations as Director of Administration where he was responsible for reporting to regulatory bodies.

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Marie Mazerolle

A geographer by training, Marie is passionate about history, culture and adventure. She participated in the year program in Panama in 2003-2004 with AFS. Upon her return, she became involved as a volunteer in the organization. Her personal, academic and professional career then led her to experience other international experiences, notably in Europe and Chile.

In 2014, Marie completed her master’s degree in business administration (M.B.A.). She became involved in her community and served on the board of directors of the “Centre de Solidarité Internationale – of Saguenay- Lac-Saint-Jean” for a few years. She is currently a coordinator at the Farmers’ Union

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Board member

Félix Vivas

Originally from Venezuela, Félix takes off with the 1998-1999 promotion to Germany Upon his return, he became a volunteer with AFS Maracaibo, his local chapter, and was then involved in local coordination as well as in sending and welcoming participants. In 2005, he joined the national board of directors of AFS Venezuela. Since 2017, he has been involved with AFS Interculture Canada, as a volunteer in the scholarship selection committee, as a coach for mentors of young people who participate in the Intercultural Certificate Achievement and as an facilitator for pre-departure training. Social communicator by profession and television specialist, Félix works for a national telecommunications company.

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Board member

Sofia Akende

A leadership development strategist, Sofia holds an undergraduate degree in Human Resources and a Master’s degree in Management and Organizational Development.

Sofia specializes in Performant Leadership Development. Her journey between Africa, Europe and North America has allowed her to develop the cultural intelligence that every leader must demonstrate in a context of diversity and inclusion. Sofia has always demonstrated the traits of a leader of heart and vision.

At the head of several philanthropic projects and having held for ten years management positions in large organizations in Canada, it is during this ascent that Sofia discovers the impact of coaching on her professional development

She wants to ensure that all women had access to such resources to develop professionally and personally. She is the founder and CEO of Perle de Leader.