Board of directors
Board of directors
  • Denis Laframboise, President

    Denis Laframboise is a bilingual senior executive with over 40 years of experience in the cooperative movement. After working 29 years for the Caisses populaires de l’Ontario, hebecame president and Chief Executive Officer of Your Credit Union in Ottawa, a position he held until his retirement in 2013. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge on leadership, team building, strategic planning, business expansion and organizational restructuring. Actively engaged in his community, his commitments include chairing the board of the Monfort Hospital Foundation and serving on the Montfort Hospital, Ficanex, Ottawa Hydro, the Fédération des caisses populaires de l’Ontario boards, and several other regional, provincial and nationalorganizations.

  • Julie Tremblay, Vice-President

    Julie Tremblay was born and raised in Kapuskasing, a bilingual town in Northern Ontario. She completed her post-secondary education at La Cité Collégiale in Ottawa, Ontario in graphic design which led her to work for an award-winning Internet solution and public relations firm for 7 years. As part of a large organization, her role was not limited strictly to design. Driven by the need to integrate design and user experience, she would always seek to find that perfect balance. Working for international brands such as Bell, SunLife, Disney, Gatorade, McCain, Yahoo!, Ernst and Young, GlaxoSmithKline and Cingular helped her understand and appreciate the importance of creating value for an audience. Julie had the opportunity to take part in training to moderate and facilitate Creative Brainstorming sessions, thus transmitting those skills of creativity, expanding brand possibility and stimulating constructive thinking.

    In 2007, Julie established JT&Co, a virtual company specializing in website design, application development, digital and print content, collateral creation and branding. Joining the Tug McGraw Foundation in 2004 as a volunteer graphic designer and brand consultant for the board of directors has given her immeasurable experience and an ever-growing client base.

    Julie is very active in her community as a volunteer and worker? (not sure about the term). She is currently the vice-president for the Kapukasing and District Chamber of Commerce. She was also part of the organizing committee for the festival de la St-Jean de Kapuskasing with the goal to further develop and celebrate the francophone culture in her home town. She has also give numerous workshops and has taught at the local community collège. Her search for the perfect branding for her clients makes her a well respected person amongst her colleagues and peers. Her energy and vibrant will to learn makes her a sought-after professional.

  • Martine Bélanger, Secretary

    Originally from Québec City, Martine Bélanger’s life and career flourished in the province of Ontario. Having mastered both the French and English languages was an asset and played an important role in her personal, cultural and professional development.

    As an established business relationship professional, Martine brings a depth of leadership and negotiation skills. Her role of Relationship Manager at RBC has opened opportunities to create an impact within the organization. Martine analyzed the root cause of operational gaps; researched best practice and developed cost-saving solutions aligned with strategic plans. Her approach to negotiations achieves win-win results and nurtures strong partnerships. In that way, she negotiated contracts, service level agreements and proposals with business partners resulting in improved operations and return on investments. She also created Business Continuity Plans and Disaster Recovery Plans for several lines of business. These documents were published for reference in the organization’s Policy and Procedure Library, to ensure employee compliance andreduce risks. Additionally, Martine has invaluable experience from working in the role of in the role of Senior Business Analyst for CIBC. Here she managed projects relating to new products launches. She also covered a mandate in Human Resources where she managed the operations of the Learning and Career Centre.

    On a personal level of interest and career growth, Martine also provides business-consulting services to entrepreneurs. For example, working closely with a fashion designer, she researched export solutions to expend the business to Europe and reviewed the current business model. The uniqueness of this fashion house is the ethical production and fair trade commerce, which aligns with her values. Her work also took her to the Paris Fashion Week events to meet with buyers and provide support in the French language.

    Giving back and helping others has been a constant in Martine’s life. She regularly volunteerswith Million Dollar Smiles, a non-profit organization that helps children with cancer and terminalillnesses. She also supports Feed It Forward, women’s shelters and United Way with time, talentsand donations. Martine has a wide range of interests that keep her on a quest to learn, encourage opportunities and welcome travel.

  • Norman St-Amour, Treasurer

    Norman St-Amour studied business administration at the Royal Military College of Canada and at Laurentian University. He obtained the FCI designation from the Credit Institute of Canada and the AICB designation from the Institute of Canadian Bankers.

    Norman was employed in the financial services industry with Household Finance, The Continental Bank of Canada and General Motors Acceptance prior to joining the team at Caisse populaire North Bay in 1982 as a loans officer. He held the position of assistant manager and branch manager before assuming the position of general manager in 1986.

    He is active in his community as a board member of YES employment services, Home Ownership Affordability Partnership, RDÉE Canada - Le Réseau de développement économique francophone du Canada (Francophone Economic Development Network of Canada) and a member of various committees.

  • Kathleen Royer
    Kathleen Royer, Administrator
  • Annie Ste-Croix
    Annie Ste-Croix, Administrator

    Annie Ste-Croix is a native of Moonbeam in Northern Ontario, a bilingual community where she was raised. She completed her post-secondary education in Linguistics and Sociology at the University of Ottawa and has most recently graduated with an MBA from Athabasca University of Alberta.

    As a manager in operations, communications, policy development and risk management in the public service, Annie has gained strong leadership and client service skills. In a variety of roles, Annie has developed solutions that have resulted in cost savings and strategic success. She has drafted and negotiated contracts and service level agreements with business partners, resulting in improved operational efficiencies and multi-million dollar savings.

    Annie operates a tourism and marketing business with over 50 active clients. In addition, Annie volunteers as treasurer for Gloucester Cumberland Ringette Association, since volunteering and caregiving is important to her.

  • Audrey Debruyne
    Audrey Debruyne, Administrator

    Audrey Debruyne is originally from France. She holds a Master's degree in cultural development and heritage, a Bachelor's degree in e-commerce and a Bachelor's degree in multimedia and communication. When she arrived in Canada in 2012, she realized during her participation in the World Forum of the French Language organized by the l’Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie that it would be in her best interest to leave Quebec to work in an English-speaking province in order to become an ambassador of the French language and Francophone cultures.

    She arrives in Thunder Bay in 2012 to work as Communications Officer at the Association des francophones du Nord-Ouest de l'Ontario. She quickly became involved in the Club canadien-français de Thunder Bay, of which she became president in 2015. While continuing the tradition with the club's flagship activities, she initiated the slam nights and the project "Oraliture, jouer avec les mots" (Let's play with words) with the creation of the Thunder Bay Francophone Choir. In 2015, she joined the Conseil scolaire de district catholique des Aurores boréales in charge of identity construction and began her social and cultural columns on Radio Canada's Le Matin du Nord for almost two years.

    In 2017, she became a communications officer for the school board and initiated a turning point at the CCF, which became the Club culturel francophone de Thunder Bay. Advocating openness to others, respect for traditions, transmission of heritage and inclusion of immigrants, Audrey Debruyne likes to create links and connect people to each other. "Making the invisible visible" is her leitmotif.

    She received the City of Thunder Bay's "Citizens of Exceptional Achievement Awards Winners" in 2018 and in 2019 was named Chevalière de l'Ordre de la Pléiade by the Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie (Ontario).

  • Marcel Blanchard, MBA, Administrator

    Mr. Blanchard holds an MBA from Queen's University and certificates in municipal law, municipal administration and management of emergency measures. Mr. Blanchard, now retired, began his career in the construction industry where he worked as a project manager for several years. He then held the position of Regional Operations Director at the National Capital Commission. He was then appointed Chief Administrative Officer of Russell Township. He held this position for almost ten years, after which he returned to federal employment. He worked in the office of the Auditor General of Canada for a few years and subsequently held a senior position at Public Works and Government Services Canada. He was also treasurer and member of the board of theAssociation française des municipalités de l’Ontario from 2001 to 2003. He brings many years ofexperience in business and human resources management, public administration, strategic planning and leadership.

  • Jeanne Fortilus, Administrator

    Jeanne Fortilus is an economist and human resources professional. She has been teaching, researching and developing course content in business administration and economics at the post-secondary level for about ten (10) years. 

    She occasionally offers consulting services to organizations in several managerial and administrative functions (survey and HR data analysis, report, proposals and request for funding writing, meeting/workshop facilitation, motivation and mentoring, ect.).

    She has completed a PhD in social/economic sciences at the University of Nantes in France, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Fredericton in New Brunswick, and other graduate studies and certificates in social sciences and management. Jeanne is very active in the Niagara Region’s Francophone community after having been involved as coordinator of several community projects in the region and has served on the Board of Directors (BOD) of Entity 2. Jeanne currently sits on the SEO Board of Directors as a Director and Chair of the Governance Committee.

  • Leon Bila, Young non-voting administrator

    Leon Bila holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Université Sainte-Anne in Nova Scotia.  He held the position of Student Services Officer at Université Sainte-Anne, Halifax campus. He facilitated the academic and socio-economic integration of newly arrived students by developing guiding tools, organizing welcome to Canada activities and developing partnerships with local organizations, the municipality, police services, and others.  

    He worked in finance and insurance at Storm Insurance Group before becoming an economic development and marketing officer with the Association des Francophones du Nord-Ouest de l'Ontario (AFNOO). He is active in the community as an organizer of socio-cultural activities, secretary of the Board of Directors of the NovoCentre in Thunder Bay and Board Member of The Caribbean African Multicultural Association of Thunder Bay (CAMAT). He is a former student representative for administrative sciences at Université Sainte-Anne.

    Outside his professional and community activities, Leon plays francophone music, plays sports, cooks, researches and stays awaken to discover new things, learn more and to develop new skills.