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Appointee Biographies

Ontario French-Language Educational Communications Authority (TFO)


Jean Lépine is a seasoned communications, government relations, investor relations and sustainability executive leading teams in healthcare, legal cannabis, family entertainment (DHX.TO), private equity and asset based lending, public relations, organic food, electronics (NYSE:HAR), beverage alcohol (NYSE:BUD) and innovative pharmaceuticals (NYSE:AZN). He has 20 years’ experience working in industry in Canada, the US and Europe and another 10 years in various roles within Canada’s Federal and Provincial Governments (Ontario). He earned a Masters’ degree in Business Administration from the Ivey School of Business - Western University (EMBA 2002) and a Bachelor of Social Sciences with a minor in political science from uOttawa. He has appeared before a parliamentary committee on legislative matters, on news programs and authored several articles on public policy topics. He volunteers as the Alumni Committee Chairman of the nationally ranked uOttawa Men's Hockey Program.


Dominique O’Rourke is a city councilor of ward 6 for the City of Guelph, a founder and principal for Accolade Communications, and teacher of Conestoga College for School of Business. Dominique’s community involvement includes serving as a founder for Réseau-Franco Guelph.


Maxim Jean-Louis is President—Chief Executive Officer of Contact North, Contact Nord since 1996. He currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of Renewed Computer Technology. Also, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Board of Governors of Laurentian University, the Board of Directors of the Sudbury Art Gallery and of l’Association de l’Hopital Montfort. He is Chair of Online Learning 2019: Learning & EdTech Expo, Teaching & Learning in the Digital Age.


Yannick Lallement holds a doctorate in artificial intelligence. He has been a Director of Data Science at Scotiabank since 2018. He has 20 years of experience in this field, and has held several positions in private, public and non-profit organizations.


Julie Lantaigne has held several positions over the course of her 25-year career in the health sector. She brings to Council the perspective of someone who started her career in Temiskaming Shores and who, through progressive leadership roles, has gained broader insights on the health needs of Francophones living in a minority setting. She follows in the steps of former Chair, Mariette Carrier Fraser, who devoted her time and energy over a decade to build a strong foundation for the Council’s future tasks.


Dominique Giguère is a Councillor for the County of Elgin, a Deputy Mayor for the Township of Malahide, and a Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer for Currents Group Inc. - Org. Development Consultants for Non-Profits. Dominique’s community involvement includes serving as a board member for Elgin Stewardship Council.


Frédéric Duguay became the first General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) in November 2018. In this capacity, Frédéric is responsible for leading the legal affairs, the corporate secretariat, as well as the compliance functions and regulatory activities of the CIB. Before joining the CIB, Frédéric was a Partner with Hansell LLP, where his practice focused on advising boards of directors, shareholders and management teams on matters involving special situations, stakeholder relations, board effectiveness and the development of governance policies and practices. Frédéric also held progressively more senior positions with the Ontario Securities Commission advising on matters concerning corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, shareholder rights and disclosure obligations.


As a proud bilingual Franco-Ontarian, Michelle is a strategic and experienced change management leader who has worked in large, multi-stakeholder environments under intense public scrutiny. Michelle is a CPA, has a MBA, and is a Chartered Corporate Director. She has over twenty five years of senior management experience in the public sector including CAO and VP with Legal Aid Ontario and VP of Corporate Affairs and CRO with Ontario Deposit Insurance Corporation. Michelle joined TFO in June 2019, assuming several strategic positions, in finance, human resources, legal, and supporting the Board of Directors. Michelle has been Acting CEO at TFO since May 2021. Michelle is a board member on several non-profits organizations. “Michelle’s business acumen is characterized by her stellar multidisciplinary skills, and innovative strategic thinking abilities with both operating in a framework of remarkable leadership skills.” Quote: Robert Ward, ex-President and CEO, Legal Aid Ontario