Board of Directors


Héma-Québec’s Board of Directors is composed of administrators from various sectors representing the product manufacture and distribution chain, from the donor to the recipient.


Anne Bourhis

Full Professor
Department of Human Ressources Management 
HEC Montréal

Anne Bourhis holds a PhD in Organizational Behaviour from the University of Illinois and an MSc in Human Resources Management from the HEC Montréal. She is a professor in the Department of Human Resources Management at the HEC Montréal and served as department head from 2006 to 2012 and director of the Master of Management Sciences program from 2013 to 2016. Her research focuses primarily on staff recruitment and selection.

Ms. Bourhis is a contributor to several Quebec and Canadian organizations in the area of new recruitment and selection practices. A sought-after speaker at various professional and scientific conferences, she is a member of several scientific associations. She has been a member of Héma-Québec’s Board of Directors since 2017 and has chaired the Human Resources and Compensation Committee since 2018. Ms. Bourhis assumed the role of Chair of Héma-Québec’s Board of Directors on December 4, 2019.

She has also been a member of the Board of Directors of Investissement Québec since 2014.

Vice Chair

Jean-Frédéric Lafontaine Atty

Senior Director
TACT Conseils

Jean-Frédéric has a proven track record and sought-after expertise in the life sciences sector, clinical research, the biopharmceutical industry, and artificial intelligence in health care. Drawing on his extensive knowledge of that ecosystem and his skills in strategic planning and governance, he contributes to organizations’ performance and is able to get the various stakeholders on board for developing projects and moving them forward.

In the context of his previous professional activities, whether as a political advisor to the National Assembly or in a large pharmaceutical company, Jean-Frédéric has consistently worked at rallying people around common goals. Among other things, he was involved in creating and expanding the NEOMED Institute and, more recently, in aligning Montreal’s artificial intelligence sector with the pharmaceutical industry. He sits or has sat on multiple boards of directors, including the Fédération des Chambres de Commerce du Québec, Héma-Québec, BioQuébec, the Regroupement de soins de santé personnalisé du Québec (RSSPQ), the NEOMED Institute, and Arion Orchestre Baroque. He is also Chair of the Board of Directors of the Quebec–Clinical Research Organization in Cancer (Q-CROC).

Jean-Frédéric Lafontaine holds a Bachelor of Science (Neurobiology) from McGill University plus a Bachelor and Master of Laws from the Université de Sherbrooke. His Master’s thesis dealt with changes in the rules regarding obtaining consent in clinical research. Jean-Frédéric also received corporate director certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Since March 2016, Mr. Lafontaine has been a member of Héma-Québec’s Board of Directors as a representative of the business community. He has been its Vice-Chair since December 2017.


Nathalie Fagnan

President and Chief Executive Officer

Nathalie Fagnan holds a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from HEC and is a member of the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés. She has held several executive-level positions within internationally renowned service companies and currently serves on the boards of La Presse and the Théâtre Prospero/Groupe La Veillée. Until recently, she was executive vice-president and chief operating officer at Publicis North America, a world leader in communications and consultancy services for major transformation projects.

Previously, Ms. Fagnan was vice-president and chief operating officer at the firm Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton (RCGT), where she played a strategic role in the major transformation of the organization.

Prior to joining RCGT, she worked for more than 15 years at Publicis Canada where she held several financial management positions. In the nine years before leaving the firm, she served as executive vice-president, chief financial officer and member of the Canadian management committee.



Daniel Tremblay
Fondation de la greffe de moelle osseuse de l'Est du Québec

Public health

Dr. Patricia Hudson 
Scientific Director
Direction des risques biologiques et de la santé au travail
Institut national de santé publique du Québec 


Nathalie Fagnan, CPA, IAS.A
President and Chief Executive Officer

Presidents, CEOs and general managers from public establishments

Caroline Barbir
President and General Manager
Centre hospitalier universitaire Sainte-Justine

Donors and Volunteers

Jacques Gédéon
Association des bénévoles du don de sang, Outaouais section

Collège des médecins du Québec

Dr. Jean-Marie Leclerc
Centre hospitalier universitaire Sainte-Justine

Dr. Patricia Pelletier, MD, FRCPC
Director of Transfusion
Medicine Service 
Centre universitaire de santé McGill

Scientific research community

Anne Bourhis
Full Professor
Department of Human Resources Management
HEC Montréal

Stéphanie Austin
Full Professor
Department of Human Resources Management
École de gestion, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

Business community

Caroline Banville
Partner, Consulting and Deals

Jean-Frédéric Lafontaine Atty

Senior Director
TACT Conseils

Pierre Thivierge, CPA, IAS.A
President, Octium Solutions inc.
CFO, Quadra chimie ltée

Ordre des comptables professionnels agrées du Québec

Réal Couture, FCPA, ASC
Corporate director