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 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.
Jean-Frédéric Lafontaine Atty
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.
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.
Dr. Patricia Hudson
Presidents, CEOs and general managers from public establishments
Donors and Volunteers
Collège des médecins du Québec
Dr. Jean-Marie Leclerc
Dr. Patricia Pelletier, MD, FRCPC
Scientific research community
Pierre Thivierge, CPA, IAS.A
Ordre des comptables professionnels agrées du Québec
Réal Couture, FCPA, ASC