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.


Martine Carré

Corporate Director
Leucan Member

With a master’s degree in the humanities and social sciences from UQAM and certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD), Martine Carré has principally worked in the health sector, first as a clinician and then an administrator. For more than 15 years, she has made her expertise available by serving as a director for various corporations. She also handles professional management mandates.

In particular, she served as the Chair of the Leucan Board of Directors for three years, chaired the governance human resources committees, and served on the audit committee of that organization until May 2014. She oversaw a major overhaul of the administrative structures and governance rules of this prominent charitable organization.

In recent years, she has also contributed to the implementation of several private investments as a shareholder in Québec start-up companies.

Martine Carré has been the Chair of the Héma-Québec Board of Directors since January 10, 2013 and has served on the Board since December 2007, as the recipients’ representative. She also chairs the human resource and remuneration committee. Under her leadership as chair, the organisation’s mission and mandate were expanded to include any biological product of human origin, including mother’s milk.

She complements her management activities with her involvement in causes pertaining to the environment, particularly as a member of the environmental advisory committee for a municipality in the Laurentides region.


Jean-Frédéric Lafontaine

Director, Government Relations–Québec
AstraZaneca Canada Inc.

Jean-Frédéric Lafontaine holds a Bachelor degree in Sciences from McGill University and a Bachelor and a Master degree in Law from Université de Sherbrooke. He is also a graduate from the Institute of Corporate Directors and the McGill Executive Institute.

After working for five years either at the Assemblée nationale du Québec or in the Gouvernement du Québec as political advisor, Jean-Frédéric Lafontaine transitioned to the pharmaceutical industry where he still provides his services for the last 12 years.

More recently, Jean-Frédéric Lafontaine started offering his services as member of the board of directors for the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec, Héma-Québec, BioQuébec, the Quebec Network for Personalized Health Care and the NEOMED Institute. Jean-Frédéric is also involved in various life science organisations such as Montréal InVivo and Innivative Medicine Canada where he acts as vice-chair of the Quebec Regional Committee.

Jean-Frédéric Lafontaine is also involved in his community by leading several projects in the context of the 350th anniversary of his hometown Boucherville.

Mr. Lafontaine is representing the business community on Héma-Québec’s Board of Directors since March, 2016, and has served as its Vice-chair since December, 2017.


Smaranda Ghibu

Acting President and Vice-President, Public Relations and General Secretariat 

Smaranda Ghibu holds two Bachelors of Law (Civil and Common Law) from McGill University; she began her career at Borden Ladner Gervais in commercial litigation where she specialized in civil liability and insurance.

Subsequently, she joined the Canadian Red Cross Society in 1997 as in-house counsel at its headquarters located in Ottawa.

She founded Héma-Québec’s legal department in September 1998 where she has been working since. In 2013, she added to her responsibilities, the Public Relations Directorate and, in 2016, the Risk Management Directorate.



Martine Carré

Corporate Director
Leucan Member

Public health

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


Smaranda Ghibu
Acting President and Vice-President
Vice-présidence aux relations publiques et au secrétariat général

Presidents, CEOs and general managers from public establishments

Caroline Barbir, CHE
President and General Manager
Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de Laval

Donors and Volunteers

Wilson Sanon
President, Founder and Regional Director
Association d'anémie falciforme du Québec

Collège des médecins du Québec

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

Dr. Patricia Pelletier
Banque de sang de centre désigné en transfusion
Centre universitaire de santé McGill

Scientific research community

Anne Bourhis
Full Professor
Département de la gestion des ressources humaines
HÉC Montréal

Business community

Caroline Banville
Partner, Consulting & Deals

Jean-Frédéric Lafontaine

Senior Manager, Government Relations–Québec
AstraZeneca Canada inc.

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

Ordre des comptables professionnels agrées du Québec

Cindy Dumas-Lavergne, CPA, CA
Auditrice interne et coordonnatrice en gestion des risques
Société québécoise des infrastructures