Board of Directors

Board of Directors

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Céline Charbonneau

Presidente

Bachelor in Industrial Relations from the University of Montreal and holder of an MBA from the School of Management, University of Quebec in Montreal, Céline Charbonneau was a union advisor in various positions at the Confédération des Syndicats Nationaux (CSN) of 1998 to 2007. Member of Leucan since 1991, member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee from 1995 to 2003, new member of the Board from 2013 to 2018, she volunteered at the Leucan-CSN Summer Vol Camp from 1997 to 2016, at as an animator in the groups and photographer. A member of the Chronic Pain Association (AQDC) since its founding in 2004, a member of the Board since 2011, she has held the position of Treasurer and has been President since 2015. She has a particular interest in setting up support groups in Quebec.

Dre Aline Boulanger

Vice-presidente

Céline Charbonneau is also a board member. In addition to her regular work, she has been a union advisor and her interests span many areas. She has been an AQDC member since 2011. She is also actively involved in social and cultural issues.
Line Brochu

Vice-presidente

Line Brochu serves as one of two vice presidents of the Executive Committee. Since age nine, she has lived with an invasive abdominal ganglioneuroma for which she takes very strong medicationand receives regular injections. “I stopped working when I was 45 and it was hard on me. In 2004 I agreed to join the AQDC Board of Directors.”
Paul Nadeau

Secretary

Paul Nadeau is an independent organizational development specialist concerned with organizational change, team building, empowerment training, and corporate culture transformation. He started his studies in psychology at Université de Moncton, and supplemented this learning with the “Understanding of Group Dynamics” at Concordia University and Leadership Principles at McGill in Montreal. Throughout his career, he has continuously been surrounded with professional resources to remain relevant in his field. Paul has held senior level consulting and leadership positions in corporate/national environments. With 40 years of hands on experience in front line operations, in training, and development with corporations, and government agencies as well as with non-profit organizations, research center and consortiums, Paul’s passion continues to be to work with leaders who continuously develop their most valued people resources.
Linda Thellen

Treasurer

She has an undergraduate certificate in psychosocial intervention and a certificate in insurance risk management. She has long worked to serve others in her professional duties as well as her volunteer work. She worked several teaching jobs for SEMO and taught computer technology in various schools for adults, she has also been a volunteer with many sports organizations and continues to be a facilitator with the Association Québécoise de la Douleur Chronique. She has been suffering from acute chronic migraines for over 5 years, but she became symptomatic in her early twenties. She tried several treatments but has yet to find relief. However, she has not lost hope that one day there will be a medication or treatment that will relieve her pain and provide her with a certain quality of life.
Jacques Laliberté

President ex-officio

Jacques Laliberté has served as chair of the AQDC Board of Directors since its founding in 2004. He had a long career as a manager for a multinational oil company, working in positions ranging from managing director of subsidiaries to strategic planning consultant, as well as in sales and marketing. On April 25, 2013, Mr. Laliberté was awarded the Prize of the support of the Governor General of Canada, in recognition of his contribution as a volunteer.

THE ADMINISTRATORS

André Bourassa
André Bourassa, an educational orthopedagogue, taught elementary and secondary school students, and he followed children with hearing impairments. Over the years, he became a pedagogical advisor then vice-director and finally director of a primary school. Suffering from chronic pain since 2007, André has been involved with the AQDC for three years now. He has been a member of the Board of Directors since June 2017.
Manon Choinière
Dr Manon Choinière is a researcher with the Centre de recherche du Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal and a full professor at the Department of Anesthesiology with the Université de Montréal. Trained as a psychologist, she continued her doctorate and post-doctorate studies in the field of pain at McGill University. Her work in evaluative, epidemiological and clinical research focuses on the evaluation and treatment of acute and chronic pain with à diverse clientele of patients. Throughout the years, she gained a distinguished reputation and has been invited to speak at several national and international conferences. She is one of the founding members of the Quebec Pain Research Network and responsible for managing the Quebec Pain Registry, which provides a clinical research infrastructure for multidisciplinary pain treatment clinics.
Jocelyn Decoste
Jocelyn Decoste studied law, health and safety in the workplace. In 2005 he was the victim of an accident; until 2015, he suffered with chronic pain that was in part controlled with opioids. In December 2015, he underwent a quadruple cervical rhizotomy through thermal radiation that allowed him to gradually eliminate the need for pain killers. He is currently monitored by the CHUM’s pain clinic. In his personal capacity as well as a political assistant to the Honourable Stéphane Dion, Jocelyn has helped guide a number of people through the administrative steps to have their medical condition recognized and acknowledged. Jocelyn is convinced that those who are afflicted with functional limitations, such as limitations caused by chronic pain, can have an active and productive role in society.
Frédérick Dionne
Dr Frédérick Dionne, Ph.D., is a psychologist and professor at the Université du Québec in Trois-Rivières, as well as a researcher with the Quebec Pain Research Network of the Fonds de recherche Santé Québec. He authored the book “Libérez-vous de la douleur par la méditation et l’ACT” published by Éditions Payot.
Géhane Greis
Dr. Greis graduated from the faculty of medicine, Cairo University, Egypt in 1995. She successfully completed her residency in anesthesiology and intensive care in the year 2000. She then chose to pursue a doctorate degree in the field of pain management that she was successfully awarded in 2003. Since then, she has been working as a specialist in pain medicine. Upon her arrival to Montreal, she integrated  in the team of Dr. Aline Boulanger in the pain clinic of the Montreal university health centre as well as in the “Sacre-Coeur” hospital of Montreal. Dr. Greis is a board member of the Quebec chronic pain association “A.Q.D.C.” since 2015. Speaker and active member in several non profit organizations, she has been nominated as “Volunteer of the year” both in 2013 and in 2016, a certificate awarded by the Quebec’s national assembly. Her passion has always been to work for the wellbeing of the society and especially in the service of persons suffering from chronic pain.
Vincent Raymond
Vincent Raymond is Professor in the Department of Molecular Medicine at Université Laval School of Medicine in Québec City, Province of Québec, Canada. He received his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) in 1980 and his Ph.D. in Molecular Endocrinology in 1983 at Université Laval. Dr. Raymond then completed post-doctoral fellowships in molecular genetics at University of Oxford, The William Dunn School of Pathology, U.K. (1983-85) and at The Salk Institute in La Jolla, California, USA (1985-89). He is also Principal Investigator in the Department of Neurosciences and Director of the Genomics and Genetics Sequencing and Genotyping Platform at the CHUL Research Center (Centre Hospitalier de l’Université Laval), a component of Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Québec. Dr. Raymond’s research is focused on the identification of genes that cause ocular disorders and on the molecular mechanisms that lead to blindness. He studies very large French-Canadian families. Dr. Raymond recently discovered the first gene, which retards the onset of glaucoma by 5 to 10 years. This modifier gene offers a new approach to discover protective drugs to treat or prevent glaucoma. Dr. Raymond has published extensively in peer review journals and has written several textbook chapters. He maintains friendly relationships with ophthalmologists all over Canada.
Francine St-Hilaire
Francine St-Hilaire is secretary of the Executive Committee. Now 63, she has suffered from chronic pain for over nine years. She readily accepted when in 2007 she was asked to get involved in AQDC. “There is so much work that needs to be done to fight the stigma associated with the use of these drugs and counter the isolation of people with chronic pain and the prejudices they face.”

AQDC SECRETARIAT

Lyne Major
Lyne Major holds a college degree in office automation and received her Bachelor degree in Art History in 1995; she then began working at SPG in 1997 as a receptionist. Her career progressed quickly and she was promoted to junior association manager in the fall of 1998. Over the years, Lyne cultivated her skills and expertise in management and events planning while exploring new avenues to help SPG client associations move forward. She has also been working with AQDC since 2005. Lyne provided support to client associations allowing them to acquire official recognition from the Standards Council of Canada (SCC); she is also very interested in environmentally responsible events. In 2008, she accepted a position as executive assistant and then in May 2010, was promoted to Managing Director. In 2013 she became part owner of SPG and is its President and Managing Director. Her key motivation and what truly drives her is customer satisfaction. Lyne has maintained her responsibilities with her client associations and works to ensure the company’s continued growth.

FOUNDERS

From left to right sitting : Dre Aline Boulanger, Jacques Laliberté, Irène Couture 2e rangée : Louise O’Donnell, Marcelle Vézina Cadoret, Line Brochu 3rd row : Dre Manon Choinière, Yves Beauchamp, Lucie Moisan, Jean- Claude Lamouche, France Boulianne.