Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is made up of volunteers from the business community and representatives from our founding cities.


Geneviève Desrochers, Eng., President and Founder

Retired engineer, 1988 graduate of Université Laval and member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec, Ms. Desrochers began her career in a consulting engineering firm as a structural engineer. In 1995, she started a recruitment company specializing in engineering positions, and in 2001, she joined Dotemtex Recherche de cadres as Vice President and Partner, a position she held until 2018. In 2011, with the assistance of a business group, she started Proanima.

Chantal Allinger, DMV, Vice-President

Ms. Allinger has been involved in small animal veterinary medicine for thirty-six years, including nearly thirty years as a veterinarian. She has about fifteen years of hands-on experience, in addition to several years in the industry and as the owner and manager of her own company. For about ten years, she was a member of the Association des médecins vétérinaires du Québec (AMVQ) Board of Directors, including five years as its president. For the past ten years, she has also been a member of the Board of Directors of Anima Québec. In addition, her participation in various committees and working groups on animal welfare in Quebec has enabled her to acquire an expertise that she has shared with Proanima since the very beginning.

Wendy Chavez, Lawyer, Administrator

Ms. Chavez has extensive experience as a legal counsel and training officer. She was an ambassador for the GroupedesTrente, promoting ethnocultural diversity among Montreal BODs. She was a director at SUCO and at the Carrefour Famille Hochelaga. She attended the programs of the Réseau jeunes femmes leaders and the Incubateur Jeunes administrateurs (Institute for governance of private and public organizations). In 2017, she took the Administrateurs de la relève course at the Regroupement des jeunes chambres de commerce.

Sylvie Gervais, CRHA, Administrator

Ms. Gervais has more than twenty years of experience in human resources and health and safety, and sits on the Boards of Directors of Unicel Architectural Corp. and of CSMO Mines. She has also been a trustee for Proanima since 2017 and heads the Human Resources Committee of Proanima’s Board of Directors. In 2018, she became Vice President of Human Resources for Quebec’s leading diamond mine, Stornoway. She holds a bachelor’s degree with a major in psychology from Concordia University, as well as a certificate in industrial relations from the Université du Québec à Montréal.

Caroline Lavallée, Administrator

Ms. Lavallée has over twenty years of experience in strategic consulting and communications. She has worked in a wide range of industries, including insurance and financial services, culture and health. Having implemented and managed community business investment programs, she understands the reality of NPOs. She has a degree in human resources management and public relations, as well as a university background in educational design and adult education. She is also a training officer, spokesperson and lecturer.

Éric Bédard, MBA, Administrator 

Mr. Bédard, a police officer by trade, has been working in the municipal sector for the past twenty-five years. He began his career as a patroller, with a primary focus on public service and citizen safety. He developed an interest in administration and human resources management, and completed a bachelor’s degree in Public Safety in 2011. His passion continued with an MBA from HEC Montréal in 2016. He is currently an inspector of professional standards for the St-Jean-sur-Richelieu police department, after having headed the Citizen Protection Division from 2014 to 2018 as an inspector, and the Criminal Investigations Division from 2010 to 2014 as a commanding officer. Given his position in the municipality of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu and his love for animals, his role as a trustee on the board is particularly meaningful.


Fannie Noël, MBA, Treasurer

With more than 20 years of experience in various sectors of activity, Ms. Noël is Director of Corporate Finance at the Business Development Bank of Canada. A valuable partner, she supports companies in growth, productivity and innovation initiatives. Involved in the business community, Ms. Noël sits on various boards of directors, including Proanima’s since 2017, where she heads the finance committee. She has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Université de Sherbrooke (2007).

Marie-Josée Salvail, Eng. M. Eng., Administrator

Ms. Salvail holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering (1992) and a master’s degree in engineering management (2001) from the Université de Sherbrooke. She worked for just over six years in the industrial sector as a project manager before moving into the municipal sector in September 1999. Initially head of the supply and mechanical division for the city of St-Bruno-de-Montarville, she was promoted to head the supply department of the city of Longueuil during the municipal merger in January of 2002. After structuring the new large supply department, which at the time served the seven former cities that had become boroughs, she was appointed Director of Public Works for Boucherville, a position she has held since April 19, 2004.


Caroline Pagé, Administrator

Ms. Pagé holds a bachelor’s degree in urban planning, which she obtained in 1993 from the Université du Québec à Montréal. She is a member of the Ordre des urbanistes du Québec and has been working in the field of urban planning for over 27 years. She began her career as a municipal inspector for the town of Shawinigan-Sud, before working for nearly 10 years as Director of the Planning Department in the town of Lac-Mégantic. She later held the position of project manager for a private office in Montreal, the position of urban planner for the town of Saint-Philippe, and that of assistant director for the town of Beloeil. During these years, she has, among other things, made several regulatory overhauls of urban planning regulations. She was also a director of the Association québécoise d’urbanisme for 4 years. Since 2015, she has been part of the Town Planning, Environment and Sustainable Development Department of the town of Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, as Head of the Regulation, Permits and Inspection Division.


Gaby Jodoin, CRIA, Administrator

Holder of a bachelor’s degree in industrial relations from Laval University, Mr. Jodoin worked for more than twenty years as a human resources manager for organizations such as Agropur, Cargill Foods and Danone. He joined the city of Longueuil as Deputy Director General of Community Services in September 2018. A new corporate member of Proanima’s Board of Directors since December 2020, he will provide the team with his expertise in the municipal sector, resources people and organizational performance.


Ghislain Cossette, MBA, Administrator

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Me Robert Williamson, Administrator

Me Williamson has been a notary since 1993 and specializes in business law (business sales and financing) and corporate law (corporate reorganizations, share sales, shareholder agreements). He is a sought-after legal advisor for the entrepreneur and he favors contacts with other professionals, such as accountants and tax specialists, in order to provide complete service to his clients. Naturally, he is a member of several organizations of business people and in particular, of the Chamber of commerce of the south shore of Montreal. Since 2006, he sits on the board of directors of the PME INTER NOTAIRES network, which brings together more than 250 notaries and 400 collaborators throughout Quebec.


Natacha Bouvier, MBA, Administrator

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Luc Olivier, CPA, Administrator

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Call for Nominations for Proanima’s Board of Directors

About us

Since 2012, Proanima has been placing animal welfare at the heart of all its actions and decisions. As a non-profit organization, it welcomes, cares for and temporarily shelters stray or abandoned pets from its partner cities. It does its best to find the owners of lost animals. Involved in the community, it aims to reduce animal overpopulation by raising public awareness, sterilizing and identifying animals. Using a careful pairing process between adopters and animals, Proanima ensures the success of each adoption, because “Adoption for life isn’t foolish!” Proanima is proud to say that, to date, it has saved nearly 14,000 animals!

Roles and Responsibilities

By respecting governance best practices, trustees manage the organization’s business with care and caution. The Board of Directors must ensure that the organization fulfills its mission and complies with the relevant laws. It must also ensure that financial affairs are managed properly.

The Board uses its powers by means of resolutions adopted at a meeting in which the quorum is met, or by means of written resolutions signed by all the trustees.

The active members of the Board must comply with the following admission standards:

  • Must endorse Proanima’s mission
  • Must fill out the application form
  • Must not be an employee of Proanima
  • The application must be approved by the Board of Directors
  • Must not put Proanima in a position of conflict of interest, or make it appear to be so
  • Must not present a conflict of interest, or the appearance of a conflict of interest, with Proanima
  • Must be able to contribute to Proanima through their profession, expertise, network, experience and/or knowledge
  • Must be able to volunteer the time needed to properly carry out their duties on the Board of Directors, including:
  • Actively attending the regular meetings of the Board of Directors
  • Actively attending the special meetings of the Board of Directors
  • Participating in one or more committees as needed
  • Providing occasional support to the Executive Director as needed
  • Ability to listen, work in a team and actively look for solutions.

What we are looking for in our trustees

  • A good sense of ethics
  • No significant conflicts of interest and no legal impediments to carrying out their duties on the Board
  • Experience on a Board of Directors
  • IT/Web expertise, and/or
  • The availability required to carry out their duties effectively
  • Experience in a non-profit organization is an important asset

Term of office and commitment:

The trustees sit for a renewable two-year term. The Board meets physically four times each year, holds conference calls as needed and requires participation on a related committee.

How to apply:

Please send a cover letter and your resume to Ms. Genevieve Desrochers, Eng., President of the Board, at the following email address: