La Fiducie de patrimoine culturel des Augustines

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Who
are we?

On October 1, 2009, the Fédération des monastères des Augustines founded the Fiducie du patrimoine culturel des Augustines, a social trust with charitable status. The deed that created the trust safeguards the wishes of the Augustinian sisters and makes the general public the primary beneficiaries. The sisters have also bequeathed to the public their oldest monastery – i.e., the Hôtel-Dieu de Québec – as well as the collections and archives from their 12 monastery hospitals. The Fiducie’s mission is to preserve and showcase the heritage and legacy of the Augustinian Sisters of Quebec for the population as a whole and for generations to come.

The Fiducie also pursues a social and cultural mission with seven components, five of which are in the health and community sectors and two in culture and heritage. To continue the sisters’ work of caring for others, within today’s context, the Fiducie intends to offer respite to family caregivers, provide support to professional caregivers, provide support and accommodations for individuals accompanying patients from remote regions, recognize the dedication of volunteers working in the field of health and social services, and lend encouragement to groups committed to caring for and serving others. Through the cultural component of its mission, the Fiducie will ensure that young people from underprivileged communities and low-income individuals enjoy facilitated access to the Augustinians’ exceptional heritage. It will also promote access to the sisters’ archives and build awareness of this fascinating chapter of Quebec’s past.

Since January 1, 2013, the Fiducie has been the owner of the monastery of the Hôtel-Dieu de Québec, located in the heart of Old Québec. The property has been designated as a National Historic Site of Canada and classified as a heritage site under the Quebec Cultural Heritage Act.

In March 2013, the Fiducie began major rehabilitation and restoration work on the Monastère des Augustines. The work was completed on August 1, 2015. Since then, this invaluable place of memory bequeathed by the Augustinian sisters and inhabited by them for over 375 years has been open to the general public. Le Monastère des Augustines, a non-profit organization, manages and operates this haven of culture and well-being by offering visitors a unique experience and living contact with the sisters’ heritage, which has been impeccably preserved by the community.

Our
assets

Since January 1, 2013, the Fiducie has been the owner of the Hôtel-Dieu de Québec monastery, one of Canada’s National Historic Sites and a Heritage Site under Quebec’s Cultural Heritage Act. The Fiducie will progressively be entrusted with the collections and archives of all 12 of the Augustinian Sisters’ monasteries.

Our
funding

Thanks to a generous endowment
fund set up by the Augustinian
sisters and transferred to the
Fiducie, each donation will
make a big difference.
That’s because every penny
of this funding will be
earmarked for the Fiducie’s
social and cultural mission
and none of it will go to the
Fiducie’s administration.

100% of donations go to priority projects

Our
trustees

Members
of the board
of directors

Gilles Gingras, CPA, CA, IAS.A, Consultant

President

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From 1987 to 2013, Gilles Gingras, CPA, CA, was a partner with Deloitte LLP in certification and consulting. From 2002 to 2010, Mr. Gingras sat on Deloitte’s Canadian Board of Directors and its finance, governance and risk committees. During the course of his career, he also acted as a lead client service partner for publicly traded and private companies, and was in charge of several mandates in mergers and acquisitions, financing, and tax, succession and financial planning. Mr. Gingras is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Geomega Resources Inc., a publicly traded corporation, and Chair of the Audit Committee. He also sits on various management committees and serves as an advisor for private companies. Gilles Gingras has in-depth knowledge of a number of activity sectors, namely, manufacturing (clothing, lumber, etc.), technology, agri-food, mining and religious communities.

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David F. Blair, Lawyer and partner at McCarthy Tétrault

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David F. Blair obtained his Bachelor of Law (LL.B) from Université Laval in 1979 and was called to the Barreau du Québec in 1980. A partner with McCarthy Tétrault, he represents various Canadian, American and European partners in the trucking, bus and railway sectors, as well as in mining. He also represents companies in private merger and acquisition transactions and in the retail trade, and is active in the field of family governance and trusts. Mr. Blair was President of the Literary and Historical Society of  Quebec and the Morrin Centre for 13 years. He is the Chancellor of the Anglican Diocese of Quebec and a member of the Conseil pour l’avancement of the Faculté des sciences de l’administration of Université Laval. He also served as Secretary of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Société du 400e anniversaire de Québec. David F. Blair received the Order of Canada in December 2013.

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André Couture, Chair of the Board of Directors Sanimax

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André Couture is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Sanimax, a 900-employee family-owned business specializing in the reclaiming and renewing of organic material. For more than 25 years, André has held management positions within the company, leading its transformation from a single-plant renderer into a transnational business, while ensuring a smooth transition from the second to the third generation of shareholders. André has served in several leadership roles in the National Renderers Association and the Fats and Protein Research Foundation. He also sits on the Board of Directors of both St. Lawrence University and François de Laval College. In 2008, Ernst and Young recognized André’s professional acheivements and granted him the Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Manufacturing).

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Yves-Thomas Dorval, President and CEO, Conseil du patronat du Québec

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Yves-Thomas Dorval is an outstanding administrator who has more than 30 years of experience in public affairs and sustainable development. Since 2009, Yves-Thomas Dorval has been President and CEO of the Conseil du patronat du Québec. Previously, he held various management positions with world-leaders in the manufacturing, pharmaceutical and public relations sectors, as well as one of the top companies in the area of life and health insurance. He holds degrees in economics, industrial relations and public relations from Laval University, where he eventually taught for a few years. He is a certified ACS (Administrateur de sociétés) with the Collège des administrateurs de sociétés and is accredited by the Canadian Public Relations Society. He also currently sits on a number of Boards including that of the Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail du Québec. In addition to having worked overseas – and in Europe in particular – he has had speaking engagements in a number of countries.

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Michel Gervais, O.C., O.Q., Ph.D., Consultant

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Michel Gervais spent most of his career at Université Laval, first as a research professor and then as Vice-Rector Academic and Research (1982-1987) and Rector (1987-1997). His rectorship was marked by tremendous progress in research and higher education at Laval. He chaired the Conférence des recteurs du Québec, the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, the World University Service of Canada and the Association internationale des universités de langue française, now known as the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie. From 2000 to 2008, he was in charge of the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Québec, and he currently chairs the Association québécoise d’établissements de santé et de services sociaux (AQESSS). Michel Gervais has written over 50 publications and several hundred papers, and received honorary doctorates from many universities. He was also named Officer of the Order of Canada, the Ordre national du Québec and the Ordre national du Mérite (France). He chairs or sits on several boards of directors at the national and international level and was recently accepted into the Académie des Grands Québécois.

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Geneviève Marcon, Co-President, GM Développement inc.

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Geneviève Marcon is Co-President of GM Développement inc., a company that acts as a landlord, developer and manager in the real estate sector. Ms. Marcon has played a role in revitalizing the Saint-Roch district in Québec City by leading several restoration and construction projects designed to transform this neglected neighbourhood into an attractive urban setting. Ms. Marcon studied industrial relations at Université Laval and has left her mark on the retail sector. Firmly believing in her vision of development for Saint-Roch, she opened the Benjo toy store in 1995. It has since become a reference in the toy sector. Ms. Marcon sits on the Board of Directors of Québec International, a regional economic development agency, and is an administrator at Québecor Média inc. Due to her participation in several social and cultural organizations, she is recognized for her involvement in the community.

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Sr. Sylvie Morin, A.M.J., General Assistant and Bursar, Fédération des monastères des Augustines

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Sr. Sylvie Morin entered the Order of the Augustinian Sisters in 1980 at the Monastère de Roberval in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean. Nurse since 1993, she worked at the Hôtel-Dieu de Roberval until 1998. Then, she was a missionary in Haïti from 1998 to 2000 and in Paraguay from 2001 to 2006. Back in Roberval, she took administrative responsibility as she held the position of in his community until 2010 and that of Superior from 2010 until 2014. On September 16, 2014, she was elected General Assistant and Bursar of the Canadian Fédération des Augustines. 

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Sr. Lise Tanguay, A.M.J., Superior General, Fédération des monastères des Augustines

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Sr. Lise Tanguay entered the Order of the Augustinian Sisters in 1965 after having completed her nursing studies. She worked at the Hôtel-Dieu de Québec hospital in various capacities, as a nurse and an administrator. After completing specialized training in psychiatric care, she became the head nurse of the hospital’s psychiatric unit, a position she held for 10 years. Since 1985, at the request of her community, Sr. Lise has taken on a number of administrative responsibilities, as a member of the board of the Fédération des Augustines and as Superior of the Hôtel-Dieu de Québec monastery. Since 2000, she has been a representative for the Order of the Augustinian Sisters in the development of the project Le Monastère des Augustines. On September 16, 2014, she was elected Superior General of the Canadian Fédération des Augustines.

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Michel Verreault, Consultant with Verreault Inc. and Corporate Director

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In the 1970s, after completing his studies in law at Université Laval and in project and construction management at the University of Waterloo, Michel Verreault joined the family business, founded in 1927. He then helped to build Verreault Construction, one of the largest construction companies in Québec. The company’s solid reputation was built through respect for its clients, partners, human resources, and suppliers. Following the sale of Verreault Construction to Dessau in 2008, Mr. Verreault remained in charge of the construction division. He decided to retire in 2014 and now works part time as a construction consultant in addition to taking part in various community service initiatives. In July 2014, Mr. Verreault joined the Fiducie du patrimoine culturel des Augustines, where he offers his help and expertise to ensure the success of one of the most important heritage restoration projects in Canada.

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Serge Viau, Architect and Urban-planner, Expert Advisor

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Serge Viau is a key figure in the safeguarding and promotion of Quebec City’s built heritage. Architect and Urban Planner emeritus, he worked for the City of Quebec for more than 30 years, most notably as Director General and Assistant Director, Sustainable Development. In 2012, he was awarded the Robert-Lionel-Séguin Prize for his role the classification of the historic district of Old Quebec as one of Unesco's World Heritage sites in 1985. He now acts as an expert advisor to various organizations, including the Council of Europe and the Organization of World Heritage Cities. Serge Viau received the Medal of Merit from the Ordre des architectes du Québec in 2000 and the Hans Blumenfeld Award from the Ordre des urbanistes du Québec in 2003.

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Our
management

Denis Robitaille

General Manager

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Since 2005, Denis Robitaille was a project leader for Le Monastère des Augustines, a commemorative space for Quebec’s Augustinians. He saw the Augustinians’ wish take shape and led to completion the establishment of the financial and organizational structures necessary to creating the Fiducie and restoring the Hôtel-Dieu de Québec monastery. He comes to the position of Director of the Fiducie with solid expertise that will bring momentum to the Fiducie’s mission and success to his future endeavours.

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The
Fiducie’s
achievements

The Fiducie has overseen major work to restore the Hôtel-Dieu de Québec monastery and bring it in line with modern building codes.

The work has involved rehabilitating the Garden Wing (1695), the Noviciate Wing (1695), the church (1800) and the sisters’ choir (1931), as well as the construction of a museum reserve and a new entrance hall. Landscaping of the gardens and inner courtyard has completed this major project.

Since the monastery was opened to the public on August 1, 2015, it has been managed and run by the non-profit organization (NPO) Le Monastère des Augustines. Another NPO, Le Centre Catherine-de-Saint-Augustin, has been entrusted with promoting the memory of the blessed Mother Catherine. The Fiducie works closely with these two organizations to protect the integrity of the Augustinians’ movable and immovable heritage and ensure that the sisters’ wishes are respected, for the benefit of as many people as possible.

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