The mission of the Fiducie du patrimoine culturel des Augustines is to preserve and highlight the memory and heritage of Quebec’s Augustinian sisters for the entire population and future generations.
Created by the Augustinian sisters on October 1, 2009, this social trust, which qualifies as a charitable organization, protects the Augustinian sisters’ intentions and designates the population of Quebec as the main beneficiary of their cultural heritage.
It is the trust’s duty to protect this heritage, make it accessible to the public, and support the mission of Le Monastère des Augustines and the Centre Catherine-de-Saint-Augustin. The Augustinian sisters have also entrusted it with the task of eventually seeking to reconvert the Hôpital général de Québec monastery.
The Fiducie du patrimoine culturel des Augustines owns the Augustinian sisters’ founding monastery, the Hôtel-Dieu de Québec, classified as a national historic site of Canada and a heritage site according to Quebec Cultural Heritage Act. It is also the owner of the archives, old books, and collections entrusted to it by the 12 Augustinian monasteries.
The Fiducie contributes all donations received through Le Monastère des Augustines to the realization of the social mission entrusted in it by the Augustinian sisters.
The Fiducie also ensures that its financing is sustainable in order to preserve this important heritage. To this end, it creates funds entirely dedicated to this mission thanks to the generosity of major donors.
of the board
Gertrude Bourdon is a trained nurse and holds a diploma from Université Laval. She pursued graduate studies at the ENAP in Public Management. At the beginning of her nursing career, she worked at the CHUL and then as head paediatric nurse. She also worked at the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux. At the CHUQ, she was the director of nursing care, assistant general manager of clinical organization, and general manager. In 2021, she led the fusion of the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec (CHUQ) and the Centre hospitalier affilié universitaire de Québec (CHA), resulting in the largest CHU in Quebec. Furthermore, she initiated the creation of an integrated oncology centre in Québec and the construction of a new hospital complex which cost $1.9 billion. She was appointed to the position of president-general manager of the CHU de Québec during the health care reform in April 2015. On top of speaking at conferences, Gertrude Bourdon has been on several executive boards, including that of the Société québécoise des infrastructures (SQI), Opération Enfant Soleil, Transplant Québec, Québec International, etc. Throughout her career, she has received several prizes and mentions. In 2016, she was named a medallist at the National Assembly for her remarkable contribution to improving health in Québec and in 2018, an Officer of the Order of Canada for the same reasons. She was received at the Académie des Grands Québécois by the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Québec, is a recipient of the Grande Diplômée prize by TÉLUQ, and was granted the Rachel Bureau prize by the Ordre régional des infirmières et infirmiers de Québec. In 2014, she was recognized as a winner of the Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award by the Women’s Executive Network. In November 2018, she received the Hommage/carrière prize from the Institut d’administration publique du Québec (IAPQ).
David F. Blair, Lawyer and partner at McCarthy TétraultCV
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.
Michel Fontaine, Retired
Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociauxCV
Holding diplomas in nursing, administration, and health law, Michel Fontaine started his nursing career at the Hôtel-Dieu de Québec in 1971. After working with the sick, he held management positions, first at the Hôtel-Dieu, and then at the Agence de la Santé et des Services sociaux de la Capitale-Nationale. In 2011, he was named associate deputy minister to the General management of coordination, financing, capital, and budget at the Ministère de la Santé et des services sociaux. In 2014, he became deputy minister, before retiring in the spring of 2019. In May of the same year, the Quebec Order of Nurses awarded him the Florence prize in the professional dedication category. On this occasion, the press release highlighted: “The only nurse to have risen to the upper levels of the MSSS, Michel Fontaine’s career was all about devoting himself to the network, patients, families, and health-care professionals, providing unswerving support to the nursing profession.”
Sr. Sylvie Morin, A.M.J., General Assistant and Bursar, Fédération des monastères des AugustinesCV
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.
Véronique Vanbergen, General Manager
Fédération des monastères des AugustinesCV
An expert accountant certified by the Ordre des Comptables et des Experts-Comptables de Belgique, Véronique Vanbergen moved to Quebec with her family after practicing her profession in her country for several years. From 2001 to 2015, she worked for the Deloitte firm as manager of financial audits and corporate inspection missions. Specialized in accounting and business advice, she also took on management responsibilities in the private sector. Throughout her career, she developed a solid expertise by working with charity organizations and religious communities. Since 2015, she has been the general manager of the Fédération des monastères des Augustines, in charge of the general management of operations for Quebec’s Augustinian communities. Passionate about the work of the Augustinian Sisters, she is one of their most prominent collaborators.
Anne-Marie Gaudet, General Manager
Canadian Environmental Assessment AgencyCV
Julie Lemieux, Project manager
Musée de la CivilisationCV
With an entrepreneurial background, Nathalie was at the helm of a local company for over 20 years. She is an experienced manager when it comes to coordinating and developing services and innovative projects. She is also one of the founders of the Société de développement commercial (SDC) Montcalm, and was the president of its board of directors for 10 years. Her dedication towards the field’s business people led her to join different committees in Québec City and play a part in creating projects like Lumière sur l’art on Cartier avenue. Social involvement, solidarity, and learning about others are integral to her personal values. She takes on managing the Fiducie with the mission of mapping out necessary actions to ensure the Fiducie’s perennity and future development.
In 2013, the Fiducie undertook intensive rehabilitation work on the Hôtel-Dieu de Québec monastery to create a remembrance place for Quebec’s Augustinian sisters. Now known as Le Monastère des Augustines and open to the public since August 1, 2015, the location is operated by a non-profit organization mandated by the Fiducie.
Undoubtedly one of the most ambitious heritage reconversion projects in recent years, the grand opening of the Hôtel-Dieu de Québec monastery’s rehabilitation is documented in a collection of videos available on the Fiducie’s YouTube account.
The Fiducie now ensures the site’s maintenance. Among other projects, it undertook major work to replace the copper roof of the church and nuns’ choir in the fall of 2017.
After having built a museum reserve and set up an archive centre, the Fiducie now supports the preservation and distribution of the Augustinian sisters’ cultural heritage. Together with Le Monastère’s teams who are assigned to these tasks, it develops projects and seeks financing for them.
Lastly, the Fiducie is responsible for highlighting the heritage value of the Hôpital général monastery in collaboration with its authorities. The Fiducie remains attentive to any requests from the Augustinian sisters in terms of preserving their memory in any shape or form.