Who
are we?

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.

Our
assets

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.

Our
funding

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.

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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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 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).

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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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Julie Lemieux, Project manager

Musée de la Civilisation

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Having obtained a law degree from Université Laval, Julie Lemieux pursued a career in print media for 17 years. While working as a journalist for daily newspaper Le Droit d’Ottawa from 1993 to 1997, she covered municipal and national politics. She was also assigned to arts and entertainment. She then moved to daily newspaper Le Soleil de Québec, where she continued practicing her profession until 2009. Over the span of 12 years, she worked as an editorial writer, arts and life columnist, reporter for the 400th anniversary festivities, municipal politics analyst, and Parliamentary reporter. She was a city councillor for Quebec City from 2009 to 2017. As the executive committee vice-president, she oversaw the following files: land use and urban planning, culture and technoculture, heritage, communications and brand image, as well as major cultural events. She also ensured the coordination between boroughs, presided over the Table de concertation du Vieux-Québec, and the Commission de la révision du schema d’aménagement.

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André G. Fortin, Administrator

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After completing his bachelor’s degree in business administration at Université Laval, André Fortin started his career as a real estate investment analyst at Industrial Alliance. In 1990, he was a management inspector for the financial institution general inspector account, where he helped develop the standards for prudent management, as well as inspection programs for Quebec life insurers. Mr. Fortin was Senior Director, Mortgage and Moveable Investments at La Capitale, where he was responsible for developing credit activities and administering the insurer’s moveable assets. Active on boards for social utility organizations, he was president of the Cercle Finance du Québec executive board from 2008 to 2009, and a member of the board until 2014. From 2013 to 2018, he was a member of the Fondation Québec Philanthrope board, more specifically on the placement, audit, and governance committees, and was acting director general for 10 months. He is on the Fondation Groupes Parrains board of directors, which offers food aid to the families of Saint-Roch and Limoilou, in Quebec City.

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France Rodrigue

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Coming soon.

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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

Rehabilitation and preservation of the Hôtel-Dieu de Québec monastery

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.

Preservation of archives, books, and artefact collections

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.

The Hôpital général de Québec monastery

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.

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