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.
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.
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Gilles Gingras, CPA, CA, IAS.A, Consultant
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.
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.
André Couture, Chair of the Board of Directors SanimaxCV
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).
Yves-Thomas Dorval, President and CEO, Conseil du patronat du QuébecCV
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.
Michel Gervais, O.C., O.Q., Ph.D., ConsultantCV
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.
Geneviève Marcon, Co-President, GM Développement inc.CV
Sr. Sylvie Morin, A.M.J., General Assistant and Bursar, Fédération des monastères des AugustinesCV
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.
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.