François de Champlain is one of Jacques de Champlain’s sons. He has been the founding President of the Jacques de Champlain Foundation since 2009. Since 2003, he has been working as an Emergency Physician and Trauma Team Leader at the McGill University Health Centre. He has worked as a physician and has held different roles in the medical direction of Urgences-santé for more than 10 years and now acts as a member of the external advisory committee on Emergency Medical Services for the Collège des médecins du Québec. He has an expertise in organizing medial services for mass gatherings, having served as the Medical Director for the Montreal Marathon and Montreal International Triathlon until 2018.
Dr Wayne Smith has been involved in emergency medicine and prehospital care since the early seventies. He has had the opportunity to direct two university Emergency Departments (McGill, Sherbrooke) as well as the Emergency Medical Services in the Eastern Townships. He was a contributor to two provincial reform reports in prehospital care (the Frechette and Ouellet Reports) and has been involved with the Jacques de Champlain Foundation since 2014.
As someone who is passionate about cultures and foreign languages, law and inspiring causes, Diana began her professional life in Europe and had the chance to work for several international organizations. Her professional career in Canada has allowed her to become familiar with civil law and common law, and develop expertise in commercial law, corporate law, international law and commercial litigation.
With deep conviction in the Foundation’s mission to save lives and preserve the quality of life for survivors and their loved ones, she is honored to contribute and work with both a dynamic and inspiring team.
Denis deBlois is professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy, at Université de Montréal, where he studies cardiovascular diseases and teaches drug discovery. One of his roles at the Jacques-de Champlain Foundation is to promote research aimed at preventing and treating cardiovascular disorders. He is codirector of the GRUM (Groupe de recherche universitaire sur le médicament), one of the Foundation’s partners that helps organize a research Symposium during which we award the Jacques-de Champlain Award of excellence to a young promising researcher in Quebec. Early in his career, Denis felt privileged to have Jacques de Champlain as a collaborator and a friend. Denis loves to ride his bike on our country roads, for both their beauty and his health!
Olivier is an entrepreneur and the cofounder of eXolnet, a software engineering firm. Holder of an MBA, he is a software engineer and a sailing enthusiast. He has been indirectly involved with the Foundation through his company since 2012.
Since his nomination on the Board in 2017, his role consists of aligning the digital strategy of the Foundation and the AED Project.
Born with a congenital heart disease, Jean-Philippe was victim of a cardiac arrest while he was playing hockey with friends in December 2017, at the young age of 37 years. His friend Éric reacted quickly and was able to save his life by using skills acquired in a first-aid course and thanks to the availability of an AED in the school where they had been playing. Today, this father of 3 young children benefits from excellent health and actively advocates for increased availability of defibrillators in public locations. This is why he accepted with joy to become ambassador and board director of the Jacques de Champlain Foundation. In his professional life, Jean-Philippe has been a TV researcher for almost 20 years.
Joel Neves Briard
Website and Social Media Editor
Joel Neves Briard
Joel Neves Briard is a resident physician at the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM). Convinced that all citizens have the ability to make a difference when an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest strikes, he is happy to contribute to the Foundation’s mission since 2014, notably through social media, communications and as the AED Project’s first coordinator. His academic interests include public defibrillation and neurocritical care.
Marie-Eve-Lyne Michel embraced the media after graduating from university, where she studied communications, with a specialization in journalism. Cinema and radio kept her busy for a few years, before she chose to move to the forefront, hosting a few TV shows and reporting for many others. She is pleased to help raise public awareness of the Foundation’s mission by working with this dedicated and dynamic team.
Dr. Valerie Homier practices Emergency Medicine at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at McGill University. In addition, she is responsible for disaster preparedness efforts at the MUHC Department of Emergency Medicine (adult sites). Dr. Homier has worked as a volunteer for the Jacques-de Champlain Foundation since its creation and served as a board member from 2014 to 2017. She played a key role in the development of the AED-Quebec mobile app.
Olivier Gendreau is an engineer and teaching professor in software engineering at Polytechnique Montréal.
He has been involved with the Foundation since its inception in 2009. He developed the Foundation’s first website in the summer of 2009 and was its Webmaster until 2017. He was also a Board member from 2011 to 2017 and was Technical Director of the DEA Project from its beginnings in 2014 to 2017.