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The Children of Greater Montréal at the Heart of the Foundation’s Actions



Montréal, June 5, 2017 — Before an enthusiastic assembly of fund creators, partners and administrators of the Foundation of Greater Montréal (FGM), Jean-François de Grandpré, Chair of the Board of Directors, and Yvan Gauthier, FGM President and CEO, unveiled the FGM’s exceptional results for the 2016 fiscal year and announced the Foundation’s main orientation for 2017.

Record donations of $58.8 million and a return of 8.5% for the FGM Investment Fund

Mr. de Grandpré paid tribute to everyone who contributed to these excellent results in 2016. These unprecedented returns are due in part to the FGM’s innovative philanthropic fund management model. According to Mr. de Grandpré, “This model allows us to concretely contribute to meet many social needs, such as newcomer inclusion, assistance to the homeless or support for victims of domestic violence.” Through its network of donors and fund creators, the FGM is positioning itself as an important investment lever. “This ability to sustain long-term action in the community makes the FGM an indispensable player in the well-being of Greater Montréalers.” 

The FGM received record donations of $58.8 million in 2016, raising its assets under management to nearly $250 million. The Foundation now manages more than 500 individual and organizational philanthropic funds. Thanks to this growth of assets, the FGM is able to commit more actively to the community and extend its actions to areas as varied as culture, environment, health, education and social development. 

Vital Signs of Greater Montréal’s Children

Three young people spoke to the assembly to conclude the meeting and offer a taste of Vital Signs 2017 (to be launched October 3). These youths spoke with simplicity and with compelling intelligence about mental illness, one of the issues that will be addressed by Vital Signs. 
 
This vast initiative – a first in Greater Montréal – brings together nearly 30 experts from various backgrounds who put childhood at the heart of their research. All authorities in their respective fields, these specialists will provide important demographic data regarding issues such as education, inclusion, mobility and, of course, mental health. “This focus group is exceptional in the sense that young people play an active part in the process. We created six groups of kids who, using their own words, discuss the challenges they face. They are involved from the start,” says Yvan Gauthier, President and CEO of the FGM. 
 
“Young people are our future. It is both pertinent and pressing to act coherently to improve their well-being,” said Jean-François de Grandpré, Chair of the Board of Directors. 

Jean-François de Grandpré Re-elected Chair of the Board

“The FGM’s Board of Directors benefits from this year’s appointment of two members who bring their knowledge and passion to our community’s well-being,” said Mr. de Grandpré at the end of the Annual General Meeting.
 
Two new members are joining the Board of Directors:
 
Me Eric Lapierre                                            
Lawyer and strategic consultant 
 
Me Tasha Lackman                                      
Associate Director, Strategic Initiatives, McGill University, University Advancement
 
The members of the FGM Board of Directors for 2017 are:
 
Hon. Jean-François de Grandpré                
Chair
Retired judge, Superior Court of Québec

Deborah Shannon Trudeau                          
Vice-President
Vice-president, International Business and Licensing, Trudeau Corporation

Kim Thomassin                                                
Secretary
Executive Vice-president, Legal Affairs and Secretariat, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Laurent Giguère                                              
Treasurer
Partner, audit, KPMG
 
Danielle Sauvage       
Manager in the cultural sector

Alice Herscovitch                                            
Executive Director, Montréal Holocaust Museum
 
Jean Camerlain                                              
Former Executive Vice-president and Chief Operating Officer, Centraide of Greater Montréal
 
Jean-Guy Gourdeau                                      
President and Chief Executive Officer, Montreal General Hospital Foundation
 
Kathy Fazel                                                      
Vice-president and Investment Counsellor, RBC PH&N Investment Counsel
 
Sylvie Demers                                                  
Senior Vice-president, Quebec Region, TD Trust Canada
 
Suzanne Gouin                                                
Corporate Director
 
Me Diane Tsonos, TEP                                  
Partner, Richter
 
Me Eric Lapierre                                            
Lawyer and strategic consultant 
 
Me  Tasha Lackman                                       
Associate Director, Strategic Initiatives, McGill University, University Advancement
 
 
Recognition of the Invaluable Contribution of Outgoing Members

The FGM expressed its appreciation to the outgoing members of the Board of Directors for their outstanding commitment and contribution to the development and outreach of the Foundation. Outgoing members are:
 
Sam Scalia                                                      
Founder and President, Samcon
 
Normand Grégoire Former                          
Vice-president, Investments, Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation
 
Michael Novak                                                
Consultant
 
Roland Lescure                                              
Former Executive Vice-president and Chief Investment Officer, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
 

About the Foundation of Greater Montréal 
 
The Foundation of Greater Montréal is dedicated to the well-being and vitality of the Greater Montréal community. To this end, the FGM establishes philanthropic funds, ensures their sound management and distributes revenues to support charity organizations in various areas, including health, social development, arts and culture, education and the environment. 
 
Since its creation in 1999, the Foundation of Greater Montréal has distributed over $28 million to more than 1,000 charities operating in all sectors of society in the Greater Montréal area. The FGM is a member of the network of Community Foundations, which counts 191 organizations, covering 84% of the Canadian territory.
 
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Information:
Foundation of Greater Montréal
Corinne Adélakoun, Director of Communications
514 866-0808 ext. 109 / corinne.adelakoun@fgmtl.org
 
 
ADDITIONAL NOTE
BIOGRAPHIES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ TWO NEW MEMBERS

Eric Lapierre

  Mr. Lapierre is an experienced lawyer and strategic consultant in financial services. He has worked with major financial institutions, including Standard Life and Investors Group. He has also worked with two regulatory agencies, the Chambre de la sécurité financière (CSF) and the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF), in addition to his private practice at the Borden Ladner Gervais national office. 

Prior to his appointment to the Foundation of Greater Montréal’s Board of Directors, Mr. Lapierre was a member of the FGM’s Investment and Audit Committees.


Tasha Lackman 
   Proud mother of two daughters aged 4 and 8, Ms. Lackman serves as the Associate Director Strategic Initiatives, University Advancement, at McGill University. There, she develops and manages tools to attract transformative donations to solve today’s pressing social problems. 
 
Prior to joining McGill in March 2017, Ms. Lackman was a partner at Fasken Martineau Dumoulin and was named one of Montréal’s top 20 real estate lawyers by the Canadian Legal Expert Directory in 2016.
Primarily engaged in the community, Ms. Lackman is a member of the Board of Directors of Oxfam-Québec and the YMCAs of Quebec’s Development Committee. More recently, she joined the FGM’s Community Engagement Committee.
 
Ms. Lackman holds bachelor’s degrees in law and in social work from McGill University, and in environmental studies from the University of Waterloo.