Established in 1995, Collège Boréal is a French-language postsecondary training and learning institution dedicated to the development and growth of French communities throughout the province.
To cap off the year-long festivities surrounding its 20th anniversary, Collège Boréal unveiled a Mur des bâtisseurs (Founders’ Wall) at its Sudbury campus.
Throughout the year, community members and staff were invited to nominate persons having played a significant role in the history and success of the College. Twenty names were chosen this year; however, others will be added to wall annually in recognition of their contribution. The unveiling took place in the presence of several special guests including Boréal’s four presidentsas well as approximately 75 former and current Board members and senior management
The 20 names appearing on the Founders’ Wall include:
Jean-Paul Aubé – As a community leader from Timmins, Aubé was a member of the Collectif
du Nord, a group who fought for the creation of a French-language college in Northern Ontario.
As a result of his efforts, Collège Boréal’s Timmins campus was established.
Diane Béland – Known for remaining calm at all times, Béland was a member of the startup
team and acted as Executive Director of Human Resources for several years.
Jean-Louis Bourdeau (deceased) – Bourdeau was known as the grand-father of Collège
Boréal. He was responsible for the Bourdeau Report advocating for the creation of Frenchlanguages
colleges in Ontario.
Jean-Claude Carrière – Devoted member of the Franco-Ontarian community in Temiskaming,
Ontario, Carrière was a member of the Collectif du Nord, New Liskeard chapter.
Renée Champagne – Champagne was a member of the Collectif du Nord and the start-up
team. She acted as Executive Director of Strategic Development.
Gisèle Chrétien – Chrétien was a member of the start-up team and later became Collège
Boréal’s second President from 1998 to 2006.
Diane Dubois – Dubois acted as Director of Community Services and, in 2009, became the
Associated Vice-President in Central Southwestern Ontario. As such, she contributed to the
establishment of Toronto’s campus at 1 Yonge Street.
Louise Gervais-Guy –Gervais-Guy was a counsellor in Collège Boréal’s Learning Support
Louise Gingras – Gingras was the founding Director of Collège Boréal’s Kapuskasing
Raymond Guindon – Guindon was a member of the start-up team and former Vice-
President of Corporate Services.
Denis Hubert-Dutrisac – Hubert-Dutrisac was Collège Boréal’s third President from 2006 to
2013. During his term, he was instrumental to much growth at Collège Boréal.
Nicole Laflamme –Laflamme was a member of the Collectif du Nord and became Director
of Collège Boréal’s Hearst campus. She eventually became Vice-President of Entreprises Boréal
and founded a number of centers for excellence.
François Lehoux – Lehoux is a retired school principal and was the Vice-President of Collège
Boréal’s first Board of Governors.
Jacques Michaud – Michaud was a member of the Collectif du Nord and start-up team. He
acted as Director of Community Services and later became the General Director of National and
Clément Miron (deceased) – Miron was the former principal of École secondaire Ste. Marie
and the first Director of Collège Boréal’s Temiskaming campus.
Rachel Proulx (deceased) – Proulx was a dynamic business woman who became the
President of Collège Boréal’s first Board of Governors.
Denise Riel – Riel was Manager of Human Resources and member of the start-up team.
Wesley Romulus – As former Vice-President of Central Southwestern Ontario, Romulus was
instrumental in the establishment of Collège Boréal access centres in this region.
Frédéric St. Onge – Graduate of Collège Boréal’s Electrical Engineering Technician program,
St. Onge was President of the College’s first Students’ Association (AGEE). He was also the
student representative of Collège Boréal’s first Board of Governors.
Jean Watters – Leader in the field of education, Watters was Collège Boréal’s founding
President and led the start-up team.
Established in 1995, Collège Boréal is a French-language postsecondary training and learning
institution dedicated to the development and growth of French communities throughout the province.
Since 1995, over 113,380 clients across Ontario have benefited from College Boréal’s expertise
relating to postsecondary education, training programs, services for immigrants, and services
pertaining to employability.