Boréal Appoints New Senior Management Team

Boréal Appoints New Senior Management Team

Boréal president, Daniel Giroux, announced today the college’s new senior management team who will support the Board of Governors in reaching its strategic objectives.

As part of its strategic vision, Collège Boréal adopted a new organizational structure last November. The senior management team plays a significant role in the governance of the college and, as such, contributes to the continued growth of the francophone community across Ontario. As of February 6, 2017, the new senior management team will be comprised of the following seven (7) members:

Mr. Daniel Giroux, President

Named the college’s 5th president in July 2016, Mr. Giroux holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Laurentian University.  With 20 years of experience holding various high-level positions at Collège Boréal, Mr. Giroux has been Vice-President of Business Development, Vice-President of Academic Affairs, and Dean of the School of Trades and Applied Technology.

Mrs. Danielle Talbot-Lariviere, First Vice-President – Corporate Services

Mrs. Talbot-Lariviere has over 30 years of experience at the collegiate level. Over the past 20 years, she has held several senior management positions at Collège Boréal including Vice-President of Corporate Services, Vice-President of Business Development, and Vice-President of Academic Affairs. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Athabasca University and an Honours Bachelor of Arts, specialized in Translation, from Laurentian University. Mrs. Talbot-Lariviere is also an active member of several provincial committees.

Mr. Brian Vaillancourt, Vice-President – Business Development

Currently Dean of the School of Trades and Applied Technology and School of the Environment and Natural Resources, Mr. Vaillancourt has been a member of the Boréal team for 17 years. His roles include professor, Manager of Contract Training, and Contract Training Consultant. He holds a Master’s degree in Project Management from Walden University and a Bachelor of Arts in History and Geography from Toronto University. Mr. Vaillancourt has also gained approximately 10 years of experience in economic development and municipal politics.

Mrs. Lyne Michaud, Vice-President – Academic Affairs

With over 20 years of experience at the collegiate level, Mrs. Michaud has held various senior management positions at La Cité collégiale (Ottawa), including Director of the School of Administration, Hospitality, and Tourism, Director of the Food Industry Training and Research Institute, Director of the School of Media and Communication Arts, and Executive Director of La Cité des affaires et direction – Service du développement professionnel. Mrs. Michaud holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Université de Québec and a Bachelor of Social Sciences from Ottawa University.

Mrs. Lise Béland, Vice-President – Central Southwestern Ontario

Mrs. Béland is currently the Director of Employment Services and Manager of Immigration Affairs at the college. Member of the Boréal team for the past nine years, Mrs. Béland has also been Manager of Continuing Education and Regional Manager in London, Ontario. Since 2015, Mrs. Béland has played a key role in the creation of the Ontario Centre for Workforce Innovation. She holds a Master’s degree in Innovative Global Leadership from the University of Fredericton and a post-diploma in Management from Athabasca University. Mrs. Béland possesses both the breadth of expertise and the depth of knowledge to manage issues relating to the Central Southwestern area, immigration, and employability.

Mr. Marc Despatie, Director – Communications, Strategic Planning, and Government Relations

Mr. Despatie has extensive experience in public affairs. He has held numerous political positions, including Representative for the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages, Manager of French-language services with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care as well as Senior Political Advisor and Senior Advisor – Strategic Communications for the Ministry of Community and Social Services. Mr. Despatie holds a Master’s degree in Planning from Toronto University, a Bachelor of Education from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Laurentian University.

Mrs. Pauline Byrnes, Coordinator of the President’s Office

Having started her career as a member of the French-language Department at Cambrian College in 1986, Mrs. Pauline Byrnes has over 30 years of experience working at the collegiate level. She became a member of the start-up team responsible for the creation of a French-language college in Northern Ontario and was one of Boréal’s first employees. Having held various administrative positions over the past years, Mrs. Byrnes was appointed to her current position in 2009.


“The renewed management team brings to the table a wealth of experience. Their exceptional leadership qualities and values give me great confidence in their ability to help lead Collège Boréal in the next phase of its strategic plan. Each member of the senior management team is called upon to play a key role in training a highly skilled workforce that will contribute to the sustainable development of Ontario’s francophone community.”

Stéphan Plante, President of Collège Boréal’s Board of Governors

“Our new organizational structure allows us to better co-ordinate our resources and efforts in order to offer quality programs and services to a diversified client base across Ontario. I am thrilled to be working alongside seasoned experts to ensure that Collège Boréal is recognized as the French-language college of first choice.”

Daniel Giroux, Collège Boréal President

Quick Facts

Established in 1995, Collège Boréal is a French-language post-secondary training and learning institution dedicated to the development and growth of French communities throughout the province.

Since 1995, over 116,000 clients across Ontario have benefited from College Boréal’s expertise relating to post-secondary education, training programs, services for immigrants, and services pertaining to employability. Collège Boréal offers a wide variety of services in 35 access centres in 25 communities across the province. Furthermore, Collège Boréal has developed and implemented over 60 articulation agreements with other post-secondary institutions.

According to the Key Performance Indicators recognized by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, Collège Boréal now holds the top-ranking position in four out of the five areas surveyed! Out of all Ontario colleges, Boréal has the highest student satisfaction rate, graduation rate, graduate satisfaction rate, and employment rate in the province. Moreover, 97% of surveyed employers would recommend hiring Collège Boréal graduates!

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Josée Campeau-Rousselle

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