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Fondation Émergence is a non-profit organization which fights against homophobia and transphobia through a range of actions. Our core activities include: 


  • International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia 

  • Aging Gayfully, raising awareness for our senior citizens. 

  • ProAlly, raising awareness in the workplace 

  • Chosen Family, supporting family caregivers 

Our mission: Educate, inform and raise awareness

Fondation Emergence works to educate, inform and sensitize the population to the lived experiences of people within a broad range of sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions. This includes but is not limited to those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex and two-spirit (2S). 

The foundation works to improve the lives of LGBTQ+ people in Quebec, Canada and internationally by: 

  • Promoting their inclusion in society 

  • Countering homophobia, transphobia, discrimination and prejudice against them 

  • Promoting their equality within legal and social contexts and ensuring their rights are respected 

  • Contributing to their well-being and development, as well as that of their loved ones, throughout every stage of their lives 

  • Identifying emerging issues and needs within the community so they can be effectively addressed 


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Our actions

To fulfill its mission, the Foundation: 


  • Organizes and leads awareness campaigns as part of the International Day against homophobia and Transphobia. 

  • Creates and develops programs that respond to the different realities of sexual and gender diverse communities. This includes Aging Gayfully, ProAlly and Chosen Family. 

  • Fosters strong connections with universities and researchers. 

  • Conducts Canadian-wide surveys on the wellbeing of the LGBTQ+ community and perceptions of the community within the general population. 

  • Curates exhibitions to raise awareness of LGBTQ+ issues. 

  • Develops international partnerships. 

  • Sets the standard for the fight against homophobia and transphobia. 


Our team

Board of directors

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Patrick Desmarais


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Francis Viau


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Martin Caillé


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Cong Hien Nguyen


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Béthanie Cloutier


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Élodie Palluet


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Philippe schnobb


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Our employees


Laurent Breault

General manager

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Brigitte Marier

Administrative assistant

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Raja Dridi

Administrative assistant (on leave)

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Olivia Baker

Program Manager

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Julien Rougerie

Program Manager

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 Nina-Alexandra Hallal

Program Manager

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Carl Poulin

Director of philanthropic development and communications

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Sébastien Houle

Communications manager

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Our governors

The Board of Governors of the Fondation Émergence is made up of people from different backgrounds and professions and includes several public figures. 



These people all believe in the need to support Fondation Émergence within their field, so that it has the means to accomplish its mission.