Administrative Committee

Vice President and Treasurer
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Patrick Desmarais - President

Mr. Desmarais has been Director of SMEs at TD Commercial Banking Services since October 2019. In addition to having a background in law and having practiced for several years, Mr. Desmarais has professional experience as an advisor in the financial and banking field, including more than 10 years experience at the National Bank of Canada where he held several positions. In addition, he has been volunteering with several LGBTQ+ organizations for over 22 years.


Among his implications are:


  • President of the Quebec LGBT Chamber of Commerce (Previously know as CCGQ) from 1998 to 2002, president of the board of directors from 2002 to 2004. He has since remained a member of the board of directors.

  • Member of the advisory committee of the LGBTQI2 + National Monument in Ottawa since 2019

  • Ambassador of Pride at Work Canada


He was also involved as:

  • Member of the Equality Committee of the Canadian Bar Association

  • Founding member of the organizing committee of the IDEO Network (committee of employees of the National Bank of Canada)

  • Member of the board of directors of RÉZO (2012-2014)


Laurent Breault
General Manager

Laurent holds a master's degree in sociology from the Université du Québec à Montréal and a graduate degree in post-secondary education from University of Montreal. He is also a member of the scientific committee for the development and implementation of the scientific program of the UQAM Research Chair in Homophobia. The studies and work of Mr. Breault have allowed him to acquire several skills in event organization, research and communication.

Olivia Baker
Communication agent​

Olivia Baker has been a communication agent for Fondation Émergence since February 2018. Ms. Baker holds a Master's and a Bachelor's degree in Communications from University of Montreal (UdeM). She has been involved in the LGBT community for many years, including as president of the LGBTQIA + association at her university and as a member of the Diversity, Gender and Sexuality Committee of the World Social Forum 2016.

Julien Rougerie
Program Manager

Julien is a project management professional for non-profit organizations, he joined Fondation Émergence in April 2017 and assumes the coordination of the program Ageing Gayfully

Raja Dridi
Administrative assistant

Administrative assistant since January 2020, Raja holds a master's degree in clinical psychology and is currently doing a master's in drug addiction intervention at the University of Sherbrooke. She was formerly working in a Tunisian association to fight HIV / AIDS with populations at risk.


Our governors

The Board of Governors of Fondation Émergence unites personalities from all walks of life, all professions, including some public figures.

They all believe in the need to support Fondation Émergence so that it can help other people. One of its members is elected to represent them on the Administrative committee.

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