Lise-Marie Gravel, Chair
Mother of a young high functioning autistic adult, Lise-Marie founded the Club des Soirées d’Antan, a social club for young people with Asperger’s: jeuxsoireesdantan.com. She worked in journalism and communication for more than twenty years, namely as Director of Information and Chief Editor of weekly and monthly publications.
Lise-Marie was granted the “Women of Worth“ award for 2018 by L’ORÉAL Canada. This award annually honours ten women who have made a remarkable contribution through their volunteer work.
Marc-Noël Ouellette, Vice-President, Tresurer
President and co-shareholder of 2RBC inc., a company specialized in content production for the Web and weekly magazines. Marc-Noël has held several high-profile positions in the newspaper industry, namely with the TC Media group, from 1996 to 2013, where he spearheaded many projects: development of the Quebec weekly magazines division, harmonization of business processes, launching of several Websites, founding of the Montreal and Halifax Metro newspapers, and general management of TC Media’s 170 countrywide newspapers.
At the Le Droit newspaper, Marc-Noël took part in the creation of the first entirely digital daily newspaper. He also worked at the Canadian Press, Hebdos Québec, Association de la presse francophone hors Québec, Réseau Sélect, Conseil de presse du Québec, RecycleMédias, Jeux de la francophonie, the Franco-Ontarian Festival, the Literacy Foundation, etc…
Me Kevin Bianchini, Vice-President, Legal Affairs
Mr. Bianchini is a lawyer at Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG), a major Canadian law
firm that has been responsible for the administration of ASL since 2011. He specializes in
the administration of charitable and non-profit organizations and won the Fiscalité award
at Université de Montréal. Kevin also holds a Master’s degree in Taxation from the HEC.
He is a board member of the Jason Fund, an organization that helps young adults
suffering from cancer.
Jacques Caron, Secretary
As Assistant Director of studies and responsible for student learning support and adapted services at the Cegep level, Jacques interacted closely with autistic students. Following his studies in psychology and philosophy, he devoted his working career to youth education. He taught in philosophy, was an educational assistant, and a councillor for international studies. He focused his work on the role of metacognition and student activities in the academic success of students with learning disabilities. Jacques was awarded the Bourse René-Houle de l’administrateur par excellence from the Fédération québécoise des coopératives en milieu scolaire. He worked as a specialized educator with visually impaired teenagers and young people in social difficulty living in foster homes. He was a volunteer for children suffering from incurable diseases and is currently a volunteer at the Centre Jeunesse de Montréal.
Dr. Nathalie Garcin, Ph. D. in Clinical Psychology, Board Member
Clinical psychologist and well-known specialist of autism spectrum disorders, Dr. Garcin is the founder of the Clinique Spectrum. During the past seven years, she was the general manager of a non-profit organization that provided services and knowledge transfer workshops to people who suffered from developmental disabilities or autism. After completing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1999, Dr. Garcin lectured at the Psychiatric Department of the Faculty of Medicine of Queen’s University from 2000 to 2004. She then became the director of professional services for two developmental services agencies where she oversaw the treatments of more than 1300 people suffering from autism or intellectual disabilities. Since 2012, Dr. Garcin is a member of the Surveillance of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) committee at the Public Health Agency of Canda, and since 2016, she is a committee member of the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorder Alliance (CASDA).
Helen Morneau, Board Member
Mother of a young high-functioning autistic adult, Helen holds a Certificate in Translation and teaches English in busimesses. She was a long-standing Board Member and Treasurer of the AQD des Laurentides, a charitable organization that caters to children suffering from dysphasia.
Michelle Proulx, Board Member
Michelle is the mother of a young high-functioning autistic adult. She holds a Master’s degree in Education and was a professor and internship coordinator at the Université de Montréal and Cegep Édouard-Montpetit. Michelle taught at the latter’s Department of Early Childhood Education for 25 years. She still works in the same field but mainly with immigrant women.
Ms. Proulx is also the co-author of Partager le plaisir d’apprendre, a pedagogical approach to active learning for children. This book is intended for kindergarten teachers and daycare educators.
« Council of the Wise »
Autisme sans limites is most fortunate to benefit from a unique and invaluable outlook on its project with its Council of the Wise, who acts in an advisory capacity to the organization. The Council of the Wise is composed of autistic adults of all ages who come from various regions of Quebec. These people have different life experiences, are autonomous in various fields of work, and can self-reflect on their autism and that of others.
De par leur condition et leur expérience de vie, les membres du Conseil des Sages apportent un point de vue éclairé et unique sur les projets et les programmes proposés par Autisme sans limites.
Members of the Council of the Wise
In alphabetical order :
Diagnosed 2008, Stephan teaches philosophy at the Cegep level. He is also an author and lecturer. Stephan is married and has two autistic sons.
The youngest of the group, diagnosed in 2012, she studies psychology at Université Laval and has been in a realtionship with a neurotypical person * for 5 years.
Diagnosed in 2014, he is Angéla Clermont’s father. Robert is an agricultural technician with the Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec. He is married and the father of three children, two who are autistic.
Marie Josée Cordeau
Diagnosed in 2012, she is responsible for scouting professional trainings for a schoolboard. Marie-Josée is also a blogger and lecturer. She has been in a relationship with a neurotypical person * for 27 years.