Board of directors

Members committed to caregivers

The Board of Directors of L'Appui is composed of members who are committed to preserving the quality of life of caregivers.



Mr. Winner has 40 years of experience as a manager in the private and public sectors. His managerial approach is focused on meeting objectives, delivering quality results, and recognizing the employees under his watch. In addition to these skills, he brings to the board a first-hand perspective on the realities of caregiving.


Ms. Bourbonnais is a professor at the Faculty of Nursing of the Université de Montréal. She is the Chairholder of the Research Chair in Nursing Care for Older People and their Families ( and a researcher at the Research Centre of the Insitut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal (IUGM). Based on her clinical experience in nursing, her research and teaching activities focus on fostering the well-being of seniors and their loved ones.

Holder of a Bachelor in History from Université de Sherbrooke and a Master’s from Université de Montréal, Mr. Desharnais has had a noteworthy career. He was deputy chief of staff and director of communications to the premier from 2017 to 2018 and chief of staff for the minister of Santé et des Services sociaux from 2014 to 2017. He has held the position of assistant deputy minister for network and ministerial coordination and institutional affairs since 2020.

Ms. Hébert has 30 years of experience within the Office des personnes handicapées du Québec, including 17 years in leadership roles and as a member of the Board of Directors. She played a key role in the adoption of the Act to Secure Handicapped Persons in the Exercise of their Rights with a view to achieving social, school and workplace integration and coordinated the writing and adoption of the government policy Equals in Every Respect. She is the recipient of the 2013 Prix Gestion ÉMÉRITE.

Michel Théroux worked for 26 years at the Rivière-des-Prairies Hospital’s recreation department. He was a caregiver for his wife until her passing and is now a caregiver for his mother. He was a member of the board of directors of l’Appui Montérégie from 2010 to 2019.

For more than thirty years, Luc Tanguay has been active in the financial and business world, particularly in biotechnology.

He first played a key role as Senior Vice President of Corporate Finance for one of Quebec's leading brokerage firms where he participated, among other things, in healthcare fundings.

As CFO and then CEO, he contributed to its development by facilitating its access to public and private capital markets. He was also the source of strategic changes, leading it to play a commercial role in North America and Europe.

He is a Board member of several companies and non-profit organizations, as well as an active mentor.

A graduate in communication and politics from the University of Montreal, Guillaume Joseph has over 20 years of experience in the development of public, community and private organizations. In 2012, he joined L'Appui pour les proches aidants, where he held several positions before becoming its executive director.


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