As the new Jeanne Sauvé Public Leadership Program continues its ascension, the Board of Directors, Senior Fellows and staff are hard at work ensuring that Fellows are continuously learning, connecting and leading change. New arrivals and happy returns have made for a new, especially dynamic team at the Foundation.

Ion Valaskakis became President in June. He is now is ably supported by Office & Recruitment Manager Valérie Colas, Director of Programs Simone Hanchet, who returned from her maternity leave in June, and new Communications Manager Ariane Guay-Jadah, who joined the Foundation in April. The team is guided by an evolving Board of Directors and community of Senior Fellows: as evidenced by the arrival of Patrick Brennan and Dr. Josephine Nalbantoglu as well as the appointment of Dr. Antonia Maioni as Chair of the Foundation.

Ion previously served on the Board of Directors of the Sauvé Scholars Foundation. He brings to the role a combination of entrepreneurial and executive experiences in both the public and private sectors.

After spending a wonderful year with her new son Samuel, Simone returned to the Foundation ready to take the lead on the Foundation’s inaugural Public Leadership Program.

After five years working at McGill University, Ariane Guay-Jadah joined the Foundation where she is responsible for strategic communications and public Forum events. With a background in cultural anthropology, she is thrilled to see the Program’s thematic core – Public Leadership for Culturally Diverse Societies – unfold.

Patrick Brennan, Executive Director at McGill’s Institute for the Study of International Development, became a Senior Fellow in alongside Anita Nowak and Brett House. In this role, Patrick provides support and mentorship to Fellows of all cohorts. Prior to his time working at McGill, Patrick worked for the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.

Professor Antonia Maioni joined the Board of Directors in 2014 and assumed her role as Chair in September of this year. She had previously served as an academic mentor to Sauvé Fellows and had advised the Foundation on programmatic elements. Dr. Maioni is Associate Vice-Principal, Research and International Relations at McGill University and is widely published in the fields of Canadian and Quebec comparative politics, social policy and public policy.

Dr. Josephine Nalbantoglu joined the Foundation’s Board of Directors in September. She became Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at McGill University on July 1st, 2015. Prior to her appointment, she served as the Director of the Integrated Program in Neuroscience at McGill. In 2011, she founded a science outreach program called BrainReach/Mission Cerveau that educated youth students from economically challenged neighbourhoods in Montreal.

We are pleased to welcome (and welcome back) such engaged and dedicated individuals to the Foundation, and trust that its governance, strategic planning and day-to-day operations will benefit from these new collaborations and partnerships. We are grateful to everyone who strengthens and emboldens the Sauvé community.

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