Ariane Guay-Jadah

Communications Manager

Ariane Guay-Jadah

As Communications Manager, Ariane is responsible for curating, translating and publishing internal and external communications for the Foundation. She ensures consistent outreach with the Sauvé community and maintains active dialogue with the global Network of Fellows. Ariane is also a key participant in the planning and execution of programmatic activities and public events. With the support of her team, she designs and manages Jeanne Sauvé Forum events.

Ariane brings to the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation a wealth of relevant experience in communications and outreach along with a strong relationship with McGill University – having worked for the Faculty of Management and the Office of Research and International Relations – the Foundation’s principal academic partner and academic home of the Jeanne Sauvé Public Leadership Program.

Ariane earned both her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Master of Arts (M.A.) in Cultural Anthropology from Concordia University and while pursuing her M.A., she worked as a teaching and research assistant. Her master’s thesis explored youth empowerment in the Solomon Islands, where she did fieldwork.


Simone Hanchet

Director of Programs

Simone Hanchet

As Director of Programs, Simone Hanchet designed the structure and content of the Sauvé Scholars Program and, most recently, played a central role in the creation of the new Jeanne Sauvé Public Leadership Program, introduced in 2015, as well as the Foundation’s new Fellows-at-large programming.

Simone oversees the day-to-day delivery of all key program elements, from intimate professional development workshops to large-scale public addresses. She also supports the participants individually in their professional, intellectual, personal, and project goals. Simone brings to her role at the Foundation ten years of experience in the field of environmental conservation. Her varied roles have taken her to many remote and beautiful parts of Canada and the world, where she has worked with communities on river conservation, marine species monitoring and protection, landscape preservation, environmental education, and eco-tourism.

With a Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from the McGill School of Environment and a Masters of Arts (M.A.) in Public Policy from Concordia University, Simone’s academic interests lie in developing models of education that foster a shift towards ecologically and socially responsible living.


Nathalie Morier

Director of Operations and Recruitment

nathalie_2014As Director of Operations and Recruitment, Nathalie oversees the day-to-day operations of the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation and Jeanne Sauvé House. She is responsible for coordinating program activities as well as managing the logistics of Forum events. In her capacity as Director of Operations and Recruitment, Nathalie works closely with the Director of Programs to design the Foundation’s recruitment strategy and manage the application and selection processes of the Jeanne Sauvé Public Leadership Program. Nathalie joined the Foundation’s team in summer of 2016.

Before joining the Foundation, Nathalie managed a successful company and she more recently worked as an advisor in economic development for small and medium enterprises (SME) and start-up businesses, with a particular focus on youth. Nathalie is passionate about innovation, entrepreneurship and social funding.

Nathalie holds a MBA from Université de Sherbrooke, a Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) in Communications from the Université du Québec à Montréal, a Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) in Microbiology-Immunology from McGill University and a certificate in translation from Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières.


Ion Valaskakis


Ion ValaskakisIon Valaskakis serves as President of the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation and serves as assistant-secretary on the Sauvé Foundation Board of Directors.

Ion brings to the role a combination of entrepreneurial and executive experience in both the public and private sectors. He has worked as a Press Secretary on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, helped launch and run a ground-breaking international media initiative for the world’s largest mobile phone company in London, and served as a senior executive in a fast-growing technology start-up in Montreal. Since 2008, Ion has run his own management consulting practice with clients in North America, Europe and Australia. In that capacity, he has served as a strategic advisor to both individuals and organizations, helping them accelerate their development, reinvent themselves periodically and transform their errors into magnificent mistakes.

In 2014, he published “The Magnificent Mistake: How We Can Earn More from Failure than We Learn from Success”. It describes an innovative system he developed to teach leaders and teams how to learn from their errors, and why it’s so important to do so. In 2016, he presented a thought-provoking talk “Why we need a “Leadership Operating System” now” at TedXMcGill.

Ion has an MBA from London Business School, a Master of Arts (M.A.) in political science from Western University and a Bachelor’s degree from McGill University.