Diane Sauvé has participated in the activities of the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation since the outset and has played a key role in the evolution of the Foundation’s programming, including the application of the results of the Foundation’s 2013 Strategic Plan. She is active in many aspects of the operations of Jeanne Sauvé House and the program participants’ activities.
Born in Switzerland of French parents, who were students in Geneva at the time of her birth, she spent the next 15 years of her life in Africa (Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Zaire (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Cameroon, Sénégal and Egypt), where her father was involved in international banking. She returned to France to pursue studies in Pharmacology, and after her marriage moved to Canada where she initially worked organizing conventions, international meetings and special events.
Her profound commitment to the local community has included leading roles in fund-raising activities for the Canadian Cancer Society (the Daffodil Ball), the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation; I Musici Chamber Orchestra; co-president of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Ball; the McCord Museum of Canadian History, Hôpital Ste-Justine (decoration of the walls with children’s paintings); and the Centre de répit Philou, a respite center for children with severe handicaps.
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.
Colin directs the residential and leadership programs and events. He manages external relations and develops networking with media, academics and professionals to contribute to the Foundation’s events and growth.
Colin is a lawyer with a background in economics, public policy, human rights and international development. He studied at the National University of Singapore, the National Taiwan Normal University and McGill University. Prior to joining the Foundation, Colin worked with the United Nations at the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals in The Hague, the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei, Taiwan, and the High Commission of Canada to Sri Lanka in Colombo. He has been actively involved in youth leadership and community activities serving as President of his college student government, a national ambassador for Kids Help Phone Canada and sponsoring refugees with World University Services of Canada.
Colin calls the world his home, having lived in places as varied as Beijing to rural Peru. He is comfortable speaking in English, Mandarin, French and Spanish and thrives in multicultural environments.
Claire has the strong conviction that education is a crucial tool to enact positive change in society. Following her belief, Claire worked for over 10 years as the manager of a non-profit organization that offered subsidized housing and other resources to support struggling single mothers wishing to return to school. In this capacity, she managed a food bank, child care services, homework aid services and other initiatives which helped create a sense of community and mutual support among these young women in search of a better life for themselves and their children.
Claire holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a specialization in accounting from HEC-Montréal. For years, she worked in a large chartered accounting firm where she became familiar with numerous business structures. Over the years, she has also worked for a number of organizations and causes linked to education such as Villa Ste-Marcelline, Collège Trinité, Collège de Montréal and the Ballets Jazz de Montréal.