The Coalition Avenir Québec is a political party that was founded on November 14th, 2011. Responding to the calls of thousands of Quebecers, Francois Legault gave the party a mission to put Quebec back on its feet!
The Coalition has an interim constitution that will be in place until the next Quebec general election. Everyone that supports the political objectives of the Coalition can become a member.
The leader of the Coalition Avenir Québec, Mr. François Legault, presides over the destinies and the orientations of the party. He is a standing member of all the party’s commissions and bodies.
The National Executive Council is charged with managing the activities and affairs of the party. It applies the constitution and manages the organization’s finances. The National Executive Council appoints the members of all its commissions and committees.
The National Executive Council includes, along with the party leader and the managing director of the Coalition Avenir Québec, the following members:
Stéphane Le Bouyonnec, president
A graduate of the École Polytechnique de Montréal, Stéphane le Bouyonnec, is the president and founder of FTM Synergis Capital, the largest independent corporate merger and acquisition consulting firm in Quebec. He is CEO of Adventure Gold (TSX and SC 360, as well as an administrator with Léger Marketing. At the invitation of the Finance Minister of Canada, he sat on the Task Force for the Payments System Review. Mr. Le Bouyonnec began his career at Lavalin as an engineer and served in a variety of positons, amongst others with Hypocrat (TSX), Sécor, and Orthosoft (TSX), and the Fonds de solidarité (FTQ). A politically-motivated person, he was a member of the national executive of the Parti Québécois and was involved in the founding of the Action démocratique du Québec party. Le Bouyonnec was elected CAQ MNA for La Prairie in 2012, serving as critic for the economy, higher education, trade, international relations and the metropolitan region.
Christopher Skeete, vice-président Ouest-du-Québec
Christopher Skeete is President and General Manager of Cas Médic, a Laval-based company offering medical services to businesses and consultation services for medical professionals. He was a finalist in the Laval chamber of commerce’s 2011 Dunamis competition for entrepreneurs under the age of 35.
Skeete was an executive assistant, strategic consultant, program manager and service agent with the Canadian Border Services Agency from 2003 to 2008, which he was involved in the elaboration of national security policy and law enforcement. He is a specialist in immigration issues and crime prevention in that area. A creative, dynamic and visionary manager, Skeete has a deep understanding of political leadership and is a passionate, results-oriented communicator.
Stéphanie Lachance, vice-présidente Est-du-Québec
A communications graduate from the Université Laval and mother of four, Stéphanie Lachance has long been involved in community affairs. She has sat on several boards and was the president of Alpha Entraide des Chutes-de-la-Chaudière from 1999 through 2005. Passionate about education, Lachance was responsible for pedagogical support in Eastern Quebec schools for the Éditions Grand Duc for 10 years. With a deep knowledge of the challenges facing the education sector, Lachance has given speeches and training to primary and secondary school teachers on the implementation of education reform. Lachance was the CAQ’s candidate in the riding of Bellechasse in 2014.
Hugues Beaulieu, vice-président Est-du-Québec
A business development consultant and lecturer at the Cégep de Ste-Foy, Hugues Beaulieu is a father of two who represented the CAQ on the Commission permanente de révision de la liste électorale du Directeur général des élections du Québec from March 2013 to February 2014. He has worked with several multinationals in pharmaceuticals and industry for more than 15 years.
During his studies at the Université de Montréal, Beaulieu participated in research internships in the biochemistry department, the Institut de Recherche Clinique de Montréal and the INRS-Océanologie in Rimouski. He holds bachelors and masters degrees in biochemistry and was the president of his student association. Beaulieu was the Coalition Avenir Québec’s candidate in his home riding of Jean-Talon in both 2012 and 2014.
Martin Labrie, CA, Financial Officer
Martin G. Labrie is a Chartered Accountant (CA) and a member of the Order of Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) in Quebec. For more than twenty (20) years, it offers consulting services and strategic planning for companies in different sectors. His area of expertise includes business turnarounds, negotiating agreements and financial restructuring. Over the years, he has built a solid reputation based on its core values of ethics, integrity, accountability and professionalism.
Claire IsaBelle, présidente Commission politique
Claire IsaBelle, Ph.D., is an associate professor of educational administration in the Faculty of Education of the University of Ottawa and holder of a doctorate in communication sciences. She was a teacher and educational consultant in several Montreal region schools as well as at the Université de Moncton au Nouveau-Brunswick. She has been published over 30 times on the subject of national and international communications, covering subjects including contextual training and management in French Canadian schools. The founder and president of Alliances de classe, she consults in schools across Quebec. She is a member of the board of the Chambre de commerce des Jardins de Napierville, working on the promotion of Quebec agro food products. IsaBelle was the CAQ’s candidate in the riding of Huntingdon in 2012 and 2014.
Céline Tessier, President – Legal Commission
Experienced lawyer, and partner of Séguin Racine inc. law firm, Céline Tessier is a skilled litigator specialized in commercial and complex civil litigation, with over twenty years experience in any type of court jurisdiction, including the administrative courts.
David Raynaud, President – Commission de la Relève (Youth wing)
Currently a student at the Université de Montréal, David Raynaud is also a team leader at Première Moisson. He founded the CAQ’s riding association in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce and serves as its director. Prior to becoming its president, he was involved in the creation of the youth wing platform.
François Bonnardel, Caucus representative
An entrepreneur with a long career in the auto service industry, François Bonnardel was first elected to the National Assembly as the MNA for Shefford in 2007, and has held numerous political and parliamentary positions with the CAQ and prior to that, the ADQ. In 2012 and 2014, he was elected to represent the new riding of Granby.
Permanent Party Commissions
The Coalition Avenir Québec counts three permanent commissions to support the National Executive Council in the management of party business:
- The Policy Commission, which is responsible for preparing and proposing an electoral platform.
- The Finance Commission, which is responsible for fundraising for the Coalition as well as managing party finances.
- The Legal Commission, which is responsible to advise and counsel instances of the Coalition on judicial matters and implementation of the law.
- The Youth Commission, whose role it is to put forward the views of all Coalition members under the age of 30.