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, the following members:
Maud Cohen, president
Maud Cohen is an experienced manager and director of a certified company, holder of a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering and an MBA, and quickly made her mark at CGI, Invensys, and the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Quebec and various other boards of directors through her display of determination, leadership, and discipline. Member of several boards of directors since 2004, she held, from 2009 until 2012, the role of President and spokesperson of the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Quebec. Currently, she still serves on the boards of several organizations and is a lecturer at HEC, teaching Project Management.
Émilie Foster, vice president
A doctoral student and communications lecturer at l’Université Laval, Émilie Foster holds an MA in political science from Laval and a BA in administration from l’Université du Québec à Chicoutimi. She has contributed to several scientific reviews and has made numerous public speaking engagements throughout her post-secondary education, while building an impressive professional resume with the likes of Léger Marketing, Bélairdirect and Pitney Bowes Canada. She sits on the national Policy Commission.
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 Samson, President of the Policy Commission
Mrs. Claire Samson, a well-known manager and communicator, has been president and director general for the Association québécoise de la production médiatique since January 2000. Mrs. Samson has worked in the communication and cultural industry for forty years. She was director general for communications and French programming at Radio Canada. She was also vice-president executive and chief manager for operations at Télévison Quatre Saisons (TQS), as well as vice-president for communications at TVA. Mrs. Samson earned a Master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from the NYU Stern School Of Business and was nominated to the Canadian Broadcaster Association’s Hall of Fame, in 2004. During the 2012 general election, Claire Samson ran as a candidate for the Coalition Avenir Quebec in the Iberville riding.
Claude Michaud, President of the Finance Commission
Claude Michaud is an experienced manager and finance professional combining an experience of over 25 years as an investment banker and Chief Financial Officer of companies in different sectors. He holds an MBA from Cornell University (Johnson Graduate School of Management) and a Bachelor degree of Civil Engineering from McGill University.
François Bonnardel, Caucus liaison
François Bonnardel is an entrepreneur and has a long career in the automotive service sector. Member of the National Assembly for Shefford since 2007, he served in various roles and parliamentary functions in the former ADQ. He is an MNA in the new riding of Granby since September 2012.
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.
The Policy Commission is responsible for preparing a draft election program, in addition to developing policy positions on any political issue it considers relevant.
You have a suggestion or ideas to submit in connection with the program of the Coalition Avenir Quebec? We invite you to join the heads of the various committees of the Political Commission: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Local Action Committee (LAC) in each riding is composed of members accepting various functions and responsibilities under the supervision of the Riding Director (secretary and party liaison, public activities, data, youth, seniors, internal communications and community relations, social media). To get involved, simply contact a member of the organization in charge of your region.
Mission of an LAC
- Foster the political commitment of citizens within a riding;
- Promote and defend the values, the goals and the proposals of the Coalition Avenir Québec;
- Favor the participation of members of a riding to the democratic process in Québec;
- Insure the visibility as well as the presence of the Coalition within the boundaries of a riding and its main community, social and economic organizations;
- Animate party life at the local level and insure that riding members are represented on the Coalition’s various consultation and coordination bodies;
- Oversee the planning and the implementation of the electoral strategy of the local Coalition Avenir Québec candidate;
- Organize and run the election campaign of the local Coalition Avenir Québec candidate.
Consult the constitution (PDF) of Local Action Committees. Please be advised that the Coalition has adopted an interim constitution that will remain in effect until the next convention, scheduled for the fall of 2013, at which time and official constitution will be debated and voted on.
The team of full-time staff at the headquarters of the Coalition Avenir Québec supports the work of party volunteers and members. It also works to harmonize the various initiatives brought forth in regards to content, communications and organization.
FONCTION CONTACT COORDONNÉES President of the National Executive Committee Maud Cohen email@example.com Executive Director Nicole Savard firstname.lastname@example.org Deputy Managing Director Jean-Bernard Villemaire email@example.com Executive Assistant in charge of operations Stavros Mourelatos firstname.lastname@example.org
FONCTION CONTACT COORDONNÉES Head of Digital Strategy Guy Therrien email@example.com Communications Assistant Émilie Toussaint firstname.lastname@example.org Communications Assistant Elizabeth Matte email@example.com
RÉGION (S) CONTACT COORDONNÉES Montérégie, Estrie, Centre-du-Québec, Mauricie, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie, Îles-de-la-Madeleine Jacques Morand, directeur-adjoint à l’organisation firstname.lastname@example.org Estrie, Montérégie Luc Normandin, adjoint à l’organisation email@example.com Laval, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Québec, Outaouais, Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Nord du Québec Paulo Gervais, directeur-adjoint à l’organisation firstname.lastname@example.org Québec, Chaudière-Appalaches, Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Côte-Nord Dominique Salgado, directeur-adjoint à l’organisation email@example.com Outaouais Alexandre Lépine, adjoint à l’organisation firstname.lastname@example.org Montréal La Permanence email@example.com FONCTION CONTACT COORDONNÉES Local Action Committee Registrar Danièle Campeau firstname.lastname@example.org Manager - Member Relations and Strategy Data Acquisition Jonathan Paris email@example.com