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Canadian team

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Since its creation in 1982, HI has implemented development programs in nearly 60 countries and is involved in many emergency situations. In January 2018, the global network Handicap International becomes Humanity & Inclusion. It includes national associations called "Handicap International" in continental European countries (in France (1982), Belgium (1986), Switzerland (1996), Luxembourg (1997) and Germany (1998)) and "Humanité & Inclusion "in the United Kingdom (1999), Canada (2003) and the USA (2006). The Canadian association was founded in 2003 and became a registered charity in 2006. Its mandate is to support the work of the international network through:

  • fundraising;
  • communication and dissemination;
  • ongoing political action and network advocacy;
  • awareness-building among members and supporters;
  • intervention on behalf of people with disabilities to affirm their dignity and rights.

Jérôme Bobin

Executive Director

Elena Pukhaeva

Adm. & Fin. Manager

Yilma Gari

Projects Officer

Gabriel Perriau

Communications Officer

Marie-Christine Gareau

Project Support Officer

Christophe Masson

Philanthropic partnerships

Agata Turbanska-Liautaud

Instutional Partnerships

Board of directors

President - Pierre Léonard

Partner, Vice President and Creative Director, Parallèle

A graduate of the graphic design programme at the Université du Québec à Montréal, Pierre spent more than twenty years at the Cossette Communication Group as creative director and as executive director of Graphème (now Identica), its branding and graphic design subsidiary. Over the course of his career, he has worked as a consultant for several important clients such as Bell Canada, Air Canada, Bombardier, Desjardins, Provigo, Domtar, Radio-Canada, Softimage, the Université de Montréal, the city of Montreal, Cavalia and Cirque du Soleil.

Pierre taught at the Université du Québec à Montréal from 1992 to 1999. He is regularly asked to give lectures, sit on juries, and present his vision of branding and design. In December 2009, he joined Parallèle as a partner, vice-president and creative director.

Pierre was president of the Société des designers graphiques du Québec from 2000 to 2010. He co-founded and now sits on the board of directors for the Conférence interprofessionnelle du design du Québec. He is vice-president of the board of Mission Design, which he also co-founded.

As part of its 40th anniversary celebrations, the Université du Québec à Montréal named Pierre an institution ambassador.

Vice-President - François Boscher


François Boscher specializes in commercial law at the Montreal law firm BKG. After practicing law in France from 1981 to 1992, he decided to emigrate to Canada. He now helps establish European companies, mainly French ones, in Canada. As trustee and previous Secretary of the Association, François provides legal support to the Board of Trustees. He holds a master’s degree in private law and another in international commercial law.

Treasurer - Guy Dufour

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Trustee - Marie-José Surpris

Principal, Partnerships, Umalia Inc.

Marie-José believes that there exists an unprecedented state of readiness on the part of companies, individuals and non-profit organizations to create bridges and engage in dialogue that will bring considerable business gain and result in national and international sustainable impact. An opinion built through the various positions of progressively increasing responsibility (international program and project management, strategic planning, organizational change management, and executive management) that Marie-José held with Canadian and American organizations such as Oxfam Québec, United Nations (FAO, FNUAP), and PACT (US). She supported NGO, community, and development agency-based partnership initiatives with a view to sustainable development.

Marie-José also brings experience in international cooperation in several African countries and has an excellent understanding of civil society in Africa and in Canada. Her four principal areas of expertise include: project management, capacity building and team coaching, social communication for development, and gender equality. She has also lived abroad in countries such as Benin, Madagascar, Cape Verde, Chad, Mauritania, Niger and has worked in another 10 countries worldwide for punctual projects.

Trustee - Anthony Arquin


Trustee - Luc Forget

Architectural and Urban Accessibility Consultant, EX Aequo

After studying visual arts in university, where he also received a teaching certificate, he worked as a sculptor for a number of years. He was a member of the Conseil de la sculpture du Québec’s board of directors for 5 years. His interest in living spaces led him to pursue architectural studies. For over a decade, he has specialized in making architectural and urban settings, as well as public transportation, universally accessible, helping to ensure the economic and social inclusion of people with motor impairments.

Trustee - Philippe Régnoux

Trustee - Anthony Lemke

Official ambassador in Canada for Humanity & Inclusion, actor Anthony Lemke takes on the responsibility of helping to raise Canadians’ awareness of HI’s efforts and goals around the world; he visits regions affected by the devastating use of explosive weapons where HI intervenes, and he assists in lobbying for reducing the impact of armed conflicts on innocent civilians.