Board of Directors

Board Composition 2018-19

(Updated October 2018)

According to its Rules and Regulations, Entité 2 must have at least 7 members on its Board, with a maximum of 12. Please fin below the composition of our Board for 2018-19:

1. France VaillancourtChair - HNHB
2. Denise CarterVice-chair - WW
3. Jean-Rock BoutinSecretary - HNHB
4. Paul-Benoit LatourTreasurer - WW
5. Jeanne FortilusDirector - HNHB
6. Suzette HafnerDirector - WW
7. Anik Lambert-Bélanger, Director - HNHB
8. Mélissa LoïzouDirector - HNHB
9. Sabrina PilusoDirector - HNHB


France Vaillancourt
France Vaillancourt was born in Hearst in Northern Ontario. She joined the Board of directors of the Entity in September 2017. France holds the Executive Director position at Community Living Grimsby, Lincoln and West Lincoln since July 2017. Prior, she was the Assistant Executive Director at the Centre de santé communautaire de Hamilton/Niagara (CSCHN) from 2012-2017. Before re-orienting her career in the not-for-profit world, France worked for the Ontario government for 15 years in different front line and management roles. She worked as a Probation & Parole officer with both adults and youth. She then moved to the Ministry of the Attorney General where she worked as a Program Supervisor for the Ontario Victim Services Secretariat before becoming the Manager of the French Language Institute for Professional Development with the Office of Coordinator of French Language Services. Her last government position was as the Area Manager of the Hamilton Centre Probation and Parole Office. « back to top »

Denise Carter
Denise Carter is a retired national bilingual CUPE representative. Denise graduated from Conestoga College as part of the Early Childhood Education program and was a Home Child Care caseworker for the Waterloo Region for 15 years. She was hired as a CUPE representative in 1999 and held this position until 2016. As a representative, she mainly represented Francophone members of the French language schoolboards in Southern Ontario as well as those of a francophone long-term care home. She is an active member of the local community who has served on many boards. In addition to being the vice-president of the Entity, she currently sits on the Board of Directors of Langs Community Health and Wellness Center in Cambridge. « back to top »

Jean-Rock Boutin
Jean-Rock Boutin holds a master’s Degree in social work from Laval University. He has more than thirty years of experience as Bilingual Social Worker in Ontario and Québec. He has been involved since 1992 in the Health, Social and Community sectors with Francophone minority communities, for the most part, and with marginalized populations such as seniors, Immigrants, LGBTQ people and individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Jean-Rock has also held many volunteer positions with local, regional and provincial francophone and bilingual health organizations. He is among the founders of FrancoQueer and Action positive VIH/SIDA, an AIDS Service organization in Toronto. « back to top »

Paul-Benoît Latour
Paul-Benoît Latour is a microbiologist who started his career more than 40 years ago as a laboratory technician at St. Michael’s hospital in Toronto. He holds a B.Sc.(Hon) and an M.Sc. in Bacteriology from the University of Guelph, having done research on antibiotic resistance. Paul-Benoît was accepted as a member of the Canadian Society of Microbiologists in 1969. Starting in 1969, and for twenty years, professor Latour taught anatomy, physiology and microbiology for Conestoga College’s nursing school. He has also taught scientific thinking and bioethics in other college programs. From 1990 to 1992 through a secondment to the ministry of health, Paul-Benoît was the first French language health services coordinator for the city of Hamilton. In 2001 professor Latour received the Aubrey Hagar Award for the quality of his teaching and for his dedication to his students. Having retired in 2004 Paul-Benoît still continues, as he has for many years, to actively promote the rights of the francophone community whether it be in a social context or about the rights to education or health care services. Currently Paul-Benoît is a director for the French seniors’ club in Cambridge. « back to top »

Jeanne Fortilus
Jeanne Fortilus currently works in the field of finance and business administration. She also teaches at the post-secondary level. She has completed postgraduate studies in social and economic sciences and business administration. Jeanne is very involved in the Francophone community of the Niagara region where she has coordinated several community projects. This two-time mom with a passion for hiking loves the natural landscape of Niagara where she has been living for six years. She believes that support at all levels and in different sectors are important to meet the needs of Francophones living in minority communities. « back to top »

Suzette Hafner
Originally from Montreal, Suzette has been living in Ontario for 48 years. She studied at the University of Montreal and the School of Public Administration (ÉNAP). She taught in private colleges, and later taught French as a second language to federal officials and the military before moving on to administration positions. She finished her career as the Director of Language Training and Testing at the Ministry of National Defense. She has lived in Kitchener-Waterloo for 7 years, where she became involved with the Association des Francophones in Kitchener-Waterloo, including 4 years as their president. I wanted to get involved with the board of Entité 2 to work, in collaboration with my fellow board members, to advance issues that are important to me. « back to top »

Anik Lambert-Bélanger
Anik Lambert-Bélanger earned a Masters of Public Health from Lakehead University in 2011. She has seven years’ experience coordinating and managing the health system. She is currently Coordinator of Community Paramedicine Program at Niagara Region Public Health. She also has three years of public health research experience, and two of her articles have been published in the Primary Health Care Research Development journal and the Journal of Safety Research. « back to top »


Mélissa Loïzou
Mélissa graduated from the National Law Program from the University of Ottawa. Following her studies, she worked as a International Relations Advisor at the National Assembly of Québec. In 2010 she returned to Ontario to become the bilingual staff lawyer of a legal clinic. She is responsible for French Language Services at the Hamilton Community Legal Clinic and led the designation process under the French Language Services Act. In addition to practicing law full time, she teaches yoga and meditation in Dundas. « back to top »


Sabrina Piluso
As the Director of Quality Improvement at the Centre de Santé Communautaire of Hamilton / Niagara, Sabrina is responsible for ensuring high quality service delivery through various quality improvement strategies. Previously, Sabrina was an Advisor of Health System Transformation at the HNHB LHIN where she facilitated the early development and implementation of Health Links. Sabrina has also worked at the Toronto Central LHIN, the Ontario Community Support Association, and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Sabrina has a Master of Arts in Applied Health Sciences with a concentration in Community Health; a Bachelor of Science in Honours Health Sciences; and a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification. « back to top »