Volunteer leadership team
We work with a team of ambassadors and mentors from diverse backgrounds on programming and outreach.
Christine Lengvari, BSc 72
Christine is president and CEO of Lengvari Financial Inc. Trained as a chartered accountant, she has lectured in financial accounting at both McGill University and the University of Natal in Durban, South Africa, where she spent six years. She set up a non-profit organization to raise funds for job-creation projects in disadvantaged communities in Zululand. Returning to Montreal, Christine joined the family business, was later appointed president and eventually purchased the firm.
Actively involved in the community, Christine serves on boards and committees at Concordia University and its John Molson School of Business, McGill University’s School of Continuing Studies, St. Mary’s Hospital Centre and the International Women’s Forum. In 2014, she was named one of 50 Women of Influence in Canada’s Life Insurance Industry by The Insurance and Investment Journal.
Guylaine is Concordia's University Librarian. She joined Concordia in 2009 as director of the Webster Library and, in 2013 moved into the role of interim university librarian. Previously she was director of the Digital Publishing Centre at the Université de Montréal and executive director of Érudit, a publishing platform for scholarly books and journals in the social sciences and humanities. She has authored many books on scholarly publishing and served as president of the Corporation of Professional Librarians of Quebec from 2008 to 2010.
Guylaine is a member of the Royal Society of Canada Expert Panel on the status and future of libraries in Canada.
Tracy Best, MBA 93
Tracy is senior vice-president, Mobile Advice, at CIBC. She is a seasoned senior executive with profit and loss leadership and experience in general management functions, sales strategy, operational excellence and people leadership. During her 17 years at CIBC, she has worked in multiple lines of businesses including PCF, contact centers, mortgages, sales effectiveness and strategy, retail distribution and brokerage. She has led large teams of diverse employees through cultural change and won an Inclusive Leadership award in 2017.
Tracy is a Fellow in Board Governance and holds the Partners, Director and Senior Officers certifications. She is chair of the board for ISI and an active member on the CAMI board of directors. Tracy was born and raised in Montreal and spent a few years living in California and Saskatchewan before settling in Toronto. She and her husband are avid travelers and cultural enthusiasts.
Kathleen Browne, MSc (marketing) 17
Kathleen is a research analyst at iPerceptions, a leading digital customer research firm based in Montreal. She recently completed her MSc in marketing at Concordia's John Molson School of Business (JMSB). Combining it with her honours BSc in psychology from Queen’s University, she has become an expert in studying and uncovering insights in consumer behaviour. While at Concordia, Kathleen was captain of the cross-country running team and volunteered at Career Management Services, teaching workshops on job search and career skills to JMSB students. Kathleen is passionate about women’s issues and representation, especially in the domains of athletics, leadership, and public health.
Corinne Charette, BSc 75, LLD 11
Corinne Charette is a Senior Fellow at Concordia University. Before taking on this role in September 2017, Corinne was senior assistant deputy minister for Spectrum, Information Technology and Telecommunications, for the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), where she was responsible for spectrum policy and licensing in Canada. Before joining ISED, she was chief information officer of the Government of Canada, Treasury Board Secretariat. Her private-sector career included being CIO for Transat, as well as partner responsible for KPMG Consulting's eBusiness practice. Corinne was among a handful of women who studied engineering at Loyola College, one of Concordia's founding institutions. An active campaigner for charity and board member of the former Loyola Alumni Association, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Concordia in 2011.
Paul Chesser, BA 94, GrDipl 97
Paul is Concordia's vice-president of Advancement, leading the university's fundraising and alumni stewardship activities as well as its most ambitious appeal to date, the Campaign for Concordia: Next-Gen. Now. Before joining Concordia in 2018, he was assistant vice-principal of Development at McGill University and before that, chief development officer at Carleton University, where he led a $300-million comprehensive campaign, the largest in Carleton’s history. He also served as director of Annual Giving at Queen’s University. Paul began his career in advancement at Concordia, serving as associate director of Development.
Paul is a certified fundraising executive and has been an active volunteer within the philanthropic community. He has served on numerous association boards and has presented at conferences for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Anne-Marie Croteau, BSc 86
Anne-Marie Croteau is dean of Concordia's John Molson School of Business and full professor of business technology management. She has many years of administrative experience. Previously she was associate dean responsible for professional graduate programs and external relations at JMSB, associate dean of recruitment and awards at the School of Graduate Studies, director of the John Molson Executive MBA Program and the Aviation MBA Program, as well as the founder and director of the Graduate Certificate in e-Business Program. She was ranked one of the most popular professors at Concordia by Maclean’s magazine for seven consecutive years. Anne-Marie serves on the board of the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) and is chair of its IT steering committee.
Rebecca joined Concordia’s Faculty of Fine Arts in 2015, bringing a wealth of experience and enthusiasm. She was previously dean of Graduate Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and before that, held faculty and research positions the University of Manchester, McGill University, Deakin University in Australia and Concordia, among institutions. Rebecca has also worked as a public programmer and curator at several renowned cultural organizations. As a 40-year-old, she returned to school to take her PhD in England.
Madeleine Féquière, BA 85
Madeleine is director of Corporate Credit Risk Management at Domtar Inc. Previous positions include senior director of Global Credit at AbitibiBowater Corp and assistant vice-president of Global Credit at Teleglobe Canada. With over 25 years' experience, Féquière is a specialist in risk management and operations associated with business credit, improving credit conditions and in global trade.
She has worked on several continents in various sectors of the economy. Since 2014 she has been an independent director of Investissement Quebec Inc. She serves as a director of Gestion Fonds Capital Culture Québec Inc. and is also actively involved in business and humanitarian causes, with two decades of service through participation on numerous boards. She was recently appointed to the board of directors for Tourisme Montréal.
Hélène F. Fortin, BComm 79
Hélène is a partner at LF&B CPA Inc. After graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1979, she became a chartered accountant in 1982 while working at Coopers & Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers). A member of CPA Quebec, she has lectured in accounting and auditing for 20 years at many universities. She has been actively involved with the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants since 1982. Hélène participated in a series of acquisitions that punctuated the growth of Quebecor Inc in the late 1980s. She returned to practicing public accountancy in 1989 as an audit, assurance and advisory partner in her own firm. She is active as an author, lecturer and speaker on enterprise-wide governance.
Anne-Marie Hubert, LLD 15
Anne-Marie is Quebec managing partner at consultancy firm EY. She advises multiple organizations on strategy, governance and performance, with a focus on the culture and human capital required to attain their goals. For several years, she has devoted her energy to management initiatives that aim to help individuals and organizations to reach their potential. She was awarded the Order of Canada in 2017. For four years running, Anne-Marie was named one Canada’s top 100 most powerful women by the Women’s Executive Network. She received an honorary doctorate from Concordia in recognition of her exceptional contribution to the advancement of women in business.
Patricia Lenkov, MBA 86
Based in Manhattan, Patricia is president of Agility Executive Search, a boutique firm she founded in 2008. Widely regarded as a thought leader on board recruiting, corporate governance, composition and succession, she is well known for her work on board diversity. She sits on the New York Steering Committee of 2020 Women on Boards. Patricia was previously the acting assistant director of the MBA Program at Concordia's John Molson School of Business, where she also taught undergraduate management courses.
Andrea C. Martin, BComm 83
Former president of ADT Canada and Protectron, Andrea is a fluently bilingual global president working in the U.K., in North and Latin America, and the Asia-Pacific region. Her diverse industry experiences include fraud and ID protection, business and consumer services, security and smart homes, logistics, direct marketing, multi-brand media, publishing, big-data analytics and dermaceutical. She serves on the boards of United Way of Peel Region and the Natural Curator. In addition to her Concordia degree with a major in statistics, Andrea has completed executive programs at the University of Oxford, U.K., and Queen's University.
Christina Paylan, BA 05, MBA 16
Christina is a business development consultant. With 10 years' experience in media communications, she has worked at various radio stations across Canada. She recently earned her MBA at Concordia's John Molson School of Business. As president of the John Molson Women In Business Club, she started their Leadership Program to help female students build the skills necessary to become successful leaders. Today, she volunteer as a coach for the John Molson case competition teams. She holds degrees in women's studies and journalism.
Julia Sutera, BA 18
Julia Sutera Sardo is a women’s rights activist whose research focuses on the judicialization of politics, the emergence of bills of rights in parliamentary systems and medical assistance in dying. Currently pursuing an MA in Public Administration at Concordia and a Common and Civil Law degree at McGill University, Julia is working to become an attorney specialized in health policy. She recently completed her BA in Political Science and Public Policy at Concordia, where she held leadership roles in the Concordia Student Union and Arts and Science Federation of Associations.
Caroline van Vlaardingen, BA 84
Caroline is a veteran news reporter at CTV Montreal and a part-time journalism instructor at Concordia. She joined CFCF-TV (now CTV Montreal) soon after graduation. Over her 30-plus year career, she has researched, reported, anchored, produced and hosted for the station’s news broadcasts and covered a variety of beats. As one of the first reporters on the scene at Montreal’s Polytechnique massacre, she holds a particular interest in matters of education, women, children and human rights.
Recognized with many journalism awards, Caroline received Concordia’s Benoît Pelland Distinguished Service Award in 2016. She volunteers for children’s and other organizations and has served on the boards of Aids Community Care Montreal and the Concordia University Alumni Association.
Anne Whitelaw, BFA 87, GrDip 92, PhD 96
Anne is Concordia’s Provost and Vice-President, Academic. She joined the university in 2011 as an associate professor in the Department of Art History. Later, as associate dean of Research for the Faculty of Fine Arts, she grew graduate programs and increased visibility of the faculty’s research and artistic accomplishments. Previous to Concordia, Anne was a faculty member at the University of Alberta’s Department of Art and Design for 11 years. She serves on the Council of Canadian Academies' Expert Panel on the State of Science and Technology and Industrial Research and Development in Canada.