Governance
of the IRCM

HR Committee

André Couillard

President, IRCM Foundation; Corporate Director

André Couillard was Vice-President, Executive Search & Recruitment Solutions at Optimum Talent, from 1998 to 2020. He worked as Associate and Associate Director for three national/international executive search firms, in Ottawa and in Montreal. His previous business experience includes executive positions in Operations and Human Resources for national and international corporations, including Sears Canada, Le Château Stores, Shirmax, Henry Birks and Sons Ltd., and Bell Canada.

Former President and member of the Board of Directors of the Regroupement des gens d’affaires de la Capitale nationale (Ottawa), he was/is a board member or member of the advisory committee for several organizations, including the Montreal Kidney Foundation, the Conseil québécois du commerce de détail, Le refuge des jeunes de Montréal, The Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation, and was a founding member of Destination Centre-ville (Montréal).

Mr. Couillard has been president of the IRCM Foundation’s Board of Directors since June 2013 (Board Member since 2009) and is a member of the Ad Hoc Recruitment Committee and of the Ad Hoc Major and Exceptional Donations Committee.

He has been a member of the IRCM Board of Directors since June 2013 and is a member of the IRCM Human Resources Committee.

Philippe Crine

President, Crine Consultant

Philippe Crine is President of Crine Consultant, a firm specializing in business development strategies for North American and European companies. With a vast expertise in research and the pharmaceutical industry, he has held several positions including Vice-President of research and Chief Scientific Officer at Enobia Pharma, as well as Founding President of BioMep, a spinoff of his research activities at the Université de Montréal.

Dr. Crine holds a Master’s and a doctorate degree in biochemistry from the Université de Montréal, and conducted a postdoctoral fellowship at the IRCM under Dr. Michel Chrétien’s supervision. He has published several scientific articles and obtained numerous patents throughout his academic career.

He has been a member of the IRCM Board of Directors since 2015 and is member of the Human Resources Committee and of the Scientific Committee.

Marinella Ermacora

President of the IRCM Human Ressources Committee, Corporate Director

Marinella Ermacora is a Corporate Director with extensive executive experience acquired in dynamic corporations (Fujitsu, CGI, and Bell Canada), and who acted as President at Createch, a Bell Canada company. Over the past 35 years, as an energetic and action-oriented leader, she combined information technology and business to improve innovation, cost savings, operational improvements and growth. She excels in governance, business development, project management, negotiations, process reengineering and business transformation. Marinella Ermacora is known for her inspiring leadership as well as her ability to mobilize and influence others towards common success.  A Certified Director (ICD.D) by the Institute of Corporate Directors (McGill-Rotman), Ms. Ermacora sits on the boards of GHGSat and Capital Régional et Coopératif Desjardins.

Ms. Ermacora was a member of the IRCM Foundation Board of Directors from 2010 to 2017. She has been a member of the IRCM Board of Directors since September 2017. She is also President of the IRCM Human Ressources Committee and a member of the IRCM Executive Committee.

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