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Campaign Leadership

“When you realize how many ways Giant Steps makes an impact in the community, you can’t help but feel an enormous sense of pride. The best part is, there are many opportunities to get involved. We would not have come this far without the dedication of our volunteers. Amazing things happen when people work together towards a common goal, and Giant Steps is a perfect example of this!”

Tracy Pennimpede, Director, Giant Steps Foundation


We have assembled a team of volunteers who believe in this project and who are working to make it a reality. It is time that the public and private sectors work together to impact the autism community for generations to come. It’s time to take a Giant Step for Autism.”

André Bourbonnais
Co-Chair, Giant Steps Autism Centre Campaign


To make a real impact, you need to include autistic representation around the table, listen to the challenges faced, foster collaboration by breaking down silos across all sectors, and spark bold new ideas. This is what Giant Steps does.”

Andrée Dallaire
Co-Chair, Giant Steps Autism Centre Campaign


The support from businesses and philanthropic leaders has been amazing. They recognize the clear need for our project and the ripple effect it will have on families and individuals affected by autism. Our goals will be achieved because of people like you who believe that it is time to make a change.”

Pierre Simard
President of the Board of Directors, Giant Steps Foundation


You are an adult far longer than you are a child. Autism doesn’t end at the age of 21. Giant Steps has an unwavering vision to include people on the autism spectrum in all facets of society and to provide the resources to develop and implement new and innovative programs that will support them throughout their lifetime.”

Nick Katalifos
President of the Board of Directors, Giant Steps School

Jonathan Birks
President, Birks Family Foundation

André Bourbonnais
Campaign Co-Chair
Global Head of BlackRock Long-Term Private Capital

Marc-André Blanchard
Executive Vice-President and Head of CDPQ Global

Me Andrée Dallaire
Campaign Co-Chair
Lawyer

Henriette Angers
Professor, UQAM

Dr. Johanna Choremis
Ophthalmologist, Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital

François Dufresne
Senior Director, Private Equity, PSP Investments

Richard Dufresne
President, George Weston Ltd.

Xavier-Henri Hervé
Executive Director, District 3

Nick Katalifos
Director, Wagar Adult Centre

Heather Kirk
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Selection Group

Élaine Lalonde
Senior Consultant, Global Philanthropic Canada

Antonia Maioni
Dean of the Faculty of Arts, McGill University

Diane de Mailly Nesle Sauvé
President, Jeanne Sauvé Foundation

André Pagé
Managing Director-Quebec, Desjardins Securities Inc.

Pierre Simard
President, Champlain Financial

President
Pierre Simard, President, Champlain Financial

Treasurer
André Pagé, Managing Director-Quebec, Desjardins Securities Inc.

Secretary
Me Andrée Dallaire, Lawyer

Director
Henriette Angers, Professor, UQAM

Director
Dr. Johanna Choremis, Ophthalmologist,
Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital

Director
Richard Dufresne, President, George Weston Ltd.

Director
Me Isabelle Durand, Vice President, Legal Affairs, Ivanhoé Cambridge

Director
Teresa Fata, Chemist

Director
Nick Katafolis, Director, Wagar Adult Centre

Director
Tina Serafin, Engineer

Jacques Chartrand
Vice-President, Fiera Capital

Senator Tony Loffreda
Canadian Senate

Me Doug Mitchell
Founding Partner, IMK

President
Nick Katalifos
Director, Wagar Adult Centre

Vice-President
Me François L’Heureux
Lawyer, Rochefort & Associés

Treasurer
Steven Schneidman
President, Solutions Ink

Secretary
Matthew McCarney
Professor, Selwyn House School

Director
Jennifer Bell
Musician

Director
Eric Berarducci
President, Siècle en Siècle

Director
Cristina Cuffaro
PhD candidate, McGill

Director
Luc Gravel
Officer, Canadian Customs

Director
Jean Charles Grellier
Kinesiologist

Director
Tara Flanagan
Associate Professor, McGill

Director
Xavier Hervé
Executive Director, District 3

Director
Fotini Kotsirilos
Financial Consultant

Director
Sophie Prégent
President, Union des artistes

Director
Claudia Taboada
Author

Director
Régis Worms
Project Manager, Bâtir son quartier

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