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Board of Directors

The case management of the Réseau du patrimoine franco-ontarien (RPFO) is overlooked by a board of directors consisting of seven to nine directors elected by the general assembly.

To the extent possible, the directors represent the diverse regions of Ontario and the sub-sections of the Franco-Ontarian heritage. The organization looks for the balance in representation of the sexes in the board of directors and looks for candidates whose experiences and expertise are compatible with the RPFO’s mission and goals.

The executive committee consists of officers chosen annually by the Board of Directors:

  • The President,
  • The Vice-President, and
  • The Secretary-Tresurer.


Bertin Beaulieu is a member of the board of directors since 2013. This native  Claire, New-Brunswick, graduated from the University of Moncton and arrived in Ottawa in 1981 and rapidly became a franco-ontarian without abandoning his Acadian roots.

Mr. Beaulieu, owner and CEO of Beaulieu financial solutions, has since 1985 counseled corporative and individual clients on their finances. Renowned for his expertise and exceptional efficiency, Bert proposes the product that will best serve the client, now and in the future, after a complete analysis of the clients’ financial situation. Mr. Beaulieu is a chairman of the RPFO’s board of directors since October 2013 and was elected as president in October 2014.

Bert has been engaged with his community for many years:

  • Member of the board of the Caisse Trillium for 18 years.
  • Member of Club des Optimistes de Rockland since 1985, and president of the club in 1996.
  • Organizer of the golf tournament of Foundation Cité Collègiale and Maison d’amitié.
  • Ottawa Hospital

Mr. Beaulieu lives in Rockland with his wife Suzanne. They have three children: Alexandre, Simon, and Elyse. Bert is an avid squash, golf, and billiards player and loves gardening.


A native of Eastern Ontario, Alexandre Ranger has held multiple administrative positions in various private companies before joining the RPFO team in January of 2010. He has been both the administrative coordinator and manager.

Alexandre left the RPFO in December of 2014 to take on new challenges as an insurance broker for MLS Insurance in St-Isidore.

Since the RPFO is an organization that he holds dear and he is a proud Franco-Ontarian, the board of directors welcomed Alexandre back into its ranks in January of 2015.


Marc Brazeau is a member of the board of directors since 2014, associate at Marcil Lavallée since 1998 and boasts over 25 years of experience as a chartered professional accountant.

Marc has expertise in a variety of services, including certification, taxation, counseling services, tax restructuring, business recovery and preparation of business plans and budgeting for small and medium-sized businesses as well as entities in the public sector, parapublic, non-profit and charity organizations.

The benefits service for non-profit organizations constitutes a large part of Marc’s practices. Other than being the financial auditor, he has participated in numerous other special mandates for the creation of new entities, the execution of new projects, the establishment of new policies as well as new financial and administrative procedures, the implementation of accounting systems and the interpretation and impact of consumer taxes.

On top of his professional activities, Marc involves himself in his community by volunteering for multiple non-profit organizations, where he often sits as treasurer or financial consultant. He is invited on a regular basis to serve as a speaker or coach, speaking about subjects such as governance, government subsidies, consumer taxes, healthy management and the impact of changes made to accounting norms over the course of recent years.

Monsieur Breton est directeur général au Centre franco-ontarien de folklore depuis août 2015. Il possède une bonne connaissance du fonctionnement des conseils d’administration, ayant siégé sur plusieurs au fil des années (Scouts du district de Sudbury, Centre de santé communautaire de Sudbury, ACFO du Grand Sudbury, etc.). Ayant été journaliste et rédacteur en chef du journal Le Voyageur, il a appris à bien connaître le Nord de l’Ontario. Son travail au Collège Boréal lui a aussi permis de bien cerner les différences régionales de l’Ontario français.


Yves Charron is a member of the board of directors since 2016. Born in Ottawa, he has worked in the field of television production for over 15 years. Sometimes producer and director and cameraman, Yves has worked on various projects such as documentaries, corporate videos and reality TV.

Passionate about his work, Yves Charron loves people and is happy to work with various organizations and companies. His work has also helped him develop an excellent network of contacts with the Francophone community in the Ottawa region and Ontario.

As far back as he can remember, heritage, whether architectural, natural, cultural, religious (or any other) has always been important to him. Naturally curious, Yves is interested in the history of the people who contributed to the collective good of our heritage.


Marie-Ève Lemire is a member of the board of directors since 2013. Originally from Abitibi-Témiscamingue, she has lived in Toronto since 2004. She occupies the post of administrator for document management for the Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud (CSDCCS) where she discovered a passion for the history of French Ontario.

She holds a certificate in computer science (TÉLUQ), two certificates in communication (TÉLUQ) and training in document management. One of her mandates is to retrace the history of French language schools in a vast territory in Ontario as to import their anniversaries and promote the history of franco-ontarians.

Marie-Ève decided to get more involved in the field that passionates her. She is a committed volunteer on the website committee of the Association des Archivistes du Québec (AAQ). In 2009, the Association des Archivistes du Québec gave her the President’s Award for her involvement with the organization.


William Tran, a second year student of Medical Sciences at Western University is a member of the board of directors since 2016. He is a native of Chatham-Kent, where he completed his secondary education at the High School of Pain Court. Attracted by the wealth of Franco-Ontarian heritage, he participated in various events related to it, such as the Jeux franco-ontariens 2014 and the march on Parliament Hill for the creation of a Franco-Ontarian university. He also wrote articles for the newspaper " L’Action ". As a member of the board, he plans to highlight the Franco-Ontarian culture throughout the province, especially in francophone schools in Ontario.