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2016-2017 Board of Directors






Dr Yun Jen


Dr. Yun Jen earned her medical degree from Université de Montréal in 1995. She then went on to complete a master’s degree in community health in 2000 and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for her specialty in community medicine. Since 2016, Dr. Jen has been the scientific director for individual and community development at the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ). She is also a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine at Université de Montréal.

Dr. Jen joined the QMA’s Board of Directors in 2013 and has been its president since April 2015.

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Dr Hugo Viens


A 1998 graduate of the Université de Montréal, Dr. Hugo Viens work as medical director for Clinique Dix30 as a specialist in orthopedic surgery. Dr. Viens joined the board of the QMA as a director in 2014.






Dr Laurent Marcoux
Outgoing president 


Dr. Marcoux completed his degree in family medicine at Université Laval and also has a master's degree in health administration from Université de Montréal. He began practising general medicine in a rural area in Saint-Denis-sur-Richelieu in 1973 and also worked in a short-term institution in Saint-Hyacinthe until 2000. Dr. Marcoux was a pioneer in his community and a promoter of innovative primary care organization methods. A founder of the Centre médical Saint-Denis in 1976, and then the Centre radiologique Saint-Denis-sur-Richelieu, he also devoted time to the youth in his community by creating the Club optimiste Saint-Denis and Les Ensembles musicaux du Mont-Saint-Hilaire. He has worked in various areas of medical administration: head of the department of general medicine at his institution and president of the council of physicians, dentists, and pharmacists (CPDP), president of the first Commission médicale de la Montérégie, member of the Conseil médical du Québec, head of the regional general medicine department (DRMG) in Montérégie, and several ministerial committees. From 2009 to 2011, Dr. Marcoux was a member of the Board of Directors of the Association des Conseils des médecins, dentistes et pharmaciens du Québec (ACMDP). He was also the director of professional services and medical affairs at CSSS Jardins-Roussillon de Châteauguay. From 2011 to 2016, he was the director of professional services at CSSS de la Baie-James and is now a special advisor for the CSSS.

Dr. Marcoux has been a member of the QMA’s Board of Directors since 2011 and was president of the association from 2013 to 2015. He is now the outgoing president. He is also very active within the Canadian Medical Association (CMA). He was a member of its Audit Committee in 2008 and 2009, and has been on the organization’s Board of Directors for four years. He is now the president-elect for 2016-2017.

He is also greatly committed to social issues and manages a project to provide accessible housing for economically disadvantaged families in Mexico’s Zihuatanejo region.

Dr. Marcoux is the proud father of three sons and the cherished grandfather of four grandchildren.

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Dre Isabelle Samson


A 2012 graduate of Université Laval, Dr. Isabelle Samson is currently working as a family physician at the CSSS de l’Hématite, in the Côte-Nord area. She was very involved in the university and community during her studies, receiving, among other things, a leadership award from the CFPC and the QMA's Emerging Professional Award. Thanks to the QMA, Dr. Samson developed a keen interest in the organization of health care, as shown by her monthly column in L’Actualité médicale. As she starts her professional career, one of her goals is to help shape the quality of health care in Québec. Whether it is coordinating the Lean project at her institution, following up on vulnerable patients, or through her commitment to the QMA's Board of Directors, Dr. Samson plans to use her dynamic energy in the service of her profession and the population of Québec.

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Dre Michèle Pelletier


Dr. Michèle Pelletier, a graduate of the Faculty of Medicine at Université de Montréal, has dedicated her career to practising general medicine, primarily in the field of emergency care.

Upon completing a master’s degree in health services administration from the same university, she served as the director of professional and hospital services in two institutions in the Laurentian region for almost 10 years, followed by a position as a clinical advisor for the ambulatory services regional programming project in the Laval region.

From 2002 to 2007, she was a director of practice within the strategy and performance consulting group at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton. During her years as a consultant, she held several interim director positions in medical affairs and worked on numerous consulting mandates, primarily in medical and clinical organization, revising organization plans, strategic planning, and performance analysis and optimization.

From January 2008 to January 2015, she worked in various capacities at the Association québécoise d’établissements de santé et de services sociaux (AQESSS). She started out as the director of medical affairs, followed by the position of executive assistant and director of medical and university affairs. After the association’s organization plan was revised, in addition to executive assistant, she also took on the job of director of the organization of services, medical and university affairs until July 2014. From July 2014 to January 2015, she was the director of the office of medical and university affairs. She has been retired since June 2016.

She is the treasurer of the Québec Medical Association and has been a member of the Board of Directors since April 2015.

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Dr Michel Welt 


Upon completing his medical degree at Université de Montréal and a specialization in obstetrics-gynecology at McGill University, Dr. Welt practised medicine in Val d’Or, Abitibi, and then Montréal. He is currently practising at the Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal and is an associate physician at the McGill University Health Centre. He teaches at the faculties of medicine at McGill University and Université de Montréal.

For eight years, he headed the obstetrics-gynecology department at the Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur and was involved with the hospital’s foundation.

He remains committed to his social and community involvement within the Québec Medical Association, the Maison de l’Enfance de Saint-Laurent and with Médecins du Monde.


Dr Guylène Thériault 


With a medical degree from the Université de Montréal, Dr. Guylène Thériault, who did her residency at McGill University, also has a degree in evidence-based healthcare from the University of Oxford, England.

A family physician since 1996, Dr. Thériault has also been member of the clinical leaders group of Choosing Wisely Canada since its creation.

In addition to her clinical duties and research interests, Dr. Thériault has been teaching evidence-based medicine and shared decision-making to students, residents and physicians for several years. Since 2013, Dr. Thériault has given numerous presentations on the topic of overdiagnosis to physicians and health care professionals. She is also a speaker at various events for patients, and covers a number of topics, including screening, overdiagnosis and shared decision-making.

A member of the Board of Directors of the Québec Medical Association since April 2016, Dr. Thériault is also president of the CPDP of the CISSS de l'Outaouais since July 2016.

Appointed to the position of Assistant Dean, Distributed Medical Education, at McGill in 2016, Dr. Thériault is the founder of the centre for the advancement of evidence-based health care, a Web site that proposes tools to help incorporate preventive clinical practices. 

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Dr Frantz-Daniel Lafortune 


Dr. Frantz-Daniel Lafortune has been a director since April 2016 as a resident member. As the founder and then president of the QMA Students Group from 2003 to 2007 (now the QMA’s Students Committee), under his leadership a team of representatives was created in each of the faculties of medicine in Québec.

In November 2006, he organized a benefit concert with the I Medici di McGill orchestra in partnership with the Canadian Medical Foundation, collecting $37,000 for a bursary program for students with financial difficulties. He is a co-founder of the Colloque médical étudiant du Québec (CMEQ) and the CaRMS interview simulation.

He was a board member of Groupe Espace Santé from 2006 to 2008, and of the Fédération médicale étudiante du Québec (FMEQ) from 2008 to 2009, and was on the 1st medical advisory board of Santé inc. magazine from 2012 to 2013.

A 2010 graduate of the MD/MSc program at Université Laval, he won the first award of excellence in research from the Fondation Paul-A. Poliquin in 2003, a scholarship from the Fonds de recherche en santé du Québec (FRSQ) in 2005-2007 and the QMA’s Emerging Professional Award in 2011.

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Mme Claudie Dandurand Bolduc 

Director (Liaison with the Student Committee)


After obtaining a Master of Public Health from the University of California, Claudie Dandurand Bolduc worked for some years in health administration in the United States. In this role, she helped doctors and hospital administration through the changes and new regulations adopted under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Since 2013, she continued her medical degree at McGill University.






M. Normand Laberge 

Executive Director


For close to 30 years, Normand Laberge has been working for organizations linked to the health care and legal sectors, and has acquired solid expertise in the strategic management of non-profit organizations. He has been particularly focused on Canada’s health care community over the past few years, and has developed a close collaborative relationship with provincial and federal authorities.

With a Master’s degree in business administration, he has served as CEO of the Canadian Bar Association – Quebec Branch, vice-president of the Canadian Association of Radiologists, and more recently, vice-president of Rx&D Ottawa (Canada’s Research Based Pharmaceutical Companies).

Mr. Laberge is a founding member of the Wait Time Alliance, a coalition of seven medical societies representing more than 50,000 physicians in Canada whose purpose is to reduce wait times, a priority issue for the Canadian Medical Association. In 2003, he received the Excellence in Association Leadership Award from the Canadian Society of Association Executives for his outstanding work in association management, change management and organizational development, and having demonstrated exceptional leadership.


Education Committee

  • Dr Abdo Shabah, president
  • Dr Denis Drouin
  • Dr Pierre-Charles Gosselin
  • Dr Frantz-Daniel Lafortune
  • Dr Marcel Martin

Students Committee

    • Alexandre Elhalwi (President)
    • Laurence L. Roy (Vice-President)
    • Claudèle Brault
    • Julia Pinheiro Carvalho
    • Davy Vanderweyen
    • Angèle Trinh
    • Aline Khatchikian
    • Louis-Charles Desbiens
    • Mathieu Groulx
    • Claudie Bolduc (Past President)

Past Presidents Forum

  • Dr Laurent Marcoux, president
  • Dr Jacques R. Beauchamp
  • Dr J. Edwin Coffey
  • Dr Jean-Paul Couture
  • Dr Marcien Fournier
  • Dr Henry Haddad
  • Dr Jean-François Lajoie
  • Dr Bruno J. L’Heureux
  • Dr Gilles A. Massicotte
  • Dr Robert Ouellet
  • Dr Louis-Joseph Roy
  • Dr André Sénikas
  • Dr Jean-Bernard Trudeau
  • Dre Ruth Vander Stelt
  • Dr Stanley Vollant
  • Dr Daniel Wagner



General Management

Executive Director

Normand Laberge

Executive Assistant

Lydia Schwiontek

Professional Services

Interim Director Professional Services Coordinator

Mélissa Bourgoin

Continued Medical Education Coordinator

Julie Lapointe

Professional Services Officer

Émilie Goulet


Director of administration

Monique Trottier


Carole Charron 
Sylvie Audette


Director of Communications and Marketing

Denise Pelletier 

Communications Officer

Marc-André Amyot