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Board of Directors2019-03-19T15:28:53+00:00

Meet the Board of Directors of the SDECB and learn about their expertise.

Suzanne Jacob
Suzanne JacobPresident
Ms. Jacob has boundless energy and generosity, which is wonderful for the organizations that have the privilege of collaborating with her. At the SDE, we are proud to be able to draw on her 30 years of experience in administration, public relations and sales, and to rely on her volunteering on various boards of directors, such as for the Fondation des francophones en Colombie-Britannique and Réseau-Femmes Colombie-Britannique. Our mentored clients adore her for the judicious advice she dispenses and her colourful sense of humour as a volunteer mentor. Everyone thinks that her career as a Financial Advisor in Investment & Insurance should just be a pastime and that she should become a full-time mentor.
Céline Sauvage
Céline SauvageVice-President
After more than 25 years spent working in government, Céline took a different path to spend her last years of professional life. She is now a real estate agent for Sutton West Coast Realty and loves helping her clients to find the perfect home. Her clients appreciate the care she takes, and we at the SDE consider ourselves lucky to be able to count on her talent and generous dedication. With her experience as President of Réseau-Femmes Colombie-Britannique, Céline has everything it takes to advance the goals of the SDECB. Our goal is to provide a space that Céline can call home at the SDE.
Éric Baranes
Éric BaranesTreasurer
Mr. Baranes’ biography will be updated as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.
Francine Legault
Francine LegaultSecretary
Francine can always be relied on to promote the activities of the Francophone community and boost the attendance rate. People are drawn to her dynamic personality! A busy real estate agent for RE/MAX Ocean Pacific Realty, Francine belongs to the Francophone Chamber of Commerce of Vancouver and was previously the President of this organization. The SDE counts on her, particularly her expertise of more than 20 years in sales, customer services and marketing.
Serge Corbeil
Serge CorbeilDirector
If you would like to know more about the Francophonie, politics or running, you should speak with Serge. He has over 20 years of experience in the field of government relations and spent a number of years in the service of the Fédération des francophones de la C.-B., and has run many marathons. Whatever position he holds, Serge succeeds brilliantly. He is currently Director, Government Relations, Western Region, at Air Canada. You can no doubt guess which airline the employees prefer.
Galia Schukr
Galia SchukrDirector
Galia has always demonstrated audacity and resilience. She is an entrepreneur par excellence, and her company, Prestige Performance Consulting Ltd., helps businesses to improve their performance and meet their corporate objectives. To provide this assistance, Galia drawns on 30 years of business experience at the local, national and international levels. She works with many Francophone entrepreneurs. She provides coaching that always results in long-lasting transformation. This is inevitable because no one can resist her enthusiasm and her accent evoking the warmth of the Mediterranean! We are thrilled to benefit from her many talents!
Pierre Touzel
Pierre TouzelDirector
An engaged citizen, Pierre represents his French compatriots who have also settled in British Columbia. He is a Delegate to the Assemblée des Français de l’Étranger (AFE) and holds the position of Consular Advisor at the Consulate General of France in Vancouver. A graphic designer, he applies his creative side every day for the benefit of his clients. But creativity is not his only talent. He is organized and entrepreneurial, and has a solid background in project management. This proved to be very useful for him when he founded Make Music Vancouver in 2010.