Board of Directors / Executive Comittee

Sylvain Leith, President

Risk Management Consultant

Dr. Francine Décary, Vice-President

Corporate Director. Formerly President and executive director of Héma-Québec since its founding in 1998, Francine Décary works as both a hematologist and an administrator, holding an MBA in management from the Université de Sherbrooke and a PhD from the University of Amsterdam. Once named “Personality of the Week” by the daily La Presse and “Physician at Heart and in Deed” by the Association des médecins de langue française du Canada, Décary also received the FIODS’s 2002 “Medal for the International Merit of Blood” and the “CSTM Ortho Award” for her contribution to the Canadian blood system in the same year. She is a member of the board of directors for the International Council for Commonality in Blood Banking Automation Inc. (ICCBBA), an international organization, as well as the SMCQ. Dr. Décary’s interest in the arts extends to a love of opera, and, as a result of her many travels, has attended productions all over the world.

Sylvain Chartier, Tresorer & Secretary

B. Sc. ing. MBA, IAS.A., Continuum

Sylvain Chartier graduated from École Polytechnique de Montréal with a degree in Industrial Engineering. He also holds an MBA from holds an MBA from École des Hautes Études Commerciales. During his career Sylvain has held positions in manufacturing, petroleum sales and marketing, pharmaceutical/medical and biotech, with increasing responsibilities. In 1991, along with two partners he founded SoluMed Solumed Inc., a pharmaceutical company specializing in formulating, manufacturing and selling topical antiseptics. As President he grew the company to a multimillion business with sales across the globe. In 2008 Solumed was sold to a Fortune 100 company and following the acquisition Sylvain worked for them as International Integration Manager. Over the past several years, Sylvain has taken advantage of a sabbatical to refresh his ideas, perfect his company management skills and is now working on a new biotech start-up in the healthcare industry and also as a Director for a not for profit organisation. In his role as a director Sylvain’s key strengths include strategic planning, sales and marketing expertise and human resources management.