Our Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors, which has equal representation, is composed of dedicated members whose profile complement each other in the expertise they bring to the MIS. We’d like you to meet them!

Photo de Claude Pinard, président du conseil d'administration de la MIS

Claude Pinard, President

Executive Director of the Mirella and Lino Saputo Foundation, a private family foundation in Montréal, Mr. Pinard is involved in supporting various initiatives aimed at improving the quality of life of seniors, people living with disabilities and people of immigrant background. A graduate in Political Science and trained in communications, he has management experience in both the private and public sectors. Together with several partners, the Mirella and Lino Saputo Foundation participated in the launch of the Maison de l’innovation sociale in Montréal. Mr. Pinard also sits on the Board of Directors of the Philanthropic Foundation of Canada as well as on the Global Council of the Social Innovation Exchange, based in London.

Bram Freedman, Treasurer

A lawyer by training, Mr. Freedman spent most of his professional career at Concordia University as a senior administrator. From 2013 to 2018, he served as vice-president of development and external relations and oversaw the university’s fundraising and outreach efforts, including the Office of Community Engagement. He is an active volunteer who has held several executive positions in the following organizations: CLSC Métro, Jewish Eldercare Centre, Destination Centre-Ville, Conseil Emploi Montréal and the Mallet Institute. In the spring of 2018, he was appointed president and CEO of the Jewish General Hospital Foundation of Montréal.

Bram Freedman, membre du conseil d'administration de la Maison de l'innovation sociale
Photo de Lyse Brunet, administratrice de la Maison de l'innovation sociale

Lyse Brunet, Director

With a passion for transforming lives for a better world and fascinated by the creative potential that lies within everyone, Ms. Brunet has been involved in community and philanthropic action throughout her 40-year career. She has directed the Fonds pour le développement des jeunes enfants (Avenir d’enfants) created by the Government of Québec and the Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation, and was Vice-President Social Development at Centraide of Greater Montréal. A very committed woman, now retired, she continues to be involved in the community by serving on boards and through mentoring.

Erica Barbosa Vargas, Director

Director of Solutions Finance at The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, she leads strategies for financial innovation and for integration of the Foundation’s financial assets to support social and economic system’s transformation. She joined the Foundation with 13 years of global professional experience in the private sector and international development, primarily in Latin America, Canada and the UK. She holds a MPA in Public and Economic Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and completed an  undergraduate studies in behavioural psychology and neuroscience. Co-founder of Educating the Streets-Building Society in Bolivia, she sits on Advisory Boards of various investment funds in Canada, and of organizations working in social innovation globally.

Photo de Erica Barbosa Vargas, membre du conseil d'administration de la Maison de l'innovation sociale
Photo de Luciano Barin Cruz, membre du conseil d'administration de la Maison de l'innovation sociale

Luciano Barin Cruz, Director

Associate Professor of Management and Social Impact at HEC Montréal, he serves as the Director of Pôle Ideos (Social Impact Centre) at HEC Montreal, the Director of the Yunus Social Business Centre (HEC Montreal), the Director of the ‘Sustainability Challenge’ module of the EMBA McGill-HEC Montreal. He also holds a research professorship in Organizational Models and Social Impact. Professor Barin Cruz has served as an expert on projects supported by the InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB), the Government of Quebec, and Desjardins International Development as well as with several other organizations integrating social impact into their value chains. His research projects focus on social impact/innovation, sustainability, and social responsibility and they have been published in numerous specialist journals.

Josée Duplessis, Director

Executive Director of the Maison du développement durable, Ms. Duplessis has more than 25 years of experience in management and public policy. A sociologist by training, she holds an EMBA from the McGill-HEC joint program and is also an Administratrice de société certifiée, ASC. She was Senior Director, Public Affairs for Canada at CN after her involvement in politics at both the federal and municipal levels. She has occupied the following positions: Chief of Staff for the Minister of Family, Children, Social Development, Employment Insurance and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Chair of the Board of Directors of Recyc-Québec, Executive Director of the Micmac Nation of Gespeg, City Councillor and Chair of the Executive Committee of the Ville de Montréal.

Crédit photo:Mathieu B. Morin

Photo de Josée Duplessis, administratrice de la Maison de l'innovation sociale 2020