The Team

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The team behind Dejeun’aide is made up of determined young leaders who range between current university students focusing on their studies or who are post-degree and are at the start of their careers. A fundamental commonality that this team is passionate about is supporting the growth and functions of the Montreal Children’s Hospital and the role the hospital plays in the community.

Déjeun’aide is part of the Young Leader’s Circle whose ultimate mission is to make a positive impact on pediatric care in Quebec through creative fundraising.  For more information, click here.

Thomas
Thomas Sinclair

Founder & Co-Chair

What has motivated you to join Déjeun’aide / help the cause? I founded Déjeun’aide with friends and family to promote the activities of the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation to students within the McGill community. It was a unique opportunity to meet inspiring leaders, build my personal network, and get involved in philanthropy.

What is your hometown? Montreal

What is your field of study/work? I have an undergrad in finance and economics from McGill University, and a Master’s in business intelligence from HEC Montréal. I currently work as a senior consultant at EY in the data and analytics team. At the start of my career, my projects were mainly focused on data visualization. I currently work with Big Data and validating the information at each stage of the delivery (ingestion, transformation, serving).

What has been your favorite thing about the event Déjeun’aide? Meeting leaders and future committee members. It is great to see so many accomplished individuals come together in one place. This is a unique opportunity unlike any event I’ve previously participated.

Most of our committee members joined the Déjeun’aide team after attending a previous event. It is great to see the event grow and have bright young professionals share the same passion as mine.

What’s your favorite activity / passion? I play a lot of seasonal sports: golf, cycling and swimming in the summer, snowboarding and squash in the winter. While coding at work, I listen to Dream Theater and Neal Morse Band (see shirt). I attended 3 concerts last year and I have a live streamed concert in September.

Ronnie
Ronnie Vincelli

Co-Chair

What has motivated you to join Dejeun’aide / help the cause? My motivation to join Déjeun’aide was twofold. Firstly, Thomas Sinclair (founder of Déjeun’aide) and I have known each other all our lives as our fathers are great friends. When Thomas approached me to join his team in 2016, his vision for Déjeun’aide was exiting and I wanted to be part of growing that vision. Secondly, I made a few trips to the Children’s Hospital in my youth, especially as a toddler, and I seized the opportunity to give back when it presented itself.
Regarding the current cause we are raising money for, the Febrile Young Infant Research Program spearheaded by Dr. Brett Burstein, I was very impressed by Dr. Burstein’s presentation and particularly drawn to the innovative nature of this research program, the first of its kind in Canada.

What is your hometown? Montreal, Québec

What is your field of study/work? Law

What has been your favorite thing about the event Dejeun’aide? It is so difficult to pick just one! My favorite aspect of the event is the satisfaction and enjoyment that both leaders and participants experience each year at our event. The fact that the vast majority of our committee consists of past participants, who felt the desire to join our team and give back to their community through this wonderful Foundation, is a testament to that satisfaction and enjoyment.

What’s your favorite activity / passion? Hockey

What are some advantages that you have found from Working From Home / Studying From Home? The time saved from commuting to school daily, which has allowed me to allocate my time more efficiently and customize my schedule in order to be more productive.

Sara
Sarah Pineau

VP Leaders

What has motivated you to join Dejeun’aide / help the cause? Étudiante en droit à McGill, je me suis jointe à l’équipe de Déjeun’aide pour la planification de la deuxième édition, en 2017. Ayant assisté à la première édition, j’ai immédiatement remarqué la qualité de l’évènement et sa formule unique – un petit-déjeuner intime, permettant des conversations intéressantes avec la communauté d’affaire de Montréal et Toronto.

Le discours du Dr. Gilardino était très émouvant et je suis très heureuse de contribuer à l’avancement de la recherche et des soins médicaux au Children’s.

What is your hometown? Montreal

What is your field of study/work? Law

What has been your favorite thing about the event Dejeun’aide? The unique format, a breakfast networking event, where the students and young professionals get to meet and exchange with some of Montreal’s most respected professionals.

What’s your favorite activity / passion? Arts

What are some advantages that you have found from Working From Home / Studying From Home? Sticking to a healthier lifestyle – eating well, sleeping enough, and exercising every day.

Jerome
Jérôme Cauvier

VP Sponsorship

What has motivated you to join Dejeun’aide / help the cause? Prior to University, in CEGEP, I used to be someone very implicated in extra curriculum activities. In 2018, I met Ronnie during my first year in Law School at Université de Montréal. He invited me to attend to Déjeun’aide. I really appreciated the event and I met great leaders and great people. I was then very intrigued by the organization of this event and I asked him if I could join the committee.

What is your hometown? Montréal, one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

What is your field of study/work? Law, Université de Montréal

What has been your favorite thing about the event Dejeun’aide? The opportunities the event gives us by meeting great leaders of the Montreal Area.

What’s your favorite activity / passion? I enjoy doing sports particularly hockey and running, hanging out with friends, I am a foodie, I read a lot and I love old school movies (ex: The Godfather) and music (Ex: Led Zeppelin)

What are some advantages that you have found from Working From Home / Studying From Home? Albert Einstein once said, “in the midst of every crisis, lies great opportunity.”

WFH gives us something that we deeply miss in our day-to-day life: time. We are no longer obliged to travel. It is our duty to seize this opportunity and to try new things, to develop new passions or to simply become better at things we already did by practicing more.

Lise
Lise Hemeryck

VP Marketing and Communications

What is your hometown? Normandy in France. I’ve lived in Montreal for several years

What is your field of study/work? Strategy Consulting

What has been your favorite thing about the event Dejeun’aide? I’m truly touched by the some of the difficult situations some families and children can go through at the Hospital. It’s really amazing to be able to support the work of the Hospital through Déjeun’aide. As well, hearing the feedbacks from students and leaders that have participated and have made meaningful connections at our event is always super motivating to me.

What’s your favorite activity / passion? Sports, discovering new things in general (travels, art, food, etc.)

What are some advantages you found about working from home?

I love that it has allowed me to see my family and close friends more than usual.

Johan
Johan Saba

Participants

What has motivated you to join Dejeun’aide / help the cause? I was one of the first registered participants for the first edition of Dejeun’aide. I fell in love with the concept and loved the cause, so I decided to join the committee to get involved.

What is your hometown? I am originally from Paris, France but I have been living in Montreal for almost 10 years.

What is your field of study/work? I started in Economics and Finance but later switched to Artificial Intelligence

What has been your favorite thing about the event Dejeun’aide? The people I met both organizing and attending the meeting event. It’s great to see people coming together to have a positive impact.

What’s your favorite activity / passion? I love cooking for people, especially BBQ’ing in the summer.

What are some advantages that you have found from Working From Home / Studying From Home? I spend less time commuting and running between meetings, so I can take more time for myself.

Dimitri
Dimitri Antonopoulos

Leaders and Sponsorship

What has motivated you to join Dejeun’aide / help the cause? As a father to 2 young children, children’s’ health and wellbeing is very important to me. I am grateful every day that my children are healthy and I wanted to give back to those who need the support and help.

What is your hometown? Montreal

What is your field of study/work? Finance

What has been your favorite thing about the event Dejeun’aide? When I first started in my industry, I did not know anyone and it took time for me to meet people and figure out exactly what it was that I loved to do. Im happy to be part of an event that unites different industry leaders with our future leaders. I think the sharing of industry experience and the fresh views and ideas of our younger generation can only bring forth positive results.

What’s your favorite activity / passion? Hockey and Golf

What are some advantages that you have found from Working From Home / Studying From Home? Definitely the extra time with family. 2020 will be remembered as the year my children learned how to ride a bike, learned how to swim and where we started a new family tradition of “picnic movie night”.

Emmanuelle
Emmanuelle Brodeur

Marketing and Communications

What has motivated you to join Dejeun’aide / help the cause? J’ai décidé de m’impliquer à Déjeun’aide pour venir en aide aux enfants malades, puisqu’il s’agit d’une cause qui me tient à cœur. L’enfance est une période courte et extrêmement précieuse et si je peux contribuer à les aider à mener une vie en santé, j’en serai extrêmement heureuse. Les enfants sont notre richesse collective.

Au-délà de sa mission principale, je trouve qu’il s’agit également d’une belle opportunité pour des jeunes professionnels de réseauter avec des professionnels de différents domaines.

What is your hometown? Mont-Saint-Hilaire

What is your field of study/work? Étudiante en droit à l’Université de Montréal

What has been your favorite thing about the event Dejeun’aide? Je n’ai malheureusement pas pu participer à Déjeun’aide l’an passé.

What’s your favorite activity / passion? Je suis une foodie, une passionnée de voyage et j’aime beaucoup la lecture.

What are some advantages that you have found from Working From Home / Studying From Home? La flexibilité, l’autonomie et avoir du bon café 😉

Joyce
Joyce Abou-Merhi

Participants

What has motivated you to join Déjeun’aide / help the cause? One of my friends was an Operating Committee Member last year. After informing me about the event he was organizing, I decided to participate in the 2019 event. I loved my experience so much that it led me to join the team this year!

What is your hometown? Montreal.

What is your field of study/work? I am currently a first-year student at HEC Montreal, completing a bilingual Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in finance.

What has been your favorite thing about the event Déjeun’aide? Being a business student, we are often exposed to networking events, but Déjeun’aide was the first one that I knew that allowed me to be a part of helping a cause at the same time as networking. Therefore, I found it inspiring to be surrounded not only by students who were as motivated and as driven as me to participate in such events, but also by professionals who believe in the cause as well, which is raising funds for the Children’s Hospital.

What’s your favorite activity / passion? Spending quality time with my family, friends and loved ones.

What are some advantages that you have found from Working From Home / Studying From Home? Working from home improves my productivity since I am not exposed to external factors

I don’t lose time during my day to travel from school to home and vice-versa.

Sandra
Sandra Bancerz

Participants

What has motivated you to join Dejeun’aide / help the cause? I joined Dejeun’aide because I wanted to be involved in an important cause that I value with the collaboration of a young professional team.

As a pediatric nurse, I love helping children and I strongly believe that this research program cause have a positive impact on the life of children and their family.

What is your hometown? I am from Montreal.

What is your field of study/work? I graduated from McGill University in Nursing. I am now working as a registered nurse and pursuing my Master’s in Health Administration at Université de Montréal.

What has been your favorite thing about the event Dejeun’aide? This will actually be my first time at Dejeun’aide, but I am excited to network, learn from the multidisciplinary guest speakers and to contribute to this cause.

What’s your favorite activity / passion? My favorite activities are dancing and kickboxing.

What are some advantages that you have found from Working From Home / Studying From Home? One of the advantages from studying from home was the time that I was able to save from commuting. This has allowed me to discover a new hobby, which is baking.

Lena
Léna Pouglis

Marketing and Communications

What has motivated you to join Dejeun’aide / help the cause? J’ai toujours voulu travailler pour une cause qui aide les enfants malades afin de faire une différence.

Déjà dans mon parcours de vie, que ce soit dans mes études et mes précédents emplois, cela me tenait à coeur. Pendant mes 6 années d’étude en Droit en France (dans le Sud et à Paris) et à Montréal pour devenir avocate j’ai porté mon intérêt pour le Droit des enfants et la Protection de la jeunesse. J’ai d’ailleurs travaillé dans un cabinet d’avocats à Westmount qui était dans le domaine du droit de la famille et de la protection des droits de l’enfant.

J’ai aussi étudié quelques mois en éducation à l’enfance et j’ai été éducatrice en pré maternelle pendant 1 an.

Etant donné que je participais déjà à quelques événements caritatifs, dont un que j’ai organisé pour récolter des fonds pour les enfants de l’Hopital Sainte Justine, j’ai décidé de réunir finalement mes passions: l’aide et la protection des enfants sous l’aspect caritatif.

What is your hometown? Je suis née à Pau dans le Sud-Ouest de la France, mais je suis originaire de Juans-les-Pins dans le Sud-Est de la France, qui sont mes véritables racines. 

What is your field of study/work? J’ai étudié pendant 6 ans dans le Droit:

A l’Université de Pau où j’ai obtenu ma Licence de Droit (baccalauréat de Droit)
A l’Université à Paris où j’ai obtenu mon Master en Droit privé. J’ai aussi écrit et soutenu publiquement un mémoire juridique à Paris.
A l’Université de Montréal où j’ai effectué mes équivalences en Droit québécois et Canadien afin de rentrer à l’Ecole du Barreau
J’ai aussi étudié quelques mois en Techniques d’éducation à l’enfance.
A mon arrivée à Montréal il y a 3 ans et demi j’ai eu pleins de petits boulots : serveuse, barista, styliste et mannequin.
Puis, j’ai travaillé comme parajuriste dans un cabinet d’avocats, j’ai aussi été éducatrice à l’enfance pendant 1 an.
Pendant la pandémie du Covid-19 je me suis engagée à l’Hopital du CHUM afin d’aider les personnes âgées atteintes du virus.
Présentement, je travaille pour La Croix-Rouge: j’ai été déployé à l’Institut de réadaptation Gingras-Lindsay afin de travailler pour les personnes en situation de handicap suite à un traumatisme ou un accident.
Dans un proche avenir, j’ai l’intention de repartir dans le domaine juridique et de faire ma formation de 1 mois pour devenir huissier de justice. Mon but étant d’humaniser d’avantage cet emploi qui est « mal vu »: je souhaite apporter un soutien plus « sociale » lors de l’exercice de ce métier.

What has been your favorite thing about the event Dejeun’aide? Dejeun’aide est un concept très innovant et dynamique car il permet le réseautage d’étudiants, de jeunes professionnels, de diverses communautés et d’entreprises pour une très belle cause. Cela permet d’établir un lien inter générationnel où chaque personne va pouvoir amener sa contribution à sa façon. Cet évènement réunit différentes catégories de personnes afin de les sensibiliser à une cause importante en leur permettant de participer de manière active.

What’s your favorite activity / passion? J’adore faire du sport ! Courir, faire du hiking, aller au gym… Je suis quelqu’un de très dynamique, aventureuse et très curieuse 😉

What are some advantages that you have found from Working From Home / Studying From Home? Cela me permet de choisir la manière dont je veux organiser mon emploi du temps. Je suis plus performante et j’utilise mon temps de manière plus efficace. Je peux ainsi continuer à travailler sur mes autres projets reliés à mon emploi régulier, mes activités, mes passions et mes autres formations.

Team 2019

Déjeun’aide Committee (2019): Audrey-Frédérique Lavoie, Jérôme D. Cauvier, Matthew Puglisi, Coline Fiévet, Johan Saba, Lise Hemeryck, Jeremy Thibodeau, Ronald Vincelli, Thomas Sinclair, Sarah Pineau

Team Picture

Déjeun’aide Committee (2018): Daniel Lewin, Jeremy Thibodeau, Jake Sinclair, Brett Sinclair, Coline Fiévet, Matthew Puglisi, Audrey-Frédérique Lavoie, Johan Saba, Julia Mouzakiotis-Paquin, Ronnie Vincelli, Thomas Sinclair, Sarah Pineau, Lise Hemeryck

Team Picture

Déjeun’aide Committee (2017): Jake Sinclair, Coline Fiévet, Michael-Ryan Boychuk, Brett Sinclair, Thomas Sinclair, Sarah Pineau, Matthew Puglisi, Ronnie Vincelli, Julia Mouzakiotis-Paquin

Inaugural committee (2016): Jake Sinclair, Daniel Lewin, Julia Mouzakiotis-Paquin, Thomas Sinclair, Camille Mongeau, Michael-Ryan Boychuk, Ronnie Vincelli