The HMR Foundation welcomes four new members to its Board of Directors and ranks among Canada’s best-managed hospital foundations

From the left to the right : Régine Lecours-Angers, Réal Barrette et Sandra Chartrand. Christian Bélair was absent this day.

Montreal, May 9, 2018 – Pierre Nelis, Chair of the HMR Foundation Board of Directors, is pleased to announce the appointment of four new administrators—Sandra Chartrand, Christian Bélair, Régine Lecours-Angers and Dr. Réal Barrette—who are joining a hospital foundation ranked among the best-managed in Canada for the seventh consecutive year by MoneySense magazine.

New administrators join forces for the cause

Sandra Chartrand, Chair, Fondation Sandra et Alain Bouchard

Since 2012, Sandra Chartrand has been the chair of the Fondation Sandra et Alain Bouchard. Over the last 29 years, Sandra has played an active role in the philanthropy community, serving on various boards of directors, helping to organize fundraising campaigns and events, and acting as patron.

Christian Bélair, President and Co-Founder, Credo

Christian Bélair is President and Co-Founder of Credo, a consulting firm specializing in social impact and positive innovation, whose mission is to accelerate the pace of social change. He is also co-founder of La Gare, a collaborative space for start-ups and social entrepreneurs, not to mention the founder of Familia, an organization that bridges the gap between technology and social impact. Before joining the HMR Foundation, he served as President & CEO of the Regroupement des jeunes chambres de commerce du Québec (RJCCQ).

Régine Lecours-Angers, President, April Pharma Inc.

Régine Lecours-Angers has been working in the field of pharmaceutical production since 2002. She started her career in her family’s business, Omega. In 2015, she founded her own company, April Pharma Inc., which exports Canadian-made generic pharmaceuticals. Ms. Lecours-Angers is a member of the Groupement provincial de l’industrie du médicament and Peptigroupe boards of directors.

Dr. Réal Barrette, medical director at the CIUSSS de l’Est-de-l’Île-de-Montréal’s centre of expertise in chronic illnesses

A family physician since 1995, Dr. Barrette has practiced medicine at Montreal’s CHUM and Notre-Dame hospitals for over 20 years. In 2014, he joined the CIUSSS de l’Est-de-l’île-de-Montréal, where he currently serves as coordinating physician in the chronic illness and front-line services departments. He is a medical consultant for chronic illness for the Montreal region and is in charge of the HMR’s family medicine group.

The HMR Foundation would like to welcome its new administrators and extend a heartfelt thanks to Marc Poissant and Pierre Lapointe for their invaluable contributions over the past few years.

For the 7th year in a row, the HMR Foundation has been ranked among the best-managed foundations by MoneySense magazine


For the seventh year in a row, the HMR Foundation has been ranked as one of Canada’s best-managed and top-performing charitable organizations by MoneySense magazine. MoneySense monitors the performance of foundations, evaluates their impact and publicly reports their results in an annual ranking of the top 100 best-managed organizations in Canada.

“To rank high on the list, we absolutely must account for our actions. For us, transparency for the benefit of all our donors, partners and collaborators is vital. It’s our way of expressing our sincerest gratitude to them,” said Pierre Nelis, Chair of the Board.

About the HMR Foundation

A major partner of Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont for the past 40 years, the HMR Foundation supports the hospital’s development strategies, which seek to better meet patient needs. The Foundation supports projects aimed at continuously improving patient care, developing teaching and expanding research. The Foundation solicits the financial support of individuals, private foundations, partners and businesses. Together, they recognize the excellence of care provided to patients at HMR, an outstanding medical centre affiliated with Université de Montréal.


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For information:             Sylvie Rousseau, Head of Communications, HMR Foundation

514-252-3435 or 514-602-2735 /

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