Aphasia House Foundation – Board of Directors

Frederic Hivon
President of the Board

“After having spent many years abroad in Afghanistan, Tanzania, the Central African Republic and Cambodia, I returned to Quebec in 2011.  I am a prosecutor for the federal government.  I am 42 years old and married with two children, Tarafi, 5 years old, and Olivier, 10 years old. In the spring of 2007, my father, Rene, became aphasic after a stroke.  He had been a university professor and now found himself at a loss and, handicapped by aphasia, he had lost almost all his joie de vivre.  He did not recover from his stroke and died two years later at the age of 68.  Neither aphasia nor the AQPA are well known.  I am happy to offer my humble contribution to the Maison de l’Aphasie project.”


Normand Trottier 
Vice-President of the Board Financial Advisor,
Financière Banque Nationale

He began his career as an accountant and as a controller for Lavallee, Bedard, comptables agrees, where he was given the responsibility of overseeing the Loto Quebec draws.  Subsequently, he held the position of vice-president of finance at Keylitho Ltd, then that of director of purchasing at Nordx CDT, then that of director of clinical activities at the CHUM Foundation. Contributing to the creation of a good work environment, Normand has never hesitated to organize activities and events.  Furthermore, he has acted as a caregiver twice, offering aid and empathy to people in need or care and assistance.  The foundation is overjoyed to be able to count on Mr. Trottier.


Mohamed Hocini
Treasurer of the Board

Mohamed Hocini is an Algerian of Berber origin. He is the father of two children. As an accountant he has dedicated his expertise to help and support community organizations with his professional advice.

Guylaine LeDorze 
 Speech-Language Pathologist,
Professor, Université de Montreal

Professor and researcher at the school of speech-language pathology at l’Universite de Montreal, Guylaine LeDorze provided us with her professional and personal vision regarding the needs of the caregivers of people with aphasia by offering her volunteer collaboration in the educational video “Pour communiquer avec une personne aphasique”. It is with pleasure that the Foundation for the Maison de l’aphasie has recruited Dr. LeDorze.


Marc Labrosse 
National Sales Director, Conglom


Michelyne Hubert and Sylvain Chartier, Administrators.

They were among the founders of AQPA in 1982 and after.
 is a Speech-Language Pathologist at the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montreal
Sylvain is Economist for Hydro-Quebec

Since the ambitious ideals of the first days, and in spite of meager means, the AQPA has spreadthroughout Quebec to promote public awareness and understanding of aphasia and has contributed to the birth of many associations of people with aphasia.

As privileged witnesses of the development of the AQPA along with people with aphasia, their close friends and family, volunteers, colleagues, we participated in its evolution, each in our own way. To live this experience, to share in each challenge and success has been most rewarding.

By friendship, solidarity and the desire to offer our support and our willingness to listen, we have chosen to pursue this challenging adventure. From the beginning of AQPA, we have chosen this living environment project for people with aphasia and their close friends and family. And, we are not alone.

From the outset, AQPA has welcomed students, researchers and professionals from many fields. Some volunteers have also shared in this dream. It is this life, this togetherness that stimulates us.

The “House of Aphasia ” is a project that will succeed. It is what we have planned to bring to life for the last 35 years.

Today, with these words, we join our voices to the chorus of people with aphasia. Together and with you, we sincerely hope to make this dream come true.

Marie-Claire Nadeau, president of the Board of AQPA

After many years as a community worker with children, in planning daycare services and in social economic projects, Marie-Claire Nadeau has managed a five year mandate in International Cooperation with SUCO. In this role, she participated in creating an association of women living on mining territories of Peru. In September 2016 a publication has retraced the 30 years history of this association.

On her return from Peru, she became involved during 20 years in local development projects in the South-West district of Montreal along with the team of the Economic Development Corporation RESO. She founded and managed the first mutual territorial workforce training program for the SMEs and associations in this sector.

For the last 10 years, she has been a member on the board of directors of the NGO ADNS for the survival of a village school in Haïti.

In September 2010, her life companion, Joseph Giguère, has been diagnosed with aphasia following an unfortunate stroke. She then decided to dedicate herself to his rehabilitation. Her involvement with AQPA and the Foundation House of Aphasia is the expression of this dedication.

« To lower the limits of the impossible, to overcome the difficulties associated with aphasia, Joseph and I are dreaming of the day when researchers, neurologists, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, the associations for people with aphasia in Québec and all people concerned by this situation will imagine and build a daring project for the rehabilitation and the integration of people with aphasia. The first step towards the possible is do it now! »