Breakfast Club of Canada is led by an experienced team of caring, committed professionals.
PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER
As president and founder of Breakfast Club of Canada, Daniel works tirelessly to ensure that all children have an equal chance to enjoy a nutritious breakfast every day.
A true social entrepreneurship visionary, Daniel has received numerous awards for his body of work, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Quebec YMCA Peace Medal for his commitment to youth. He is a Member of the Order of Canada and a Knight of the Ordre national du Québec.
Tommy Kulczyk joined Breakfast Club of Canada’s team as Managing Director in 2019. Tommy’s path had crossed BCC’s as he worked his way up at Sun Youth for 35 years. In those years, he managed to federate many actors around the children’s cause, setting up, amongst other things, what has become La grande guignolée des médias. He had the great challenge to coordinate the emergency aid department, making sure that families had access to resources in challenging times such as floods and power outing. He then joined the City of Montreal as the first Children’s Commissioner, creating the structure that would allow for this city to ensure their children thrive.
It is no coincidence that, as an adult, the leader works tirelessly to contribute to the fight against poverty and social exclusion, as he says he’s grown up seeing this in his backyard.
VICE-PRESIDENT, GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS, QUEBEC, AND MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS
Marie-Claude is an ardent advocate for children’s well-being. She joined Breakfast Club of Canada in 2000. Her experience has grown as the Club has expanded throughout the country: from defending Quebec children’s right to a nutritious breakfast to ensuring the Club’s message resonates from coast to coast.
As methodical as she is tenacious, Marie-Claude thrives on challenges. She proudly embraces a steadfast “children first” view in all of her actions and decisions.
DIRECTOR, IMPACT & SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS AND CO-FOUNDER
In November of 1994, Judith cofounded the Club des petits déjeuners du Québec (Québec Breakfast Club), fueled by the desire to create social change. She wanted every child to receive two key elements for learning: a nutritious breakfast and a nourishing environment. Judith contributed to every growth level of the organization and then went on to play a pivotal role in the founding of Breakfast Club of Canada in 2005 and currently occupies the position of Director, Impact and Sustainability with a focus on innovative approaches, and collective impact work.
With a background in accounting, Pierre Champagne truly values the stories told by the numbers. Having dedicated most of his career to improving the lives of Canadians at different levels, he has worked as a controller and an auditor before turning to roles that allowed him to put his leadership skills to good use – not only in the realm of finance but of governance. He is particularly proud of having been part of the team that has helped the medical world become an entirely computerized system.
Pierre aspires to make the Club an organization recognized for its transparency, governance and financial responsibility from coast to coast, in the name of increasing the Club’s impact and of serving a growing number of children.
NATIONAL CO-DIRECTOR, PROGRAMS
A true believer that all children should have access to healthy nourishment, Caroline joined Breakfast Club of Canada in 2009, during which time she has worn many hats, mastering a number of roles on the Programs team. Thanks to her drive and determination, Caroline has made significant contributions to the Club’s expansion throughout Canada. She has learned a lot from this experience; seizing the opportunity to improve best practices from coast to coast. Caroline’s leadership style is a collaborative one that calls on all team members to lead and contribute in a way that encourages growth and instills confidence. Now more than ever, her objective is to develop strategies that will efficiently ensure the sustainability of breakfast programs to reach an ever-growing number of children.
DIRECTOR, CORPORATE PARTNERSHIPS
“Breakfast Club of Canada wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for its numerous partners. As part of her mandate, Lisa Clowery develops strategic alliances with businesses and foundations who share the Club’s vision. A fundraising and business development expert, Lisa pays close attention to the needs of the Club’s partners and can show amazing creativity in ensuring everyone gets what they need. Her experience working with large corporations gives her an edge when it comes to identifying opportunities and making sure they generate profitable outcomes for all. Lisa believes children are our most precious resource and sees her work as a way to help them reach their full potential.
HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR
As the Human Resources Director for Breakfast Club of Canada, Karine Grondin sees her role as ensuring that the organization’s people remain its greatest asset while leveraging their passion and skills to make them more fulfilled employees. A seasoned advisor cumulating over 20 years of experience in human resources and communications, Karine highly values team spirit and professionalism. It is with a strong sense of ethics that she approaches her work, whether it is remuneration, organizational development, recruitment, training or employee engagement. As a member of the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés, it is important for Karine to instil a harmonious workplace where each employee is treated with respect. A great listener, she is fiercely dynamic and always open to new ideas to ensure staff mobilization when faced with small and big decisions.
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DIRECTOR
For close to ten years, Maxime Poulin has held various positions in Quebec and overseas, as a consultant and as a Project Manager, Director of Operations and IT, and Chief Technology Officer for different start-ups. In addition to his professional experience, Maxime completed specialized degrees in computer science and in business administration, making him the ideal person to lead Breakfast Club of Canada’s department of IT. For the multipassionate and multitalented Information Technology Director, the Club embodies hope, generosity and altruism, values he is strongly committed to. Through his role, his goal is to contribute to the Club’s expansion by improving “communications” between systems and by enhancing the management of the Club’s various teams and their capacity to collaborate.
If there’s a world that Nathalie Rochette knows, it’s that of children, having spent several years of her career with Hasbro Canada, the company behind some of the world’s greatest success stories of the toy industry and who happens to be a partner of Breakfast Club of Canada. But this experience wouldn’t in itself summarize Nathalie’s career, who has also championed roles in agencies and with significant Quebec institutions. She brings to the position of Director of Communications many strengths: a great sense of public relations, political flair, an excellent understanding of the media and a solid know-how in team and external agency management. For the time being, Nathalie’s main preoccupation is to increase awareness of the Club across the country so to help it reach its ultimate goal of ensuring all Canadian children have access to a breakfast every morning.
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