Breakfast Club of Canada is led by an experienced team of caring, committed professionals.
Since 1994, Daniel has been taking the lead in setting up programs and projects that foster optimal child development.
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.
Our leadership team’s drive and determination are matched only by their dedication to serving children and youth across the country.
Tommy Kulczyk joined Breakfast Club of Canada after dedicating 35 years of his career to the well-being of children. In a way, he owes his strong sense of community to his parents, who have taught him the importance of sharing and caring for others from an early age. Tommy’s commitment is particularly obvious upon hearing his story, when one word comes to mind: facilitator. Indeed, over the years, Tommy has contributed to making the social sector a credible and reliable partner, regardless its sometimes harsh realities. As the Club’s leader, his role is a logical progression of his past experience, one where he must show the way and mobilize.
Known for her human-centered approach, her listening skills and her strategic thinking abilities, Marie-Claude Bienvenue is a model of transparent and ethical governance. Her inclusive, constructive and structured approach and her expertise in management, operational transformation, communications, marketing, and information technology allow her to rapidly grasp and anticipate current and upcoming issues, and make her an outstanding manager and a valuable collaborator. Thanks to 20 years of experience, she has been able to successfully develop and manage significant campaigns and inspires staff with her enthusiasm, integrity and rigor.
“Answers come from action.” In a nutshell, this summarizes Club trailblazer Josée Desjardins’ philosophy; a lesson she learned several years ago when she was the first employee sent to work outside of Quebec to expand the Club’s reach. Josee’s experience is both practical and strategic, drawing from her successful career in development & marketing to advance the Club’s expansion at the national level. Today, she works determinedly to educate corporations and governments about the Club’s mission so that one day, Canada will join the other G7 nations in implementing a national school food program, so that no child goes to school hungry.
Since the very beginnings of Breakfast Club of Canada, Judith Barry has been a model of innovation, always on the lookout for new ways to go the extra mile. Motivated by a strong desire to leave her mark on this planet and a great sensitivity, she seeks to deepen the Club’s impact on children and families, as well as on volunteers, school teams and overall community partners committed to the cause. Her goal? To measure every single benefit generated by the Club in order to showcase its value and convince a growing number of people to support its mission while optimizing its activities so that one day, every child can go to school on a full stomach.
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“All children have a right to equal opportunities for success”. Ever since joining Breakfast Club of Canada in 2003, this motto has been guiding the journey of Marie-Josée Lapratte on a daily basis. As time went by, her passion, quiet strength and intense desire to give back, led her to take on different roles and to access the national leadership position she now sits in, a mandate that brings her to manage a team that keeps growing. Today, her keen understanding of school environments and her capacity to mobilize people around the Club’s mission make her an outstanding collaborator and an exceptional leader.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
Breakfast Club of Canada was looking for someone who could spearhead a team of skilled individuals to raise its profile at the national level when Amélie Simoneau came along to lead the marketing team. Amélie cumulates several years of experience in digital & marketing strategies, branding & advertising, relationship-building, strategic partnerships, and management, having worked in agencies, the media and the corporate sector. Mother of two, she sees her role as an opportunity to pay it forward and to change people’s perspectives: “Before joining I couldn’t imagine that right here in Canada, there are children who are food insecure. I think that everyone should be aware that such a reality exists.”
We are fortunate to have the experience and expertise of our board which is composed of people who are passionately concerned about children’s futures, the Club and its mission. We are sincerely grateful to them for their involvement in and commitment to our organization.
Chair of the Board
We have been awarded the Imagine Canada accreditation in recognition of the sound management practices in place at Breakfast Club of Canada.
This represents an important stride forward in terms of the organization’s credibility, confirming that the money we receive from our many donors is invested wisely and responsibly.
The Imagine Canada Standards Program is designed to recognize best practices among Canadian non-profits and charities. Before we could receive our accreditation, we had to prove we met 75 strict requirements in five key areas of operations, namely board governance, financial accountability and transparency, fundraising, staff management and volunteer involvement. We are now one of a select group of organizations that have demonstrated excellence and leadership in this regard. It is our hope that this will further strengthen the trust and confidence people have in the Club.
We are guided by ethical governance and social responsibility.
Our code of ethics guides all the actions of Breakfast Club of Canada employees.
It is the basis on which our behaviours rely to ensure nothing keeps us from fulfilling our mission.