THE ONES WHO INVEST FOR
THE EPILEPSY FOUNDATION

OUR TEAM

LIONEL CARMANT
President

I am a neurologist specializing in pediatric epilepsy. I was director of the Epilepsy Clinic from 1994-2014. I am now the medical director of CIRENE, an institute whose mission is to improve the neuro-development of all children, whether they have epilepsy, autism or learning disabilities. I was also a soccer coach from 2000 to 2012 for the cities of Mount Royal and Outremont with groups ranging from U8 to U18 guys and girls. My interest in the Foundation is to combat the stigma associated with epilepsy and which affects many of my patients and to develop research.

MARIO GUINDON
Vice-President

My son Charles had his first attack on December 31, 1993, when he was a healthy baby. Dr. Lionel Carmant and the neurology department of Ste-Justine have tried all available treatments to no avail. Today, 23 years old, Charles is still not controlled. If we felt supported, epilepsy, however, affected his brain in full growth.
I then wondered how we could help people who, like us, need help with this progressive disease. With Dr.Carmant, my wife and Meggie, we decided to create the Epilepsy Foundation to help families and raise funds to support research.

SYLVIE LAMBERT
General Manager

As Charles’s mom, my involvement with the foundation makes perfect sense. My main goal is to help and support the research, to support the children and their families by having a great summer camp where the young people can talk, exchange and especially feel like everyone else by living with them. ‘epilepsy. I want to give hope to children and make sure that we get the epilepsy out of the shadows and break the taboos surrounding this disease.

MEGGIE LAGACÉ
Counselor and Spokesperson

As the eldest sister of Charles Guindon, I have been involved with the Epilepsy Foundation since its creation in 2005. As I know very well about epilepsy, it is important for me to get more involved with young people to allow children and families to have a better quality of life. Thanks to the foundation and your donations, children have the opportunity to participate in an annual summer camp, to live magical moments together, to discuss their backgrounds, to participate in fun activities, to meet people from all over the world. influence and appreciated by the public. In my eyes, there is nothing more beautiful than seeing a huge smile on their faces and seeing them happy. On behalf of the children, thank you all for encouraging the foundation.

SABRINA MANCINI
Counselor

Dr. Sabrina Mancini is a graduate of the Faculty of Dentistry at McGill University (1994). She completed a residency program at the Montreal Jewish General Hospital, and completed her graduate studies in periodontology to obtain a Master of Science degree from the University of Toronto (1998). In addition to private practice in Periodontology and Dental Implantology, Dr. Mancini is a Clinical Instructor in the Residency Program at the Montreal General Hospital. She has been president of the Montreal Dental Club, a current member of the International Team of Implantology, the American Academy of Periodontology and a member of the Federation of the American College of Dentists. She has lectured at The International Academy of Dental Research and continues to give lectures in the field of Periodontology and Implantology. She is also head of the Spear Learning Circle, one of the most renowned dental clubs in the field.

ALEXE SIMARD
Counselor

Alexe graduated in biomedical sciences at the Université de Montréal and wishes to continue his career in the field of medicine. She worked for two summers with Dr. Carmant in Sainte-Justine in her research laboratory on epilepsy. Until then, she had little knowledge of this disorder. His experience at the hospital allowed him to explore the many facets and made him want to become more involved in the Charles Guindon Foundation. She has been a summer camp instructor since the beginning and will continue to bring her energy and dynamism to the CA team!

MARIE-PIER THERRIEN
Counselor

As a Buonanotte catering founder, I always wanted to apply my knowledge and expertise in event planning to create a sustainable event while giving back to the community. Raising awareness about this foundation is important for me since epilepsy is not a disease we commonly talk about, even if it affects many people. On a more personal level, I am aware of the setbacks that the family members endure, because two of my relatives have epilepsy. By being part of this foundation and raising awareness of this cause, my goal is to give hope not only to patients, but also to family members who are affected by this condition.

MÉLANIE RENÉ
Counselor

I am a Collective Savings Representative and Financial Security Advisor for Investors Group. I have two children and have personally experienced difficult times with my daughter who had to be hospitalized, have surgery and many medical follow-ups during her first two years of life. We are lucky enough to have ended up with this heavy daily! It is therefore a great privilege for me to contribute to help families to take a break and a step back in the face of the disease, particularly thanks to the camp offered by the foundation. I am convinced that the projects and research supported by the Epilepsy Foundation definitely play a major role in improving the health status (physical and psychological) of children with epilepsy. In the same vein in 2013 and 2014, I created and organized a team for the challenge 48 hrs bike Foundation Make a Wish (whose mission is to fulfill the dream of children whose life is threatened).

MARC FORTIN
Counselor

I am a manager with more than 25 years in business and a friend of Dr. Lionel Carmant for 40 years. I join the board of directors to help the foundation create greater awareness of epilepsy and its impacts, and help increase the revenues of events that allow investing in communication, research and certain activities that are important foryoung people with epilepsy.
I have always supported Dr. Carmant. Epilepsy captivates me by its mysterious aspect still little known of the public and the circles of influences. I am personally concerned by this disease that struck me in a short period of my youth following a traumatic brain injury. My son, now in the fourth year of medicine, is going on neuro-pediatrics as my great friend Dr. Carmant, a wise influence.

SARAH CANTA
Counselor

I have been a lawyer since 1998 and practice family and youth law. At the beginning of my practice, I worked for Litigation at the Batshaw Youth and Family Centers (DPJ Anglophone Sector) as a solicitor. I sit as a member of the Board of Directors with the Canadian Marfan Association, now the Genetic Aortic Disorder Association (GADA), particularly in the context of fundraising campaigns and awareness programs. I was made aware of the cause of epilepsy by Dr. Carmant, a longtime friend, at a fundraising event. Her tenacity, hard work and persistence in building, managing and publicizing Clidep in Haiti particularly touched me, especially because of her desire to help in a field where needs far exceed resources. I therefore wish to contribute to this important cause to the best of my knowledge.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

LIONEL CARMANT

President

MARIO GUINDON

Vice-President

SYLVIE LAMBERT

Treasurer

MEGGIE LAGACÉ

Counselor and Spokesperson

SABRINA MANCINI

Dentist

ALEXE SIMARD

Entrepreneure

MARIE-PIER THERRIEN

Entrepreneure

MÉLANIE RENÉ

Financial Services

MARC FORTIN

Entrepreneur

SARAH CANTA

Entrepreneure

ALEXANDER WEIL

Neurosurgeon

DORITH TOLEDANO

Lawyer

ETIENNE GADBOIS

Lawyer

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