Board of Directors
Marc Gingras, President
Marc is a Canadian entrepreneur and angel investor. In addition to being Chairman of Sopar, he is CEO of Foko – an Ottawa based startup. He sold his previous venture, Tungle.me to BlackBerry. He also teaches a course in Entrepreneurship at the Telfer School of Business. Marc has an MBA from INSEAD, a MASc in Management Sciences from the University of Waterloo and a BASc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ottawa.
Andre Bourassa, Vice-president
André has been a volunteer and Board member of SOPAR-Bala Vikasa for more than 30 years. Trained as an Engineer and an Economist, he mainly worked as a senior international policy and relations advisor for the Government of Canada. He did extensive work on the contribution of the mining sector to development in developing countries.
Bernard Giroux, Treasurer
Bernard has been a member of SOPAR-Bala VIkasa’s Board for 25 years. He is retired from the federal public service where he worked as a human resources practitioner mainly in labor relations. He is active with the St. Vincent de Paul Society, where he acts as treasurer.
Stephane Courtemanche, Administrator
M. Courtemanche has 30 years’ consulting experience in facilitation, coaching, conflict resolution, reconciliation and mediation. In the international field, he has worked on questions of decentralization and institutional capacity building, particularly with Morocco’s Ministries of Education and Interior, and with two large regional west African organizations: ECOWAS and the West African Economic and Monetary Union. M. Courtemanche holds a Graduate Certificate in International Development and a BA in Commerce from the University of Ottawa, and also studied Conflict Resolution at St-Paul University.
Eric Gingras, Secretary
Éric Gingras, son of SOPAR-Baa Vikasa’s founders, has been a member of the Board of Directors for over 15 years. Having traveled many times to India and regularly visited SOPAR-Bala-Vikasa projects, Mr. Gingras has a good knowledge of SOPAR-Bala Vikasa’s programs and organizational values. When required, he acts as the spokesperson for the organization.
A lawyer for almost 20 years now, he has worked for private firms such as Fasken and Noël et Associés. Mr. Gingras is currently practicing his profession within the Department of Justice of Canada as Senior Counsel. He also has a bachelor’s degree in urban planning and a master’s degree in planning. He brings his legal expertise to the Board, particularly in matters of governance and legal liability.
Mr. Gingras has great admiration for the development work carried out by communities in India.