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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is made up of members as well as the executive director of the organization. The mandate of the Board is to ensure the proper functioning of the organization by respecting the priorities for the year, voted by the active members at the annual general meeting.

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Photo de Claudia Abaunza

Claudia Abaunza


A graduate in industrial relations and human resources management, with a specialty in organizational development, Claudia Abaunza has accumulated many years of professional experience in several Quebec companies in various sectors of activity.

Director of Talent Acquisition and HR Business Partnership at Le Groupe Maurice, she specializes, among other things, in employee engagement, talent management, corporate performance and leadership development.

A member of GAIHST’ Board of Directors between 2009 and 2012, she returned in 2018 to once again contribute to the fight against all forms of harassment in the workplace.

Mathieu Santos-Bouffard


A lawyer with Gowling WLG (Canada) s.e.n.c.r.l, Mathieu Santos-Bouffard practices business law and tax law.

Having social and democratic issues at heart, he has been a member of GAIHST’s Board of Directors since 2017 and actively participates in the promotion of workplaces that are respectful and free of harassment.

Photo Mathieu Santos-Bouffard, vice-président du conseil d'administration du GAIHST
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Julie Tremblay


Associate lawyer at De Grandpré Chait s.e.n.c.r.l, Julie Tremblay specializes in civil and criminal tax litigation.

Since her internship at GAIHST as part of her law university studies, Ms. Tremblay has been a strong supporter of the organization’s mission. She has served on the Board of Directors since 2013.

Sarah Barsalou


A lawyer by training and a graduate in law and international studies, Sarah Barsalou is assistant director of the non-profit organization Regeneration Canada.

Having practiced as a lawyer in the Complaints department of GAIHST from 2014 to 2017 and knowing that it is the only organization in Quebec dedicated exclusively to helping victims of workplace harassment of all kinds, Sarah is very sensitive to the mission of GAIHST. She has been a board member since 2019.

Photo Sarah Barsalou, secretaire du conseil d'administration du GAIHST
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Jennifer Boucher


A graduate in criminology, Jennifer Boucher has worked at CAVAC de Montréal since 2009 as a worker with victims of crime.

Having completed her internship at GAIHST as part of her studies in criminology, she then remained there as head of the Help and Information Department from 2007 to 2009. Always having the mission of GAIHST at heart and wishing to get involved for the cause, she joined the board of directors in 2019.

Valéry Kovalenko


Lawyer at Municonseil avocats firm, Valéry Kovalenko works mainly in municipal law and labor law.

Devoted to social causes, she has worked in several organizations helping victims of sexual assault and harassment, including the United Nations Department of Safety and Security.

She has been a member of the GAIHST Board of Directors since 2020.

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Alexandra Hodder


A lawyer in the litigators’ office of the Attorney General of Quebec for several years, Alexandra Hodder practices mainly in the areas of civil liability, administrative law and constitutional law.

Sensitive to social and civic issues, she also has significant experience in the administration of non-profit organizations and public organizations. She has been a member of the GAIHST Board of Directors since 2020.