The members of the Board of the Conseil économique et coopératif de la Saskatchewan.
A native of St. Boniface, Manitoba, Denis Garand moved to Saskatchewan in 1981 after completing his actuarial studies at the University of Manitoba.
He worked for an insurance company and, since 2001, has been an independent consultant, specializing in the Canadian insurance industry. As a top expert in disability insurance in Canada, he has worked with insurance regulatory bodies in seven countries and on health insurance plans in 12 countries. Mr. Garand is a member of the Microinsurance Network and a member of its Performance Indicator working group and a member of a International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) working group on access to insurance. He is also co-author of a number of publications on topics related to microinsurance and health insurance.
He has been a member of the CÉCS board since 2015.
Darlene DePourcq is a native of Québec. After studying visual art and administration, she decided to live in Alberta for a few years. In 2008, she moved to Regina to pursue her career at the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Ms DePourcq has worked for the CRA for over 20 years, occupying a number of bilingual positions in three different provinces. Notably, she was Resources Officer for the call centre providing information to businesses, bilingual coordinator of workshops for small business (responsible for liaison with the Franco-Albertan community), bilingual workshop presenter for small business, and representative at job fairs to recruit for bilingual positions, as well as a number of events (Salon-Expert, Salon de Franchises) where she promoted the business services offered by CRA.
Upon her recent retirement from the CRA, Ms DePourcq decided to get involved in the community by becoming a member of CÉCS. She has been Secretary of the Board since June 2016.
Clément Dion was born in Rosthern, near Duck Lake, Saskatchewan. When he was three years old, his parents moved to Zenon Park to start a dairy farm.
He has always run a grain and dairy farm, which has operated solely a grain farm since 2011. In addition to farming, he was Treasurer of the Saskatchewan Dairy Board for 12 years. Mr Dion has had his private pilot license since 1994, which has enabled him to travel widely in Canada, the United States and Mexico. He is also Secretary of the International Flying Farmers (IFF), a group of pilots involved in farming.
Mr Dion is very involved in his community. In addition to being a member of the board of the Zenon Park Caisse Populaire, he was involved in the establishment of provincial Fransaskois school governance, as well as École Notre-Dame-Des-Vertus in Zenon Park. He has been a member of the CÉCS board since 2014.
Marcel Michaud is a native of Delmas, Saskatchewan, a small town east of North Battleford. He graduated from Collège Mathieu de Gravelbourg and went on to study at the University of Ottawa and the University of Regina, later completing an MEd at the University of Oregon in the United States.
In addition to his teaching career in Saskatchewan, Mr. Michaud worked for four years for the Department of National Defence in Germany and taught for five years in the Alberta school system. Among the notable accomplishments of his teaching career, he established the very first Fransaskois pre-kindergarten in North Battleford, began École Père Mercure, and developed the first Francophone virtual school in Saskatchewan.
He is currently a policy analyst for the Ministry of Advanced Education. Mr. Michaud has been a member of the CÉCS board since June 2016. He also chairs the Conseil pastoral francophone interdiocésain de la Saskatchewan (CPFIS) and is a member of the board of an investment firm whose head office is in Calgary.