About Us


Our Board of Directors consists of volunteers that are professionals in our region. We are grateful for their time and effort in ensuring a strong and safe working environment at Hôpital Notre-Dame Hospital.

Our Board

Michel Brière


Michel Brière occupied a variety of positions in the forest industry throughout his career, ranging from heavy equipment operator to maintenance supervisor and planer mill superintendent. He is an active member of the Fire Department and of the First Response Team in Mattice-Val Côté. Mr. Brière has been a member of the Hôpital Notre-Dame Hospital’s Board of Directors since 2012. He currently serves on a number of other boards, including the Nord-Aski Family Health Team, the Porcupine Health Unit and the Northeast Community Network.

Joëlle Zorzetto


Joëlle Zorzetto is a registered dietitian with 32 years of experience. She retired in 2019 as a public health dietitian with the Porcupine Health Unit. Joëlle lived most of her life in Mattice. She started on the hospital board in 2019.

Josée Dallaire


After completing her university studies, Mrs.  Dallaire moved to Hearst to begin her career at the University of Hearst as a teacher and still teaches there. She is also vice-president of Maison Renaissance and was president of the Caisse populaire de Hearst for a few years before becoming a member of the North-West Region Advisory Committee of Caisse Alliance. She was also involved for ten years with the Hearst Figure Skating Club.

Liza Fortier

Chief Executive Officer

Mrs. Liza Fortier is the new Chief Executive Officer since September 8, 2020. Born and raised in Hearst, Mrs. Fortier is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and Carleton University, and she possesses over 20 years of management experience. She has worked in hospitals, community organizations and also in the private sector of health care services.  Mrs. Fortier brings to the organization a wealth of experience to lead the team at Hôpital Notre-Dame Hospital.

Dr. Richard Claveau

Chief of the Medical Staff

Dr. Richard Claveau graduated from medical school at the University of Ottawa in 1998 and he graduated in family medicine from the Northern Ontario Family Medicine Program in 2000. Established in Hearst since 2000, he practises family medicine as well as working at the Emergency Department, in obstetrics and other medical procedures.

Dr. Claveau obtained additional skills to perform caesareans in 2009 and has been independent since 2010. He has also been involved with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine since the beginning. He acts as a medical student supervisor since 2005. He is Chief of Staff since June 2015.

Dr. Lianne Gauvin

President of the Medical Staff

Dr. Lianne Gauvin is President of the Medical Advisory Committee at the Hôpital Notre-Dame Hospital and Vice-President of the Nord-Aski Family Health Team.

Since 2012, Dr. Gauvin practises rural family medicine in Hearst. She is also an Associate Professor at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine where she is actively involved in teaching medical students and residents.

Nadia Boissonneault Alary


Mrs. Nadia Boissonneault Alary is a member of the Hôpital Notre-Dame Hospital’s Board of Directors since June 2015. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Ottawa and has over 16 years’ experience in the community health sector. She currently provides occupational therapy services to North East Community Care Access Centre patients.

Nadia is a member of the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario, the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapy and has also served on her local minor hockey association.

Isabelle Chouinard-Roy


Isabelle Chouinard-Roy works at the Regional Research and Intervention Centre for Economic and Community Development (CRRIDEC) as a research coordinator. With a Bachelor’s degree in ethics and an interdisciplinary Master’s degree, she is also a lecturer at the University of Hearst. A proud francophone, she is involved in various committees and projects aimed at improving and strengthening the capacity of her community.

Louis Corbeil


Mr. Louis Corbeil arrived in Hearst in 1980. He was municipal clerk for 15 years, owner of CommunicAction for nine years, community liaison officer at the Ministry of Natural Resources for nine years, journalist for the Journal Le Nord for two years and gas meter reader for four years. Mr. Corbeil is now retired. He previously served on our Board of Directors as a municipal representative during the 90s.

Elizabeth Howe


Elizabeth Howe is bilingual and also knows other languages. She worked as a nurse in St-Thomas, Hearst and Constance Lake First Nation. She filled various positions in hospitals, nursing homes, CCAC, VON and community health centres.

Ms. Howe is presently retired, but she worked as a Community Health Nurse in community health prevention and promotion, immunizations, communicable diseases, and harm reduction. She was also a nurse on-site working with a coordinator for NOSM’s (Northern Ontario School of Medicine) first-year student placements at Constance Lake First Nation. Her interests lay in ethic principals.

Josée Ringuette


Josée Ringuette is a teacher with the Conseil scolaire catholique de district des Grandes Rivières and a member of the Ontario College of Teachers. Josée is a member of the parents’ council. She is also involved in the community in various sport organizations. Josée is from Hearst and proud of her Francophone community.

Manon Therrien-Pinto


Mrs. Manon Therrien-Pinto is the new Director of Nursing since October 8, 2018. She began her career at the hospital as a patient nurse in 1990. During her career, she has worked in various services such as in maternity, pediatrics, surgery, acute care and at the emergency. Since 2004, she has held the position of Executive Leader of Ambulatory Care and Surgical Suite until her appointment as Chief Nursing Officer to manage the quality and safety of patient care.