A private family foundation

A private family foundation

Fondation Dufresne et Gauthier (FDG) was established in 2001 by Hélène Dufresne and Daniel Gauthier. It supports projects in Quebec and Mongolia designed to make a difference in the lives of the many children who live in underprivileged communities and young people who are at risk.

For strategic reasons, and given the resources at its disposal, FDG concentrates its efforts in Quebec on Greater Montreal, Greater Quebec City and the Charlevoix region.

In Mongolia, we support locally managed community projects designed to assist the children of that country, where disparities among its people are constantly widening.

FDG’s mission

FDG’s mission

Our mission is to assist the children of the most vulnerable families and young people who are at risk by supporting unifying projects that involve the families and organizations in a particular neighbourhood or community, and enhance the well-being of children and respect for their fundamental rights.

An enlightened vision

An enlightened vision

FDG’s vision is to ensure the sustainability of its local approach, by promoting the gradual development and consolidation of a support network in the communities where it operates, to better support children and their families at all stages of their existence.

Values that make sense

Values that make sense

In approving grants, the FDG board is guided by all the values adopted by its founders: social transformation, social inclusion, partnership and eco-citizenship.

  • Social Transformation

    Support projects that emanate from the groups and communities served with the conviction that each citizen has the ability to influence their reality and ours.

  • Social Inclusion

    Supporting children and their families regardless of social class, language, ethnicity or background.

  • Partnership

    Develop relationships based on respect, trust and transparency.

  • Eco-citizenship

    Exercising our relationship with others, institutions and the environment as full-fledged citizens whose rights also come with responsibilities.

The FDG team

The FDG team

The members of our team have worked at the community level and within organizations that serve children. The team is not large, but has a very broad range of experience.


Dulmaa Luvsansharav

Coordinator for Mongolia

With her master’s degree in science and engineering, Dulmaa had set out to work in textile technologies. However, due to the political changes Mongolia had undergone and with the development of a free market economy, Dulmaa’s career took a quite different turn. She became involved in social development, which she found very rewarding. She is very happy to be able to help so many families and children through her work.

Dulmaa used to work for Save the Children UK, where she acquired experience with humanitarian aid work.

At the Mongolian branch of FDG, she supports innovative projects to ensure the well-being of children in need and to give them access to educational activities and opportunities to develop their full potential. She also promotes partnerships between local organisations supported by FDG, in order to create an even more efficient network dedicated to protect children’s rights and their living conditions.

Valérie Plouffe

Valérie Plouffe

Coordinator, services to organizations, Montreal

Trained in psychosociology of communication at the Université du Québec à Montréal, Valérie has been working for more than 15 years in the community. She first became involved in group facilitation and change processes, then in social development and intersectoral action within the East End of Montreal’s issue tables.

As a mobilization agent for ten years within a local concertation in early childhood, she has developed her knowledge of community organizations and their daily reality. She knows how to make the most of citizen participation and the collective intelligence of community players to create impactful projects.

She recently complete studies at the Université du Québec à Montréal in social and collective enterprise management.


Rose Rodrigue

Coordinator, services to organizations, Quebec

Working professionally with human beings for nearly 5 years, the constant need for new challenges and her curiosity about the current issues of our society led her to pursue her studies in project management, and at the same time, to begin her bachelor’s degree in sustainable development of the territory, organizational management profile.

Nourished by her knowledge of the territory of Quebec City and by her involvement in the community environment of the Quebec City region for several years, different roles have allowed her to acquire skills that will allow her to contribute to the reflections and action plan of the Foundation in terms of social and environmental issues that concern us.

She aspires to great projects of action and social mobilization to build a future full of possibilities for everyone. It is driven by the idea of being able to take part in the development of a society through collective mobilization.

Board members

Board members

The team includes committed managers who contribute their respective skills to the Foundation’s outreach, the achievement of its goals and the success of its operations.


Hélène Dufresne


Hélène was one of the initial innovators of Cirque du Soleil, with which she was involved from 1984 to 1998, and has chaired the FDG board since the Foundation was established in 2001.

She seeks to live in a world of cultural diversity and sustainable development formed by strong yet tolerant identities and characterized by respect, trust and mutual assistance. That ambition is shared by the Massif de Charlevoix project, a broad undertaking to develop the recreational and tourist potential of the Charlevoix region that has been well received locally, and to which she contributed in various capacities from 2003 to 2013.

Her approach is marked by a constant concern for equity, openness and sharing. A number of community and cultural projects benefit from her support as a board member: Horizon Charlevoix, Culture pour tous, Équiterre. This bespeaks her commitment to embrace and acknowledge the multiplicity of social and cultural realities, while at the same time recognizing a heritage for the world to appreciate.


Daniel Gauthier


A co-founder of Cirque du Soleil, Daniel Gauthier was its Vice-President, Finance, and subsequently President over an 11-year span. He has also been Vice-President of the Réseau Admission and of Scéno-Plus, and a director of’ADISQ. With the acquisition of the Massif de Charlevoix in 2002, he set about making it an international tourist destination by developing La Montagne, the Hôtel La Ferme and the tourist train. As a committed business promoter, he now sits on the board of Réseau Charlevoix and the Office du Tourisme de Québec.

In 1999, Daniel Gauthier was recognized as a Great Montrealer, and designated one of the Builders of the Century by Commerce magazine. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2004, and in 2012 he received one of the highest honours awarded by the Quebec government as an Officer of the Ordre national du Québec. He was a co-founder of FDG and serves as Vice-Chair of the board.


Claude Choquette


A member and a fellow of the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec, Claude Choquette is a meticulous and disciplined financial professional who has built a strong reputation as a strategist with organizing ability and solid credibility in the business world. Driven and passionate about what he does, he is involved in a wide variety of humanitarian causes.

Mr. Choquette is President of HDG and Chairman and Executive Director of Groupe Le Massif. He is a member emeritus of the Quebec City association of CPAs, and received the Hermès award in 2005 and the Governor General’s Medal in 2012 for his involvement in a number of philanthropic organizations. He founded both the Hôpital Général de Québec foundation and the Imaginer un Monde Meilleur foundation. He was joint chair of the 2013 Centraide campaign, and is now joint chair of the fundraising campaign for the Quebec City university hospital centre, the CHU de Québec. He is also on the board of a number of corporations and organizations.


André Couture


André has held top leadership positions at Sanimax for more than 30 years, leading the transformation of a single‐plant renderer into the current cross border company and creating a smooth transition from second to third generation ownership. Now, as Chairman, he is focusing on the strategic alignment between the management, the Board of Directors, the shareholders of Sanimax and the fourth generation. André has served in several leadership roles in the National Renderers Association and the Fats and Proteins Research Foundation.

He serves as a trustee at St. Lawrence University, in Canton, New York, from which he earned a BA in Economics, at La Fiducie du patrimoine culturel des Augustines whose mission is to preserve and share the heritage (1639) and memories of the Augustinian Sisters of Quebec. He is a board member at Collège François‐de‐Laval, a high school founded in 1668 in the Old Quebec City.


Aurélie Gauthier


A member of the Quebec Bar since 2016, Aurélie is a dynamic young professional who wants to make the world a better place, one small gesture at a time. She currently works for a public body where she uses her expertise as a lawyer to protect the interests of consumers of financial products and services in Quebec.

Curious by nature and endowed with great sensitivity, she likes to meet others and make new discoveries. This is what motivated her to go to Senegal in 2013 and get involved in a local organization working to promote human rights. Guided by principles such as mutual aid, listening and respect, she enthusiastically joined the board and shares FDG’s mission and values closely tied to her philosophy.


Francis Morin


Holder of an undergraduate degree in management of organizations (leisure, culture and tourism), a certificate in administration and training in public management of ENAP’s Leadership and Skills Development Center, Francis Morin has more than 20 years of experience in organizational management and business development.

In 1999, he moved from Director of Communications / Marketing for the Amateur Baseball Federation of Quebec Inc. to Director General from 2003 to 2007. In 2007, he became Director of Operations of the Museum of Civilization Foundation, working as a secretary – joins of the board of directors and deploys the Foundation’s first strategic planning. In 2011, Francis was director for the development Museum’s revenues and mecenat and became secretary to the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

After being Director of the Individual Donation Sector at Centraide Quebec and Chaudières-Appalaches, he became in May 2019, the Vice President responsible for Operations (Administration, Human Resources and Communication) for the CHU de Québec Foundation.

As part of his professional activities, Francis has served on various committees including those of the Quebec City Chamber of Commerce and Sports Quebec. Today, he currently works as a director with Sport Aide, Victoria Baseball Complex and assumes the presidency of the Amateur Baseball Federation of Quebec – Quebec Region.


Lara Émond


Co-founder of the Sub Rosa Group, a company specializing in market development, 360 marketing and communications strategies, in 2018 she sold her shares and founded Nordet & Co. This firm supports the leaders of organizations in growth through strategic planning, business strategies, marketing, market development and marketing services.

With international experiences (India, China, United Kingdom, Spain, United States, Australia, etc.), Lara is often called upon to share her ideas about entrepreneurship and social involvement as speaker and panelist. She is also the co-founder of Nota Bene, an NPO whose mission is to connect entrepreneurial succession to leaders from different industries.

She currently sits on the board of directors of the Musée national des Beaux-Arts du Québec. She was previously an administrator at Centraide Québec and Chaudière-Appalaches and a member of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.

Lara was recently a finalist in the Arista competition, named in the top 30 under 30 years of Infopresse and Vice, received the Young Graduates Award from Laval University as well as the Youth Recognition Award – Entrepreneurship Axis from the Government of Quebec. She was also selected among the top 30 under 30 years of La Presse and appears as one of the 25 leaders who will move Quebec through Les Affaires.