Hélène Chalifour Scherrer

Board Member

Hélène Chalifour Scherrer joined the Vanier Institute’s Board of Directors in June 2016.

Hélène was born and grew up in Québec City, where she has remained virtually all her entire adult life. She attended college at Collège Jésus-Marie de Sillery and the Faculty of Social Work at Université Laval, after which she worked with families for several years in the field of social work.

She had two children and then spent several years raising them while becoming actively involved in organizations in her community focused on health, education, culture and sport.

Hélène returned to the paid labour force as a municipal councillor in Sillery in 1990. She then became a candidate for the federal Liberal Party of Canada in 1997 and was elected in 2000 in the constituency of Louis-Hébert. Prime Minister Paul Martin appointed her Minister of Canadian Heritage in 2003.

After her career in politics, during which she built a strong and extensive network and cultivated her knowledge of the environment, she joined the consulting firm BNP Strategies (an organization focused on philanthropic management), where she helped dozens of organizations with their financing structure and growth.

Since November 2015, Hélène has been a self-employed consultant in the field of philanthropy, offering strategic advice services to organizations regarding their management structure.

Throughout her professional careers, Hélène has served on several boards of directors and she remains active to this day with the Fondation du Collège François-de-Laval and Fondation Québec Philanthrope.