Denis St-Amour became President of HPIC Aug. 17, 2015.
Denis has had a successful career as an entrepreneur and management consultant specializing in change, transition and leadership development. Denis has always invested in his community and the cause of social justice, putting his time, talent and resources to use serving not-for-profit and NGO organizations in board and voluntary positions.
From 2004 to 2010, Denis took a sabbatical from his business to give most of his time to his responsibilities as Chair of the Board of World Vision International. At the time, Denis oversaw one of the top NGOs in the world with 40,000 staff, $3 billion in revenues and programs in over 100 countries. He was the board representative contributing to leading the global reorganization. One of the achievements he is most proud of is ensuring the process of gender balance across the organization, including at each national board.
Prior to coming to HPIC, Denis had his own consulting firm and had also served as President of Drake Beam Morin Inc.’s C-Suite Coaching organization. The position was based in New York for North America’s largest and leading firm specialized in coaching, transition and change management, training & leadership development. In addition, Denis led the Canadian operation as president on two separate occasions.
Some of his volunteer portfolio includes serving as founding President of Ballet Ouest de Montréal, President of the Canadian Club of Montreal and board member of Le Conseil des Arts de Montréal. He has also been invited to lecture at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University and the University of Ottawa.
The mission of HPIC is something Denis feels very passionate about. He recalls a trip to Zimbabwe with his daughter many years ago as an influential experience for him. “We were startled to see the medical needs and lack of many basics, such as medicine,” he said. “We left feeling that access to basic health care should not be a privilege, but a right. Our birth location should not determine if we have access to medicine and health care. It is my privilege to serve the mission of HPIC and help increase access to medicine in vulnerable communities.”
At this stage of his career, Denis feels called to give back and fully deploy his experience and contacts to serve the healing mission of HPIC.