Executive Director


Jean-Gilles Pelletier

During his career, which spans more than 20 years, Mr. Pelletier has acquired extensive experience in the public sector, holding a number of executive positions.

One of those positions was Vice-President, Community Investments, with the Ontario Trillium Foundation. His duties included supervising a team with an $80 million granting portfolio.

From 2008 to 2014, Mr. Pelletier was Director, Administration and Official Languages, for the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC). He was responsible for three pan-Canadian official languages programs: Explore, Odyssey and Destination Clic. He was also in charge of the negotiations on the Protocol for Agreements for Minority-Language Education and Second-Language Instruction between the federal government and the CMEC. In addition, he managed human resources and some pan-Canadian projects.

Before that, Mr. Pelletier was executive director of the Centre francophone de Toronto (CFT), a multidisciplinary French-language service centre, from 1997 to 2008. Under his leadership, the CFT merged with the Centre médico-social communautaire de Toronto, which greatly expanded the range of services it was able to offer the Francophone community.

As a member of many provincial advisory committees, Mr. Pelletier played a key role in the establishment of the French-language health planning entities. In 2007, he was the first chair of Health Minister George Smitherman’s French-language services advisory committee. Previously, he worked for the Ontario government for about 10 years as a program and policy adviser in the Ministry of Finance and the Office of Francophone Affairs.

Mr. Pelletier studied sociology and political science at Laval University, Simon Fraser University and the University of Toronto.