The Argyle Board of Directors

The Argyle Institute of Human Relations is a not-for-profit organization, recognized by the Canada Revenue Agency as a Registered Charity. The Affairs of the Argyle are managed by a Board of Directors with fifteen members from both within the institute and outside. Directors are elected in late fall by the Annual General Meeting of members for two year terms which may be renewed twice. According to the Bylaws, Officers include a President, a Vice-President, a Past-President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer.

Directors and Officers 2016-2017

Moira Luce MSW, MFT - Co-President

Moira is the Co-President of the Board of Directors of the Argyle Institute, and has been a member of the organization since 2010. Moira is a Psychotherapist and Couple & Family Therapist in private practice in Montreal. With over a decade of experience, she provides confidential psycho-therapeutic counselling on a range of personal and relational issues to individuals, couples and families. She also teaches the Ethics course in the Marital and Family Therapy program at the Argyle. Moira holds a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from McGill University, a Postgraduate Accredited Diploma in Marital and Family Therapy (MFT) from the Argyle Institute, and an Honors Bachelors degree in Psychology from Queen’s University. She is a licensed member of the Quebec Order of Social Workers and Marital Family Therapists (OTSTCFQ), holding the titles of Clinical Social Worker(CSW) and Marital and Family Therapist (MFT) and holds the permit of Psychotherapist with the Order of Psychologists of Quebec (OPQ).

Richard Bolton PhD, FCNS - Co-President

Richard was born in Montreal 1939, attended Lower Canada College, McGill University (BSc 1960, MSC 1963) and the Université de Montréal (PhD Physics 1966). His academic career includes Assistant Professor Physics (U. de M. 1966-1968), part time Lecturer UQAM (1974-1978) and Adjunct Professor INRS, Université du Québec (1985-1999). His research career included Senior Research Associate, UK Atomic Energy Authority (1968 – 1973), Senior Research Scientist at the Institut de recherche d’Hydro-Québec, Director General, Canadian Centre for Magnetic Fusion (1977-1997). In 1999 he was made a Fellow of the Canadian Nuclear Society. He served as a Member of the Science Council of Canada, the National Research Council Advisory Committee on TRIUMF, and the International Energy Agency Advisory Committee on TEXTOR. More recently he served as Executive Secretary, Société internationale d’Urologie (1997 – 2011) and the Canadian Urological Association (2006 – 2010). From 1999 to 2006, he was a member of the Board of Generations Foundation and its President from 2004 to 2006.

Paula Merowitz MEd, MFT - Secretary

Howard Ellner - Treasurer

Claude Laurendeau MSc - Chair of Education Committee

Claude is a graduate of McGill University (BSW) and the Université de Montréal (MSc in Criminology). Prior to becoming Director of Professional Services at Batshaw Youth and Family Centers, she had worked as a caseworker and supervisor in Youth Protection and Residential care. She retired in 2012 after 38 years of service. She maintains a strong commitment to the provision of mental health services for adults and children.

Colin Robertson MA - Chair of the Membership Committee

Colin works as the senior adviser, change and engagement at Concordia University. He holds a Master’s in Human Systems Intervention from the Applied Human Sciences department at Concordia University, which prepares graduates to conduct whole-system learning and change work in organizations and communities. Colin is a former international athlete, having played rugby for the Senior Men’s Canadian Rugby team.

Jennifer Powe MA, MFT - Chair of the Clinical Services Committee

Jennifer has been connected with the Argyle Institute for over twenty years, first as a student in the IPTP and MFT programs, then as a qualified Family therapist, and recently as a licenced Psychotherapist and clinical member. She is a member of the Order of Social Workers as an MFT and holds a psychotherapy permit. Jennifer started out as a psychiatric nurse while completing a BSc followed by an MA in psychology. Currently, Jennifer is responsible for the Clinical Services committee, and is a member of the Governance committee.

Karen Hetherington MEd - Chair of Governance Committee

Karen has a Master’s degree in psycho education. She is a professor in the School of Social Work at McGill University and also teaches in the Mental Health Certificate program and in the School of Social Work at the Université de Montréal. She has sat on numerous Board of Directors of community mental health organizations, as well as having worked for the Ministry of Health & Social Services. Presently she is the President of the Canadian Mental Health Association – Montreal l Branch.

Jason Finucan - Director

Jason is the Founding Principal of Empower Professional Services, a unique practice with aims to partner with organizations, educational institutions and foundations so they may improve their ability to manage the negative impacts of mental illness – ultimately reducing stigma and minimizing lost productivity. For more information visit As an active member of CAPS (Canadian Association of Professional Speakers) and GFS (Global Federation of Speakers), Jason is an expert storyteller and dynamic speaker with the ability to profoundly impact audiences by sharing meaningful personal experiences. Jason has had the unique experience of being diagnosed with both a major physical illness (heart defect leading to open-heart surgery) and a mental illness (bipolar disorder). It was in comparing the two experiences, both personally and professionally, that he realized the destructive power of stigma, which is very prevalent with respect to mental illness and yet non-existent with other, more known illnesses. Prior to founding Empower Professional Services, Jason had a successful 12-year career as a fundraising, alumni relations and communications professional for McGill University, The Study and St. George’s School of Montreal.

Nate Fuks PhD - Director

Nate has completed his PhD in Counselling Psychology at McGill University. He is also a course lecturer and a member of Coping and Resilience research laboratory at McGill University, where his research revolves mostly around intersecting identities of double minority LGBTQ people. Nate is the chair of Pride Psychotherapy Team and a licensed psychologist at the Argyle, specializing in working with LGBTQ people, immigrants, refugees, and ethnic minorities. Prior to joining the Argyle, Nate pursued an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University, and has established himself in a number of challenging and evolving leadership roles, in both the public and private sector. Coming to the team with a global perspective, Nate is fluent in four languages, and during his career was involved in a variety of international and multi-cultural ventures. Nate’s industry observations and experiences raised his awareness of the importance of newcomer and minority integration, and inspired his interest and ongoing involvement in both research, as well as community initiatives pertinent to these issues.

Ana Gonzalez MFT - Director

Ana is a Pediatrician who qualified outside Quebec. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Montreal. She is an MFT clinician in private practice. She participates in several committees including the practice of MFT, and provides the “DSM-5 and Child Disorders” course to 1st year MFT program students at the Argyle Institute. She lectures both in Quebec and abroad. Recently, her research interests have focused on ADHD in children. She continues to improve her knowledge of this field, in particular at Harvard University where she regularly attends workshops on this subject

Joan Keefler PhD - Director

Joan was one of the first three Directors of the Argyle Institute. A Marital and Family Therapist, she has continued to be associated with the Argyle since its inception in many roles – as a student, lecturer, supervisor and director of its accredited Marital and Family Training Program. She is now initiating research into the relationship aspects of Adult Attention Disorder. She has also served on the Conseil de la Famille, the Advisory Board to the Government of Quebec on all matters pertaining to the family. In 2013 she was awarded the Prix Mérite du CIQ (Conseil Interprofessionnel du Québec).

Jean-Luc Lacroix, MSW, MFT - Director

Since 1977, Jean-Luc Lacroix has worked as a trainer and supervisor in various public and private institutions in Quebec and France, as well as under various psychotherapy training programs. Since 1978, he has offered psychotherapy in a private practice, and in 2004 he co-founded the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) ( He has also served as professional capacity assessor for professionals and expert witness for the Labour Court. He was a member of the OTSTCFQ Disciplinary Board and he also acted as a consultant at employee assistance programs and as a consultant to CLSC and social services centers. In 2008, he was awarded the « Mérite du CIQ » prize and became « Member Emeritus » of the APCFQ in 2006.

Mia MacSween - Director

Fatima Mafouz - Director

Click here to view biographies of the 2016-2017 Directors in pdf format


Current members of the Argyle’s administrative team are:

Andrée Dallaire - Director of Administration - (

In 1980, Andrée received her diploma (DEC) as a Biochemistry technician. Due to health problems associated with chemical solvents, she reoriented her career towards administration. In 2004, she joined the Argyle Institute as Administrative Assistant. She left the Argyle in 2011 for maternity leave. She returned in 2012 as a self-employed manager of the financial aspects of the Institute. She is currently Director of Administration.

Nury Cortez - Administrative Assistant - (

Angèle Knight - Intake Worker - (

Erica Baker - Intake Worker - (