The Board of Directors of the Argyle Institute 2019-2020

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 2019-2020

Joanne is a strategic leader with broad experience in developing, managing and executing results across several industries. She has 30 years in the financial services, customer focussed services and the retail banking sectors, including previously with Minogue Medical Inc., American Express Merchant Partnerships and the Royal Bank. Joanne leads a management services & consulting business The Heward Group Inc. where she works along side customers and their teams providing effective organizational solutions and business strategies. Amongst her non-for-profit experience, Joanne is Past Chair of the Board of Directors of The Action Centre. The Action Centre & The Action Centre Foundation (of which she was previously Executive Director), a bilingual multicultural non-profit community organization operating the only Montreal day centre for adults with severe and permanent motor or cognitive limitations, and supported by its own Foundation.
Moira is Past 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 counseling 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).
Alex Cooper has been a volunteer with the Argyle's fundraising group since 2017 and has been serving on the board, leading outreach and communication efforts since 2018. In addition to sales and marketing experience with companies such as the Cirque du Soleil, Alex has also been very involved in Montreal's music community and playing in bands both locally and internationally. Although he does not work professionally in the mental health field, Alex has a great passion to raise awareness of the Argyle both within the community and among donors and foundations so that its services may reach more of those in need.
Lisa is a psychotherapist and couple and family therapist in private practice. She is a member of the OPQ and the OTSTCFQ. Lisa is also an Approved Clinical Supervisor with the AAMFT. She is a graduate of the Argyle Institute Marital and Family therapy training program and has been a Clinical member of the Argyle for 15 years. She is the chair of the Argyle Membership Committee.
Mia MacSween, MA, c.o. is a psychotherapist who has been both a clinical member of the Argyle Institute and a director on its board since 2016. Mia obtained her master’s degree in counselling psychology from McGill University, and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Concordia University. Her postgraduate clinical training was conducted at The Argyle Institute in their Individual Psychodynamic Training Program internship. She has also received training in cognitive behavioural therapy at McGill University’s RUIS CBT Teaching and Research Program. Mia provides psychotherapy using an integrative approach from her various areas of training to meet the needs of individual clients, from adolescents to older adults. Mia is a licensed member of the Ordre des conseillers et conseillières d’orientation du Québec (OCCOQ) and holds the permit of Psychotherapist with the Ordre des psychologues du Québec (OPQ).
Joseph Morcos is a multilingual, seasoned psychotherapist (OPQ) who began his private practice in 2012 after a career of over 15 years in youth protection under the youth protection act (YPA) and youth criminal justice act (YCJA). Joseph completed a specialized B.A. in psychology and a B.A. in applied human sciences with honours. He was on the dean’s list of high achievements as well as an invited member of the Golden Key Honour Society. In 2012, he completed an M.A. in counselling psychology with excellence from McGill and proudly joined the Order of Guidance Counsellors of Quebec (OCCOQ). For his post-graduate studies, he successfully completed the Individual Psychodynamic Training Program (IPTP) at the Argyle Institute of Human Relations. Joseph holds a permit to practice as a psychotherapist from the Order of Psychologists of Québec (OPQ). He is currently on the board of directors of the Association of Quebec Psychotherapists (APQ) and the board of directors as well as the admissions committee of the Argyle Institute of Human Relations.
David has been a member of the Argyle community for over 11 years. He is a licensed Marital and Family Therapist and a licensed Psychotherapist working primarily clinically with individuals, couples, and families. His time is split between private practice, and working as an in-house employee assistance counsellor for a large EAP program. In the past few years he has been involved with governance at the Argyle, and this is his second year on the Board of Directors.
After obtaining a Master’s degree in Psychology and passing the required exams to achieve her license, Elisa qualified to practice as a Psychologist in Italy in 2009. Following further theoretical and clinical training in Quebec, she became a member of the Order of Psychologists of Quebec in 2017. She has been working in private practice as a licensed Psychologist in Montreal since, providing psychodynamic psychotherapy to adults and young adults. After completing the post-graduate Individual Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program at the Argyle Institute, Elisa became a clinical member of the Argyle embracing its values and mission. She also teaches within the Psychodynamic program at the same Institute.

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.

The Board of Directors of the Argyle Institute 2018-2019

Moira is the 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 counseling 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 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.
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.
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
Joanne is a strategic leader with broad experience in developing, managing and executing results across several industries. She has 30 years in the financial services, customer focussed services and the retail banking sectors, including previously with Minogue Medical Inc., American Express Merchant Partnerships and the Royal Bank. Joanne leads a management services & consulting business The Heward Group Inc. where she works along side customers and their teams providing effective organizational solutions and business strategies. Amongst her non-for-profit experience, Joanne is Past Chair of the Board of Directors of The Action Centre. The Action Centre & The Action Centre Foundation (of which she was previously Executive Director), a bilingual multicultural non-profit community organization operating the only Montreal day centre for adults with severe and permanent motor or cognitive limitations, and supported by its own Foundation.