Bio of Jacques Lepage, CAFM
Mr. Lepage was born in Kapuskasing, Ontario and through his life has resided in Calstock, Moonbeam, Timmins before making Cochrane his home. As a youth he was president of his High School (Cite des Jeunes) and was very active in the establishment of the first French only Secondary School in Kapuskasing, Ontario. At the end of his studies he spent a year on the Canada World Youth International Exchange program. He traveled with a group of international students representing Canada in the country being visited.
During well over a decade Mr. Lepage worked in the insurance and investment field acting as District Manager for Sunlife Assurance Company of Canada and Great West Life Assurance. Higher level positions required relocation to more urban centres such as Toronto, Montreal or Ottawa. Therefore Mr. Lepage decided to make a career change and effectively began working with First Nation communities in 1990.
In 2001, Mr. Lepage received his Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager (CAFM) designation from the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Ontario. This designation is recognized by the General Accountants Association of Canada and the Assembly of First Nations.
Mr. Lepage has sat on the Ministry of Natural Resources Citizen Committee, was director of Lady Minto Hospital, Ininew Friendship Centre and served a term as Vice-President of the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Ontario. He presently sits on the Cochrane Mayor's Aboriginal Advisory Committee, is a director of The Cochrane and Area Economic Development Corporation, and director of AFOA Ontario.
Mr. Lepage resides with Susan Solomon who is also very active with First Nation affairs in Health and Social services. They are the proud parents of five very active children. The family is very active in the community and involved with French, Aboriginal and multi-cultural events.
As hobbies Mr. Lepage likes to read, hunt...and hunt.