HomeMr. Gilles Marchildon is appointed Director of Collège Boréal’s Toronto campus

Mr. Gilles Marchildon is appointed Director of Collège Boréal’s Toronto campus

22 July 2019
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Collège Boréal is pleased to announce the appointment of the first director of its Toronto campus, Mr. Gilles Marchildon.

Gilles Marchildon is a community leader who has held key positions in many public institutions in the fields of health, education and culture. In particular, from 2010 to 2014, he was the director of Action positive VIH/sida and afterwards became executive director of Reflet Salvéo, the French language service planning entity for Greater Toronto.

A native of Penetanguishene, he is well known as an advocate for French language and LGBTQ rights. In the early 2000s, he was a prominent figure in Egale Canada’s action in favour of extending marriage rights to same-sex couples. He currently serves as board vice-president of the Fondation franco-ontarienne and is a member of the Ontario Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS.

Formerly, he was the board president of the Association des communautés francophones de l’Ontario – Toronto (ACFO-Toronto) and the co-president of the City of Toronto’s Comité francophone.

Gilles Marchildon is a recipient of the Ordre du Mérite franco-ontarien award.

A new director for a growing campus

Up until now, Collège Boréal had never appointed a director for its Toronto campus. This move reflects the college’s continuing growth in the Toronto area and the upcoming opening of its new campus in the Distillery District.

In his new role, Gilles Marchildon will be responsible for supervising the administration and development of services that the campus will provide in the areas of post-secondary education, continuing education, employment and immigration. He will also prepare the transition to the new campus and contribute to the development of relations between Collège Boréal and local community partners.

Gilles Marchildon will officially assume his new position on Monday, August 19, 2019.


The field of possibilities in Toronto for a post-secondary institution like ours is staggering and the skills involved are wide-ranging as well. The position of director of our Toronto campus is both an exciting challenge and a huge responsibility. I extend my best wishes for success to Gilles Marchildon in this new adventure.
Gilles Marchildon brings to our team in Toronto a proven track record in working with institutions, community groups and associations. His years of professional, volunteer and advocacy work are a testament to his high standards, his passion and his sense of leadership. His experience and his personal attributes are certainly a valuable addition to our college. I am very happy that he has accepted to take on this challenging role. We have a lot of building to do!
I embrace this new commitment with great enthusiasm and a keen sense of the responsibilities involved. In barely fifteen years, Collège Boréal has become a key player in Toronto for the region’s entire Francophone population. Boréal’s achievements inspire optimism for the future and I am pleased to have the opportunity to add my contribution to Boréal’s success.

About Collège Boréal

Established in 1995, Collège Boréal is a French language post-secondary training and learning institution dedicated to the development and growth of communities throughout Ontario.

Collège Boréal offers comprehensive programs and services in 7 campuses and 38 access centres in 27 communities throughout the province. Since 1995, approximately 120,000 clients across Ontario have benefited from Collège Boréal’s expertise relating to post-secondary education, training programs, immigration and settlement services, and employment services. Collège Boréal has established over 120 articulation agreements with other post-secondary institutions.

According to the Key Performance Indicators recognized by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Collège Boréal holds the top rank in three of the five areas surveyed: graduation rate, graduate satisfaction and, for the third consecutive year, student satisfaction. These results show that Boreal’s strengths lie in its investment in human capital.

For further information

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