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About Academic and Francophone Affairs


The Academic and Francophone Affairs division promotes outreach and development of Laurentian University’s Francophonie at the institution and beyond, through countless partnerships in the provincial and national postsecondary sector, and the regional and provincial associative communities. Francophone Academic and Affairs bring together three administrative units: the Office of the Associate Vice-President, the Office of Francophone Affairs (OFA) and the Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS) at Laurentian University.

The Office of the Associate Vice-President, Academic and Francophone Affairs plays a leadership role in promoting, developing and implementing programs and policies that aim to reinforce the Francophone presence at Laurentian University. The office also works to advance and launch academic programs aiming to meet the goals of the Francophone and Francophile community served by the University all the while striving for excellence in existing French-language programs. Moreover, the office is responsible for implementing the University’s Policy on Bilingualism and its designation under the French-Language Services Act.


Contact us:

Natalie Poulin-Lehoux
Associate Vice-President, Academic and Francophone Affairs | 705-675-1151, ext. 3902
Parker Building, P-332

The Office of Francophone Affairs (OFA) is the administrative body at Laurentian University in charge of implementing the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities’ Language Planning Policy (PAL – Politique d’aménagement linguistique). With the financial support of its government partners and the University, the OFA participates in increasing the Francophone space in the University and broader communities while helping to achieve objectives set out in Laurentian’s 2018-2023 Strategic Plan.


Main responsibilities of the OFA

  • implementation of the MTCU’s postsecondary PAL;
  • positioning Laurentian University’s French-language programs with the 12 Francophone school boards in Ontario;
  • provincial and national postsecondary articulation agreements;
  • mobility of students enrolled in French-language academic programs;
  • regional, provincial, national and international collaborations and partnerships;
  • faculty outreach;
  • awareness of international Francophone clientele;
  • supervision of FSL and ESL programs for designated bilingual positions;
  • support various internal committees and organizing committees for Francophone events;
  • writing grant proposals and communication and marketing tools;
  • advice to Laurentian University senior administrators regarding issues affecting the Francophonie;
  • assistance to reach Francophone objectives set out in the strategic plan.


Contact us:

Charlotte Primeau
Office of Francophone Affairs | 705-675-1151, ext. 3440
Parker Building, P-309a


Stéphanie Albert
Manager - Francophone Initiatives and Promotion of Official Languages | 705-675-1151, ext. 5109

Parker Building, P-313


Claudia Taylor
Project Coordinator | 705-675-1151, ext. 3458
Parker Building, P-315


Alexandra Behnke-Keeping
Project Coordinator | 705-675-1151, ext. 3391
Parker Building, P-316


Patrick Venne
Innovation and Development Specialist | 705-675-1151, ext. 3903
Parker Building, P-324

Laurentian University is one of the Canadian postsecondary educational institutions forming the Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS). The objective of CNFS is to improve access to French-language education in various health disciplines and to contribute to the development of research on the health of minority Francophone communities.
The goal of this strategic alliance is to reinforce the presence and influence of Francophone health professionals and researchers to fully meet the needs – in French – of minority Francophone communities. Financially supported by Health Canada, the CNFS participates in a significant way in the well-being and development of these communities.


Main responsibilities of CNFS – Laurentian University:

In the area of health, in French, the CNFS supports:

  • provision of primary health programs;

  • development and delivery of online and distance education courses;

  • organizing continuing education activities;

  • program promotion and recruitment;

  • assistance with research initiatives;

  • students via scholarships;

  • clinical training of students on placement;

  • opportunities for research assistance.


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Contact Us:

Chanelle Landriault
Manager | 705-675-1151, ext. 4111
Parker Building, P-319

Rihab Ismail
Administrative Assistant | 705-675-1151, ext. 5144
Parker Building, P-318

Sophia Bagaoui-Fradette
Project Officer | 705-675-1151, ext. 4113
Parker Building, P-320


The logo of the consortium national de formation en sante.