Dr. Patricia Bortoluzzi, a plastic surgeon specializing in craniofacial reconstructive surgery in children, participated in a number of missions in South America and in Africa.  She is a sought-after speaker at medical conferences based on her expertise in complex facial reconstruction in children. President of the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons (2011-2012), she has been a surgeon at Sainte-Justine UHC and the director of the craniofacial surgical clinic for fifteen years.  

Dr. Louise Caouette-Laberge, founder of Mission Sourires d'Afrique, is the chief of plastic surgery at Sainte-Justine UHC and a professor at University of Montreal. She has taught paediatric plastic surgery at Sainte-Justine UHC for more than 30 years and is the author of several scientific publications related to reconstructive surgery for children. She has volunteered for more than 25 surgical missions in several developing countries, as both a surgeon and a visiting professor. In 2006, Dr. Caouette-Laberge received the Canadian Medical Association's May Cohen Award for Women Mentors. Since 2007, she has directed the medical team offering specialized care in Africa.  

Dr. Roger Paul Delorme, a plastic surgeon with over thirty years of experience, is also trained in craniofacial surgery and is particularly well known for his work on nose reconstruction. He worked for ten years at the Sainte-Justine UHC before heading the plastic surgery program at the University of Montreal and acting as the chief of plastic surgery at the Notre-Dame Hospital during the 1980s and 1990s. Dr. Delorme has been interested in humanitarian surgical work for a long time and participated to MSA's Mali 2009 and 2010, Burkina Faso 2010 as well as Cameroon2011 missions.  

Dr. Jean-Martin Laberge is a paediatric general surgeon at the Montreal Children's Hospital and a Professor of Surgery at McGill University. He has participated in several humanitarian missions in the past. Apart from every MSA trips, he has performed volunteer surgery and teaching in China, Ecuador, Ghana, Kenya, Mexico, Rwanda and Somalia. His broad expertise related to children's surgery allows our team to provide a safe environment for children who might display more complex problems within the framework of our mission.  


Dr. Anne Lavoie, anaesthesiologist at the MUHC, was part of MSA's team in Burkina Faso 2010 and in Cameroon 2011.  

Dr. Jean Moren practices anaesthesiology in France since 1991. He was invited to join MSA's team in Mali 2010, Burkina Faso 2010 and Cameroon 2011.  


Dr. Jean Turgeon, a paediatrician at Sainte-Justine UHC and professor of paediatrics at University of Montreal, has participated in many teaching trips to Africa and the Antilles to share his knowledge of paediatrics. His expertise during the mission is essential to detect patient conditions other than facial deformities in order to ensure the safety of the child throughout the entire process and to minimize operating risks.  


Suzanne Ouimet has been an inhalation therapist at the Montreal Children's Hospital for many years and her knowledge of anaesthetic equipment and her overall resourcefulness make her an essential member of our team. She participated in the following MSA missions: Burkina Faso 2007, Mali 2009 and 2010, Cameroon 2011.  

Grant Auer has been a respiratory therapist at the CUSM for many years. M. Auer participated in the MSA Burkina Faso mission in 2014.

«Rarement l’occasion nous est donnée d’avoir un impact aussi significatif sur la vie des autres. En quelques jours seulement, on peut changer la vie de tellement d’enfants! Si une chirurgie peut ramener la qualité de vie à un enfant, n’est-ce pas la raison qui nous a amenés au domaine de la santé?»


Joanne Bérubé, has been a recovery room nurse for the past 32 years. She participated to the Mali 2010 and Cameroon 2011 missions where she also played a teaching role for the local nursing staff and parents.  

Linda Blanchard has been an operating room nurse at the Montreal Children's Hospital for the past 18 years. She joined MSA's team in Mali 2009 and Burkina Faso 2010.  

Denise Corbin has been working at Sainte-Justine UHC since 1993 developing expertise in emergency, surgery and intensive care nursing. She accompanied the team in Burkina Faso 2010.  

Lucie Ferland is a clinician nurse at Sainte-Justine UHC. She participated in a humanitarian mission in Haiti in 2005 before joining the MSA team. She actively helps organizing and preparing each mission and has been to Burkina Faso in 2007, Mali in 2010 and Cameroon en 2011.  

Lyse Giguère is a clinician nurse at Sainte-Justine UHC. Over the years, she has developed extensive plastic surgery nursing experience which she shared with the team in Burkina Faso 2007 and 2010, Mali 2009 as well as Cameroon 2011.  

Rachel Giroux has been practicing nursing at Sainte-Justine UHC for the past 37 years, during which time she specialized in surgery and recovery room care. She participated to MSA's Burkina Faso 2007 and 2010 and Mali 2009 missions as a recovery room nurse as well as a supply surgery nurse.  

Guy Legault has been part of the nursing team of Sainte-Justine UHC since 1985, where he has developed specialized operating room nursing skills since 1999. Member of MSA's Burkina Faso 2007 and 2010 as well as Mali 2009 teams, he helps organize each mission. Abroad, his role is to prepare the operating room, participate to the surgeries and see to the sterilization of the surgical instruments.  

Myriam Petit has been a paediatric nurse at the Montreal Children's Hospital for the past 34 years. Specialized in recovery room care, she participated to two MSA missions: Mali 2010 and Cameroon 2011.  

Danièle Tremblay is a specialized operating room nurse at Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont in Montreal. She participated to many MSA missions: Burkina Faso 2007, Mali 2009 and 2010 as well as Cameroon 2011.  

Volunteers from the Business Community

Geoffrey Adams worked in the financial services industry for many years in areas such as global securities trading, transition management, impact investing, and project-specific consulting. In 2006, he joined Dr. Louise Caouette-Laberge and helped implement Mission Sourires d'Afrique. As a non-medical volunteer, Geoffrey assists the team with fundraising, mission-related logistics, and patient database management. He has travelled with the team on four occasions to Burkina Faso and Mali between 2007 and 2010.  

Marthe Bélanger has been a Human Resources Assistant at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts for the past 20 years. As a member of MSA, she is in charge of the mission's logistics and has accompanied the tem in four occasions: in Burkina Faso 2007 and 2010 as well as in Mali 2009 and 2010.  

Bernard Fougère, filmmaker and photographer, has been working mostly in areas such as architectural and documentary photography for over 31 years. He has joined MSA in order to share his talent in taking medical pictures of patients, before and after surgeries, as well as helping organizing MSA's medical database.  

France Labelle Delorme has worn many hats. Aside from being a translator, an administrative-assistant as well as an assistant in a primary school for five years, she is a mother of two, a grandmother of six lovely grandchildren and presently volunteers at Sainte-Justine UHC in the neonatology department. France participated to the Mali 2010 mission where she greeted the families and helped caring for the children in the recovery room.  

Marie-Claude Lacroix, has been working in marketing and business development for more than 30 years. She joined MSA to share her expertise in ways of promoting the organization. Abroad, she participated to three missions, Mali 2009 and 2010 as well as Cameroon 2011, where she helped in supervising and supporting the children and their parents, before and after the surgeries.