Mission Sourires d'Afrique has grown over the years and now represents a team of more than forty passionate and dedicated volunteers: surgeons, anaesthesiologists, paediatricians, respiratory therapists, and nurses from a variety of Montreal medical institutions such as Sainte-Justine UHC, Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital, and the Montreal Children's Hospital. Additional team members include volunteers from the business community. Everyone contributes to the overall fundraising efforts in order to finance each mission consisting of approximately twenty volunteers.


Dr. Louise Caouette-Laberge, MD, FRCSC, is the founder of Mission Sourires d'Afrique. Dr. Laberge 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. 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.

At the annual conference held in May 2013, the Collège des médecins du Québec paid tribute to a dynamic couple, Dr. Louise Caouette-Laberge and her husband, Dr. Jean-Martin Laberge, for their humanitarian work on behalf of children in Africa with the Montreal-based organization, Mission Sourires d'Afrique.