The nomination of Serge Langlois was confirmed at the Special Meeting of the National Council held in Montreal on January 28, where he had the opportunity to meet and chat with attending members of the Council and the management team.
Montreal, Monday, January 30, 2017 – Serge Langlois has been named executive director of Development and Peace – Caritas Canada.
“It is with humility and honour that I accept today the leadership of Development and Peace,” said Serge Langlois, newly named executive director of Development and Peace. “I am pleased to join this organization whose vision and values are dear to me. Our thousands of members, donors, partners and employees form a movement of solidarity, united around our shared values of social justice and international solidarity. On the strength of the support of the Canadian Catholic Church for the past 50 years, we will continue to offer a voice to the poorest and most vulnerable populations in order to respond to the social inequalities and injustices in the world.”
Mr. Langlois has worked for many years on preventing diabetes and raising awareness about it, both nationally and internationally. Elected vice president of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) in 2015, he has served on its board of directors since 2013. From 1995 to 2015, he served as president and CEO of Diabetes Québec and, among other activities, was involved in the United Nations Resolution on Diabetes in 2008 and the Global Changing Diabetes Leadership Forum in New York in 2007. In Québec, one of his specific contributions was the development of an extensive network of regional associations that brought together people affected by this disease and health professionals working in the sector. On the global level, he also played an influential role in the recognition and improvement of psychosocial support for people with diabetes. A founding member of the Diabetes Council of Canada, he played an instrumental role on the Steering Committee for the Canadian Diabetes Strategy. A graduate of HEC Montréal, Mr. Langlois previously served as director of marketing and communications for the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. A devoted leader and activist known for his listening and empathy, he is a valued speaker, both nationally and internationally, and is highly respected for his communication skills.
“We are pleased to welcome Mr. Serge Langlois to our organization,” said Jean-Denis Lampron, President of the National Council for Development and Peace. “His dedication to the cause of society’s most disadvantaged and disenfranchised, his skill at rallying people together and his great empathy will certainly be assets for Development and Peace – Caritas Canada.”
Serge Langlois will take office on February 1. Over the next five years, and with the support of the organization's close to 90 employees and thousands of Canadian members, Development and Peace will continue to work with its partners, targeting the most vulnerable populations in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.
About Development and Peace – Caritas Canada
Development and Peace is one of the most important international development organizations in Canada. It was founded in 1967 by the Canadian Catholic Bishops as a means of inspiring Canadians to act in solidarity with their sisters and brothers in the Global South who are suffering the injustice of poverty. Over the past 50 years, Development and Peace has invested $600 million in more than 15,000 projects in Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East.
Development and Peace is a strong and diverse movement that brings together Canadians from all over the country working for justice to enable that the poorest people to live with respect and dignity. Development and Peace is also Caritas Canada, official member of the Caritas Internationalis confederation, an international network of more than 160 Catholic development organizations.