Employees

  • Anne Godbout
    Anne Godbout Executive Director - Founder of Spiritours

    She has traveled around the globe a few times and has visited all the continents. Since 1992, she has been organizing group trips professionally and has been leading them regularly in different countries. She founded Spiritours in 2003. She studied administration and theology at Laval University in Quebec. She speaks French, English and Spanish fluently. She is a member of the Focolare movement and of Religions for Peace Canada

  • Nathalie Lainé
    Nathalie Lainé Accountant (ext 209)

    She has a degree in Tourism and Business Administration. She specializes in customized group trips. She loves to share her passion for diving as well as her desire to travel differently even to popular destinations. Fostering a simple sharing and exchange with other cultures, she will ensure that your project becomes an extraordinary adventure. She speaks French, English and Spanish.

  • Nadine Robillard
    Nadine Robillard Assistant director (ext 205)

    She graduated from Collège April-Fortier in Travel Organization and Management, and acquired nearly two years of experience with a recognized tour operator before joining Spiritours in January 2008. She is passionate about human relationships and the discovery of other cultures. She believes that combining travel with personal and spiritual growth opens new horizons. Dynamism, professionalism, and openness characterize her.

  • Laurence Maurin
    Laurence Maurin Incoming department coordinator

    She has a degree in Tourism and French literature and is passionate about history and architecture, and has extensive experience as a guide in France and a tour escort in Europe. In professional tourism for over 20 years, she has acquired a know-how that enables her to identify the expectations of travelers, to give them good advice, to offer them a sincere look elsewhere, and to share her knowledge with passion.

  • France Lavoie
    France Lavoie Assistant coordinator (ext 200)

    She has more than 13 years of experience in the Tourism Industry. A graduate of the April-Fortier College, she then worked in various departments of a renowned wholesaler in the industry. She speaks fluent French, English and Spanish. For her, travel is a passion and is the best way to learn about other cultures and especially to discover yourself. Curious, open-minded and dynamic, she loves the contact with people.

Tour leaders

  • Léo Guilbert
    Léo Guilbert

    Trained in educational psychology, he was a teacher for 38 years, at first in Madagascar, then in different schools in Quebec. In addition to Madagascar, he was a cooperant in Honduras and Africa. He finished his career in education as an internship supervisor at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. He began his retirement in 2010 with the Santiago de Compostela road experience and he returned 6 years later. This Road is more than a pilgrimage to be done once, it’s a path of life. He does volunteer work today for different charities, pastoral, environmental and languages. His preferred journey is meeting and discovering people, while walking in the search of God.

  • Alexis Pearson
    Alexis Pearson

    She initially studied Communications and Music. In her mid-twenties, she took a definitive step in her career to follow her heart and focusing on the aid relationship. In January 2015, she completed her Masters in Social Service. Introduced to traveling at a very young age, Alexis has visited many European countries as well as Honduras and Cuba. Having discovered her faith thanks to a group of young Christians, she is continually looking for new ways to share what nurtures and sustains her. She speaks French, English and Italian.

  • Catherine Agostini
    Catherine Agostini

    Franco-Indo-Canadian, she has lived around the world. She is a travel agent as well as a Yoga Nidra teacher and founder of Latitude bien-Être. By conquering the extreme (Sahara and Atacama Desert, Kilimanjaro and Cotopaxi, martial arts, F1, Indian shantytown), the harmony of the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual body has proved essential. She accompanies people at the end of life and incarcerated women with humility and compassion. Her qualities of listening and presence, her joy make her an Asian guide that will help you achieve your dreams.

  • Darcy Lemire
    Darcy Lemire

    He was a tour guide in Peru from Quebec. While crossing the Americas on his bicycle and going for the first time in the Andes, they sparked his interest immensely. Afterwards, he only had one idea: to return there. He has been living in the Alps for seven years now, and has found happiness and serenity. He has learnt to listen to his heart more than his head and to be amazed.

  • Francine Vincent
    Francine Vincent

    Wife and mother of two young adults, she obtained a Master’s degree in Biblical Intervention. She has been a Pastoral Assistant for 25 years of the Diocese of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and is responsible of the catechumenate of adults and adolescents (14-17 years old). Franciscan in her heart, she is creative and passionate about life.

  • Guy J. Giguère
    Guy J. Giguère

    Management, counselling, and PNL consultant and advocate for Human Capital and Cultivating Peace, he has been accompanying groups, both in Africa and Asia, for 10 years now. His knowledge of the regions and customs, his calm, attentive listening, and “presence” make him a discreet and reassuring travel companion… He does not hesitate to share his favorite spots during the trip, ensuring that you will come back with a little something unique.

  • Jean-Marc Plessy
    Jean-Marc Plessy

    Of French origin, he has founded the Alkemia agency (alchemy) in Iceland with his partner Harpa. His life path lead him to teaching aikido and qi gong, the practice of shiatsu and as a tour leader in initiatory trips in Icelandic nature, with a skill for finding spaces for silence and locations allowing you to reconnect with yourself, the essential.

  • Jacquelin Genois
    Jacquelin Genois

    He is a retired school principal with a degree in school administration, animation and coaching. He traveled the Compostela road in 2003 and, since then, gives conferences to share the experience that transformed him. He has escorted many groups of exchange students in North America and Compostela with Spiritours (since 2005). He has a passion for global health, personal growth, spirituality, trips and the outdoors.

  • Josée Godbout
    Josée Godbout

    She is a professional coach in strategic coaching. She manages DRIVE Leadership & Coaching whose mission is to support the change process and achieving balance with individuals and companies. A certified member of the Fédération internationale des coachs du Québec, she has training in “co-active coaching”, business administration, an education in naturopathy and art-therapy. As an artist-painter, she combines art and achievement of objectives as a potential approach to development. drive-coaching.com

  • Mark Langlois
    Mark Langlois

    He has training in theology and trained in spiritual guidance at the Centre Le Pèlerin in order to sharpen his ability to listen and be present for others. Previously, he worked as a teacher in the tourism department of CEGEP Champlain Regional College. His diversified experience in the tourism industry (from a tour guide to an agency owner) allowed him to have a taste of almost every aspect of travelling.

  • Marc Dion
    Marc Dion

    Graduate of a Master’s in Theology of the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Marc has become an animator of the spiritual life and community engagement in a public high school in Nicolet. Thanks to his escort experience of over fifteen trips with youths and adults, he wants to promote the tour of Haiti off the beaten tracks and without prejudice toward the people of Haiti. His dominant convictions are solidarity and amazement. There is a mystery hidden in each person, even the most vulnerable.

  • Harpa
    Harpa Special Collaborator

    Harpa is the co-founder of the Alkemia agency. She is Icelandic and francophone. She is a guide with excellent knowledge of the visible and has a sensitivity for the invisible and she possesses the utmost discretion allowing each person to reconnect at their own pace with their inner guide. Harpa is also a yoga teacher and may suggest exercises during the trip to promote physical awakening.

  • Dung Levan
    Dung Levan

    A retired engineer and President of the charitable foundation Hoasen Vietnam-Canada. He has traveled and stayed, as part of his work, in many countries of Africa, Latin America and Asia. He has been escorting groups in Asia for eight years. Native of Vietnam, his knowledge of the language, customs, locations and especially his love for culinary specialities make him a reliable, interesting and pleasant guide.

  • Normand Calve
    Normand Calve

    Consultant and coach in management and finance with companies and their executives, my professional experiences allowed me to welcome people from different backgrounds and business communities and especially to appreciate the people in these meetings, their thoughts, values and shared goals. As of 2013 and every year since, “Compostela and its roads” welcomes me at the heart of the being, with oneself, with the Other and with the other. The whole road that leads us to Compostela is never left to chance. Experiencing and making someone experience Compostela is a privilege, a passion to share what inspires me.

  • Francyne Doré
    Francyne Doré

    In love with life and its sparkle, Francyne exudes an infectious enthusiasm. She is a social worker by training and has headed a Sexual Assault Crisis Centre for over 20 years. She is convinced that in every hardship there is a hidden treasure. She has the knack to help people in their quest to find a significance at different stages of their life. Trained by Ho Rites de passage, she has a passion for ritual work, sacred psychology and the return to Mother Earth. She escorts groups during initiatory journeys and guides vision quests.

  • Ilka Marcenay
    Ilka Marcenay

    She is a teacher and practitioner of shamanism and founded the school of shamanism, SHAMANKA. Ilka has been interested in many different cultures since her childhood and has traveled around the globe to obtain new lessons. Ilka was adopted within a Native American Mi’kmaq family from Quebec, as the eldest daughter of the Clan of the White Horse. Shamanism and Native American rituals are central in her life. She leads sweat lodges and carries the sacred pipe. She is passionate about personal development as well as depth psychology inspired by Carl G. Jung.

     

  • Gordon Robertson
    Gordon Robertson

    Co-director of HO Rites de Passage, and inspired ceremonialist, Gordon is our expedition leader. Adventurer-explorer since his youth, wilderness holds no secret from him. He has slept in the bush, built houses in trees, sweated in Aboriginal sweat lodges and even survived an encounter with a puma in the middle of a South American jungle! Living in Sedona, he knows the desert like no one else. Trained by two pioneer American institutes in the renewal of rites of passage in the wilderness – the Animas Valley Institute in Colorado and the School of the lost Borders in California –, he brings the Ho aspect more down to earth.

Spiritual Facilitators

  • Alain Gélinas
    Alain Gélinas

    Alain was a Brother of Saint-Gabriel, a congregation with whom he worked mainly in the field of training in Haiti and Rwanda. He left the community and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Trois-Rivières in June 2000. He was responsible for various parishes before taking over the responsibility of the Maison Le Chemin, a center that offers spiritual guidance services and Christian Life formation.

  • Alain Mongeau
    Alain Mongeau E.V.: episcopal vicar

    Episcopal vicar, deaneries of the East part of the Diocese for animation of francophone communities (Archdiocese of Montreal). As a diocesan priest, Father Alain Mongeau is a priest for the Saint-Jean-Baptiste and Saint-Denis parishes in addition to being very committed to the École Foi et Mission including young adults who are students and workers. He is passionate about the world of the Middle East and the dialogue between the different Christian Churches.

  • Guy Guindon
    Guy Guindon PSS

    He is a native of Saint-Eustache in the Diocese of Saint-Jérôme. He was ordained a priest on August 24th, 1984. He completed a Master’s degree at the Université de Montréal in Pastoral Praxeology, a doctorate in Practical Theology at the Faculté de théologie et de sciences religieuses of Université Laval, and was awarded a Canonical Degree catechesis (Institut Catholique de Paris). In 2007, he joined The Society of the Priests of Saint-Sulpice. He is currently Director of the Grand Séminaire de Montréal and director of the pastoral department at the Institut de Formation Théologique de Montréal.

  • Jean-Louis Larochelle
    Jean-Louis Larochelle o.p.

    He is president of the Dominican University College foundation. He was ordained a priest in 1970. After his studies in Philosophy, Theology and Social Sciences, he was engaged in parochial and social pastoral activity (1970-1982). From 1978 to 2015, he was a lecturer at the Dominican Pastoral Institute. Simultaneously, for several years, he held positions of religious animation and training in his community.

  • Laurent Marie
    Laurent Marie Discalced Carmelite

    Actually at the convent of Trois-Rivières, Father Laurent Marie is a discalced Carmelite (also called Brothers of the Blessed Virgin of Mount Carmel). This religious order was born in the Holy Land in 1209. He first went to the seminary in 2002 to be a diocesan priest. His vocation was refined: in 2006, he went to Carmel, and was ordained a priest in 2014 in Lourdes (France). Since 2006, he tastes the rich spirituality of Carmel through his saints and mystical doctors who are notably Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, Saint Therese of Avila, John of the Cross, Sister Elizabeth of the Trinity.

     

  • Marc-André Lafrenière
    Marc-André Lafrenière

    He is a member of the secular institute Voluntas Dei, and was ordained a priest in 1974. He has served his institute as responsible for the work of Missions, then as director of the Canadian district. In the Diocese of Montreal, he was respectfully pastor of the parishes of St-Arsène, St-Marc and St-Paul-de-la-Croix, and is currently responsible of the parish of St-Denis.

     

  • Michel Lacroix
    Michel Lacroix

    He was ordained a priest in June 1965 for the Diocese of Hull and has since became archdiocese of Gatineau. He studied at the Centre de pastorale en milieu ouvrier (CPMO) in Montreal and obtained a Specialised Master’s in Pastorale du monde ouvrier de l’Institut des Dominicains de Montréal. He worked especially in social animation and international solidarity. In the past, he accompanied six trips of immersion of Development and Peace in Africa and Latin America. A frequent traveller, he has a solid experience in traveling since he has visited 174 countries in 5 continents.

  • Pierre Blanchard
    Pierre Blanchard E.V.: episcopal vicar

    Priest of the Diocese of Montreal, he is currently an episcopal vicar with the cultural and ritual communities of the Diocese. He has also held various roles in the education, parish and diocesan sectors. President of the Diocesan Refugee Fund, he has stayed many times in “refugee camps” in South-East Asia. Also, he founded an aid organization for underprivileged children in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, countries that he has visited many times. In the past, he has accompanied many groups with Spiritours such as in Israel & Jordan, Italy, Spain & Portugal and Mexico.

     

  • Richard Wallot
    Richard Wallot

    Working in the parish of Saint-Michel de Vaudreuil-Dorion (diocese of Valleyfield), Abbot Richard was ordained a priest at 22 years old. He had a full ministry at different levels such as secretary of bishops, school pastoral, founding director of the Diocesan Center for pastoral training, diocesan coordinator of the pastoral, Vicar General… He collaborates with different organizations and movements and is a writer for Vie Liturgique, Prions en Église and Prêtre et Pasteur. He has accompanied many pilgrimages (seven times in the Holy Land) and is a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

  • Silvain Cloutier
    Silvain Cloutier

    Ordained a priest on December 14th, 2006, the next day, he dedicated his vocation to the Virgin Mary in the parish of La Visitation. He was Vicar or priest in various parishes of Montreal North, Mercier-Est and Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. Since 2011, he is director of vocations for those who discern a vocation to become a diocesan priest for the Diocese of Montreal. He is also director of the Œuvre des Vocations of the Diocese of Montreal. The Abbot has made a few religious trips to Rome where he met with Pope François, in Ars, Paray-Le-Monial, in various dioceses of the United-States as well as Medjugorje.

     

  • Victorien Lévesque
    Victorien Lévesque

    Ordained a priest in 1973 at the Diocese of Rimouski, he has a Bachelor’s degree in Theology of UQAR, Master’s degree in School Pastoral of the Université de Sherbrooke, Master’s degree in Biblical Studies and certificate in Gerontology of Université de Montréal and an internship at the École Biblique in Jerusalem and Université Grégorienne in Rome. Actually in early retirement, he is working in the parish and hospital ministry as a priest collaborator. He is also a mountain hiking enthusiast and did the Compostela pilgrimage in 2006.

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