A dynamic team!

Anthony Bertrand, Executive Director

AnthonyAnthony BERTRAND first came in Edmonton in 2005 as a wildlife biologist! (Ressearch assistant and administrative assistant at the University of Alberta). Passionate with linguistics and always keen to promote intercultural exchanges between Francophones and anglophones, he became executive director at Alliance française of Edmonton in May 2010.  Managing the French language school or running the cultural center, you’ll meet him at the Café-croissant, game nights, conferences – or in his office to answer any of your questions!

Marie Fougy-Houël,  Course Director and Instructor

Gratuated in a master degree of French as a foreign language, and after several experiences in France and Europe, Marie decided to continue her professional adventure on the other side of the pond. Coming from Lisieux in France, she has been teaching at the Alliance since September 2015 and she is also the Course Director. Her mission is to manage the pedagogic area, to guarantee the class quality, to supervise and coordinate the teaching team, to implement new projects to improve our School, and various other missions. Passionate and dynamic teacher, she orientates her courses towards interaction and discovery of French culture, through various supports and specialized teaching, such as games, song, simulations, etc. in an attractive and motivating atmosphere. Her passions? Horseback riding, zumba, yoga, sewing, jewelry-making, discovering and sharing cultures, reading, watching movies, cooking and seize the moment with cheerfulness!

Laurence Peyre,  Communication Officer & Cultural Coordinator

Born and raised in France, Laurence arrived in Canada in late 2016 and joined the French Alliance few months later, in 2017. Her mission is to promote our various activities and to organize all our events. Therefore, she is your contact person for any questions about our cultural program, and you will surely meet her at any of our event. Dynamic and adventurous, she has a strong taste for new horizons, so she often lived outside of her country (Scotland, Switzerland, Quebec…) and backpaked even further (Australia, Indonesia…) !

Julie de Coster, Administrative Assistant


Julie started working at the Alliance Française in February 2017, she comes from Nice, France. She travelled and worked in New Zealand and Australia before settling down in Edmonton. She has a passion for outdoors -especially climbing and hiking- and for performing arts like theatre and contemporary dance. She studied Education and Communication. At the Alliance Française, she is in charge of managing registrations, keeping the website up-to-date and giving out information. She is your first contact when you call us and will happily help you.

Charu Inder Mohan, Instructor

Holding a bachelor‘s degree in Education and Science, Charu started teaching in India as a primary school teacher in Dehli and New Dehli, then in 2004 she turns towards teaching French and English. Afterwards, she joined the French Alliance in Delhi in 2008 and validated a university degree in French as a Foreign Language at the University of Rouen in France. Teacher at the French Alliance of Edmonton since 2009, Charu will attract you with her remarkable energy and will teach you French in a friendly and effective manner.

Nelly Abou Chakra, Instructor

Nelly started to teach French as a Foreign Language in Lebanon in the Arts and Culture School, and the Universal College of Aley Lebanon for various levels. She then received a certificate of language development at the cultural center of Beirut in 2001. Teacher at the French Alliance in Edmonton since 2009, Nelly knows how to motivate and captivate students and above all she will adapt to your specific language needs, whatever your level.

Renée Bouchard, Instructor

Renée started at the Alliance Française as a DELF examiner. She worked a lot with federal employee’s French training. Renée now teaches both children and adults of all levels as well as private classes! She comes from Québec and she is also an actress, a real one, not only to make her classes more lively!

Daméma Blanchet, Instructor

Born and raised near Paris, Damema has a degree to teach French as a foreign language. She taught in Peru, France and Barbados before arriving in Canada in January 2018. At the Alliance Française, she teaches kids, teenagers and adults, general French and specialized courses such as conversation or pronunciation. She loves to know other people’s opinions on all sorts of topics from movies to literature, fashion or the news. She also enjoys yoga, indian food or traveling around the world.

Birgitta Fishwick, Instructor

Birgitta has taught French in Nova Scotia, Alberta and West Africa.  She enjoys travelling and has taught English in China. She has an M.A. in French (with specialization in teaching) and has been teaching at the Alliance française of Edmonton since September, 2017.

Sybille Camblan, Instructor Intern

Sybille is currently studying for her Master’s degree in French as a Foreign Language in Strasbourg, France. She will be teaching at the Alliance Française of Edmonton as an intern. She has been teaching in a primary school in Britain and therefore has been able to immerse herself into the British culture and cannot wait to do the same here in Canada. When teaching, this young professional loves to use games to motivate her students. During her free-time, Sybille loves to exercise and to discover new horizons through gastronomy, culture and travels. So if you are interested by those topics, do not hesitate to come and chat a bit about that with her.

Loane Peinado, Instructor Intern

New intern on Alliance Française and a French as foreign language student in the University of Montpellier, Loane has come all the way from Southern France. Aside her studies, she had worked in a few associations and public schools teaching French to adults and children. She is a huge fan of bicycle and music, if you encounter her on bicycle paths, she would be humming, discovering Edmonton.

Julien Courjaud, Communication and Event coordinator Intern

Arrived in August, Julien is studying in France in Sciences Po Toulouse. He joined the team for five months to contribute to grow the reach of the Alliance. He helps Laurence setting the different events and entertainments which animate Edmonton’s life. Musician and full time music lover he is also very curious about discovering Canadian life and culture.