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Anne-Sylvie Asso'o

Anne-Sylvie Asso's

Certificate in Accounting for Business Management (2011)

2014–present: Operations Centre Associate, Assurant Solutions (Kingston, ON)
2012–present: President/Founder, Le Coeur sur la Main
2011–2013: Accounting Coordinator and Trainer, Novitek International (Montreal, QC)
2010–2011: Member Services Advisor, Desjardins (Montreal, QC)
2009–2010: Accounting Clerk, Inter Tax (Montreal, QC)
2006–2007: Office Assistant, Executive Education HEC Montréal (Montreal, QC)
1996–2003: Accounting and Administrative Services Manager, Pharmacie du Sud (Cameroon)

What are you doing to help change the world?

We created a charitable foundation known as Fondation Le Coeur sur la Main. It is our contribution toward building a better world, by reaching out to orphans and other vulnerable children.

Our vision is to look after their well-being and advocate for a society that is more inclusive toward this overlooked segment of the population.

Our mission focuses on promoting the health, growth, education and professional integration of the children we help. We work directly with them in orphanages, listen carefully to their needs and provide them with the appropriate assistance. When I go to Africa on my missions, I actually stay on site at the orphanages.

We build wells with electric pumps and water towers, and bathrooms so they can shower using running water. This helps prevent water-borne diseases and lets them concentrate on their school work and recreational activities rather than drawing water. We also place major emphasis on their education by building libraries and computer study rooms directly in the orphanages.

In terms of professional training, we are setting up vocational centres in conjunction with social economy enterprises to help them achieve a certain level of independence. We don’t want to make them dependent on handouts. The idea is to give them what they need to play an active role in a world that tends to marginalize them.


To what do you attribute the success of your career path?

One of the things that pushed me to pursue this initiative was my natural tendency to be empathetic in situations of distress, inequality or poverty. I automatically feel drawn to make a contribution in order to improve the situation and usher in a change.

Being in Canada was another source of encouragement for me because the administrative and governmental structures here made it easier to start up the foundation. The high value placed on charitable endeavours and the culture of giving back were also conducive to our efforts. And thanks to our volunteer resources, we were able to achieve many of our goals at an affordable price.


How did your time at HEC Montréal help you or give you the tools to overcome the challenges you encountered along the way?

The educational framework at HEC Montréal was extremely motivational. The quality of the teaching and the faculty are undeniably factors that helped cement my success and push me forward. I was able to acquire and broaden my management, accounting and administrative skills, all of which have been extremely useful in running the foundation.

My project management professor put me in contact with an executive in the non-profit sector, who gave me helpful advice in terms of setting up the foundation. During my studies at HEC Montréal, I built a strong network that has proved very beneficial to my professional and personal development.

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