The mission of Sainte-Anne Academy is to prepare students for the world of tomorrow by providing them with the tools they need to become open-minded, creative leaders prepared to work with others and committed to equitable and sustainable development.


In keeping with progressive education principles, developing our students' positive attitudes and aptitudes are cornerstones of our school environment. Our school team stimulates intellectual curiosity in students and foster a desire to learn. Developing self-esteem, leadership, creativity and a sense of responsibility are also central to our philosophy.


In 1896, the Royal Montreal Golf Club moved to Dixie in the parish of Dorval, where it remained until the pressures of urban growth again dictated a decision to move. Founded in 1873, The Montreal Golf Club is the oldest golf club in North America. In 1884, Queen Victoria granted permission to use the “Royal” prefix.


The origin of Sainte-Anne Academy dates back to 1861 when the Congregation of Sisters of Saint Anne founded its first school: Villa Anna. The Sisters gradually expanded their educational mission to other parishes. In 1959, Queen of Angels Academy—a private girls’ school—opened with a class of 33 students. By 2006, 517 young people were attending the school, which had been secularized in 1998.


A dropping enrolment and financial pressures forced the school to close in June 2014. The Corporation du Collège Sainte-Anne de Lachine decided to give the heritage facilities new purpose by opening a bilingual kindergarten and primary school for girls and boys. On July 1, 2014, Queen of Angels Academy merged with Collège Sainte-Anne de Lachine, and the new Academy welcomed its 488 first students on August 26, 2015. They will be the first class with an opportunity to study at Sainte-Anne all the way from kindergarten through cégep in an environment marked by the values of the Sisters of Saint Anne.


On August 26, the Academy welcomed its first 483 students. On October 23, the Academy was officially inaugurated in the presence of Claude Dauphin and Edgar Rouleau, mayors of Lachine and Dorval respectively, several of the Sisters of Sainte-Anne, staff members, journalists and many other guests. The arrival of the Academy clearly met a need: more than 840 applications were received in its first year of existence.


On February 15, Taktik Design won three awards, including Project of the Year, for its construction and design of Sainte-Anne Academy at the 9th annual GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN awards ceremony. On March 11, the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport announced a $475,000 grant to Collège Sainte-Anne for the development of a synthetic field. The City of Dorval also provided $1.25 million in financial support to this project. This multi-purpose, multi-sports field located next to the Academy’s playground will be used by the three Sainte-Anne schools and Dorval residents.

Management team

Ugo Cavenaghi

Ugo Cavenaghi

Executive Director of Collège Sainte-Anne


Ugo Cavenaghi holds a Bachelor of Education as well as a joint Master’s degree in Education Administration and Business Administration. Executive Director of Sainte-Anne since 2006, he was the driving force behind the development of specialized secondary programs, the emphasis on technology and environment, as well as the international face of Sainte-Anne due to the creation of a network of partner schools on every continent. He is also responsible for setting up the CEGEP program in the former convent of the Sisters of Saint Anne and the merger with Queen of Angels Academy in order to establish Collège Sainte-Anne’s new primary school. Mr. Cavenaghi is also a founding member of the Factry, the new School of Creative Science in Montreal. In 2017, he and Isabelle Senécal published the essay Osons l’école : des idées créatives pour ranimer notre système éducatif. He is a regular speaker on educational innovation in Canada and internationally. Mr. Cavenaghi is a member of the Committee on Pre-School Education and Primary Education of the Higher Council of Education and is a member of the a member of the Program Council for the Certificate in Creativity and Innovation at the Faculty of Continuing Education at the Université de Montréal.

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Véronique Lemieux-Boyer

Véronique Lemieux-Boyer



Véronique Lemieux-Boyer has been involved in education for some twenty years. She began her career as a French specialist at the New Frontiers School Board in the Suroît region before going on to teach all subjects. She taught for one year in Guyana (South America) before becoming a guidance counsellor at École Notre-Dame-de-Sion, where she later served as assistant director and then executive director. She was assistant director at Collège Jean de la Mennais (secondary programs) before dedicating herself wholeheartedly to the challenges of the Sainte-Anne Academy project.

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Martin Matte

Martin Matte

Director of pedagogical services


Martin Matte holds a bachelor’s degree in history teaching in high school and a certificate in accounting. He began his teaching career in public schools on the South Shore of Montreal in the late 1990s. In 2002, he joined the teaching team at Collège Jean de la Mennais de La Prairie where he teaches computer science and history. After teaching several different courses and getting involved in various extracurricular projects, he accepted in the spring of 2009 the position of assistant principal in the lower secondary cycle, which he held for 6 years, and whose main mandate was related to pedagogy. During these years, he manages support measures, accompanies new teachers in his cycle and promotes technopedagogy. Among his achievements, he was responsible for redesigning the student tracking system. A graduate in school administration since the spring of 2015, he joined the CSA, where he was appointed head of Secondary 2 before joining the Academy as Director of Pedagogical Services.

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