The Society’s board of directors is made up of 25 high-profile Montrealers from a variety of professional backgrounds within the social, cultural and business spheres who have already played their part in helping Montréal thrive through their outstanding projects and ideas.
After studies in law and economics at the University of Ottawa, France Chrétien Desmarais got involved in numerous companies and charitable organizations in areas as varied as health, sports, arts, education, heritage and support for youth. She is Vice-President and founding member of both the Guy Laliberté Foundation and ONE DROP Foundation, as well as a member of the Executive Committee of the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation, the McGill University International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors Board, and the Partnership for a Drug-Free Canada. A Member of the Order of Canada, she has also served on the Board of Directors of Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch since 1998.
At the helm of the biggest comedy festival in the world, the Just for Laughs Festival in Montréal, Gilbert Rozon has also gained recognition on the tourism front, for his involvement with the Performance Committee of the Québec tourism industry. Founding president of the Just for Laughs Group, he also successfully expanded his company’s activities by focusing on four main pillars: festivals, television productions, shows and artist management. He is also the instigator of the Regroupement des Événements Majeurs Internationaux (RÉMI) and its Canadian counterpart, Festivals and Major Events (FAME). Gilbert Rozon has been awarded the 2007 Québec Tourism award and the Banff World Television Festival’s Peter Ustinov Award. More recently, he was inducted into the Canadian Tourism Hall of Fame.
Guy Breton has been rector of the Université de Montréal since 2010. A doctor and radiologist, he has served as professor in the Faculty of Medicine since 1979. He held a number of positions at the Université de Montréal in the intervening decades, during which time he also took on leadership roles in professional and academic associations. A bold, forward-thinking manager, he is renowned for his communication skills and his resource mobilization capacities in responding to organizational change. He has received many prestigious awards, including an honorary doctorate from Shanghai’s Jiao Tong University, the Chevalier in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French government and the Albert-Jutras Prize from the Société canadienne-française de radiologie (SCFR).
A graduate of McGill University, James Cherry is a chartered accountant by profession. He has more than 35 years of experience in business management, project management and financial management in the international aerospace and defence sectors, as well as in the railway industry. After holding senior management positions at Bombardier, Oerlikon Aerospace, CAE, and ALSTOM Canada, James Cherry joined Aéroports de Montréal as President and Chief Executive Officer in June 2001. He chairs the boards of Centraide and the St. Mary’s Hospital Center. He also sits on the boards of directors of Airports Council International World, Canadian Airports Council, Montréal International, Conference Board of Canada, and Logistec Corporation.
Over the last 20 years, Pierre Bellerose has held several positions at Tourisme Montréal. He also served as General Manager of the Society for the Celebration of Montréal's 375th Anniversary from February to October 2013. He now sits on the Board of Directors and the Society’s Executive Committee, where he oversees mandates related to tourism, international reach and relations with Tourisme Montréal. Mindful of issues pertaining to Montreal’s development, Pierre Bellerose sits on a number of additional boards and committees in the tourism and cultural sectors, at the municipal, national and international levels. He serves on the boards of Montréal en lumière and Mutek, among others. Passionate about social media, he has given many conferences that explore its overall influence on the tourism sector.
Drawn to installation art and electroacoustic music for the past 25 years, Monique Savoie has contributed to avant-garde culture through her work in a variety of artistic disciplines. In 1995, she directed the 6th International Symposium on Electronic Arts (ISEA 95), a major event that positioned Montréal on the international stage. The following year, she founded the Society for Arts and Technology (SAT), which she runs while fulfilling the dual responsibilities of artistic and development director. With its international renown, the SAT has become the go-to destination for transdisciplinary arts in Montréal, at a time when digital culture is rapidly altering the way we think, create, and disseminate information.
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