The Society’s board of directors is made up of 30 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.
Nathalie Bondil has been the Director of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts since 2007, and Chief Curator of the Museum since 2000. Starting on March 31, 2014, she will also serve as Vice-Chairperson of the Canada Council for the Arts. She has been named Chevalière of the Ordre national du Québec and Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters of the French Republic. She received an honorary Doctor of Letters from McGill University. Ms. Bondil, an art historian, is a graduate of the École du Louvre and the Institut National du Patrimoine, in Paris.
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.
Mr. Lemay spent the first five years of his career practicing law in the field of commercial litigation for the firm Byers Casgrain (now Dentons). Subsequently, from 1997 to 1999, he was Policy Advisor, Economic Development, in the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada. He then returned to the private sector in Montréal, working within the Telesystem Group, then at Gildan Activewear Inc. Mr. Lemay joined Power Corporation as Vice-President, Assistant General Counsel, and Associate Secretary in 2005. He was appointed to his current position in August 2012, where he is also responsible for corporate social responsibility initiatives and reputation management at both companies. Mr. Lemay is active in a number of not-for-profit organizations and community initiatives including the Étudiants dans la course – Students In the Running program that he launched in 2008.
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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