The Society’s board of directors is made up of 28 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.
A renowned strategist and leader, Manon Gauthier has more than 20 years of experience in cultural management, communications, and public affairs. Ms. Gauthier started her career in the cultural sector before holding executive positions at leading international communication agencies. She contributed to the presence of the companies Weber Shandwick and Cohn & Wolfe on the Montreal scene. In 2009, businessman and philanthropist Alvin Segal entrusted her with the management and development of the Segal Centre for the Performing Arts. Elected for the first time in November 2013, Manon Gauthier is city councillor for the Champlain-L'Île-des-Sœurs district in the borough of Verdun. Since then, she has been given numerous responsibilities within the Denis Coderre team. Ms. Gauthier holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia University and has been the recipient of numerous awards and honours.
A lawyer by training, Andrew Molson is a partner and chairman of RES PUBLICA Consulting Group, a Montreal-based holding and management company for two leading professional services firms, NATIONAL Public Relations and Cohn & Wolfe | Canada. A seventh-generation member of the Molson brewing family, he is also vice-chairman of the board of directors of Molson Coors Brewing Company and president of the Molson Foundation. He serves on several boards, including the Montreal Canadiens Hockey Club, the Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organizations, the Montreal General Hospital Foundation, the Groupe Deschênes and the Concordia University Foundation. Fully bilingual, he holds degrees from Laval University, Princeton University and University of London.
Stephen Bronfman is a business executive and devoted philanthropist. Mr. Bronfman is the Executive Chairman of Claridge, a Montreal-based private holding company founded in 1987, where he has spent more than 20 years guiding the firm’s investment strategy and seeking out unique business opportunities both locally and globally. Mr. Bronfman is equally committed to environmental, cultural and community causes. He serves as a Director of several non-profit organizations and supports a variety of causes through the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation that he founded and co-chairs with his wife.
Jean Royer, who holds a degree in Public Administration from UQAM, has had a long professional career in the Government of Quebec; among other positions, he was Chief of Staff to the Premier from 1994 to 1996. After having held a variety of positions in upper management, he was named Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Loto-Québec in 2007. Mr. Royer is also deeply involved in Quebec society. Since 2012, he has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of Capsana (formerly Acti-Menu) and since June 2013, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of IRIC (Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer) of the Université de Montréal.
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