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General management

The Society’s Board of Directors is made up of high-profile Montrealers from a variety of professional backgrounds in the social, cultural and business sectors who have helped Montréal thrive with their outstanding ideas and initiatives.

Alain Gignac
General Manager
Alain Gignac has more than 30 years’ experience in marketing and communications management. After receiving his marketing degree from HEC Montréal, he held several positions of strategic importance, particularly with Cossette Communication Group, Marketel/McCann Erickson, Nolin BBDO and TC Transcontinental. Mr. Gignac has earned a reputation for his proven ability to deliver complex projects. Whether the challenges he faces are organizational or marketing-related, he always tackles them with solid strategic capabilities, a thorough understanding of the issues and consumer behaviours, and exceptional creative and innovative spirit.
Board of Directors
France Chrétien-Desmarais
Society for the Celebrations of Montreal's 375th Anniversary
President & Executive committee member

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.

Gilbert Rozon
President and Founder, Just For Laughs Group
Commissioner for Celebrations and Executive Committee Member

As the Founding President of Groupe Juste pour rire, Gilbert Rozon made a name for himself in the tourism industry for his contributions to the Comité Performance de l’industrie touristique du Québec. He is also the driving force behind the Regroupement des événements majeurs internationaux (RÉMI) and its English-Canadian counterpart, Festivals and Major Events Canada (FAME). Gilbert Rozon was awarded the Prix du ministre du Tourisme 2007 as well as the Sir Peter Ustinov Comedy Award at the Banff World Media Festival. More recently, he was inducted into the Canadian Tourism Hall of Fame.

Nathalie Bondil
Director and Chief Curator of the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts
Vice-President

Nathalie Bondil has been the Director of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts since 2007 and the Museum’s Chief Curator since 2000. Since March 2014, she has also served as Vice-Chairperson of the Canada Council for the Arts. She has been named Chevalière of the Ordre national du Québec and of France’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. 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
Université de Montréal
Vice-President

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).

Anne-Marie Hubert
Managing Partner, Advisory Services Ernst & Young
Treasurer and Executive Committee Member

As Managing Partner, Advisory Services for EY Canada, Anne-Marie Hubert was recognized for the fourth consecutive year as one of Canada’s 100 Top Most Powerful Women in 2011. In June 2012, she received Catalyst Canada’s honorary award for her role as a Champion of Women in Business. A member of the EY Global Advisory Council from 2007 to 2009 and EY Canada’s Executive Committee since 2009, she also serves on the boards of the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec (FCCQ), the Public Policy Forum and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

Stéphane Lemay
Vice-President, General Counsel, and Secretary of Power Corporation and Power Financial
Secretary and Executive Committee Member

Stéphane Lemay spent the first five years of his career practising law in the field of commercial litigation for the Byers Casgrain legal firm (now Dentons). From 1997 to 1999, he was Economic Development Policy Advisor in the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada. 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 his responsibilities include corporate social responsibility initiatives and reputation management at both companies.

Andrew Molson
Chairman of the Board, RES PUBLICA Consulting Group
Director and Executive Committee Member

A lawyer by training, Andrew Molson is the Chairman of RES PUBLICA Consulting Group, a Montréal-based holding and management company that operates both NATIONAL Public Relations and Cohn & Wolfe. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Molson Coors Brewing Company and is President of the Molson Foundation. He serves on a number of other boards as well, including the Montreal Canadiens Hockey Club, the Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organizations, the Montreal General Hospital Foundation and the Concordia University Foundation.

Stephen Bronfman
Claridge
Director and Executive Committee Member

Stephen Bronfman is Executive Chairman of Claridge Inc., a privately held company with worldwide interests in real estate, entertainment, and food production. Mr. Bronfman sits on the board of directors of the David Suzuki Foundation, as well as B2Ten, a privately funded, CRA registered, charitable organization operating as a Registered Canadian Amateur Athletic Association. He is also the co-president of the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation and of The Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation. His involvement in both business and philanthropic endeavors is extensive in both North America and Israel.

Jean Royer
Vice President, Distinction Capital
Director and Executive Committee Member

Jean Royer, who holds a degree in public administration from UQAM, has had a long career in the Québec civil service. Among other positions, he was Chief of Staff to the Premier from 1994 to 1996. After holding a variety of positions in senior management, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Loto-Québec from 2007 to 2014. Mr. Royer also plays an active role in Québec society, in particular as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Capsana and a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC).

Dina Antonopoulos
Vice President, Revenue and Marketing – Hotels, Antonopoulos Group
Director
Michèle Audette
Quebec and Canada Native Woman President
Director
Éric Bédard
Managing Partner, Quebec Region, Fasken Martineau
Director
Fabienne Colas
Founder and General Manager, Development and Communications Director, Montreal International Black Film Festival
Director
Robert Dépatie
Director
Éric Forest
Mayor, City of Rimouski
Director
Robert Greenhill
Director
Odile Joannette
Co-President, Montreal Urban Aboriginal Community Strategy NETWORK
Director
Yves Lalumière
President and Chief Executive Officer, Tourism Montréal
Director
Daniel Lamarre
President and Chief Executive Officer, Cirque du Soleil
Director
Francine Lelièvre
Executive Director, Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History
Director
JD Miller
Cofounder and President, B2ten
Director
Monique Savoie
Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director, Society for Arts and Technology
Director
Julie Tremblay
President and Chief Executive Office, Quebecor Media Inc.
Director
Cathy Wong
Les YMCA du Québec
Administratrice

A lawyer by training, Cathy Wong is a Youth Development Officer for the YMCA of Québec. Cathy loves Montréal and strongly believes that women and youth of cultural communities must appropriate democratic institutions and participate in the decision-making process. Having chaired the Jeune Conseil de Montréal and the Forum jeunesse de l’île de Montréal, Cathy is now a member of the Board of Directors for Montréal’s 375th Anniversary, the Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec and the Elections Canada Advisory Committee. She is also host and columnist for CIBL and Radio-Canada. Cathy has won many awards for her involvement in the community.

Manon Gauthier
Executive Committee Member responsible for Culture, Heritage, Design, The Space for Life, and the Status of Women, Ville de Montréal
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Hugo Henderson
Coordinator and Government Relations Advisor, 375th anniversary of Montréal, City of Montréal
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Céline Huot
Vice-president, Strategy and public affair, Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal
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Suzanne Laverdière
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Caroline Poirier
Responsable du soutien aux élus Cabinet du maire et du comité exécutif Ville de Montréal
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