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Committees

The Society for the Celebration of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary receives strategic support from various committees. These committees report on their activities to the board of directors.


Executive committee

The Executive Committee, made up of eight members of the Board of Directors, oversees day-to-day operations and ensures the Society’s overall supervision.

  • France Chrétien Desmarais, Business Woman, Sanpalo Investments Corporation (President and ex officio member)
  • Stéphane Lemay, Vice-President, General Counsel, and Secretary of Power Corporation and Power Financial (Secretary, ex officio member, and president of the Human Resources Committee)
  • Gilbert Rozon, President and Founder, Just for Laughs Group (Commissioner for Celebrations, ex officio member, and president of the Programming Committee)
  • Andrew Molson, Chairman of the Board, RES PUBLICA Consulting Group (President of the Communications and Public Relations Committee)
  • Stephen R. Bronfman, Executive Chairman, Claridge Inc. (President of the Marketing and Sponsorship Committee)
  • Jean Royer, Vice President, Distinction Capital (Member representing the Governance Committee)
  • Anne-Marie Hubert, Managing Partner, Advisory Services, Ernst & Young (President of the Finance and Audit Committee)
  • Alain Gignac, General Manager, Organizational Body for the Celebration of Montreal’s 375th Anniversary**

Finance and Audit committee

The Finance and Audit Committee is responsible for overseeing financial reporting, risk control and management, external audit activities and compliance with applicable laws and regulations. It fulfills its mandate in accordance with the standards set forth by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants in its research study, “Audit Committees.”

  • Anne-Marie Hubert, Managing Partner, Advisory Services, Ernst & Young
  • France Chrétien Desmarais, Business Woman, Sanpalo Investments Corporation (Ex officio member)
  • JD Miller, Cofounder and President, B2Ten
  • Stéphanie Jean, Senior Manager, Taxation Services, Ernst & Young
  • Martin Brunelle, Vice-President, Desjardins
  • Alain Gignac, General Manager, Organizational Body for the Celebration of Montreal’s 375th Anniversary**
  • Guy Dufour, Director of Finance, Administration and Corporate Services, Organizational Body for the Celebration of Montreal’s 375th Anniversary**

Programming committee

This Committee sets the Society’s strategic directions for programming and assists the Commissioner for Celebrations in designing and developing programming for projects, activities and events based on the objectives and expectations identified during the consultation process. It also takes account of timetables, the available resources and the guidelines set by the Board. Once the programming has been adopted by the Board of Directors, the Committee will help the Commissioner for Celebrations formulate recommendations regarding the mandates to be assigned to ensure that the programming is prepared and carried out as well as to monitor its implementation and ongoing development, a task that falls to the Society’s senior management.

  • Gilbert Rozon, President and Founder, Just for Laughs Group (Commissioner for Celebrations, and President of the Committee)
  • France Chrétien Desmarais, Business Woman, Sanpalo Investments Corporation (Ex officio member)
  • Nathalie Bondil, Director and Chief Curator of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
  • Fabienne Colas, Founder and General Manager, Development and Communications Director, Montreal International Black Film Festival
  • Francine Lelièvre, Executive Director, Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History
  • JD Miller, Cofounder and president, B2ten
  • Cathy Wong, Development Agent, Youth Programme, Community Services, The YMCAs of Québec President, Conseil des Montréalaises
  • Alain Gignac, General Manager, Organizational Body for the Celebration of Montreal’s 375th Anniversary**

Governance committee

The Governance Committee ensures that the Society has the appropriate structures and programs in place to conduct its activities to the highest standards of ethics and compliance, as well as the most rigorous non-profit-organization governance practices. The committee also ensures that the proper procedures are in place to identify and resolve potential conflicts of interest.

  • Éric Bédard, Partner | Managing partner, Québec Region, Fasken Martineau (President)
  • France Chrétien Desmarais, Business Woman, Sanpalo Investments Corporation (Ex officio member)
  • Éric Forest, Mayor, City of Rimouski
  • Hugo Henderson, Government relations advisor, City of Montreal
  • Jean Royer, Vice President, Distinction Capital
  • Alain Gignac, General Manager, Organizational Body for the Celebration of Montreal’s 375th Anniversary**

Communications, public relations, marketing and sponsorship commitee

The Communications, public relations, marketing and sponsorship Committee gives advice regarding strategies, methods, and projects designed to procure revenues or services for the Society, enabling it to carry out its mandate. In addition, it submits recommendations regarding the Society’s commercial and marketing activities.

  • Stephen R. Bronfman, Executive Chairman, Claridge Inc. (co-president)
  • Ève Laurier, General Manager, Edelman (co-president)*
  • France Chrétien Desmarais, Business Woman, Sanpalo Investments Corporation (Ex officio member)
  • Dina Antonopoulos, Vice President Revenue and Marketing – Hotels, Antonopoulos Group
  • Pierre Bellerose, Vice President of Research, Public Relations, and Product Development, Tourism Montréal*
  • Ann Bouthillier, CEO Havas Worldwide
  • Claudine Blondin, Claridge*
  • Marie Côté, President, Côté digital consulting*
  • Alain Cousineau, Just for Laughs*
  • Yanik Deschênes, Independent Consultant*
  • Manon Gauthier, Executive Committee Member responsible for Culture, Heritage, Design, The Space for Life, and the Status of Women, Ville de Montréal
  • Odile Joannette, Co-President, Montreal Urban Aboriginal Community Strategy NETWORK
  • Francine La Haye, Senior Vice President, NATIONAL Public Relations*
  • Renée-Claude Ménard, Senior Director, Public Relations, Cirque du Soleil*
  • Michèle Meier, Vice President, Communications, Marketing and Corporate Social Responsibility, and International Affairs*
  • Tom Moser, Global Marketing Partners*
  • Andy Nulman, Co-Founder Just For Laughs, CEO Play the Future
  • Sean O’Donnell, Cirque du Soleil*
  • Nadia Paquet, Director, Corporate Communications, TELUS Québec*
  • Monique Savoie, Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director, Society for Arts and Technology
  • Rick Seifeddine, Senior Vice President, Brand, Bell Canada*
  • Cathy Wong, Development Agent, Youth Programme, Community Services, The YMCAs of Québec and President, Conseil des Montréalaises
  • Alain Gignac, General Manager, Organizational Body for the Celebration of Montreal’s 375th Anniversary**
  • Kathia St-Jean, Director, Public and Government Relations, Organizational Body for the Celebration of Montreal’s 375th Anniversary**
  • Julie Tardif, Director, Communication and Marketing, Organizational Body for the Celebration of Montreal’s 375th Anniversary**

Human ressources committee

The Human Resources Committee is responsible for defining the rules for hiring staff and the salary policies that apply to the Society’s employees as well as for seeing that they are applied. It must also formulate recommendations regarding the internal structure proposed by the chief executive officer and must ensure the updating and application of the employee Code of Conduct.

  • Stéphane Lemay, Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of Power Corporation and Power Financial (President)
  • Louis Tanguay, retraité, Bell Canada*
  • François Limoge, Senior Director, Ressources humaines Desjardins*
  • Francine Sabourin, Director, Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agrées*
  • Alain Gignac, General Manager, Organizational Body for the Celebration of Montreal’s 375th Anniversary**

*Committee members who don’t sit on the Society’s Board of Directors

** Observers

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