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.
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.
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 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).
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 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.
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 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, 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).
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.