Nomination of Pierre Bellerose to the position of General Manager of the Société des célébrations du 375e anniversaire de Montréal

MONTREAL, Feb. 6, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Société des célébrations du 375e anniversaire de Montréal, the non-profit entity responsible for the organization of Montréal's 375th anniversary celebrations, is pleased to announce the nomination of Mr. Pierre Bellerose to the position of the General Manager, effective February 11, 2013.

For over twenty years, Pierre Bellerose has assumed a variety of leadership roles within Tourisme Montréal. He presently holds the position of Vice President of Research, Public Relations and Product Development in addition to his responsibilities as spokesperson and head of governmental relations.

Throughout his career, he has been heavily involved in a number of boards of directors and committees in the tourism and cultural sectors, both at the local, national and international level. Deeply concerned with city issues, Mr. Bellerose sits on both the board of the Festival Montréal en Lumière and the board of Festival Mutek. Since 1995, he has led Montréal's cultural tourism initiative and was the primary manager of an event assistance program implemented by Tourisme Montréal. Extremely involved into the social media field, he has also presented a dozen conferences in recent years about the impact of Web 2.0 on tourism.

"Armed with a wealth of experience in the event, cultural and tourism sectors, Pierre Bellerose has the expertise and knowledge required to meet this challenge. Montréal's 375th anniversary celebrations will be all the more spectacular given his great passion for the city," stated Jacques Parisien, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Astral Media inc. and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the new company.

"Over the years, Pierre Bellerose has cultivated an incredible affinity and expertise for Montréal's event scene, which made him an immediate - and obvious - choice to lead the Société des célébrations du 375e anniversaire de Montréal," added Gilbert Rozon, President and Founder of the Just for Laughs Group and Commissioner of the Société des célébrations du 375e anniversaire de Montréal.

"I would like to congratulate Mr. Bellerose on this nomination and I offer my complete co-operation to the Société des célébrations du 375e anniversaire de Montréal so that Montréal 2017 may be a resounding success," declared Mr. Jean-François Lisée, Minister of the Ministère des Relations internationales, de la Francophonie et du Commerce extérieur and Minister responsible for the Montréal Region.

While his mandate at the Société des célébrations du 375e anniversaire de Montréal will officially begin on Monday, February 11, 2013, Mr. Bellerose will phase into his new role gradually, with full adoption of duties planned for summer 2013. In the meantime, he will continue to carry out his responsibilities at Tourisme Montréal on the part-time basis so as to facilitate the transition of current projects.

The mandate of the Société des célébrations du 375e anniversaire de Montréal is to organize various public and private initiatives in accordance with Montréal's 375th anniversary celebrations to be held in 2017.

SOURCE: Société des célébrations du 375e anniversaire de Montréal

For further information:

Pierre Bellerose
General Manager
Société des célébrations du 375e anniversaire de Montréal
514-653-0879
bellerosepierre@gmail.com


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