The Board of Directors of the Society for the Celebration of Montréal's 375th Anniversary Brings Together a Group of Leaders

MONTREAL, July 18, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The President of the Society for the Celebration of Montréal's 375th Anniversary, Mr. Jacques Parisien, is pleased to announce the new composition of the board of directors that brings together 27 Montrealers known for their leadership, vision, and desire to help Montréal grow (see the list).

"I have met the directors and I can assure you of their profound commitment to use the unique opportunity presented by Montréal's 375th anniversary celebrations to increase Montrealers' pride and to build a lasting legacy for our city. In addition to several key actors from the business world, the board of directors is made up of inspiring leaders from various Montréal milieus. Furthermore, we wanted to ensure that women were well represented. There are 10 women on the board, which is nearly 40% of the directors. I am, therefore, very proud to preside over this board of directors that brings together such a variety of experts. For me, it is a portrait of Montréal's diversity," declared Mr. Parisien.

"I am pleased that men and women from a variety of professional backgrounds—social, cultural, and business—have decided to become involved in preparations for the celebration of Montréal's 375th anniversary. I am sure that the members of this board of directors will make a significant contribution to this project that will mobilize all Montrealers," added mayor of Montreal, Mr. Laurent Blanchard.

"The composition of this new board of directors reflects the dynamism, excellence, creativity, and savoir-faire for which Montrealers are known. The year 2017 will be a landmark year and an opportunity to make history. I am delighted that people of such calibre are working together to make it a resounding success," added Mr. Jean-François Lisée, Minister of International Relations, La Francophonie and External Trade and Minister responsible for the Montréal Region.

In operation since the start of 2013, the Society's mission is to organize, in cooperation with various private and public partners, the celebrations for Montréal's 375th anniversary in 2017. Currently in the planning stages, the Society is working to define what the celebrations will entail and to set up an open, transparent administrative and governance structure. It will also ensure that this anniversary creates a legacy Montrealers can be proud of. The work currently underway takes into account the orientations proposed during the public consultations held in 2011 by the City of Montréal. There, citizens expressed the importance of celebrating Montreal's identity through its history and heritage, its spaces, its people, and its presence and influence.

The Society for the Celebration of Montréal's 375th Anniversary is a non-profit organization supported by the City of Montréal and the Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine of the Government of Quebec.

List of board of directors of the Society for Celebration of Montréal's 375th Anniversary

Jacques Parisien, President *
President, National Specialty and Pay TV, Radio, and
Out-of-Home, Bell Media

Gilbert Rozon, Commissioner for Celebrations *
President and Founder, Just for Laughs Group

Guy Breton, Vice President *
Rector, Université de Montréal

James Cherry, Treasurer *
President and Chief Executive Officer
Aéroports de Montréal

Robert Lamontagne, Secretary *
City Manager, Ville de Montréal

Monique Savoie, Director *
Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director,
Society for Arts and Technology

Dina Antonopoulos, Director
Vice President Revenue and Marketing - Hotels
Antonopoulos Group

Jacques Aubé, Director
Vice President and General Manager, evenko

Éric Bédard, Director
Partner | Managing Partner, Quebec Region
Fasken Martineau

Michel Bissonnet, Director
Mayor, Borough of Saint-Léonard
Member, Executive Committee, Ville de Montréal

Simon Brault, Director
Chief Executive Officer, National Theatre School of Canada
President, Culture Montreal

Stephen R. Bronfman, Director
Executive Chairman, Claridge Inc.

France Chrétien Desmarais, Director
Lawyer and Business Woman

Fabienne Colas, Director
Founder and General Manager, Development
and Communications Director, Montreal International
Black Film Festival

  Éric Forest, Director
President, Union of Quebec Municipalities
Mayor, City of Rimousk

Chantal Gagnon, Director
Director, Service de la qualité de vie,
Ville de Montréal

David Heurtel, Director
President and Chief Executive Officer
Olympic Park

Odile Joannette, Director
Co-President, Montreal Urban Aboriginal Community
Strategy NETWORK

Sévrine Labelle, Director
Vice President, Strategy and Public Affairs
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montrea

Daniel Lamarre, Director
President and Chief Executive Officer
Cirque du Solei

Francine Lelièvre, Director
Executive Director, Pointe-à-Callière,Montréal
Museum of Archaeology and Histor

Andrew Molson, Director
Chairman of the Board,
RES PUBLICA Consulting Grou

Ginette Noiseux, Director
Executive and Artistic Director
Théâtre ESPACE G

Michel Parent, Director
Syndicat des cols bleus regroupés de Montréa 

Claude Provencher, Director
Senior Partner Architect and Co-Founder
Provencher Roy + Associés Architecte

Alexandre Taillefer, Director
Managing Partner, XPND Capital

Cathy Wong, Director
Development Agent, Youth Programme, Community
Services, The YMCAs of Québec
President, Conseil des Montréalaises

* Executive Comitee member 


Image with caption: "From left to right: Michel Bissonnet, Guy Breton, Alexandre Taillefer, Sévrine Labelle, Daniel Lamarre, Stephen R. Bronfman, Fabienne Colas, Pierre Bellerose, Andrew Molson, Robert Lamontagne, Francine Lelièvre, Gilbert Rozon, David Heurtel, Ginette Noiseux, Jacques Parisien, France Chrétien Desmarais, Michel Parent, Cathy Wong & Monique Savoie. Absent: James Cherry, Dina Antonopoulos, Jacques Aubé, Éric Bédard, Simon Brault, Éric Forest, Chantal Gagnon, Odile Joannette & Claude Provencher. (CNW Group/Society for the Celebration of Montréal's 375th Anniversary)". Image available at:

SOURCE: Society for the Celebration of Montréal's 375th Anniversary

For further information:

Kathia St-Jean
Director, Public and Government Relations
Society for the Celebration of Montréal's 375th Anniversary
Tel.: 514-908-0375, ext. 106

Jonathan Abecassis
Press Officer
Office of the Mayor and Executive Committee
Ville de Montréal
Tel.: 514-872-9998

Caroline Julie Fortin
Press Officer
Office of the Minister of International Relations, La Francophonie and External Trade
and Minister responsible for the Montréal Region
Tel.: 514-864-2252

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