Charles-Mathieu Brunelle Takes the Helm at Montréal's Nature Museums

    MONTREAL, Aug. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - As announced in June of this year,
Charles-Mathieu Brunelle has now taken over as Director of Montréal's Nature
Museums. Mr. Brunelle, an experienced manager and visionary, has been charged
with pursuing the development of the four cultural and scientific
institutions: the Montréal Biodôme, Insectarium, Botanical Garden and
    "In joining the Museums, I want to get closer to life's origins and
everything that is at stake in this regard. I also want to kindle the debate
and discussion on environmental issues, and get people thinking and talking
about our role with regard to biodiversity," says the new Director. There will
be new projects to address these major challenges, along with other
initiatives that are already underway, including the creation of the Montréal
Biodiversity Centre and the new Planetarium.
    Mr. Brunelle is very enthusiastic to be taking the helm at the Nature
Museums. "These institutions are the pride of Montrealers and Quebeckers," he
says, "and have an excellent reputation in international scientific and
cultural circles. The coming years hold great promise, especially since the
Museums owe their success thus far mainly to their devoted employees working
on nature conservation and research and on producing fascinating shows and
exhibitions enjoyed by large numbers of visitors."
    Mr. Brunelle will be meeting with the Museums' employees over the next
several weeks. His arrival marks a new chapter, with room for innovative
projects, new ideas and an inspiring vision, working hand in hand with the
many Montréal Nature Museums teams. "These are inspiring times!", he says.

    About Charles-Mathieu Brunelle

    Before taking over as Director of the Nature Museums, Mr. Brunelle spent
nine years as Executive Director of the Tohu, of which he is a founding
member. He was responsible for integrating a multimedia production centre into
Usine C, a project he carried out while director of PRIM, from 1988 to 1993.
During that period (1990-1993), he was also Director of the Compagnie Marie
Chouinard, where he increased the dance troupe's prominence on the
international scene. From 1993 to 1998, he tackled another major project: the
rebuilding and expansion of the Cinémathèque québécoise. As Co-Director of
that institution, he also was responsible for bringing leading multimedia
institutions, such as the NAD Centre and the Institut national de l'image et
du son, into the project.
    Mr. Brunelle is currently a member of the Boards of Directors of the
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal and of Culture Montréal, of which he
is also a founding member. In addition, he is a founding member of the KARUNA
Canada Foundation, an organization launched in January 2008 by
Matthieu Ricard, aimed at organizing, funding and developing humanitarian
projects in Asia.

    Montréal's Nature Museums in brief

    Montréal's Nature Museums are learning destinations that welcome close to
1.7 million visitors every year. Education, conservation and research are all
central to the work of these unique facilities devoted to protecting
biodiversity. They also promote environmentally responsible behaviour and
awareness of issues key to our planet's survival.

For further information:

For further information: Nadine Fortin, Communications Co-ordinator,
(514) 868-3053,; Karine Jalbert,
Communications Co-ordinator, (514) 872-1453,; Charles-Mathieu Brunelle is available for
interviews. Visual available on request

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