Members of the advisory committes are listed at the end of the Board of Directors' French page.

Board of Directors

Marie DuPont
Chair of the Board of Directors
E-mail: marie.dupont @ calq.gouv.qc.ca

Stéphan La Roche
Chief Executive Officer

Paule Beaudry
Director general
La danse sur les routes du Québec
(Montréal)

Michel Biron
Author
Full professor in the Department of French Language and Literature at McGill University
(Montréal)

Alan Côté
Director general and Artistic Director
Village en chanson de Petite-Vallée
(Gaspésie)

Sylvie Cotton
Interdisciplinary artist, writer and curator
(Montréal)

Luc Gallant, CA
Chartered accountant
Associate Partner - KPMG
(Montréal)

Annie Gauthier
Director of the Musée d'art de Joliette
(Lanaudière)

Jo-Ann Kane
Curator of the collection of the National Bank of Canada
President of the Association des Collections d'entreprises du Québec
Independent curator
(Montréal)

Clément Laberge
Senior Vice President, De Marque 
(Québec)

Marc Lalonde
Director general
École nationale de cirque
(Montréal)

Kim Thúy Ly Thanh
Writer
(Longueuil)

Sylvain Massé
Actor and presenter
President of the Conseil montérégien de la culture et des communications
(Montérégie)

Régis Rousseau
Musician
Director of the Conservatoire de musique de Saguenay
(Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean)

Maude Thériault
Architect
Project manager - Daniel Paiement, architecte
(Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean)







Marie DuPont

Marie DuPont
Photo: André Cornellier





Marie DuPont
Chair of the Board of Directors


Appointed Chair of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec in October 2009.

A graduate of the University of Ottawa and the London Film School, Marie DuPont has occupied a number of management positions. For over 10 years, she served as the managing director of the Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal. Since 1996, she has been the Director General of the International Economic Forum of the Americas. In 2004, she was appointed editor- in- chief of the review Forces and Director of Décision Média. She also worked in the film and television sectors for several years. 


E-mail: marie.dupont @ calq.gouv.qc.ca





Stéphan La Roche Photo: Stéphane Bourgeois - Hélène Bouffard

Stéphan La Roche
Photo: Stéphane Bourgeois - Hélène Bouffard




Stéphan La Roche
Chief Executive Officer


The CEO was appointed on March 27, 2013 and took up his post on April 8, 2013.

A lawyer by training and a cultural manager, Stéphan La Roche possesses an extensive knowledge of the arts and literature sector and the challenges stemming from its development and the broadening of its influence. In the course of fulfilling various mandates, he has focused on all of the artistic disciplines. Prior to his appointment as CEO of the CALQ in 2013, Stéphan La Roche served as director of music and dance in the government corporation starting in 2008, where he simultaneously assumed the duties of director of territorial action from 2009 to 2011 and coordinated all international activities and regional initiatives. He previously served as secretary of the CALQ and director of planning and coordination from 1997 to 1998.

Prior to that, Stéphan La Roche was the director general of the Bureau de la Capitale-Nationale of the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles du Québec (SODEC). He was associated with the revitalization of the Palais Montcalm de Québec, first as project manager responsible for the planning, development and implementation of the concept of a music centre, then as director general of the new Palais Montcalm. He also served as director of cultural services at the Québec Government Office in Paris from 2001 to 2004. Moreover, he was the deputy chief of staff in the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec, where he coordinated, in particular, the preparation and drafting of Remettre l'art au monde, the policy on the dissemination of the performing arts, in 1996.





Paule Beaudry

Paule Beaudry
Photo: Maude Léger





Paule Beaudry

Appointed on March 7, 2013 for a first term.

Paule Beaudry has worked primarily in the realm of the performing arts for 25 years, including 10 years as Director General of La danse sur les routes du Québec (DSR), a position that she still occupies. During her mandate, she has, in particular, doubled the funds allocated to the dissemination of dance and has succeeded in making the Parcours Danse a recognized artistic and professional event. In 2010, La DSR received the National Arts Centre award for its outstanding contribution to touring in Canada. Paule Beaudry is the Deputy Chair of the Board of Directors of the Prix de la danse de Montréal, a member of the Board of Directors of Les Arts et la Ville and a member of the Nouvelles pratiques artistiques et diffusion pluridisciplinaire committee of the Conseil des arts de Montréal.

Paule Beaudry's previous positions include assistant director general of Réseau Scènes, programming coordinator for Les journées de la culture, coordinator of international development of the Association québécoise des marionnettistes, coordinator of the Journée internationale du Théâtre of the Conseil québécois du théâtre, and director general of Initiascène.





Michel Biron

Michel Biron
photo: Pascal Brissette





Michel Biron

Appointed on November 30, 2011 for a first term.

Michel Biron holds a doctorate in literature from the Université de Liège (Belgium) and a master's degree in French studies from the Université de Montréal. He is a full professor in the Department of French Language and Literature at McGill University, where he specializes in Québec literature, French-language Belgian literature and the late 19th century French novel. Since 2002, he has held the Canada Research Chair in Québécois and Francophone Literature. He has received numerous awards in the course of his career, including the Prix Gabrielle-Roy and the Prix Jean-Éthier-Blais, granted in 2008 for Histoire de la littérature québécoise (Éditions Boréal, with François Dumont and Élisabeth Nardout-Lafarge), the Prix Jean Éthier-Blais 2001 for the best work of criticism devoted to Québec literature for L'absence du maître. Saint-Denys Garneau, Ferron, Ducharme (Les Presses de l'Université de Montréal), and the Prix du rayonnement des lettres belges à l'étranger, which he received in 2006 on the recommendation of the Commission des Lettres de la Communauté française de Belgique. His current research is focusing on literary history, social criticism and the art of the novel.





Alan Côté

Alan Côté





Alan Côté


Appointed on October 10, 2013 for a second 4-year term. 

Alan Côté studied literature and the promotion of cultural activities at the Université du Québec à Montréal and performance in the theatre option at the Cégep Lionel-Groulx before settling in Petite-Vallée, Gaspésie, where he was born. In 1983, he founded the Café de la Vieille Forge. He became the Artistic Director of the Festival en chanson de Petite-Vallée in 1990 and, since 1998, has managed activities overall at the Village en chanson de Petite-Vallée, i.e. the Théâtre de la Vieille Forge, the indoor-outdoor café and exhibition space, the Camp de formation en chanson and the celebrated Festival, which reveals each year new talents in the realm of Québec popular song. Mr. Côté sat for several years on the Conseil de la culture de la Gaspésie and was Vice-President of the Réseau organisateur de spectacles de l'Est du Québec (ROSEQ). 





Sylvie Cotton

Sylvie Cotton





Sylvie Cotton

Appointed in April 2013 for a first term.

Sylvie Cotton is an interdisciplinary artist based in Montreal, Quebec. Her work began in 1997 and is tied to performance, art action, drawing and writing-based practices, although installation forms are also regularly used to put together exhibitions. Her artistic practice is based on ideas of abandon, trust, spontaneity, interaction, movement and coincidence. Her work revolves around the creation of situations that establish a relationship with another, or an infiltration of another person’s personal world. The work is generally created in situ in public or private spaces and the results are subsequently presented in galleries and festivals, or are deployed outside in other sorts of public spaces (streets, elevators, parks and restaurants, for example. Residencies are also used as a medium for creative performative activity. She has presented performance work and installations in Quebec, the United States, Finland, Estonia, Spain and Japan.

Sylvie Cotton holds a master's degree in museology from the Université du Québec à Montréal and is also a writer and curator. In 1985, she founded the DARE-DARE gallery and artists' center and has managed Skol gallery from 1993 to 1997. She has organized events, edited publications and been a member of numerous visual arts work groups and committees.





Luc Gallant

Luc Gallant





Luc Gallant 

Appointed in March 2010 for a first term.

Luc Gallant is a chartered accountant and Associate Partner at KPMG.





Annie Gauthier

Annie Gauthier
Photo: Musée d'art de Joliette





Annie Gauthier

Appointed in February 2014 for a first term.

A holder of the specialized graduate diploma in arts management from the HEC Montréal and a graduate of the BA studio program in visual arts and media arts at the Université du Québec à Montréal, Annie Gauthier has been the Director of the Musée d'art de Joliette since 2012. She previously held a similar position at the Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference. She also coordinated the organisational development assistance program Leadership for Change at the Canada Council for the Arts, where she started as an arts awards officer. She was a board member of the Regroupement des centres d'artistes autogérés du Québec (RCAAQ) before taking charge of the professional development program. Formerly a managing director of the Revue Esse art + opinions and of La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse, she has addressed several conferences and given career development workshops for emerging professional artists. Moreover, she pursued a decade-long career as a professional artist, which included her collaboration as a member of Women With Kitchen Appliances, an artists' collective that allies performance art with audio and video practices.





Jo-Ann Kane

Jo-Ann Kane
Photo: Christian Perreault





Jo-Ann Kane

Appointed in March 2012 for a first term.

Jo-Ann Kane is an art historian who holds a master's degree in museology from the Université du Québec à Montréal. She has been the curator of the collection of the National Bank of Canada since 2002 and is the President of the Association des Collections d'entreprises du Québec, an organization that assembles the curators and owners of corporate collections to maximize their visibility and promote art in the business community. From 1997 to 2000, she served as curator of Hydro-Québec's art collection. 

In her capacity as a consultant and invited curator, Jo-Ann Kane has carried out several projects, including the exhibition entitled Charles Daudelin maître de l'espace presented at the Musée des Maîtres et artisans du Québec in 2004, and the exhibition entitled Yonder : entre ici et là presented by the Conseil des arts de Montréal in conjunction with the Exposer dans l'île program in 2008. Jo-Ann Kane has also published articles in academic journals. In 2010, the faculty of arts at UQÀM appointed her an ambassador. She is also a member of the Comité de Gestion de la Galerie de l'UQÀM and a member of the boards of directors of Vox and the Fondation de l'art pour la guérison.





Clément Laberge

Clément Laberge





Clément Laberge

Appointed on June 19, 2013 for a first term.

Clément Laberge holds a bachelor's degree in secondary school physics instruction from Université Laval and developed a passion very early for all facets of the use of technology in the realms of education and culture. He has played an important role in the development of Québec's educational cyberspace, in particular as co-founder of L'Infobourg and by founding in 1996 one of the first digital publishing businesses in Québec. 

His interest in challenges related to digital publishing led to his participation in the founding of another business before he moved to Paris, where he worked for three years as the director of digital development for Groupe Éditis. Upon his return to Québec in 2008, he coordinated, at De Marque, the rollout of the main digital book warehouse in Québec and other similar infrastructure in France and Italy. He is now Senior Vice President at De Marque, a leading stakeholder in the realm of the dissemination of digital cultural content. In recent years, several Québec and French media have acknowledged Clément Laberge's decisive contribution to culture by selecting him as a key business personality in the publishing sector.





Marc Lalonde

Marc Lalonde





Marc Lalonde

Appointed in May 2013 for a first term.

Marc Lalonde trained at the École supérieure de danse du Québec. He danced with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens before joining the Calgary City Ballet, then Howard Richard Danse in Montréal. He has been the Director General of the École nationale de cirque since 1999 and is one of the cofounders of La TOHU, of which he is the Secretary-Treasurer. He holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy and economics from the Université de Montréal and an MBA from HEC Montréal. He served as director general of the Orchestre de chambre I Musici de Montréal from 1993 to 1999. He sat on the Commission consultative des arts de la scène du CALQ from 2002 to 2009 and served as president of the Association des écoles supérieures d'art de Montréal from 2005 to 2009. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Fédération européenne des écoles de cirque professionnelles, Vice-President of En Piste, and a member of the advisory committee of the Chaire de gestion des arts Carmelle et Rémi-Marcoux at HEC Montréal.





Kim Thúy. Photo: Rafal Maslow

Kim Thúy
Photo: Rafal Maslow





Kim Thúy Ly Thanh

Appointed in May 2013 for a first term.

Born in Vietnam in 1968, Kim Thúy Ly Thanh immigrated at the age of 10 with her parents to Québec. She recounts this journey in her first book, Ru (Éditions Libre Expression), published in 2009, which enjoyed public success and earned critical praise and a number of prestigious awards in Québec and abroad, including the Governor General's Award, the Prix du Grand public La Presse and the Grand Prix RTL-LIRE 2010. 

Kim Thúy holds bachelor's degrees in law and translation from the Université de Montréal and engaged in several occupations before launching her literary career. She worked as an lawyer at Stikeman, Ellliott, a consular agent at the Canadian Consulate in Saigon, an interpreter at AT&T, and an assistant in Ministère des relations internationales before becoming the owner and chef of Resto-boutique Ru de Nam. Since 2007, she has devoted herself exclusively to writing and has published À toi (with Pascal Janovjak) and mãn (Éditions Libre Expression).





Sylvain Massé - Photo : Robert Etcheverry

Sylvain Massé
Photo : Robert Etcheverry





Sylvain Massé

Appointed in February 2013 for a first term.

Actor and presenter Sylvain Massé is the cofounder of Le Théâtre Motus, of which he was the president and co-artistic director until 2012. He also served as president of the Conseil québécois du théâtre from 2009 to 2012 and has chaired the Conseil montérégien de la culture et des communications since 2011.

He graduated from the theatre option at the Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe in 1990. He has appeared in films, in particular in Séraphin : un homme et son péché and Monica la mitraille, and in several television series, including L'auberge du chien noir, Les Bougon - c'est aussi ça la vie, Cornemuse, Caserne 24, L'Ombre de l'épervier, Omertà – La loi du silence, and 4 et demi. In 2008, he hosted Virée en VR, and travelled on North America's most beautiful roads. He has acted in 30 plays, including L'homme de la Mancha, Charbonneau et le chef, Des hommes d'honneurs, Edgar et ses Fantômes and Pour en finir avec... Cyrano. He also possesses a diploma in literature from the Cégep Édouard-Montpetit.





Régis Rousseau

Régis Rousseau 
Photo : Michel Pinault





Régis Rousseau

Appointed on March 7, 2013 for a first term.

Régis Rousseau is the Director of the Conservatoire de musique de Saguenay and is a graduate of the institution (first prize in organ in 1987), Concordia University (Artist Diploma in 1989) and the Université de Montréal (doctorate in performance in 1994). He has also studied in France. His numerous interests have encouraged him to assume different duties in the field of the arts: performer and accompanist, titular organist in several churches, including Très-Saint-Nom-de-Jésus in Montréal, choirmaster, and professor of organ. He is the co-founder of the Festival orgue et couleurs, which he headed from 1999 to 2008. In this capacity, in 2002 he received the Prix Opus de Directeur artistique de l'année awarded by the Conseil québécois de la musique, an organization that he subsequently chaired from 2006 to 2008. He has recorded seven CDs, including a solo recording devoted to the works of Pachelbel, Le premier Noël with tenor Marc Hervieux, and Chorals ornés for organ and electronic tape by Québec composer Yves Daoust.





Maude Thériault

Maude Thériault





Maude Thériault

Appointed on March 7, 2013 for a first term.

Maude Thériault is an architect, administrator and teacher who participates in all stages of the architecture projects of the firm Daniel Paiement, architecte, which she co-founded in 1980 and of which she is the general and administrative coordinator. She lectures in history at the Cégep de Chicoutimi, where she also teaches architecture. She possesses a bachelor's degree in architecture from the Université de Montréal and a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in business administration for executives from the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi. She is a member of the Ordre des architectes du Québec and has sat on its Board of Directors since 2012. The same year, she received the medal of the National Assembly for her ongoing, outstanding commitment to institutions and organizations in her region. She has, in particular, served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Conseil des arts de Saguenay and Vice-President of the École de musique et de solfège de Chicoutimi.

She also served as director of research for hereditary diseases, co-founder of the social agency Friprix, and a representative of the Saguenay—Lac-Saint-Jean region with the Secrétariat de la Condition féminine du Québec and the Association québécoise de la Fibrose kystique.




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