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Guy Parent - Compagnon des arts et des lettres du Québec

Prix et reconnaissances

On May 29, 2023, Guy Parent received the insignia of the Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec, a prestigious distinction bestowed to personalities whose exemplary achievements contribute to the artistic and literary development of Quebec. Discover the tribute paid to him by the Council.

Born in Val-d’Or, Guy Parent is a builder whose vision and vitality have had enriching cultural benefits for his region and community.  He managed and led the construction of the Musée d’art de Rouyn-Noranda as well as the expansion of the Théâtre du cuivre and the Aréna Dave-Keon.

He also contributed to the development of the municipal library. He has spent 40 years working as a manager for his adopted city, as the director of leisure, community services, and quality of life. In 1982, he cofounded the International Film Festival in Abitibi-Témiscamingue with Jacques Matte and Louis Dallaire.

United in their love of cinema, these three musketeers of cultural dissemination work in symbiosis. The enlightened leadership of chairman Jacques Matte is supported by the financial acumen of secretary-treasurer Guy Parent and the communication talent of Louis Dallaire.

Their complementary strengths have made possible the screening of work from over 3,500 actors and filmmakers whose works of fiction, documentary, and animation have been a wonderful addition to the region’s film offer. The festival was recognized for its artistic and socioeconomic contribution and has carved out an international reputation for the quality of its programming and welcoming feel.

The popular event has attracted to Abitibi both prominent figures and emerging film artists, such as Denys Arcand, Paule Baillargeon, Claude Lelouch, Sophie Deraspe, Denis Villeneuve, and Louise Archambault.

About the Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec

The Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec This link will open in a new window is a distinction of the Council which aims to honor people who have made a remarkable contribution, through their commitment and dedication, to the development, promotion or influence of the arts and letters of Quebec. .

The Council would like to thank its partners, the Caisse de la Culture and the newspaper Le Devoir.

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