The Quartier des Spectacles Partnership introduces its new board of directors and releases its 2017 report

Press release - For Immediate Release

Montreal, April 30, 2018 – The Quartier des Spectacles Partnership is proud to introduce the directors and officers who will serve on its Board of Directors for 2018-19, following an election at its annual general meeting on April 25 at the Monument-National.

The Partnership operates on a consensus model and relies on a Board of Directors with balanced representation of the Quartier des Spectacles’ stakeholders. The 21 directors who comprise the Board are therefore all from sectors active within the Quartier des Spectacles. From the 14 elected members, eight directorships were open in three sectors: culture, socio-economic action and community.

For the four positions open to members who are either self-employed individuals in the cultural sector, or employees of an artistic or cultural organization or company, the following directors were elected: Manon Blanchette (Cinéma Impérial), Jean R. Dupré (Orchestre Métropolitain), Nadine Marchand (Montréal Complètement Cirque) and Sandra O’Connor (Monument-National).

The three positions for members from a business association, the tourism industry, or institutions, companies and organizations in fields other than business were filled by acclamation: Michel Bourdon (Tourisme Montréal), Dany Gauthier (Groupe immobilier Desjardins) and Philip O’Dwyer (Société de développement du Quartier Latin).

The vacancy for a member from a residents’ association or community organization was filled by acclamation: Émile Roux (Société de développement social).

The composition of the 2018-19 Board of Directors is as follows:

  • four (4) directors elected from the cultural sector:

    - Manon Blanchette (Cinéma Impérial), Jean R. Dupré (Orchestre Métropolitain), Nadine Marchand (Montréal Complètement Cirque) and Sandra O’Connor (Monument-National).

  • three (3) directors acclaimed from among members active in socio-economic sectors:

    - 3 directors named above.

  • one (1) director acclaimed from among the members of a residents’ association or community organization active in the Quartier des Spectacles:

    - 1 director named above.


  • two (2) directors from the cultural sector, appointed by the Board of Directors.

    These directors are members of organizations that produce a major performing arts event taking place primarily within the Quartier des Spectacles and whose programming generates at least one million annual admissions to outdoor and indoor venues:

    - André Ménard (Festival international de jazz de Montréal) and Mariama Dupuis (Just for Laughs Festival)

  • two (2) directors, one each from two public institutions that play a unique and essential role in the educational and cultural development of the Quartier des Spectacles, namely the Université du Québec à Montréal and Place des Arts:

    - Magda Fusaro (UQAM) and Marc Blondeau (Place des Arts)

  • three (3) directors appointed by the Board for their expertise and experience in a specific field:

    - Martin Galarneau (TGTA), Christian Lecours (KPMG) + 1 vacancy

Jacques Primeau was re-elected as chair of the Board of Directors, a position he has held for the last six years, as was vice-chair Lorraine Pintal. Vice-chair Martin Galarneau will also return, as will general secretary Suzanne Raynault. Treasurer Monique Goyette, former vice-rector, administrative and financial affairs at UQAM left her mandate to Christian Lecours from KPMG.

Ms. Laurence A. St-Denis, of the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec, will continue attend Board meetings as an observer, along with Suzanne Laverdière, director of the Ville de Montréal’s culture and heritage department, Guy Charbonneau (borough of Ville-Marie) and Stéphane Ricci (Ville de Montréal).

The Partnership congratulates the newly elected directors and thanks everyone who stood for election.


During the general meeting, executive director Pierre Fortin presented a summary of the year’s activities. In 2017, the many projects and initiatives spearheaded by the Partnership supported the values and themes central to the organization’s mission: innovation and boldness; neighbourliness and the sense of ownership; and sharing knowledge.


From August 30 to October 15, 2017, the KM3 art walk gave Montrealers and tourists a unique public-art experience with more than 20 works presented throughout the district. The installations, by local and foreign artists, are a testament to the diversity of practices found in public art, and to its evolution toward ever more innovative forms. KM3 achieved its aim of inspiring the public to change the way it experiences the city.

The new Quartier des Spectacles mobile application, launched in the fall of 2017, offers visitors a wealth of content in English and French. This practical tool directs visitors to the Quartier’s events and venues, and helps them explore the Quartier and its people.


The third season of Les Jardins Gamelin brought together people of every background and stayed true to the initiative’s mission of promoting peaceful co-existence and inclusiveness. The renewed vitality of Place Émilie-Gamelin is the result of a remarkable collaboration among several local players, including the police service, social-assistance organizations, the borough of Ville-Marie and the Jardins Gamelin staff. The Sentier Urbain organization refreshed its urban agriculture project by focusing on citizen participation and collaboration with marginalized populations. The Partnership also created a Jardins Gamelin Ambassadors’ committee with neighbouring businesses and institutions, and a Quartier residents’ committee that meets to discuss shared concerns around coexistence.


Lastly, in the past year the Partnership was invited several times to share its perspective with foreign delegations. The pooling of data among the Quartier’s cultural organizations also led to several presentations.

Read the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership’s 2017 activity report (in French only).


The Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, founded in 2003, is a non-profit organization with more than 70 members active in the district. It is responsible for animating the Quartier des Spectacles by programming cultural activities, managing and animating public spaces, providing distinctive illumination, and promoting the Quartier as a must-visit cultural destination. The Partnership is supported by the Ville de Montréal.

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Photo (from left to right and up the stairs): Pierre Fortin (directeur général, Partenariat), Nadine Marchand (MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CIRQUE), Lorraine Pintal (Théâtre du Nouveau Monde), Michelle Llambías Meunier (Chambre de commerce du Montréal Métropolitain), Christian Lecours (KPMG), Mariama Dupuis (Festival Juste pour rire), Manon Blanchette (Cinéma Impérial), Claude Joli-Cœur (Office national du film du Canada), Jean R. Dupré (Orchestre Métropolitain), Émile Roux (Société de développement social), Jacques Primeau (Les Productions Jacques K Primeau), Sandra O’Connor (Monument-National), André Ménard (Festival International de Jazz de Montréal), Philip O’Dwyer (Société de développement du Quartier latin), Martin Galarneau (TGTA), Dany Gauthier (Mouvement Desjardins – Services immobiliers Desjardins). The absent administrators are : Marc Blondeau (Place des Arts), Michel Bourdon (Tourisme Montréal), Magda Fusaro (UQAM), Marcel Jean (Cinémathèque québécoise) et Michel Sabourin (Club Soda). Photo: Maxime Leduc


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