Board of Directors

To guide its actions, the Conseil des arts de Montréal can count on the sound advice of the members of its Board of Directors, who come mainly from the arts community, but also from the education, business and municipal sectors.

Composition

The Board of Directors is made up of 21 members, all of whom reside on the island of Montreal and work as volunteers for the Conseil. Each person is appointed for a three-year term, renewable once, by the Agglomeration Council of Montreal, which also appoints one person as President and two as Vice-Presidents. The Treasurer is automatically the Treasurer of the City of Montreal. 

Members of the Board of Director

Ben Marc Diendéré
Ben Marc Diendéré
Chief Public Affairs and Communications Officer

VIA Rail Canada

Born in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, Ben Marc Diendéré arrived in Quebec at the age of 25 after studying in France, and is today a communications expert with extensive managerial experience. In 2020, he was appointed Chief Public Affairs and Communications Officer at VIA Rail Canada.

Prior to this role, he held senior management positions in several large organizations, including Partenariat international, Quebecor and Sollio Cooperative Group (formerly La Coop fédérée) where he stood out for his keen understanding of issues and strategic thinking. In Montréal, his professional career began in the cultural sector at the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), where he was responsible for statistical and corporate research.

His interest in arts and culture as a boy has never waned and has seen him become an ardent promoter of Quebec culture today. From 2012 to 2019, he served on the Board of Directors of the Conseil des arts de Montréal and chaired its Communications Committee, contributing to its positioning and reach. He has also participated in major fundraising campaigns (Théâtre du Rideau Vert and Théâtre du Nouveau Monde), served as honorary president of Vues d’Afrique (2018) and Nuit de l’Excellence (2019) and actively contributed to the Centre du Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui, Culture pour tous and Porte Parole.

His desire to contribute to the vitality and dynamism of Montréal sees him serve on the boards of directors of Université de Montréal, where chairs the development committee, Les Petits Frères and Groupe 3737, a hub of innovation and entrepreneurial diversity.

An engaging, inspiring and ambitious leader, his expertise stretches across numerous sectors (from telecommunications to transport and agri-food), and he boasts an extensive network in academic, community, business and philanthropic circles. In 2016, he co-founded Excellence Québec, an initiative to increase inclusion and representativeness on boards of directors.

Mr. Diendéré holds a master’s degree in sociology of information and communication from the University of Ouagadougou. He also holds a DESS in communications and administration from Sorbonne Panthéon-ASSAS Paris II University and a master’s in management and administration of cultural organizations from HEC Montréal.

Agathe Alie
Agathe Alie
Director of special initiatives

Offices of Canadian Heritage and the Lieutenant of Quebec

André Nadir - CA 2
Nadir André
Lawyer
Aliénor Armand-Linot
Aliénor Armand-Linot
Director, Natural Resources

PSP Investments

Gideon Arthurs - CA
Gideon Arthurs
Executive Director

National Theatre School of Canada

Hannah Claus
Hannah Claus
Transdisciplinary artist

Assistant Professor, Concordia University

Yves-Alexandre Comeau - CA 1
Yves-Alexandre Comeau
Director, External Communications

Fonds de solidarité FTQ

Amélie Duceppe - CA
Amélie Duceppe
Executive Director

Duceppe

Geneviève Dupéré CA
Geneviève Dupéré
Researcher and designer, CRITAC

Professor at the National Theater School (specificities of circus arts)

Sylvie François - CA
Sylvie François
Director

Lune Rouge Collection

Nadine Gomez - CA 1
Nadine Gomez
Filmmaker
Katia Grubisic - Membre Comité présidents sectoriels + Membre CA
Katia Grubisic
Writer, editor and translator
Dany Laferrière - CA
Dany Laferrière
Writer (honorary member)
Ivan Filion - CA
Ivan Filion
Director of the Culture Department (observer member)

City of Montréal

Caroline Marcoux-Gendron - CA
Caroline Marcoux-Gendron
General and Scientific Coordinator

Observatoire interdisciplinaire de création et de recherche en musique

Charles Milliard
Charles Miliard
Board Member
André Nadir - CA
Caroline Ohrt
Artistic Co-director and Director of Development

Danse Danse

Mathieu Perrier - Membre CA
Mathieu Perrier
Head of Division, Finance Department

City of Montréal

Ravy Por - CA
Ravy Por
Executive Director, Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technology

KPMG

Marie-Jacqueline Saint-Fleur - membre CA
Marie-Jacqueline Saint-Fleur
Administrator, Eng. CPA CMA, ICD.D, MBA
Angela Sierra - CA
Angela Sierra
Executive Director

LatinArte and Maison des Amériques

André Nadir - CA 1
Hugues Sweeney
President

Thinkwell Studio Montréal

Thien Vu Dang - CA 1
Thien Vu Dang
Executive Director

MAPP_MTL

Executive Committee

Ben Marc Diendéré
Ben Marc Diendéré
President
Katia Grubisic
Katia Grubisic
Vice-president
André Nadir - CA 1
Hugues Sweeney
Vice-president
Mathieu Perrier
Mathieu Perrier
Treasurer
Nathalie Maillé
Nathalie Maillé
Executive Director and Secretary
Financial Verification Committee

Mathieu Perrier
Ravy Por
Marie-Jacqueline Saint-Fleur

Governance and Nominations committee

Gideons Arthurs, président
Aliénor Armand-Linot
Charles Milliard

Development Committee

Charles Milliard, président
Gideon Arthurs
Michèle Meier
Kathy R. Assayag
Julie Roy
Danielle Sauvage

Communications Committee

Agathe Alie, présidente
Yves-Alexandre Comeau

Indigenous Arts Committee

Moe Clark
Hannah Claus
Dayna Danger
André Dudemaine
Skawennati Fragnito
Dave Jenniss
Emilie Monnet
Nadia Myre
Nadine St-Louis
Asinnajaq Weetaluktuk