February 7 2020

The Conseil des arts de Montréal Bids Adieu to L. Jacques Ménard

Press release

Montreal, February 6, 2020 – It was with great regret that the Conseil des arts de Montréal learned of the passing of L. Jacques Ménard, a businessman, philanthropist and engaged citizen. A giant in the community, he was a steadfast ally of the arts and culture sector and his departure has left many people shaken. Endowed with generosity, dedication and considerable power of persuasion, he was a major patron of the arts and left a lasting mark on Québec through his social and professional activities.

“Jacques Ménard was a true visionary,” said Jan-Fryderyk Pleszczynski, President of the Conseil des arts de Montréal. “He wasn’t one to wait for things to be done for him. He would forge ahead tirelessly, with infectious enthusiasm. For him, success was not limited to the professional and financial spheres. He played an active role in the community, working to make the world a better place. In the process, he became a mentor and a model for many of us. On behalf of the Conseil des arts de Montréal and in my own name, I would like to express our sincere condolences to his family, especially to Marie-Josée, Valérie and Simon, as well as to his friends and colleagues. L. Jacques Ménard had a true gift for rallying people from different backgrounds and industries around a common goal, and the legacy that he is leaving to our city is substantial indeed,” Mr. Pleszczynski added.

Born in Chicoutimi, L. Jacques Ménard began his career in the early 1970s as a business banker, first at Burns Fry and then at Bank of Montreal, where he was eventually named President. Always willing to take on additional responsibilities, he served as President of the Board of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal, President and Co-founder of Oxfam Québec, Chair of the Hydro-Québec Board of Directors, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Montreal Expos and Chancellor of Concordia University. He was also an active supporter of Centraide and Sainte-Justine Hospital, as well as the fight to bring down school dropout rates. In fact, it is to L. Jacques Ménard that we owe the Je vois Mtl and Je fais Mtl movements that were created to help transform Montreal, which he considered to be a city of opportunity.

L. Jacques Ménard was also a culture buff. Devoted to Montreal, he spared no effort to foster the growth and raise the profile of numerous organizations, including Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. He will remain a source of inspiration for future generations of philanthropists and engaged citizens.


About the Conseil des arts de Montréal
A dynamic partner of Montreal’s professional arts community, the Conseil des arts de Montréal identifies, supports and recognizes excellence in artistic creation, production and presentation. Through its transformative initiatives, it fosters the openness, exploration and sense of daring that are hallmarks of Montreal’s artistic landscape. Since 1956, the Conseil has played a decisive role in the development of “Montreal, Cultural Metropolis.”

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