Next GO-C.A. pairing evening: May 8, 2019
Registration deadline for arts organizations: Closed
Candidate registration period: Closed
Next edition will be held in October 2019

GO-C.A. is a program that pairs professional arts organizations in Montreal with candidates interested in joining a Board of Directors (BOD).

One of the objectives of the program, for arts organizations, is to diversify their Boards by recruiting at least two (2) new members with complementary skill sets. Suitable candidates may specialize in accounting, marketing, law, information technology or a variety of other domains. 

Information for arts organizations with Board openings

To participate, your organization must:

  • be eligible for the Conseil des arts de Montréal’s General Funding Program;
  • not have previously participated in the GO-C.A. program;
  • have at least two (2) vacant seats on its Board of Directors.

To register, your organization must send:

  • a completed registration form;
  • a resolution by the existing Board authorizing participation in the program;
  • the evaluation chart on the current composition of its Board of Directors;
  • the names of 2 contact persons (a current Director and a team member) who will be available throughout the pairing process.

The GO-C.A. program requires that at least one Director from your organization’s Board and at least one member of your organization’s team commit to attend two compulsory evening meetings.

- Preparatory meeting (2 weeks prior to the pairing evening): This gives the arts organizations the opportunity to run through their presentations and share views on governance and issues before the pairing evening to follow.

- Pairing evening: The arts organizations are introduced to the candidates in a sort of “speed meeting” session. After the introductions, all participants state their twinning pledges. Two individuals will then be paired with your organization based on the respective pledges of each party.

Information for individuals interested in a Board seat with an arts organization

The GO-C.A. program gives business professionals an opportunity to sit on the Board of Directors of a Montreal-based arts organization.

For companies wishing to encourage volunteer involvement in governance among its team members, the Conseil des arts de Montréal will be pleased to meet with you to discuss how and when your potential candidates could take part in a pairing evening.

For individual professionals interested in joining the BOD of a Montreal arts organization in an arrangement not made by your company, please contact us directly. 

To participate, your organization must:

  • commit to attend the Preparatory meeting (2 weeks prior Go-C.A.) and the Go-C.A. evening;
  • have the complementary skill sets identified by the participating organizations;
  • commit to join the Board of Directors of a Montreal arts organization for at least a 2 year mandate with about a minimum of 4 meetings per year.


Talar Agopian
Project Manager - arts and philanthropy
514 280-3857


Since 2011, several business partners have mobilized their team members to take part in this program: Scotiabank, National Bank, BDO, Deloitte, EY, Fasken Martineau, KPMG, McCarthy Tétrault, Osler, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Telus.

Brief history of GO-C.A.
In January 2011, three mentors (Jacques Dostie of Ernst & Young, Éric Gosselin of McCarthy Tétrault, and Guy Berthiaume of Scotiabank) recruited young professionals from their companies to join the Boards of arts organizations. The initiative was launched based on the simple realization by Jacques Dostie and Ginette Noiseux, Executive Director of the Espace GO theatre, that emerging arts organizations needed to diversify the composition of their Boards by including young professionals wishing to develop their leadership skills, expand their networks and deepen their civic engagement.