Our Team

Permanent Team

%image_alt%William St-Hilaire
President General Manager and Artistic Director
Member of the staff since 2011
514 932-1112 ext. 39


A harpsichordist by training, William St. Hilaire completed studies in Public Relations at the HEC in Montreal. She began as a manager, notably for Bob Walsh and the Arthur Leblanc Quartet, before being hired as general manager of Montreal’s I Musici chamber orchestra. She then worked in Communications for ten years at Radio-Canada. Ms. St. Hilaire has sat on the board of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, of the Salle Pierre-Mercure, and of the Association pour la création et la recherche en électroacoustiques du Québec. She is the author of eight books. Les femmes planètes (VLB, 2010) is her first novel. In spring 2015, she was honored with the Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec.

Kaven Gauthier
Director of Operations & Communications Officer
Member of the staff since 2014
514-932 1112 ext. 25


Originally from Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean, Kaven Gauthier settled in Montreal after completing his BA in Public Communications, with honours, at Université Laval, in Quebec City. In the course of his studies, Kaven developed expertise in event organization, digital design, promotion and marketing, and social media management, among other fields. After joining the Blue Met team in 2014, he initially put this background to use as a programming assistant, and now applies his skills to the organization’s communications, operations and fundraising efforts.

Margot Forte
Programming Assistant
Member of the staff since 2017
514 932 1112 ext. 21


Marie-Andrée Lamontagne (crédit- Martine Doyon) Marie-Andrée Lamontagne
Associate Programming Director – Marie-Andrée Lamontagne is a writer, editor, and journalist. She regularly publishes fiction and critical works in a variety of literary magazines in Québec and in France. Once a week, she also hosts Parking nomade, a literary program on Radio VM (91,3 FM in Montreal). She is a member of the editorial board of Argument (Montréal). As a critic, she contributes to the literary journals L’Inconvénient (Montreal). She is also the non-fiction editor for les éditions Médiaspaul. Her most recently published works include L’homme au traîneau, Leméac 2012; Montréal, la creative, Autrement, Mook/Héliotrope collection 2011). She is currently working on a biography on the novelist and poet Anne HÉBERT to be published by Boréal. marie-andree.lamontagne@bluemetropolis.org
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Associate Programming Director – From 1981 to 2003, Shelley Pomerance was a presence on CBC Radio as an arts journalist and host of the programmes ArtTalks and All in a Weekend. Currently, she writes and does translation for a number of organizations, including Blue Metropolis Festival and the Douglas Mental Health Institute. She writes profiles and the English books column for Montréal Centre-Ville magazine, and hosts the pre-show talks for the Grand Ballets Canadiens. She also does the occasional radio and television commercial. If you twist her arm, she might tell you which ones… shelley.pomerance@bluemetropolis.org
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Associate Programming Director for Spanish and Portugese Content – Ingrid Bejerman is a journalist, scholar and cultural promoter specializing in cultural reportage, Latin American matters, and journalism training. She served as reporter and columnist for the leading São Paulo daily O Estado de S. Paulo in Brazil, as programme coordinator for the Gabriel García Márquez Foundation for Journalism in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, and as director of the Cátedra Latinoamericana Julio Cortázar at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico. She is a programming consultant for prestigious literary events in the Americas, and programming associate for Blue Metropolis, the Montreal International Literary Festival. Bejerman holds a doctorate degree from McGill University, where her work focuses on the institutionalization and professionalization of journalism. She teaches courses in journalism theory at Concordia University, and currently coordinates the Canada in the Americas initiative at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada. ingrid.bejerman@bluemetropolis.org
Annie Annie Heminway
Advisor for programming of literature written in French | Conceptor of creative writing workshops – Annie Heminway, born in France, is a translator, a literary editor, an author of more than fifteen books and a professor at New York University. In the world of cinema, she works as an associate producer, specializing in documentaries. She is the editor, French content, Salon .ll. (www.lindaleith.com). A designer of creative writing workshops, she presents courses on-line as well as in Montreal during the Blue Metropolis Festival, for which she is the advisor for programming of literature written in French. In 2006, in recognition of her work to promote world cultures and literatures, Heminway was named a Chevalière in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques. annie.heminway@bluemetropolis.org
Christopher DiRaddo
LGBT+ Programming Associate – Christopher is a writer and editor living in Montreal, Canada. He is the author of The Geography of Pluto (Cormorant Books) and several short stories that have been published in anthologies by Arsenal Pulp Press. He also runs the Violet Hour reading series.
Sans titre Linda Amyot
Children’s Festival Programming Director – Linda Amyot est rédactrice, scénariste, recherchiste et écrivaine. Elle anime également des ateliers d’écriture. Depuis 2004, elle a publié trois romans, un recueil de nouvelles et deux romans jeunesse chez Leméac de même que deux albums illustrés pour les enfants aux éditions du Soleil de Minuit. Son roman La fille d’en face a remporté le Prix TD de littérature pour l’enfance et la jeunesse et le Prix des libraires en 2011; son roman Le jardin d’Amsterdam a mérité le  Prix du livre jeunesse des Bibliothèques de Montréal  et le Prix du Gouverneur Général 2014. linda.amyot@bluemetropolis.org


%image_alt% Cameron Charlebois
Chair of the Board of Directors
Member of the Board since September 2007
Chair of the Board since September 2008
Chair of the Board Vice-President, Real Estate, Quebec, Canada Lands Company. Cameron Charlebois has worked in the real estate industry for close to 30 years, after beginning his career as an architect. In addition to his working career, Cameron Charlebois sits on the boards of CUSO-VSO, which he also chairs, the Evergreen Foundation, and the Sacré-Coeur Hospital of Montreal. Cameron Charlebois has several university degrees which include a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, a Bachelor of Architecture, a Masters of Management (MM) – all from McGill University in Montreal -, and a Doctor of Management (DMan) from the University of Hertfordshire in England.
perusse johanne 150 (2) Johanne Pérusse
Exiting president 
Johanne Pérusse is a lawyer who after many years working as Legal Director and Vice-President at various large companies, decided to dedicate herself fully to teaching. She has been teaching business law to undergraduates in the Faculty of Law at l’Université de Montréal since 2007. She also holds a Masters in Art History (Architecture) from Concordia University. She has held several positions on the board of paragovernmental companies, both public and private. She has also been implicated in various nonprofit organizations. For many years, she has been invested in the success of Blue Metropolis, having chaired its board of director for 5 years.
%image_alt% Peter Daniel
Director Ilian Consulting and Management INC
Member of the board from April 2005
Vice-President since 2005
Prior to joining Ilian, Consulting and Management Inc., Mr. Daniel was Executive Vice-President, Communications & Marketing Services of BCE Inc. and Bell Canada. He also held several senior positions in the federal public service, including Assistant Deputy Minister, Communications for the Department of Finance and for the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. He served abroad in 1993 as international advisor on media and communications to the Transitional Executive Council preparing South Africa’s first multiracial election and in 1997 as Director of Information and Press for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) during the Kosovo conflict.
%image_alt% Christophe Roubinet 
Director of Investments – Business Development Filaction
Member of the Board since February 2012
Treasurer since November 2012
After completing administration studies, Christophe Roubinet began working a management auditor in real estate development in Paris. Since moving to Quebec over 15 years ago, he has focused on cultural agency management. He joined Filaction – Fonds de développement in 2008 as a project manager to develop investment in culture and social economy, Since 2012, he holds the position of Deputy Director, Investment Fund.
%image_alt% Pierre-André Themens
Counsel – Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg S.E.N.C.R.L., s.r.l./LLP
Member of the Board since November 2009
Secretary since November 2012
Pierre-André Themens was one of the Managing Partners of the law firm Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, of which he has been a member since 1977. Mr. Themens serves as a Trustee of the Phyllis Lambert Trust, The Phyllis Bronfman Foundation and The Claridge Foundation. Mr. Themens also serves as a Trustee and Vice-Chairman of the Board of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc. and of the Fondation Metropolis bleu/Blue Metropolis Foundation. Mr. Themens received a Bacher of Law degree (with very High Distinction) from the University of Montréal, LL.L., 1976.
%image_alt% Mandeep (Roshi) K. Chadha
Executive Manager – Seja Trade Limited, an International Trading  House, engaged in trade with India
Member of the Board since June 2014
With a deep commitment to education, health and arts, Roshi Chadha has given years of sustained service to the Montreal community and Canadian society. Through a range of important roles and contributions, Chadha Family Foundation, founded in 1999, has provided bursaries to students, funding to universities and schools for various programs, supported literary and arts projects, co-operated with Government of Canada on international art initiatives.
%image_alt% Ellayne Kaplan
Member of the Board since November 2012
Currently Executive Director of the Canadian Associates of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Ms. Kaplan has a background in anthropology, and extensive experience in real estate and construction, senior housing management and the design industry. As president of Congregation Dorshei Emet, she was a key player in the synagogue’s redesign and reconstruction.
%image_alt% Louise-Ann Maziak
Member of the Board since November 2011
Currently a financial consultant for high-level clients, Louise Ann Maziak was Vice-President, National Accounts, Québec, TD Bank Group from 2005 to 2018. During this period, she led a team of professionals serving clients with financing requirements in excess of $15 million. Prior to joining TD Bank, Louise Ann was the treasurer of the Société générale de financement du Québec, where she was responsible for the company’s lending and treasury requirements, as well as those of its equity participations. While at the SFG, she sat on several of boards and finance committees of the group’s investments and worked closely with partners such as CEPSA, Dow Chemicals, Shell, and El Paso Corporation. Louise Ann holds both an MSc and an MBA from McGill University.In addition to her professional activities, she currently sits on the board of directors of the Montreal Clinical Research Institute (IRCM) and its major gifts committee. She joined the board of Blue Metropolis in 2011.
%image_alt% Stephen Powell
Associate Professor of English Literature University of Guelph
Member of the Board since November 2012
Associate Professor of English Literature, University of GuelphAn Associate Professor of literature at Guelph University, Dr. Powell currently lives in Montreal. He holds a Ph.D. in Medieval English Literature, and teaches both medieval and contemporary English literature. The focus of his research is manuscript transmission during the Middle Ages and up to the present.
Sans titre Joffrey Bienvenue
IT/IS Infrastructure & Operations Manager, Peerless Clothing Inc.
Member of the Board since May 2014 

Youssef Fichtali
Associate – Fasken
Member of the Board since November 2017
Youssef Fichtali practises business law as a member of the firm’s Montréal office. He provides advice on mergers, acquisitions, securities and corporate law. He provides counsel on thepurchase and sale of private and public companies in the mining industry. Youssef also assists private and public power producers on regulatory and commercial matters. Youssef acts on behalf of governments on institutional reforms relating to energy and natural resources. In addition to assisting clients with the regulatory aspects of mining projects from initial exploration to closure of the mine, he advises on corporate social responsibility. Youssef’s practice also covers public contract law in Québec and compliance with ethics and lobbying rules.



Mario Allaire, Production Director
Louise Bélisle
, Graphist
Frédéric Côté, Funding coordinator
Myriam Comtois, Media relations (French)
Shelley Pomerance, Media relations (English)
Stephen Portman, Web designer
Dumont St-Pierre inc., Comptabilité
Lyne Tremblay, Co-artistic Director
Matt Zimbel, Co-artistice Director



André Bisson, CIRANO
Denise Bombardier, Écrivaine
Pierre Bourque, Constellation Monde Inc.
Claude Castonguay, Fellow invité au CIRANO
L’hon. Baljit Singh Chadha, Chadha Family Foundation
Roshi Chadha, Chadha Family Foundation
Christiane Charette, Animatrice de télévision
Ann Charney, Author
Hélène Desmarais, Centre d’entreprises et d’innovation de Montréal
Me Maurice Forget, Fasken Martineau
Jean-Claude Germain, Écrivain
Naïm Kattan, Écrivain
Nicholas Hoare, Nicholas Hoare Books
Julie Jacobson, United State Ambassade
Phyllis Lambert, Canadian Centre for Architecture
Judith Mappin (In memoriam)
Alex K. Paterson, Institut d’études canadiennes de McGill
Me Johanne Pérusse, Avocate
Cecil Rabinovitch
Jack Rabinovitch, Scotiabank Giller Prize
Richard J. Renaud, TNG Corporation


Me Philippe Bélanger, Avocat
Annie Heminway, Professeure de  français, New York University
Francis Farley-Chevrier, Directeur général, UNEQ
Jean Fugère, Chroniqueur littéraire
Marie-Andrée Lamontagne, Éditrice, Éditions Fides
Émile Martel, Centre Québécois du PEN international
Christophe Roubinet, Directeur adjoint à l’investissement – développement d’affaires Filaction
Robert Spickler, Gestionnaire d’entreprises culturelles
Antoine Tanguay, Éditeur, Éditions Alto
Manuel Nicolaon 


Ingrid BejermanPhD, McGill University
Issa BoullataPhD, Emeritus Faculty at McGill University
Ann Charney, Author
David Homel, Novelist, journalist, translator and President, QWF
Gabriel Safdie, Poet, professor of literature
Lori Schubert, Executive Director, Quebec Writers Federation
Mary Soderstrom, Essayist, author
Will Straw, PhD, McGill Institute for the Study of Canada
Patterson Webster, Artist
Leigh Yetter, PhD, Associate Director, Institute for Public Life and Ideas, McGill University


Douglas Babington, Former director, Queen’s University Writing Centre
Marie Clark, Écrivaine
Dr. Joël Des Rosiers, Écrivain et psychiatre
Mélanie Guénette-Robert, Responsable du volet éducation et prévention, sexologue M. A. recherche-intervention au bureau d’ANEB Québec
Annie Heminway
, Professeur de littérature, d’écriture créative et professeur à la New York University
David Homel, Author
Julie Keith, Author
Howard Steiger, Chief, Eating Disorder Program, Douglas Institute, and Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University
Dr. Jean Wilkins, Fondateur de la section de médecine de l’adolescence au CHU Sainte-Justine et professeur titulaire de pédiatrie à la Faculté de médecine de l’Université de Montréal
Dr. Ouanessa Younsi, PhD, Psychiatre
Dr. Camillo Zacchia, PhD, Psychologist, Senior Advisor, Mental Health Education Office, Douglas Institute


Serge Carrier, Directeur services sur mesure et développement des affaires, SOFAD
Margaux Chetrit, Director of Cultural Affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in Montreal and President of Three Matches
Virginie Clément
Annie Eklaim
Marie-Claude Fortin, Journaliste et éditrice
Gabrielle Godon
Jean Serge Grisé
Monique Polak, Author
Percy Turcotte  


Ginny Stikeman
Ruth Shine
Ingrid Bejerman, PhD
Gregory McCormick