Our Team

Permanent Team


William St-Hilaire
Présidente – directrice générale et directrice artistique
Membre de l’équipe depuis 2011
514 932-1112 poste 39
william@metropolisbleu.org

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.



Margot Forte
Coordinator – Programming and operations
Membre de l’équipe depuis 2017
514 932-1112 poste 25

margot.forte@metropolisbleu.org
Margot Forte studied classical and modern literature in Nice, France. Passionate about world literature and ancient languages, she validated a year of hypokhagne before joining a school of journalism. She worked as an copy editor at local newspaper Nice-Matin, then as a correspondent, editor and cultural columnist for various local medias (such as Nice Azur TV). At the same time, her volunteer involvement in the cultural and sports community allowed her to acquire a solid experience in event organization and project coordination. Her taste for challenges led her to settle down in Montreal in October 2017, where she became programming assistant for the Festival and, in 2018, coordinator of programming and operations.



Frédérick Gaudin-Laurin
Coordonnateur programmes éducatifs et sociaux, responsable des ressources bénévoles
Membre de l’équipe depuis 2018
514 932-1112 poste 33

frederick.gaudin-laurin@metropolisbleu.org
Détenteur d’un Baccalauréat en psychologie de l’Université de Montréal, Frédérick a œuvré au cours des dernières années dans le domaine de l’éducation, de l’intervention sociale ainsi que de la recherche scientifique. Son expérience professionnelle ainsi que ses formations obtenues dans le domaine de l’intégration des nouveaux arrivants lui ont d’ailleurs valu une certification en Immigration, intégration et diversité sur le marché du travail de l’Université de Montréal. Sa formation scientifique, sa Maîtrise en relations industrielles ainsi que son expérience en relations humaines enrichissent ses projets sociaux et inspire sa vision des programmes éducatifs. Véritable passionné d’art et de culture, Frédérick se consacre à promouvoir la littérature comme pont de communication et moteur d’engagement social auprès des différentes communautés et groupes sociaux de Montréal et d’ailleurs.



18-19 PROGRAMMING TEAM

Marie-Andrée Lamontagne (crédit- Martine Doyon) Marie-Andrée Lamontagne
Associate Programming Director
marie-andree.lamontagne@metropolisbleu.org

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.

Pomerance, Shelley 1 Shelley Pomerance
Associate Programming Director
shelley.pomerance@metropolisbleu.org

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…

Bejerman-Ingrid-XY1A4560-m Ingrid Bejerman
Associate Programming Director for Spanish and Portugese Content
ingrid.bejerman@metropolisbleu.org

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.

Annie Annie Heminway
Advisor for programming of literature written in French | Conceptor of creative writing workshops
annie.heminway@metropolisbleu.org

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.

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@metropolisbleu.org

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.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

%image_alt% Hubert T. Lacroix
New Chair of the Board of Directors
Member and Chair of the Board since November 5th, 2018
Hubert T. Lacroix (date of birth July 13, 1955) was President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada from January 2008 to July 2018, making him the longest serving President and CEO in the history of the Corporation.
A Montreal native, Mr. Lacroix is a graduate of Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf and McGill University’s Faculty of Law. He was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 1977, and in 1981 received a Master’s of Business Administration from McGill. He worked at the major law firms of O’Brien, Hall, Saunders, McCarthy Tétreault and Stikeman Elliott. He held the position of Executive Chairman of the Board of Telemedia Corporation and other companies in the Telemedia Group, as well as serving on the boards of a number of firms, notably Cambior, Donohue, Fibrek, Michelin Canada, Secor, Transcontinental and Zarlink Semiconductor.
Along with a great enthusiasm for sports, he has had a long and significant involvement in charitable organizations, where he has been active as a volunteer and board member. Among these organizations are Accueil Bonneau, the Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon and the Montreal General Hospital Foundation.
He is currently active in education through his participation on the Board of Directors of the Fondation Villa Sainte-Marcelline.
He will assume the position of Chair of the Board of Directors of Blue Metropolis Foundation as of November 5, 2018.
%image_alt% Cameron Charlebois
Outgoing 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.
%image_alt% Peter Daniel
Vice-President
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
Treasurer
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
Secretary
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
Gestionnaire Infrastructure et Opérations TI/SI, Peerless Clothing Inc.
Membre du CA depuis mai 2015
Détenteur d’une maîtrise ès sciences en informatique de gestion, obtenue avec mention d’excellence, Joffrey Bienvenue possède 30 ans d’expérience en informatique. Gestionnaire bilingue français/anglais ayant aussi une bonne connaissance de l’espagnol, il possède une expertise vaste et approfondie des technologies et tâche ardemment à combler les impératifs d’affaires avec les solutions appropriées. Outre ses compétences dans ce domaine, il a aussi siégé au sein de différents conseils d’administration (CPE, CÉGEP) et comités exécutifs d’associations étudiantes. Il organise, depuis 2013, la virée du Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, un défilé international de motos classiques qui se produit le dernier dimanche de septembre, dans plus de 250 villes dispersées dans 79 pays et qui a pour but d’amasser des fonds pour la recherche sur le cancer de la prostate. Il est aussi membre fondateur et président, depuis sa fondation en 2007, du réseau RetMEQ (Responsables en technologies dans les moyennes entreprises du Québec), réseau spécialisé du Réseau Action TI.

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.

Philippe H. Bélanger
Associé – McCarthy Tétrault
Membre du CA depuis juin 2018
Philippe H. Bélanger est associé au sein du groupe du droit de la faillite et de la restructuration à Montréal. La pratique de Me Bélanger porte principalement sur le droit de la faillite et de l’insolvabilité, de même que sur le litige commercial et le droit bancaire. Récemment, Me Bélanger a agi pour le compte de BCE Inc. dans le cadre du plan de monétisation des pertes de BCI. Il a également agi pour le compte de Compagnie des chemins de fer nationaux du Canada dans le cadre de la restructuration de 360networks Inc., et pour le compte de la Banque Nationale du Canada dans le cadre de la restructuration de Piscines Trévi Inc Me Bélanger a travaillé comme clerc auprès du juge en chef Antonio Lamer en 1989 et en 1990. Il a par la suite effectué une maîtrise en philosophie du droit à l’Université d’Oxford. Il a déjà prononcé des conférences sur la philosophie du droit et la méthodologie à la Faculté de droit de l’Université de Montréal. Me Bélanger présente maintenant des conférences sur l’interprétation des lois à la Faculté de droit de l’Université de Montréal. Il donne également un cours de droit transitoire qui est offert aux avocats québécois dans le cadre de la réforme du Code civil du Québec. En 2017, Me Bélanger a reçu le titre d’Avocat émérite du Barreau du Québec en reconnaissance de son excellence professionnelle, de sa contribution remarquable à la profession et de son rayonnement exceptionnel. Me Bélanger a reçu son diplôme d’études collégiales en sciences humaines du Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf en 1985 et son baccalauréat en droit de l’Université de Montréal en 1988. Il a été admis au Barreau du Québec en 1989.

COLLABORATEURS EXTERNES | EXTERNAL COLLABORATORS

Mario Allaire, Production Director
Louise Bélisle
, Graphist
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


CONSEIL D’HONNEUR DE LA FONDATION METROPOLIS BLEU | BLUE METROPOLIS FOUNDATION HONORARY BOARD

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


COMITÉ DE PROGRAMMATION FRANCOPHONE | FRENCH-LANGUAGE PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE

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 


COMITÉ DE PROGRAMMATION ANGLOPHONE |  ENGLISH-LANGUAGE PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE

Jason Camlot Professor, Department of English, concordia University
Simon Dardick Co-publisher, Véhicule Press
Christopher DiRaddo Writer, Producer
Peter Mendelos Director, Paragraphe Books
Elise Moser Writer, Editor
Guy Rodgers Executive Director, ELAN
Lori Schubert Executive Director, Quebec Writers’ Federation
Mary Soderstrom Essayist, Author
Derek Webster Poet, Editor
Shannon Webb-Campbell Poet, Writer, Critic


COMITÉ PROGRAMMES ÉDUCATIFS ET SOCIAUX | EDUCATIONAL AND SOCIAL PROGRAMMES COMMITTEE

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  


COMITÉ D’HONNEUR PRIX AZUL | AZUL PRIZ HONORARY COMMITTEE

Ginny Stikeman
Ruth Shine
Ingrid Bejerman, PhD
Gregory McCormick