Specialist in the audience development and social networks, Mr. Bertrand accompanied nearly a hundred organizations.
For more than thirty years, Denis Bertrand held senior positions in communications and management at Théâtre Action, the Federation of Francophone and Acadian Communities of Canada, La Cité collégiale in Ottawa, TFO and to the Office of Francophone Affairs at the Government of Ontario. He act as the first coordinator for Arts and Learning: A Call to Action, launched by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and the Canadian Conference of the Arts.
For more than 15 years, Ms. Courville has been particularly interested in multiple partnerships to enhance the deployment of cultural programming while providing a variety of sources of income.
In addition to this cutting-edge expertise in financing methods, she adds her important knowledge of the European market. Visiting professor at IHECS in Brussels since 2013, to lead courses in management, marketing and event financing, and newly invited professor at INSEEC, a Paris-based management school, Ms. Courville has enriched her expertise and knowledge.
In her expertise, Ms. Courville also brings her in-depth reflection on event management. She co-founded the Institute of the Event, a non-profit organization whose mission was to create the first event management program at a university level. The developed course is currently offered at the ITHQ in Montreal and at IHECS in Brussels. Ms. Courville was part of the expert panel that analyzed and commented on the MEPS methodology prior to its implementation.
Marc Drouin has been working in the cultural sector for more than 30 years. Director of Communications at le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Chief of staff of the Minister of Culture and Communications of Quebec and First Cultural attache at Délégation générale du Québec in Paris. After returning from his long stay abroad, he directed the cultural service of the Délégation générale du Québec in Brussels, the Center des auteurs dramatiques (CEAD) from 2006 to 2011.
As an outstanding analyst of arts and culture in America and in Europe (he taught Canadian history at Cégep), he knows the cultural milieu, both internationally and professionally recognized as an organizer, manager and communicator.
Ms Gauthier-Mercier proves to be a valuable resource at ArtExpert: her mastery of information retrieval and interpretation systems during interviews helps to support analysts with exceptional content. Its quality of writing, whether in French or in English (in addition to Spanish and Portuguese), enriches the quality of the reports both for the clients and their partner.
Doctor in ethnomusicology, Catherine Gauthier-Mercier has developed an in-depth knowledge and understanding of Montréal’s cultural milieu and its issues through more than a decade of research. The results of her research in Montreal and Toronto have contributed, in particular, to a better understanding of two topics: audiences, cultural diversity and intercultural relations in urban Canada. As part of these studies, Ms. Gauthier-Mercier led more than 100 interviews in specialized circles and personally surveyed about two hundred members of the public.
Jenny Ginder is the Principal of Ginder Consulting, a partner of ArtExpert dedicated to developing and implementing capacity building strategies for the cultural sector. Jenny’s work has focused on strategic planning, facility development, community consultation, research and analysis with a broad range of clients including professional arts organizations, art service organizations, government departments and agencies. She is a skilled facilitator with certificates in Facilitated Planning and Consensus Workshop delivery through ICA Associates.
Elaine Lafond has been involved professionally in the cultural world for thirty-two years. Graduated from HEC Montreal in Cultural Management as well as from Concordia University in Music, she has worked as producer and director in many cultural organisms. In all, she directed more than hundreds of artistic productions: festivals, concerts, albums, etc.
Specialized in transmedia for the cultural sector, Mrs Marino act as the director of the interactive media program of INIS since 2009. Véronique is well aware of the evolution of the markets for cultural consumers. She is upstream of the changes. Her know-how in the detection and analysis of critical changes allows to translate into action.
Mr. Pronovost is a specialist in participatory democracy and citizen consultation. Over the past five years, he has worked on several public consultation as a facilitator. He structures and chair debate in culture, municipal planning, urban design and citizen participation. He works to develop tools and methodologies for evaluating the processes of change and transition. For almost 10 years, he has used art as a leverage for social change through deliberative, participatory and educational processes.
A graduate in art history and cultural administrator, William Sirois has held in recent years, various positions in organizations that are dedicated to cultural policy issues. Among others, he was hired by the Montreal Arts Council to give birth to artistic diversity Montréal (DAM), before becoming an advisor on cultural policy at the Canadian Conference of the Arts (CCA). In 2008 he received the scholarship Gordon Global Fellowship to conduct research on the role of the North in the development of culturally sustainable in developing countries.
Simon Van Vliet
Simon Van Vliet is completing a Specialized Graduate Diploma in Cultural management at HEC Montréal and has been collaborating since 2009 with the University–Community Research Alliance – Financial crisis in the arts sector: prevention rather than cure, by addressing the issues and challenges of resource sharing within the cultural sector of Quebec.