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Synapse C announces the members of if its Board of Directors for the year 2021-2022. Officers were appointed at the Board of Directors meeting on June 17th, 2021.

Composed of 7 directors from the cultural, philanthropic, and academic sectors, the Synapse C Board of Directors contributes to each pillar of its mission.

Line Beauchamp, Synapse C
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Line Beauchamp

Chair of the Synapse C Board of Directors

Strategy Consultant

After several terms in the community and associations sectors, Line was elected to the National Assembly of Québec in 1998 and was a member of cabinet from 2003 to 2012 as the Minister of Culture and Communications (2003-2007), Sustainable Development, Environment, and Parks (2007-2010), Education, Leisure, and Sport (2010-2012), and Deputy Prime Minister (2011-2012). From 2014 to 2019, she was the representative of the Government of Québec in France. Since returning to Québec, Line has worked as a strategy consultant.

Louise Poissant, Synapse C
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Louise Poissant

Vice-President

Scientific Director - Fonds de recherche du Québec – Society and culture

With a PhD in philosophy, Louise is the Scientific Director of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture. She was the dean of the Faculty of Arts at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) from 2006 to 2015, and professor of aesthetics at the École des arts visuels et médiatiques from 1989 to 2006 where she headed the Groupe de recherche en arts médiatiques (GRAM). She is the author of numerous books and articles in the field of media arts in Canada and abroad. She is a member of the Royal Society of Canada.

Jean-Sébastien Bélanger, Synapse C
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Jean-Sébastien Bélanger

Treasurer

Chief External Relations Officer - National Theater School of Canada

With over 20 years of marketing experience, Jean-Sébastien Bélanger led a team of 60 employees at the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts. He transformed the relationship between the MMFA and its members. Because of his strategies, the number of members increased from 45,000 in 2011 to 133,000 in 2017, making the museum one of the most successful in North America in its field. Notably, he and his team carried out a complete overhaul of the loyalty program and, fueled by data, implemented new retention and acquisition strategies which made it possible to double the number of memberships and increase business turnover. In June 2011, he was appointed the Chief External Relations Officer for the National Theatre School of Canada.

Guillaume Thérien, Synapse C
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Guillaume Thérien

Partner - Zú Capital

A graduate in finance from HEC Montréal, Guillaume is known for his collaborative nature and his committment to finding innovative solutions. He has established himself as a proven business development strategist who adapts to changes in industries and their different clientele. Most notably, he worked at BMG and Sony Music before leading marketing campaigns with the Mosaic agency and subsequently taking up the challenge of democratizing opera as the sales and marketing director for the Opéra de Montréal. He has also worked on the management teams of large companies such as TVA and Just for Laughs and served on the board of directors of Mutek, the Conseil québécois de la musique, and Pop Montréal. Currently, he is the managing director of , a non-profit organization with a mission to gather, help, and promote creatives in the entertainment sector to develop world-class innovative projects.

Jean-Noé Landry, Synapse C
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Jean-Noé Landry

Researcher - Climate Action Network Canada

Jean-Noé Landry has been a researcher at Climate Action Network Canada since June 2021. He was the managing director of Open North, Canada’s leading non-profit organization specializing in data governance, open smart cities, and applied research. Through its personalized advisory service and multidisciplinary applied research laboratory, Open North works with innovative governments at all levels as well as with local stakeholders from all sectors across Canada and around the world to support digital transformation initiatives and data partnerships. With 20 years of experience in democratic development and a leadership role in the international open data community, Jean-Noé is part of the management committee for the International Observatory on the Societal Impacts of AI and Digital Technology (OBVIA) and for the Smart Cities Challenge for the City of Montréal, a fellow at the Centre for Law, Technology, and Society of the faculty of the University of Ottawa, and an advisor for responsible innovation at the Centre hospitalier de Montréal (CHUM).

Annie Derome, Synapse C
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Annie Derome

Vice President of Development and Acquisition - Prével

Annie Derome is the Vice President of Development and Acquisition at Prével. Previously, she served as president of GSM Project, an international design and production firm for immersive environments. She also worked at Cirque de Soleil where she actively participated in the development of several shows and partnerships in various countries. An actuary by training, she has worked for companies such as Vidéotron, RBC Dominion Securities, and Aon Consulting.

She is a member of the board of directors of the Société de la Place des Arts and of the Quartier des spectacles Partnership. She is also a permanent member the Fondaction investment committee.

Ms. Derome is an “administratrice de sociétés certifiée” (ASC), having completed the university certification program in corporate governance from the Collège des administrateurs de sociétés at Université Laval.

Marie-Josée Desrochers, Synapse C
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Marie-Josée Desrochers

President and CEO - Société de la Place des Arts de Montréal

Marie-Josée Desrochers is the President and CEO of the Société de la Place des Arts de Montréal. With twenty years of management experience in the cultural sector, she mainly assumed executive roles at the Montreal Symphony Orchestra where she actively participated in the development of the organization and the implementation of new initiatives and in overseeing the marketing-communications, planning, and artistic operations sectors before becoming the general manager and Chief Operating Offier from 2015 to 2019. Involved in her community, she is a member of the board of directors of the Quartier des spectacles Partnership, the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations, and of Synapse C. She was also a member of the board of directors of Orchestras Canada, chair of the educational orientation committee of the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, and a member of the executive committee of the Conseil québécois de la musique. She holds a Master of Business Administration from McGill-HEC Montréal.

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