Management

The Board

 

The Guido Molinari Foundation is managed by a Board of eleven directors, some of whom were recruited personally by the artist before his death.

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Suzanne Bélanger

Director

A professional fundraiser and communications specialist, holder of degrees in art history from the Université de Montréal (Specialized B.A. and M.A.) and in business from McGill University (MBA), Suzanne Bélanger is currently the Executive Director of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute Foundation. She was previously in the employ of the Fine Arts and Engineering and Computer Science faculties of Concordia University, as Principal Director of Development, and of the Quebec Order of Nurses as Director of Communications. Active as a volunteer within the AFP – Association of Fundraising Professionals, she was Treasurer of Parachute art magazine from 2004 to 2006.

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Yvon Brind’Amour

Chairman of the Board

Business executive, born at Drummondville, Québec in 1958. A graduate of the Université de Sherbrooke (Human Resources Management, 1980) and of the Université du Québec à Montréal (Accountancy, 1989), Yvon Brind’amour became a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) in 1990. Joined Northern Telecom/Nortel in 1980, from which he went on to become Vice-President, Finance (Europe) of Moore Corp. in 1995. Subsequently he joined the Lafarge Group in July 1999 as Comptroller of Canadian Cement Operations, before becoming Vice-President and Comptroller of Lafarge North America in 2002, and then Senior Vice-President, Investor Relations of the world-wide Lafarge Group in 2005 and finally Senior Vice-President Finance-America, until his retirement in 2012. Close friend of Guido Molinari, whose work he collects.

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Gilles Daigneault

President and Executive Director

See below

Michel Dallaire

Director and Vice-Chairman

Québec industrial designer born in 1942 in Paris, France. A graduate of l’Institut des arts appliqués de Montréal (1963) and of the Stockholm Industrial Arts Academy (1965), Michel Dallaire pursued studies at the Hautes Études Commerciales in Montréal (Design Management, 1972) and at the Materials Engineering Institute of the National Research Council at Montréal (Polymer Transformation, 1981). Opened his own design studio in 1967. Significant design achievements include the Olympic torch of the 1976 Olympic games in Montréal, the urban furniture of the Quartier international de Montréal, the furniture of the Grande bibliothèque du Québec à Montréal as well as the self-service BIXI bicycle. Michel Dallaire also teaches design at the Université de Montréal and at the University of Calgary. Recipient of the Paul-Émile Borduas Prize (1991), he is a member of the Order of Canada and an Officer of the Ordre national du Québec.

 

François-Nicolas Fleury

Director

Lawyer, born in Montreal in 1976. After studying law at University of Montreal (1998), he joined the firm Monette Barakett, where he is now a partner and responsible for recruitment. As a litigator and bilingual negotiator specializing in labor law, he has large public and parapublic organizations (hospitals, school boards and others) as clients. A renowned lecturer, he is also the author of several articles in labor law and has contributed actively to the reference book Les droits de la personne et le relations du travail published by Éditions Yvon Blais. He collects and is a great admirer of Molinari.

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Laurier Lacroix

Director and Secretary

Art historian, born in 1947 at St. Justine (Dorchester), Québec. Laurier Lacroix obtained a Doctorate from Laval University (1998) for his research on the historic Desjardins painting collection. After teaching at Concordia University (1976 to 1986), he became a professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal from 1988 until his retirement in 2010. Curator of some twenty significant art exhibitions and most notably on François Baillargé, Marc Garneau, Pierre Dorion, Guy Pellerin, Micheline Beauchemin, Robert Wolfe, Irene F. Whittome and the Montée St-Michel painters. Noted for his authoritative research on the work of Ozias Leduc and Suzor-Coté. His most recent publication relates to the arts of New France. A recipient of the Career Prize of the Société des musées québécois  (1997) and of the Gérard-Morisset Prize (2008), he is a member of the Société des Dix and of the Académie des lettres du Québec.

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Guy Molinari

Director

Business manager, born in 1960 in Montréal.  Son of Guido Molinari, Guy Molinari obtained a bachelor’s degree in art history from the Université de Montréal in 1982. Pursued studies in painting and sculpture, particularly with sculptor Pierre Granche. At the end of his studies, decided he preferred rural life and established himself at Lac Ouareau. Trying his hand at business, he operated a bistro restaurant at St. Donat for five years. In 1991, with assistance from his father and in partnership with Ronald Barbeau, a furniture dealer in St. Donat, he opened the Galerie Barbeau Molinari where for several years young artists emerging from studies with Guido Molinari at Concordia University as well as other young artists that the latter considered promising, received their initial exhibitions. Administers family-owned real-estate assets.

Portrait by Éric Simon, 2016.

François Morelli

Director

Born in Montreal in 1953. In 1975, he received a BFA from Concordia University. He worked in Montreal between 1975 and 1981 and participated in the creation of the Articule Center in 1979/80. He taught at University of Quebec in Chicoutimi in 1981. He lived in the New York area from 1981 to 1991 and received an MFA in installation and performance art from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey in 1983. He taught at Rutgers University from 1983 to 1990 and CUNY and SUNY in Manhattan between 1985 and 1990. Upon his return to Québec, he taught at University of Quebec in Trois-Rivières, from 1991 to 1996. He has since been a professor at Concordia University. He was a member of the Christiane Chassay Gallery from 1991 to 2004 and joined Galerie Joyce Yahouda in Montreal in 2006. In 1993 he received the Excellence Award for the Biennale for drawing and engraving of Alma and, in 2007, the Prix Louis-Comtois of the City of Montreal. His artistic approach is versatile (drawing, printmaking, installation, performance and sculpture) and aims to put into question the status of the object within the creative process and the perception of the artwork. He is interested in the notions of passage, circulation and transformation. For him, the work often echoes a past action or an intervention aimed at translating (not only in space, but also in time) the artist’s relations with society, relations between individuals, or relations between individuals and the object.

 

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Scott Rodie

Director and Tresurer

Chartered Professional Accountant, born in 1962 in Montreal.  After pursuing studies at McGill University (B. Eng, 1985 and Accountancy, 1990),  he became a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and joined the firm of BDO Canada. Since being nominated to Partner in 1998, he has been a member of the Eastern Canada and Montreal executive committees and now sits on the BDO Canada board of directors. He has been serving technology companies for his entire career and was the BDO Canada technology sector Practice Leader from 2011 to 2016. He is now the Head of Global Technology and Communications sector at BDO. He has also been the Treasurer of the MAB Mackay Rehabilitation Center from 2003 to present. Throughout the years he has cultivated a deep interest in the visual arts, in particular work by Canadian artists. He is very pleased to have the opportunity to be contributing to the mission of the Guido Molinari Foundation.

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Danielle Sauvage

Director

University professor, born at Adelaide (Australia) in 1942. Margaret Somerville pursued university studies in Australia in pharmacy and law and obtained a Ph.d in civil law from McGill University in 1978. She has taught at the law faculty of McGill University since 1978, where she founded the McGill Centre for Medicine Ethics and Law (1986) and has occupied the Samuel Gale Chair in Law since 1989. Professor Somerville has also taught at the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University since 1984. A consultant, teacher and author of several works relating to ethics, particularly in respect of biotechnology, genetics and euthanasia. Received the first Avicenna Prize from UNESCO for work on applied ethics in science. Delivered the CBC Massey Lectures in 2006; her text, entitled “The Ethical Imagination: Journeys of the Human Spirit”, was published in book form by the House of Anansi Press. A member of the Order of Australia and recipient of several honorary doctorates from universities in Canada and in Australia.

The Team

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Gilles Daigneault

Executive Director

Gilles Daigneault is known for his activities as an art critic over the past forty years or so. He has written notably for Vie des arts magazine, of which he was assistant managing editor during the Nineteen Eighties, for the Le Devoir newspaper from 1982 to 1987, and for the FM Network of Radio-Canada for some twenty years. He has also frequently acted as an independent guest curator at various museums, exhibition centres and galleries, in Quebec and overseas. In that capacity he has authored many exhibition catalogues. In 2004, he became the first director of the Guido Molinari Foundation.

 

 

 

 

In Gratitude

 

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Fernande Saint-Martin

Founding Director, 2006-2016

Art theorist, journalist, poet and professor, born at Montréal in 1927. Fernande Saint-Martin studied at the Université de Montréal and at McGill University, before becoming journalist for La Presse.  In 1960, she became the editor of the first French language edition of Châtelaine magazine, where she remained until 1972. In that year, she achieved a PH.d degree in literature, with a thesis relating to Samuel Beckett. From 1972 to 1977, she was the Executive Director of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal which she left to become a full-time university professor and researcher, initially at Laval University and then at the Université du Québec à Montréal. A semiologist, Fernande Saint-Martin conducted significant research on the basis of methods of verbal and visual representation; she has written several theoretical works, including La littérature et le non-verbal; Structures de l’espace pictural; Les fondements topologiques de la peinture; Sémiologie du langage visuel and La théorie de la Gestalt et l’art visuel. Fernande Saint-Martin married Guido Molinari in 1958. As an art critic and poet, she contributed to several publications, including Vie des arts, Visio and Liberté, in addition to founding the literary review Situations and contributing to several European periodicals. In 1985, a collection of her poems was published under the title La fiction du réel. A member of Académie des lettres du Québec (1974), she is also an officer of the Order of Canada (1988). Obtained the Molson Prize for Social Sciences (1991) from the Research Council on Humanities (Canada) and the André-Laurendeau Prize (1989) from ACFAS.

 

Margaret Somerville

Founding Director, 2006-2016

University professor, born at Adelaide (Australia) in 1942. Margaret Somerville pursued university studies in Australia in pharmacy and law and obtained a Ph.d in civil law from McGill University in 1978. She taught at the law faculty of McGill University from 1978 to 2016, where she founded the McGill Centre for Medicine Ethics and Law (1986) and occupied the Samuel Gale Chair in Law from 1989. Professor Somerville also taught at the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University from 1984. A consultant, teacher and author of several works relating to ethics, particularly in respect of biotechnology, genetics and euthanasia. Received the first Avicenna Prize from UNESCO for work on applied ethics in science. Delivered the CBC Massey Lectures in 2006; her text, entitled “The Ethical Imagination: Journeys of the Human Spirit”, was published in book form by the House of Anansi Press. A member of the Order of Australia and recipient of several honorary doctorates from universities in Canada and in Australia. In 2016, Professor Somerville returned to Australia.

Maurice Forget

Director and Past President, 2006-2016

Lawyer, born in 1947 in Paris, France. After studies at the Collège de St-Laurent (BA, 1966) and at McGill University (Law, 1969), Maurice Forget joined in 1970 the law firm long known as “Martineau Walker” and since 2000, Fasken Martineau, of which he became a partner in 1978 and Chair of the Board and of the Partnership in 1995. A business lawyer, he has been a director of several public corporations, including Standard Life, TransForce and American Express (Canada). Known for his community work, Maurice Forget was Chair of the Montréal Arts Council from 1999 to 2006, of the Foundation of Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, of the Héritage Montréal Foundation and of several other organizations in the fields of health care, education and the arts. Also known as a significant art collector. Appointed to the Order of Canada in 1995 for philanthropy, he was elected Business and Arts Personality for the year 2009 at the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montréal.

 

In Memoriam

 

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Sam Abramovitch

President
(2004-2010)

The first president of the Foundation was a living paradox. A man of left-leaning political views, Sam Abramovitch was born in 1920 in the Montréal Jewish community; lack of funds prevented him from completing a university degree. He succeeded nonetheless brilliantly in business, first as an accountant in partnership with his brother, and then as the head of an important hardware wholesale business. A voracious reader, he became an intellectual with an inquiring mind and a tendency to utopianism. His readings led to the discovery of the world of the arts, to which nothing predestined him. Under the influence of prior contacts in the United States, he became a prime observer of the development of modernity in Québec, in the fields of literature, theatre and visual arts. The friend of many artists, he became a well-known figure in the relatively narrow world of the arts in Québec immediately after the Second World War. He devoted his talents and resources to serving that world: the assistance he provided to actor Paul Buissonneau made it possible to create the Théâtre de Quat’sous. He was an acquaintance of American critic Clement Greenberg and he spent time with many Montréal painters, initially the modernist Jewish artists, but then also Borduas, Barbeau, Ferron, Sullivan, Tousignant and Molinari. He married the painter Michèle Drouin and created a significant collection of contemporary art in his firm, United Westburne Industries, with the assistance of curator Karen Wilkin. After spending five years in conceiving and organizing what would become the Guido Molinari Foundation and providing guidance to the members of its board, Sam Abramovitch was felled by cancer in the spring of 2010, at the age of ninety.

Tom Hopkins

President
(2010-2011)

Painter-teacher Tom Hopkins was elected president of the Foundation to succeed to Sam Abramovitch, at the annual meeting in 2010. His election was in great part due to his devotion to the physical restoration of the former bank building which Molinari bequeathed to the Foundation. Indeed, carpentry, plumbing and electricity held no mysteries for this factotum and he showed great mastery in coordinating the activities of the architects and contractors, thus ensuring the success of the work. Tom Hopkins was born in 1944 in Summerside, Prince Edward Island. He studied at Mount Allison and Concordia Universities and eventually joined the teaching staff of the latter, where he obtained a Masters degree. He was therefore a colleague of Molinari from 1983 to 1997. His seductive and sensuous figurative paintings made him known throughout Canada. He exhibited almost yearly in several commercial galleries, with the result that his works are now found in several public and corporate collections. Two solo exhibitions stand out, namely “The Narration of Icon” curated by David Burnet at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in 1991 and L’oeuvre et la manière at the Espace Loto-Québec in Montréal in 2009. His term as president lasted only a few months, since he himself passed away through illness in January 2011. He is survived by his wife, Joan Marshall, a textile arts specialist and two children. Thanks to a generous gift by artist Louisa Nicol, a very large painting by Hopkins graces the Foundation boardroom, which itself bears the name of Salle Sam Abramovitch.

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Director

Lawyer, born in 1935 in Mexico City. After pursuing studies at McGill University in History and Political Science (BA, 1957) and in Law (BCL, 1957), Roy Heenan in 1973 founded the law firm of Heenan Blaikie, with which he remained associated until its dissolution in 2014. An acknowledged specialist in labour law, he has undertaken several significant briefs for governments and other organizations in this field as well as teaching employment law at the Law and Management Faculties at McGill University between 1971 and 1996. Author of several books and articles on labour, employment and human rights law. Awarded an honorary doctorate by McGill University in 2008. Active in the museum world, he was Chair of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal from 1994 to 1998 and is a director of the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and of the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery. Officer of the Order of Canada. Well known collector of contemporary art.