Management

Executive Board

 

The Guido Molinari Foundation is managed by a Board of nine directors, some of whom were recruited personally by the artist before his death. In 2019 Margarida Mafra assumed the role of Executive Director and Chief Curator succeeding Gilles Daigneault.

 

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Yvon Brind’Amour

Chairman of the Board

Businessman, born in Drummondville (Quebec) in 1958. A graduate of the University of Sherbrooke (1980) and UQAM (1989), he obtained his CMA certification in 1990. After several years of activity at Nortel , Moore Corp and Lafarge, in Canada, the United States and Europe, he retired formally as CFO – Americas (Lafarge) in 2012. Since then, he has devoted his time to teaching and counsulting and has satisfied his passion for visual arts by helping numerous organizations, including ESSARTS and Les Impatients, in addition to serving on the Hydro-Québec Acquisition Committee and managing his own charitable foundation. A great friend of Guido Molinari, of which he is a collector, he was one of the original members of the Board of the Foundation in 2004. After having been Treasurer for 3 years, he has chaired the Board since 2016.

 

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Gilles Daigneault

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.

Juliette Durand

Director

Young professional born in Montreal in 1995 and graduated from HEC Montreal in 2019, Juliette holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration specializing in finance and marketing. Winner of the Prix Relève Desjardins from the Association of Quebec Women in Finance, she obtained an internship at the Treasury at Desjardins, where she still works to this day as an analyst of financial markets and treasury. Violinist since her childhood, she has always had a keen interest in the Arts and more particularly music and contemporary art.

 

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.

Jo-Ann Kane

Director

Art historian Jo-Ann Kane has a master’s in museology and a bachelor’s in art history from the Université du Québec à Montréal. She became the Curator of the National Bank’s art collection in 2002 and now holds the position on a contract basis. She is also President of the Association des collections d’entreprises du Québec, an organization which brings together curators and owners of company collections with the objective of increasing visibility and promoting art in the business world.From 1997 to 2000, was curator of the Hydro-Québec art collection. As part of her role as consultant and guest curator, Jo-Ann Kane is carrying out several large-scale projects. Her main clients include Standard Life (Canada), Standard Life Investments, Rio Tinto, Deloitte, Price Water House, SDC du Village, Norton Rose, Metfin Group (Toronto) and Bennett Jones (Toronto). In 2010, she was appointed Ambassador of the Faculty of Arts at UQàM. In 2013, she participated in the working group on cultural philanthropy set up by the Government of Quebec. She is also a member of the board of directors of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and a member of the board of directors of the Visual Art Center.

 

Moridja Kitenge Banza

Director

Moridja Kitenge Banza is a Canadian artist of Congolese origin, born in Kinshasa in 1980 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He graduated from the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Kinshasa, the École supérieure des beaux-arts de Nantes Métropole and the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences at the University of La Rochelle. In 2010, he received the 1st prize of the Biennale of Contemporary African Art, DAK’ART, for the video Hymne à nous and its installation From 1848 to the present day. He received a Sobey Prize in 2020. His work has notably been presented at the Musée Dauphinois (Grenoble, France), at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Rosklide, Denmark), at the Arndt Gallery and the Ngbk (Berlin, Germany), at the International Biennale of Casablanca (Casablanca, Morocco), at the Attijariwafa bank Foundation (Casablanca, Morocco), at the Blachère Foundation (Apt, France), at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Montreal, Canada), at the Phi Foundation ( Montreal, Canada), the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (Montreal, Canada) and the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa, Canada). The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will present a large installation by the artist in 2021. There are works by the artist in the collections of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) as well as in many corporate collections such as BMO, the Caisse de dépôt et de placement du Québec and TD Bank Corporate Art Collection.

 

Laurier Lacroix

Director

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.

 

Margarida Mafra

Secretary and Director

See below

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Danielle Sauvage

Director

Danielle Sauvage is an experienced cultural manager who has contributed over the years to the development of Montréal’s most important cultural institutions. From 2002 to 2013, she was executive director of the Conseil des arts de Montréal, a para-municipal organization that supports artistic creation, production and distribution by some 450 cultural companies in Montréal. She became later and until February 2019 the Director of the Foundation Les 7 doigts de la main, the fundraising arm of the renowned circus company based in Montréal. For fourteen years (1987-2001), she held the position of director of communications and development at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and was later the executive director of the Canadian Centre for Architecture Foundation. A graduate in political science from the Université de Montréal, Danielle Sauvage is a board member of a number of non-profit organizations, including the Festival Trans-Amériques (FTA), The Foundation of Les 7 doigts de la main, the Centre des musiciens de monde, Le Cube, centre international de recherche et de création en théâtre pour l’enfance et la jeunesse, the Fondation Guido Molinari, and the Fondation Pierre Desmarais Belvedère. Founding member of Culture Montréal, she is also a member of CECI’s (Centre d’étude et de coopération internationale) Club des Ambassadrices, a member of the Community engagement committee of the Greater Montreal Foundation, and a member of the HEC cultural mentoring program. In 2017, she was appointed commissioner of the Office de consultation publique de Montréal. Danielle Sauvage was nominated Knight of the Ordre du Québec in June 2018.

 

Photo by Michel Legendre.

Nicole Vallières

Director

Cultural manager, born in Montreal (1958) and graduated from Laval University (Ph.D., Popular Arts and Traditions, 1999) and UQAM (Computer Science Certificate, 1987; MA, Études des arts, 1985; BA Art history, 1982). Specialist in the dissemination and management of information, Nicole Vallières worked in major Montreal cultural institutions: from 2011 to 2016, as Director of cultural programming at Bibliothèques et Archives nationaux du Québec; from 1989 to 2011 at the McCord Museum, where she held various positions, including that of Director of Research and Exhibitions. Several of the projects that she initiated and directed have been awarded prestigious prizes. She has sat on numerous committees of museum professionals, national and international, and has delivered numerous communications in scientific and professional forums. She is the recipient of the Meritorious Service Award from the Canadian Museums Association (2009).

The Team

 

Margarida Mafra

Executive Director and Chief Curator

Margarida Mafra was the Executive assistant at the Guido Molinari Foundation from 2017 until 2019, when she assumed the position of Executive Director and Chief Director. She graduated in Art History from Nova University in Lisbon (Portugal, 2012) and obtained her Masters in Museology and Art History from L’École du Louvre in Paris (France, 2014). She also has a diploma in management of cultural organizations from the École des Hautes Études Commerciales de Montréal (2016). Margarida has worked in the cultural field for more than 10 years, within institutions such as the Modern Art Center of the Calouste Gulbekian Foundation in Lisbon, the International Contemporary Art Fair in Paris, the Joyce Yahouda Gallery, the Galerie Art 45, the Art Souterrain Festival and the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art.

 

 

Natacha Boucher

Technical Director and Building Manager

Natacha Boucher obtained a Bachelor of Design from the University of Montreal (2003) and a Master of History and Theory of Architecture from McGill University (2007). She shares her expertise between the fields of architectural heritage and existential space and the somatic dimension of artistic creation and of exhibition setting for over 15 years. She worked for cultural institutions such as the Canadian Center for Architecture, the Centrale Galerie Powerhouse, as well as, the PHI Foundation as Technical Director. In addition to her research, writing, coordination and management experience with exhibition making, Natacha received the Research & Creation in Architecture residency & grant from The British School at Rome (Italy, 2013) and exhibited her second immersive scenography-installation at the Galerie Projet Pangée (2019).

 

 

 Javiera Segovia

Head of Cultural Mediation and Communications

Javiera graduated in History and Anthropology from McGill University (2016) and obtained a certificate in Graphic Design from Concordia University (2018). Involved in the Montreal cultural community since 2012, Javiera has acquired a vast experience having worked for several organizations and museums such as Pointe-à-Callière, City of Archeology and History of Montreal, the Dorval Museum of History and Heritage, the Marius Barbeau Center and the Stewart Hall Art Gallery. For some time now, she has been interested in Cultural Education and the relationship between Museums and their Public, which has led her to participate in the Summer School of the Observatoire des Médiations Culturelles (2021). Today, in addition to her role as head of the Cultural Mediation and Communication department at the Foundation, she also works as a Cultural Mediator at the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC).

 

 

 

Special Thanks to

 

 

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.

 

Michel Dallaire

Vice-president/Director (2006-2018)

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.

 

 

Suzanne Bélanger

Director (2016-2019)

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.

 

 

Guy Molinari

Director (2006-2019)

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 (2006-2020)

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.

 

Scott Rodie

Treasurer/Director (2006-2019)

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.

 

 

In memoriam

Sam Abramovitch, Jean Pierre Beaudin, 1984

Sam Abramovitch

Chairman
(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

Chairman
(2010-2011)
Painter-teacher Tom Hopkins was elected chairman of the Foundation’s Board 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”.

 

Roy
Heenan

Director (2006-2017)

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.

 

Maurice Forget

Chairman/Director (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.

 

Fernande Saint-Martin

Founding Director
(2006-2016)

Art theorist, journalist, poet and teacher, born in Montreal in 1927. Fernande Saint-Martin studied at the University of Montreal and then at McGill University, before becoming a journalist at La Presse. In 1960, she became director of the journal Châtelaine in its first edition in French and remained there until 1972. In 1972, she obtained a doctorate in literature with a thesis on Samuel Beckett. From 1972 to 1977, she directed the Museum of Contemporary Art in Montreal then turned to university teaching and research, first at Laval University and then at the University of Quebec in Montreal. A semiologist, she carries out extensive research on the foundations of verbal and visual modes of representation; she wrote several theoretical works, including Literature and the Non-Verbal; Structures of pictorial space; The topological foundations of painting; Semiology of visual language and Gestalt theory and visual art. Fernande Saint-Martin married Guido Molinari in 1958. As an art and poetry critic, she contributed to several publications, including Vie des arts, Visio and Liberté, in addition to founding the journal Situations and contributing to several European periodicals. In 1985, a collection of his poetry was published under the title La fiction du Réel. Member of the Académie des lettres du Québec (1974), she is also an Officer of the Order of Canada (1988). Recipient of the Molson Prize in Social Sciences (1991) from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada) and the André-Laurendeau Prize (1989) from ACFAS.