The Honourable Charles Lapointe, recipient of the first Conseil des Arts de Montréal Merit Award

Montréal, November 2, 2011 – On Tuesday night, the Honourable Charles Lapointe, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tourisme Montréal, was honoured with the first-ever Conseil des Arts de Montréal Award of Merit during the inaugural awards ceremony for the newly-established Prix de Montréal pour les arts et la culture. Created to recognize a distinguished Montrealer who has provided continuous and steadfast support to the cultural sector throughout their career, this award recognizes the unfaltering commitment of Mr. Lapointe in promoting the city’s artistic sector, all disciplines combined, throughout his distinguished career.

Over the years, Mr. Lapointe has lent his great experience and expertise to the benefit of numerous cultural organizations, whether it be during his career in the private sector, in his 10 years as a Member of Parliament in Ottawa, or as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Tourisme Montréal, a position that he has held since 1989. As both a former or an active member of various boards of directors, Mr. Lapointe has largely contributed to the development of a multitude of organizations of diverse disciplines such as music (Orchestre symphonique de Montréal); dance (Ballets Jazz de Montréal, Festival international de la nouvelle danse); performing arts (the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts, now the Segal Centre for the Performing Arts); contemporary art (Parachute: Contemporary Arts Magazine, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts); and design (Mission Design), all which eloquently demonstrate the breadth of his passion for culture. Today, he still sits on the board of directors of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Mission Design.

“It is with great pride that I highlight this distinguished award that we have bestowed upon my friend, Charles Lapointe. His passion for Montréal’s cultural sector, coupled with his concerted and enduring work therein, have made him an undisputed leader in the Montréal region and beyond,” underlines Mr. Jacques Parisien, President of the Board of Directors of Tourisme Montréal. “Step by step, Charles Lapointe continues to actively build upon, and work towards, the achievement of our common dream: to make Montréal a great cultural metropolis whose dynamism shines throughout the world. Once again, I would like to congratulate Charles Lapointe for this prestigious award,” Mr. Parisien concludes.

This award is yet another in a long list of accolades that recognize Mr. Lapointe’s contribution to the advancement of cultural tourism in the city; over the last dozen years, he has been honoured by prominent organizations and businesses such as La 3Presse, Concordia University, the Tourism Industry Association of Canada, the Palais des congrès de Montréal and the Société des relationnistes du Québec. Ever driven to enhance and promote the city’s cultural offering, Mr. Lapointe is Chairman of the Board of the Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles and is deeply committed to developing this new, vibrant arts and cultural district.

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