Board of Directors

         
E. Noel Spinelli      

E. NOËL SPINELLI, C.M., C.Q., CHAIRMAN EMERITUS

As Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Spinelli Auto Group, Mr. Spinelli has been active on the boards of a number of organizations primarily in the area of culture. Some of his past involvements include the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, the Montreal Arts Council, the National Arts Centre, and the Corporation de la Place des Arts.

Currently, he serves on the board of I Musici Chamber orchestra Board of Directors and Foundation, the Faculty of Music Advisory Council of McGill University, and l'Opéra de Montréal. In his desire to share his love of music by making it more accessible to his fellow citizens, he founded Les Concerts Spinelli, was instrumental in the establishment of L'Atelier des arts lyriques de Lachine and co-founded Les Concerts Lachine.

As President of the Restoration Committee, he successfully led a fundraising effort and restored the Casavant organ at l'Église des Saints-Anges in Lachine. He is also the president of the Foundation that was created to ensure that many generations would enjoy this king of instruments.

Mr. Spinelli has received a number of civic honours and awards including Volunteer of the year for the City of Lachine (1983); Prix Arts Affaire awarded by the Board of Trade of Greater Montreal and the City of Montreal for his continuing support and promotion of the arts (1992), Lescarbot Award presented on behalf of the Government of Canada in recognition of his exceptional contribution to the cultural life in the Montreal area and the commemorative medal for the 125th anniversary of Confederation in acknowledgement of his significant contribution to the well-being of his fellow citizens, his community and Canada (1993); Order of Canada in recognition of his philanthropic activities(2001), Commemorative Medal for the Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth (2002), Award of Distinction from the Faculty of Arts, Concordia University (2004) Mérite Civique from the Borough of Lachine and the Prix Unio from the Southwest Montreal Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Personality of the Year (2006). 

         
Bertin Nadeau      

BERTIN F. NADEAU, COPRESIDENT

Bertin Nadeau, owner and Chairman of the Board of Casavant Frères, completed a doctorate in business administration from Indiana University Business School. He started his career as a University professor at l'École des Hautes Études Commerciales de Montréal (HEC). In 1976, the year he left teaching to become a full-time business leader, he bought Casavant Frères. From 1982 until 1994, he was Chairman and CEO of Unigesco Inc., and from 1989 until 1993, Chairman and CEO of Provigo Inc., one of Unigesco's affiliates. Since 1994, he is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GescoLynx Inc. In 1997, Mr. Nadeau renewed teaching at HEC in Montréal where he is an adjunct professor.

Throughout his career, Mr Nadeau has been a member of various boards of directors of public and private organizations. He has received much recognition for his work including the Academy of Alumni Fellows Award of Indiana University plus Awards of Distinction from the Québec Acadian Federation and the Faculty of Commerce and Administration of Concordia University. He has received honorary doctorate degrees from Queen's University, Moncton University, Sainte-Anne University and Bishop's University. His artistic interests include serving on the Board of Governors of the Banff Centre from 1996 until 2002 as well as seeking new ways to increase public awareness and interest in the pipe organ. Mr Nadeau is a Director and a supporter of the Canadian International Organ Competition (CIOC).

         
     

MICHEL LABONTÉ, COPRESIDENT

Michel Labonté has acquired a vast experience throughout a career that span from the public to the private sector, notably with National Bank of Canada (1993-2006) where he was successively Senior Vice-President – Finance and Control and Senior Vice- President - Finance, Technology and Corporate Affairs. Prior to these appointments, he spent 10 years at Hydro-Québec ( 1983-1993) where he was part of the executive team and where he was, among others, Executive Vice-President Finance and Administration. Between 1975 and 1983 he held various positions within the Québec Government, notably at Treasury Board and at the Department of Finance where he was, among others, Assistant Deputy Minister – Financial Policies and State-Owned Corporations.

Since retiring from National Bank of Canada in october 2006, M. Labonté has been acting as Corporate Director of a number of canadian companies. He is presently a Director of Metro Inc. where he acts as Chair of the Audit Committee, a Director of Laurentian Bank of Canada where he acts as Chair of the Risk Committee and a Director of Otéra Capital where he acts as Chair of the Audit Committee and as a member of the Risk Committee.

Mr. Labonté is also involved with various social and cultural organizations. Presently, he is on the board and Secretary of the Canadian International Organ Competition. He has also been for close to 20 years on the board of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal and for more than 6 years Chairman of the board of L’orchestre de la francophonie canadienne.

Michel Labonté has a Bachelor of Arts from the Université de Montréal (Collège de Montréal), a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the Faculty of Engineering of McGill University, and a Master’s degree in urban planning from the Université de Montréal. Mr. Labonté is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors of Canada.

         
Bruce D. Bolton      

BRUCE D. BOLTON

Bruce D. Bolton is a born Montrealer with an avid interest in Music, the Military and Cultural Heritage. A graduate of McGill University (BSc’72), he has played bagpipes since the age of 10 and served with the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada for close to 45 years.

He was Director of the Stewart Museum at the Fort Ile Ste-Hélène for more than 25 years before he became Executive Director of the MacDonald Stewart Foundation. As former Chairman of the Worship & Music Committee of the Church of St. Andrew & St. Paul, he takes a leading role in the Music program of the Church, with its magnificent Choir and Casavant Organ.

         
Diane  Bradshaw      

DIANA BRADSHAW

In the 1960s and 1970s, Diana Bradshaw worked as an opera administrator for the Glyndebourne Festival in England.

She was married to the late conductor Richard Bradshaw, who, early in his career was an organist and choir director and retained a life-long passion for playing the organ. Mrs. Bradshaw worked briefly for Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, and for over thirty years assisting with the management of her husband's career in the United States, Europe, Asia, Russia, and Canada.

Her Canadian volunteer work from 1989 to 2013 included the Centennial Infant & Child Centre for children with special needs, and the board of a Toronto music-theatre company. Her current activities include volunteer positions with the Canadian Opera Company Archives, St. Catherine's Chapel in Massey College at the University of Toronto, and the Cathedral Church of St. James, Toronto, including membership on the music committee.

         
Heather Clark      

HEATHER CLARK

Heather Clark is the Director of Advancement for the Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario where she oversees private sector support.

From 2012 to 2015 Heather was the Director of Development and Capital Campaigns for the Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, and from 1996 to 2012 she was the Director of Marketing and Development. She directed the $24M Roy Thomson Hall 2002 Enhancement Project campaign and Phase 1 of the Massey Hall Revitalization Project campaign.  

Prior to joining the Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall, Heather was, for 10 years, the Director of Marketing and Development for Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and from 1983 to 1986 the Manager of Individuals Fundraising for the Canadian Opera Company. A music graduate of McGill University, she holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the State University of New York.

From 2002 to 2012 she was Sessional Lecturer for the MBA Arts and Media Program at Schulich School of Business, York University. She has served on the Boards of the Glenn Gould Foundation, Alan Howard Waldorf School, Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) and currently the Canadian International Organ Competition (Montreal).

         
Marc Deserres      

MARC DESERRES

Marc DeSerres, a well-known businessman, is the President of DeSerres inc., a fine arts and creative leisure supply chain founded in 1908 by his grandfather Omer DeSerres, which now numbers 34 stores across Canada. Marc DeSerres has been the head of the family business since 1980.

Mr. DeSerres has been a member of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal’s Board of Directors from 1998 to 2012 and President of the Board from February 2004 to June 2012. He is also a member of Metro inc.’s Board of Directors since January 2002, as well as of its Audit and Corporate Governance Committees.

From 1994 to 2004, Marc DeSerres was a member of the Board of Directors and of the Executive Committee of the Conseil québécois du commerce de détail. He was also President of the fundraising campaign of the Cégep du Vieux-Montréal’s Foundation in 1996 and 1997, and president of the Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal’s Board of Directors in 1995, as well as a member from 1990 to 1995.

Mr. DeSerres completed a Bachelor’s degree in Administration at Concordia University in 1975.

 

         
Joan Ivory      

JOAN FRASER-IVORY

Joan Fraser-Ivory is born in Montreal in1933. She studied at The Study in Montreal, at Netherwood, Rothesay N. B. and came back to Montreal to get her B.A. at McGill University in 1954.

Always active in various Community Associations, Mrs Fraser-Ivory is a member of the Junior League of Montreal since 1951. At the Montreal Museum of Fines Arts, she has been quite involved over the years: president (1962-1963), member of the Volunteer Association since 1965, President of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee (1981-1986), member of Les Amis du Musée since 1981, President of the 19th Century Acquisitions Committee since 2003 and member of the Decorative Arts Acquisitions Committee since 2004. She also serves on the Schulich School of Music Dean's Advisory Board since 1999. Between 1989 and 1996, she was a member of the Board of Directors at the National Ballet of Canada.

Joan Fraser-Ivory serves with many Health organisations such as: Montreal Chest Hospital on the Board of Directors (1975-1989), Montreal Chest Institute Foundation since 1980, Royal Victoria Hospital (1990-1998), McGill University Health Centre since 1991 and finally the McGill University Health Centre Foundation Board of Directors since 1999.

 

         
     

JEAN-WILLY KUNZ

Jean-Willy Kunz is the first organist in residence of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. In addition to playing both with the orchestra and in recital, he sees to the development and showcasing of the OSM's Grand Orgue Pierre-Béique installed at Maison symphonique de Montréal.  He studied with Louis Robilliard and Mireille Lagacé, as well as at McGill University, where he earned a doctorate with John Grew. He has been a prize-winner at a number of organ competitions, including the Canadian International Organ Competition, where in 2011 he won third prize and the Richard-Bradshaw Audience Prize.

His discography includes many recordings which reflect the broad range of his musical influences: organ and orchestra with the OSM; "André Gagnon Baroque" for harpsichord and symphony orchestra; traditional music of the Balkans for saxophones and organ; two masses by Théodore Dubois for chorus and organ; 20th-century French music for harpsichord, flute and clarinet; Québec song with Pierre Lapointe; baroque music with Ensemble Caprice; Christmas music with Marie-Josée Lord; the original score for a number of short films. He has co-written a book on German organist Helmut Walcha (Do Bentzinger, 2004) as well as an article entitled "L'orgue et le regard de l'écoute" (Presses de l'Université de Montréal, 2014).

In September 2015, Jean-Willy Kunz was appointed organ professor at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal.

         
Peter Partridge      

PETER PARTRIDGE

Peter has acted in various capacities with a prominent Wealth Management firm since 1970, including the roles of Investment Advisor, Portfolio Manager, Branch Manager and Vice President. He started life in Kingston, Ontario, as a musician. Whilst a student in London, England, at the Royal Academy of Music, he was assistant to the Organist of Westminster Abbey and lived in the Abbey Choir School in Dean's Yard where he was the Music Master. Peter returned to Canada after graduation to accept the appointment of Director of Music at Ridley College in St. Catharines where he taught for 5 years. In early 1970, he joined A.E.Ames and Co. as an Investment Advisor. He maintained his love for music as a church organist and choirmaster for 27 years at St. Paul Street United Church, retiring in 1997.

         
Sabine Pletat      

SABINE PLETAT

Sabine Pletat studied at the University of Hamburg and graduated in 1988 with a Master's Degree in Law. In addition, in 1986, Mrs. Pletat spent four months in Canada as a visiting student at the University of Toronto. Following the completion of her studies in 1988, Mrs. Pletat began a general law practice in Germany, specializing in commercial law, civil law, divorce law, guardianship for people with mental disabilities and the law of succession.

From 1989 until 2003, in addition to her law practice, Mrs. Pletat was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Hamburg Symphony Choir. With a history and tradition of more than 100 years, the Hamburg Symphony Choir is one of the most renowned choirs in the northern part of Germany.

During her fourteen-year mandate, the choir established its reputation for inventive programs with rarely performed gems of the choir music literature.

In 2003, Mrs. Pletat moved to Montreal, becoming the General Manager of the Bach-Académie de Montréal and organizes the international Montreal Bach Festival.

         

WAYNE K. RIDDELL

Considered one of Canada’s most accomplished choral conductors, Wayne Riddell is credited with having raised the profile of church and chamber choirs in Canada to a new level while exploring a range of musical styles that vary from the standard repertoire to new music by Canadian composers. Founder and former director of the Tudor Singers, Mr. Riddell and the Singers toured Canada from coast to coast; their performances were frequently broadcast on the CBC. He is also known as a great pedagogue, “a choral trainer of genius.” Organist-choirmaster at Westmount Park United, Erskine and American United, and the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul, Wayne Riddell is a graduate of McGill, where he has also taught. He is the recipient of many awards, including the first Healey Willan Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts, as well as the Order of Canada.

         
     

YOLAND TREMBLAY

Yoland Tremblay has a bachelor's degree in administration, a certificate in industrial relations and in law. He is an active member in many different social and cultural associations. 

He was the executive director of  la Fabrique Notre-Dame de Montréal from 1995 to 2016, managing the activities of the Notre-Dame Basilica and the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges cemetery.

He is a board member of the Château Dufresne musuem as well as for the Fonds d’entraide paroissial de l’archevêché de Montréal.

He is a founding member of the l’Institut du patrimoine funéraire du Québec and acts as the president of the organization. He is dedicated to promoting, perserving and conserving the heritage of cemeteries around Québec. He also is a writer and editor for guide booklets on how to perserve the heritage of cemeteries in Québec.

He is an active member of many different commitees with a mandate of protecting religious heritage in Canada. 

Throughout his career, he has occupied many different positions in management in the private sector, notably at Télé-Métropole Inc., Caloil Inc., Fiducie du Québec, as well as in the public sector presiding over organizations located in the James Bay region, in mining, engineering, environment, restauration, telecommunications and municipal administration. 

     

James Bailey, OAA, MRAIC, CAHP

In his professional life, James Bailey has straddled careers which encompass both the organ and architecture, and has found the greatest pleasure when he has been able to bridge the two interests.

He undertook his architectural studies at Carleton University, Ottawa, and concurrent to his degree he studied the organ privately with William France and Godfrey Hewitt.

A western Canadian by birth (Edmonton), he found the bilingual thrust of the (P.E.) Trudeau years to be exciting. His first organist post was with Eglise St. Marc, a largely Hugenot congregation under the United Church of Canada, while his first architectural employment was with Arcop Associates of Montreal, a firm that at the time had recently completed the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

Following two years of architectural work with Arcop, James pursued his organ studies with André Fleury at the Schola Cantorum, Paris and subsequently with Michel Chapuis, Lionel Rogg and Francis Chapelet, and Raphael Tambyeff in the course of several summer academies.

From Paris James returned to his roots in Alberta where he joined the office of Douglas Cardinal Architect Ltd. The firm won the national competition for the design of what was then known as the Canadian Museum of Civilization (today the Canadian Museum of History), and as the “Design Coordinator” for the project James spent three years circulating between Edmonton (architectural design team), Ottawa (client and site), and Montreal (associate architect and engineering sub-consultants).

Upon leaving the Cardinal firm, James moved into private practice. James Bailey Architect is recognized for its work with historic buildings, and the firm has a track-record of work with churches needing to address an unworkable worship environment: responding to liturgical changes, providing increased flexibility, barrier-free access, and acoustical improvements. In addition, James has worked on the design of seven theatres, three of these where James Bailey Architect was Architect-of-Record.

For over a decade, James held a faculty post in the Architecture Department of Sheridan College. He established the James Bailey Architect Endowment Fund in 2010 to assist architectural technology students wishing to pursue a professional standing through University level studies, and in 2015 James created the Berriman Bailey Foundation under the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act for the support of a number of causes related to his architectural/musical/humanitarian interests.

James has had a long association with the Royal Canadian College of Organists and from 2014 to 2016 served as its National President.

 

Honourary Patrons

 

Marie-Claire Alain (1926-2013) (Paris)
Professor and internationally renowned organist

 

 

Lucien Bouchard, (Montréal)
Lawyer, Prime Minister of Québec from 1996 to 2001

 



Barrie Cabena (Guelph)
Organist and Composer

 



Raymond Daveluy (Montréal)
Organist and Composer



Sir Andrew Davis, (Londres)
Musical Director, Lyric Opera of Chicago

 



Ronald N. Mannix (Calgary)
Businessman and Philanthropist

 

 

Kent Nagano, (Montréal)
Artistic Director, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal

 


Richard Bradshaw (1944-2007) (Toronto)
Artistic Director, Canadian Opera Company et organiste

 


Father Fernand Lindsay (1928-2009) (Joliette)
Pedagog and Founder of the Festival international de Lanaudière, Foudning member of the Canadian International Organ Competition