Benefit Gala
Great Conductor, Great Chef
Fourth Edition

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On May 14, the Orchestre Métropolitain’s traditional benefit gala, slated to take place at Arsenal Contemporary Art, underwent a complete transformation into an original and unprecedented event. The gala shifted its focus to gratitude—thanking the gala’s honorary chairs, co-chairs, partners and donors for their engagement and hard work. For the first time, the event brought together over 50 personalities online.


The OM put a new twist on the event, which is traditionally a musical and gourmet affair. Yannick Nézet-Séguin teamed up with Hakim Chajar, chef and owner of Miel, who selected local products to create gift baskets that were delivered to each participant.


Jean St-Gelais and François Gratton, the gala’s honorary chairs said: “La Capitale and TELUS are proud to have come together to make this Great Conductor, Great Chef gala a success, and to contribute to the Orchestre Métropolitain’s future. The unifying force of music has taken on a whole new meaning this year, which is why it’s so important to help the Orchestre Métropolitain and Yannick Nézet-Séguin pursue their mission.”


Hosted by Pénélope McQuade, the reimagined event also featured a toast to Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s 20th anniversary on the podium and his lifetime contract, a true commitment to OM musicians and the community.


Despite having to cancel their traditional gala, the OM raised $368,000—a remarkable achievement.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Conductor of the Orchestre Métropolitain

Hakim Chajar

Chef / owner at Miel Restaurant



Jean St-Gelais
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, La Capitale Insurance and Financial Services


François Gratton
Group President, TELUS and Chair, TELUS Québec





The honorable Liza Frulla, P.C., C.M., O.Q.
General Manager, Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ)


Erik J. Ryan
Executive Vice-President, Marketing, Strategy and External Relations, SNC-Lavalin
Chairman of the Board, Orchestre Métropolitain


Éric Bédard
Managing Partner, Quebec Region, Fasken
Member of the Board, Orchestre Métropolitain


Jacques Marchand
Chairman of the Board, LCI Education Network

The OM warmly thanks its partners and patrons:

Her Excellency, the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada

The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage

Chantal Rouleau, Minister for Transport, Minister Responsible for Metropolitan Montréal and the Montréal region

Magda Popeanu, Vice President of the Executive Committee, responsible for Culture and Diversity, City of Montreal

Simon Brault, Director and CEO, Canada Council for the Arts

Anne-Marie Jean, President and CEO, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec

Nathalie Maillé, Executive Director, Conseil des arts de Montréal.

Jacques Bernier, Senior Partner, Teralys Capital

Sophie Brochu, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hydro-Québec

Monique Brodeur, Full Professor, Faculty of Education, Université du Québec à Montréal

Rosie Caputo, Regional Vice President, RBC Private Banking, Quebec

Jean-François Desautels, Senior Vice President Quebec and Digital Distribution, Canadian Operations, Intact Insurance

Sophie Desmarais, Honorary Patron of the Orchestre Métropolitain

Jean R. Dupré, President and Chief Executive Officer, Orchestre Métropolitain

Frédérique Gagnier, Manager, Public Relations, Stingray

Hélène V. Gagnon, Vice President, Public Affairs and Global Communications, CAE

Louis Gagnon, President of Canadian Operations, Intact Insurance

Sarah Gariépy, Advisor, Donations and Sponsorships, Hydro-Québec

Paul Genest, Senior Vice-President, Power Corporation of Canada

Christiane Germain, Co-President of Germain Hotels

Marie Pier Germain, Director of Operations, Germain Hotels

Jean-Frédéric Lafontaine

Monique F. Leroux, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Fiera Management Inc. and former President of Desjardins Group

Jean-Jacques Laurans, Chairman, Alfid; Julie L’Heureux, Director, Donations Committee, Power Corporation of Canada

Josée Méthot, President and CEO, Quebec Mining Association

Nadia Moretto and David Sela, President of Copap Inc.

Claudine Nézet and Serge Séguin

Jacques-Alexandre Paquet, General Manager, Hôtel Le Germain Montréal

Nadine Renaud-Tinker, Regional President, Quebec Division, RBC Royal Bank

Marie-Anne Sauvé, Manager, Donations, Sponsorships and Advertising, Hydro-Québec

Mathieu St-Amant, Director, Strategic Communications and Public Affairs, Quebec Mining Association

Pierre Trahan, President, Arsenal art contemporain

The OM is very grateful to all those who believe in its mission and contribute to the success and artistic creativity of one of Canada’s leading orchestras.

The Orchestre Métropolitain thanks its official partner, Hydro-Québec.

The Orchestre Métropolitain salutes its public partners who contribute to the realization of its mission: the Government of Quebec, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts de Montréal and the City of Montreal.


See you next year!



Céline Choiselat
Director, Funding and Partnerships
514 598-0870, ext. 39