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.
Conductor of the Orchestre Métropolitain
Chef / owner at Miel Restaurant
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, La Capitale Insurance and Financial Services
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
Managing Partner, Quebec Region, Fasken
Member of the Board, Orchestre Métropolitain
Chairman of the Board, LCI Education Network
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
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!
Director, Funding and Partnerships
514 598-0870, ext. 39