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January 7, 2021
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Three new members board of directors

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MUTEK appoints a new president and welcomes three new directors to its board of directors.

MUTEK is proud to announce the assignment of Raphaëlle Huysmans as Chair of its Board of Directors and to welcome three new members. While the organization is doing well despite the pandemic and continues to build on the momentum from its 20th anniversary in 2019, this contribution of new expertise and perspectives is timely for us, especially in the development of the 22nd edition of the Festival and the 7th edition of the Forum to be held from August 24 to 29, 2021 in Montreal and online. Note that these new designations allow MUTEK to achieve parity on its board of directors.

Raphaëlle Huysmans (Vice-president, URBANIA)

Raphaëlle Huysmans is passionate about content and media. She has been part of the URBANIA team since 2008, where she was first in charge of several TV and web projects, before becoming a producer in 2009. Among others, she was in charge of the production of the documentary game Fort McMoney (NFB, ARTE), the web series Vérité et conséquences with Louis T (ICI, the interactive magazines URBANIA in La Presse+, and the tv series C'est juste de la TV (ICI ARTV). In 2015, she became partner and vice-president of URBANIA, overseeing the company's original production, content agency, and media activities. She is the recipient of the Prix de la relève Vincent-Gabriele from the Association québécoise de la production médiatique and the Prix de la relève en communication from the Université du Québec à Montréal.

After nearly 4 years as a director, Raphaëlle Huysmans succeeds Paul Arseneault as President. We would like to thank Paul Arseneault who has passed on his knowledge to this position in recent years, and who will remain active on the Board of Directors as Vice-President.


Pascale Daigle (Head of Arts and Culture Division, City of Laval)

A seasoned strategist and manager, Pascale Daigle has been working for over 20 years in the field of arts and culture. She is co-founder of DAIGLE / SAIRE, one of the few consulting firms in Quebec specializing in strategy and arts management. She has directed and carried out many major strategic interventions throughout her career as a consultant for cultural institutions and various arts organizations. In addition to this experience, she has also worked as Artistic Director, Manager of Cultural Dissemination Spaces and Producer of Artistic Experiences for the Public Space, having been Director of Programming for the Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles. Today, she has taken her experience to Laval's cultural development as Head of the Arts and Culture division at the City of Laval.

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Lina Kachani (Artist Manager, Bonsound)

After completing her Master's degree in Marketing, Lina Kachani quickly turned her attention to the music industry to pursue a career there. After a period of time at Avalanche Prod as Operations & Financing Coordinator, Lina was hired as Artist Manager at Bonsound, a record label, show production, and management company, where she has been working for almost 5 years now. She works with such notable artists as Les Louanges, Lisa LeBlanc, Les Deuxluxes, and Dead Obies.

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Julie St-Hilaire (Lawyer, Miller Thomson)

Julie St-Hilaire is a business law lawyer at the firm Miller Thomson LLP. Her practice focuses primarily on corporate financing and real estate matters. Prior to her legal studies, Julie obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Concordia University. Passionate about painting and drawing since childhood, it is by pursuing her artistic career that she discovered her interest in entrepreneurship. Today, she continues to be involved with the artistic community, using her legal knowledge and her creative background to offer unique problem-solving skills.

Julie St Hilaire

MUTEK's Board of Directors is composed of:
Raphaëlle Huysmans (Vice-President and Partner, URBANIA) - Chairperson
Pascale Daigle (Head of Arts and Culture Division, City of Laval) - Director
Lina Kachani (Artist Manager, Bonsound) - Director
Julie St-Hilaire (Lawyer, Miller Thomson LLP) - Director

Alain Mongeau (Managing and Artistic Director, MUTEK) - Director
Albéric Maillet
(Senior Consultant, Strategy and Business Design, Nurun) - Director
Catherine Jetté (Manager - Business-to-Business Customer Lifecycle, Air Canada) - Director
David Santelli
(CEO, Rhizome) - Director
Jason Della Rocca
(Co-founder, Execution Labs) - Director
Jocelyn Auger
(Partner, Lawyer, Fasken) - Secretary
Lisa Baillargeon (Director of the Institut du Patrimoine and Full Professor, ESG UQAM) - Treasurer
Luci Tremblay (Director of Communications and Programming, BAnQ) - Director
Martin Lessard (General Manager, MT Lab) - Director
Paul Arseneault (Professor in the Marketing Department, ESG UQAM) - Vice-Chairperson
Roger Parent (Founder, Thinkwell Studio Montreal / President, Rêver Debout Inc) - Director

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