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The team

Meet the people behind Les Grands Ballets

iDamian Siqueiros / Dancers: Jerimy Rivera & Edi Blloshmi

Board of directors


Constance V. Pathy, C.M., C.Q., DMUS.,

President of the Board of Directors


Maurice Côté,

Regional Vice President Royal Bank of Canada
Laval, Laurentides, Lanaudière


Stéphane Létourneau,

Special Advisor
Université de Montréal


Louis-Daniel Gauvin,


Member of the Executive

Marlène Larue,

Human Resources Director
Distribution and TransÉnergie Hydro-Québec


Johanne Blanchard,

Assistant General Counsel
Power Financial Corporation of Canada

Jean-Yves Bourgeois,

Vice President and Executive Director
Securities, Desjardins Inc.

Bita Christina Cattelan,

Vice President of Philanthropy
WCPD Foundation

Carole Chapdelaine,

First Vice-president, Quebec and East of Ontario, Scotia Bank

Sylvain Corbeil,

Vice President, Quebec & Atlantic
TD Commercial Banking

Carmine D’Argenio,

Chief Executive Officer
BMW Laval

Marie Lynne Desrochers,


Véronique Dorval,

Vice President, Client Engagement and Sponsored Markets & Finance
Sun Life Financial Canada

Alain Dupont,


Pascale Elharrar,

Associate General Counsel & Managing Director
BMO Financial Group

Christiane Hachey,


Dr. Sunny Handa,

Blake, Cassels & Graydon

Stéphanie Lavallée,

Fasken Martineau

Bjorn Martin,

(will be accepted at AGM 2018)
First Vice President
Groupe Mach

Marcel Martin,


Debra Moses,


Ghislain Richter,

Vice President

Deborah Shannon Trudeau,

Vice President of Licensing & International Business
Trudeau Corporation

Jeannie Vondjidis,

Brand Marketing & Strategy Consultant
Jeannie Vondjidis Miller

Pierrette Wong,

Italwong Fashion inc.

Les Grands Ballets Canadiens - Alain Dancyger - Executive director
iAri Tapiero

Alain Dancyger - Executive director

A native of Limoges, France, Alain Dancyger won his first prize at the conservatory in violin at only thirteen. He continued his studies in violin at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London from 1977 to 1978. He then prepared his Masters in Music with Maestros Ivan Galamian and Dorothy DeLay from the prestigious Juilliard School in New York and graduated in 1984. In 1987, he obtained a Masters in Business Administration from the École Supérieure des Sciences Économiques et Commerciales (E.S.S.E.C.) in Paris.

Before joining Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Alain Dancyger was a founding member of the Viri Duo and the Iris Trio. With the Jeunesses Musicales of Yugoslavia, he toured extensively throughout Yugoslavia, France, Belgium and the United States. He also participated in various summer festivals and performed at Capitol Hill in Washington.

Furthermore, Mr. Dancyger held different management and marketing positions in Paris and in New York. In 1987 and 1988, he was acting Internal Consultant for the Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Français (S.N.C.F.) in Paris and from 1988 to 1991, he was invited by the company Frenchrail, a subsidiary of the S.N.C.F. in New York, to establish the Sales and Marketing departments for the North American market. He settled in Québec in 1991 to work as Assistant Director at the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts. He was promoted Director in 1993 and held that position until August 1996, when he was appointed Executive Director of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal.

Applying his expertise in marketing, fundraising and arts management, Alain Dancyger has enhanced the strategic vision of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, and has positively influenced the development of the arts in Montreal. Since 1998, he has sat on the Regroupement Québécois de la Danse board, on the Canadian Arts Summit, on the DIA/DSA Advisory Board of Concordia University, on the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre Museum « Wise Committee », and on the Canadian Dance Assembly (CDA) Board and Advocacy Committee, and he was elected Chair of the CDA Ballet Companies Standing Council (2009-2012). He also acts regularly as a guest lecturer and sits on the Advisory Committee of the International Arts Management program at the École des Hautes Études Commerciales in Montreal. He is regularly invited as a speaker in arts management in Canada and internationally.

In 2016, Alain Dancyger received the title of the Chevalier of the National Order of Merit awarded by the French Government. He is also an author, having published articles in the magazine Les écrits of the Académie des Lettres du Québec and at Edito, a subsidiary of Gallimard.



Ivan Cavallari,
Artistic Director

Alain Dancyger,
Executive Director

Gradimir Pankov,
Artistic Director Emeritus

Artistic team

Pierre Lapointe,
Principal Ballet Master

Steve Coutereel,
Ballet Master

Karine Betournay, Estella Gimpilevich, Alla Manukova,


Stéphan Pépin,
Production Director

Jean-François Tremblay,
Technical Director

Thomas Paquin,
Technical Director

Gabrielle Lemoine-Brin,
Stage Manager (maternity leave)

Mélanie Ferrero,
Head of Wardrobe

Stéf-Anne Lagacé,
Assistant-Head of Wardrobe

Marie-Hélène Gravel,
Project Manager for Wardrobe

Mireille Tremblay,
Senior consultant, wardrobe department

Caroline Boisvert,
Costume Cutter

Mélanie Richard,
Costume Cutter

Kéli Alexandre, Camélia St-Cyr-Robitaille,
Assistant Costume Cutters

Francine Viens, Haude Guyomarc’h, Vicky Brouillard, Sonia Létourneau, Camille Panin, Barbara Cerbo, Silvana Fernandez, Natalie Talbot, Pamela Masseport, Marie-Hélène Kleinbaum, Vanni Lussier, Camille Loreille, Mario Justras,

Pierre Desormeaux, Katherine Paré,
Textile artists

Denise Morin,
Head Dresser

Tanya Pettigrew,
Stage Manager

Marc Parent,
Resident Lightning Designer

Raymond Soly,
Resident Sound Designer and Sound Engineer

Kenneth Gregg,
Head Stage Carpenter

Pierre Berthiaume,
Property Master

Jean Bastien,
Head Lighting Technician

Dominic Drouin,
Assistant Head of Lighting

Touring and guest companies

Corinne Jozsef,
Director, Touring and Guest Companies

Marketing, communications and sales

Olivier Le Galliard,
Director, Marketing, Communications and Sales

Pia Savoie,
Marketing and Advertising Manager

Sheila Skaiem,
Chief Officer, Public and Media Relations (maternity leave)

Natalie Dion,
Chief Officer, Public and Media Relations

Amélie Lapointe,
Content and Social Media Manager

Vanessa Hauguel,
Communications and Marketing Coordinator

Patrick Pleau,
Multimedia Specialist

Marlene Thibodeau,
Manager, Box Office and Customer Service

Laurence Gauvreau-Pecek,
Box Office and Customer Representative

Nicole Yeba,
Sales agent and receptionnist


Elise Charbonneau,
Director, Events and Fundraising

Camille Le Bihan,
Project Manager, Events and Sponsorship

Josée Kleinbaum,
Project Manager, The Nutcracker Market

Rebecca Lowson,
Coordinator, Volunteers and Fundraising

Élise Côté,
Administrative Assistant and Fundraising Agent

Laura Corriveau,
Events and Volunteers Assistant

Carole Vermette,
Coordinator, Donations and Amis des Grands

National Center for Dance Therapy

Christian Sénéchal,
Director, National Center of Dance Therapy

Amy Éloïse Mailloux,
Coordinator, National Centre for Dance Therapy

Anna Aglietta,
Executive Assistant, National Centre for Dance Therapy

Les Studios

Jonathan Heredia de la Cruz,
Les Studios Manager

Leila Aziza Ateb,
Les Studios and NCDT Coordinator

Kimberly Tremblay, Romain-Denis Turcotte,
Leisure Agents


Mario Théoret,
Director, Finance and Administration

Vincent Mazrou,
Human Resources Manager

Sylvie Lacharité,
Senior Accounting Technician

Véronique Anger,
Assistant to the Executive Director (maternity leave)

Madeleine Alarie,
Executive Assistant

Suzanne Lamanque,