Simon Brault

President, Culture Montréal

Simon Brault

Simon Brault
President, Culture Montréal
Photo: Maxime Côté

Simon Brault has been with the National Theatre School since 1981, and has held a number of key positions there, including Director General as of 1997.

He initiated Journées de la Culture, a massive undertaking first held in 1997 to democratize the arts and culture across Quebec. He’s also a founding member of Culture Montreal and has been its elected chair since its inception in 2002. Since 2007, Simon Brault has also chaired the steering committee that organized the RV07 – Montreal, Cultural Metropolis event. In 2010, he began serving as the cultural driving force that led to the Quebec government to adopt Agenda 21 in 2011.

Mr. Brault is vice-chair of the Canada Council for the Arts, an Officer of the Order of Canada, and an Officier de l’Ordre national du Québec. He’s also been honoured with a CGA fellowship, and the Keith Kelly Award for Cultural Leadership. Lastly, he’s a scientific committee member for the French project Valeur(s) et utilités de la culture, and sits on the International Advisory Board of the Musagetes Foundation.

In 2009, Mr. Brault published his first essay, Le FACTEUR C – L’Avenir passe par la culture, with La Presse / éditions Voix parallèles. FACTEUR C was translated into English by Jonathan Kaplansky and published in 2010 as No Culture, No Future by Cormorant Books. In 2011, the Presses de l’Université du Québec and the Chaire de leadership Pierre-Péladeau published the monograph Simon Brault: Prendre fait et cause pour la culture, co-authored by Laurence Prud’homme, Aurélie Dubois-Prud’homme and Laurent Lapierre.


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