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Gaetan Morency

Gaétan Morency

Vice-President, Global Citizenship

Throughout his career Gaétan Morency has always insisted upon the importance of cultural activities as a lever for economic and social development as well as upon the primary role creators need to play in the community.

Gaétan Morency is a member of Cirque du Soleil’s Executive Forum. Part of Cirque du Soleil management [...] since 1992, he has held the positions of Vice-President, Planning and Development, and Vice-President, Planning and Public Affairs. In these capacities, he was responsible for strategic planning and organizational development, as well as for cultural and social action programs and Cirque du Soleil’s relations with the government. His current mandate is to develop the organization’s citizenship in a sustainable way, to support social responsibility initiatives throughout the organization, to maintain and develop relationships with the cultural, community, governmental and business milieus, and to implement the organization’s cultural and social action programs.

Holder of bachelor’s and master’s degrees in management science from Montreal’s École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC), Gaétan Morency has worked for more than 30 years in the cultural field and for cultural organizations. He has sat on several consulting and advisory committees in the arts and culture, and is regularly invited by numerous public and private institutions, namely in the business, education as well as health & social services milieus, to deliver speeches regarding managing innovation and social responsibility. He recently delivered speeches at the Skolkovo School of Management in Moscow, at the 9th China Arts Festival in Guangzhou and at the Council of Economic Sciences in Buenos Aires.

Gaétan Morency began his career as a producer of shows and other cultural events, and then worked for four years as a financial analyst and development agent with SODICC, a public cultural and communications development agency. Prior to joining Cirque du Soleil, he spent five years as the general manager of ADISQ, Quebec’s association of the recording, concert and video industry.

In addition to his functions at Cirque du Soleil, Gaétan Morency is a founding member and vice-president of the executive board of Culture Montréal. Since April 2010, he is also on the executive board of the Montreal Arts Council. He was on the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal’s executive board for six years, three of which as Vice-president, and was on SODEC’s (Société de développement des entreprises culturelles) executive board as Vice-President for nine years.

Gaétan Morency was named La Presse and Radio Canada’s Personality of the Year 2004 in the Business, administration and institutions category, for the creation of TOHU, of which he is president and founder. In August 2010, he was named Personality of the Week for the creation of the new Montreal complètement cirque Festival.

September 2010

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David Saint-Jacques

David Saint-Jacques

Astronaut, Canadian Space Agency (CSA)

Personal Data: Born on January 6, 1970, in Quebec City, Canada, and raised in Saint-Lambert near Montreal, Canada. He is married and has one child. He is a lifelong mountaineer, cyclist, skier and passionate sailor. He also holds a commercial pilot license. Saint-Jacques is fluent in English and French and has basic knowledge of Russian, Spanish and Japanese.[...]

Education: Saint-Jacques earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Engineering Physics from École polytechnique de Montréal, Canada (1993). He earned a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Cambridge University, UK (1998), where his studies included theoretical work on astronomical observation and design, fabrication and commissioning of instruments for the Cambridge Optical Aperture Synthesis Telescope and for the William Herschel Telescope in the Canary Islands. He earned his M.D. from Université Laval in Quebec City, Canada (2005), and completed his family medicine residency at McGill University in Montreal, Canada (2007), where his training focused on first-line, isolated medical practice.

Organizations: Collège des médecins du Québec, College of Family Physicians of Canada, Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec, International Society for Optical Engineering, Life Fellow of the Cambridge Philosophical Society.

Special Honours: Canada Millennium Scholarship (2001 to 2005), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Post‑doctoral Fellowship (1999 to 2001), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada "1967" Science and Engineering Scholarship (1994 to1998), Canadian Space Agency Supplement Scholarship (1994 to 1998), Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Honorary Scholar (1994 to 1998), United Kingdom Overseas Research Student Award (1994 to 1998), Canada Scholarship (1989 to 1993).

Experience: Prior to joining the Canadian Space Program, Saint-Jacques was a medical doctor and the Co-chief of Medicine at Inuulitsivik Health Centre in Puvirnituq, Canada, an Arctic village on Hudson Bay. He also worked as a Clinical Faculty Lecturer for McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine, supervising medical trainees in Nunavik. Saint-Jacques began his career as a biomedical engineer, working on the design of radiological equipment for angiography. His broad scientific background also includes astrophysics and medical training. His postdoctoral research included the development and application of the Mitaka Infrared Interferometer in Japan and the Subaru Telescope Adaptive Optics System in Hawaii (1999 to 2001), after which he joined the Astrophysics group at Université de Montréal. His international experience also includes engineering study and work in France and Hungary and medical training in Lebanon and Guatemala.

NASA Experience: Saint-Jacques was selected in May 2009 by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and has moved to Houston to be one of 14 members of the 20th NASA astronaut class. In 2011, he graduated from Astronaut Candidate Training that included scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in International Space Station systems, Extravehicular Activity (EVA), robotics, physiological training, T-38 flight training, Russian language and water and wilderness survival training. Since graduation, he has been assigned to the Robotics Branch of the Astronaut Office. In October 2011, he participated in the underwater mission, NEEMO 15 (NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations).

David Saint-Jacques' presentation will be done virtually/via a web conference.

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