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.