Board of Directors

MCAF

Louise Guillemette-Labory, Board Director

Former director of the Biblitothèques de Montréal from 2002 to 2015, she has carried out, since the start of her retirement, mandates for the Association des bibliothèques publiques du Québec (ABPQ), the cities of Laval and Brossard as well as for the Bibliothèques et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) in addition to assuming a course load at the School of Library and Information Sciences of the University of Montreal. She also sits on a few boards of directors including the Literacy Foundation, Lire et faire lire and of course the Montreal Comic Arts Festival 

She is passionate about reading, libraries and… jazz!

Stéphane Létourneau, Secretary

Vice-President, Partnerships and Corporate Affairs of Mila – Quebec Institute of Artificial Intelligence, Stéphane Létourneau has worked for many years on scientific research in the academic world, and before, he was a partner in a pan-Canadian law firm. In addition to the MCAF, he is a member of the board of directors of the Atlantic Cancer Research Institute. 

Christine Meslin, Treasurer

After studying to become a CPA, Christine has over ten years of experience in the manufacturing sector as a financial analyst when she decides to combine business with pleasure by reorienting herself in the cultural sector. Working in the administration of the Festival TransAmériques (FTA), she now contributes to support artists and arts with her skills in management and budget planning. Christine also sits on the board of directors of the creative company 14 Lieux

Luc Bossé, Board Member

With a solid background in graphic design, Luc Bossé decided in 2010 to found Éditions Pow Pow. In ten years, the independent house forged itself a special place in the world of Quebec comics. In 2015, the publisher created the English division Pow Pow Press to translate and export its catalog to English Canada, as well as to the United States. Since 2016, the house’s books have been distributed across French-speaking Europe. Luc Bossé is involved in the boards of directors of MCAF and the Association of English-language Publishers of Quebec. He also illustrated Yves, le roi de la cruise and Yves, fidèle à lui-même (scenarios by Alexandre Simard) and he is the author of the comic book Comment faire de l’argent

Jan-Nicholas Vanderveken, Board Member

For Jan-Nicolas, a leader’s role is to reward bold ideas and to create a culture where employees aren’t afraid to fail. When he founded TP1 in 2005, Jan-Nicolas wanted to bring the industry’s most promising talents together. As CEO of Havas, he continued to provide his teams with the creative framework they need to innovate, as well as strategic orientations based on his in-depth knowledge of technology, communications, design, and gaming. Jan-Nicolas is an active member of the business community, both as a speaker and as a board member. As part of his passion for culture and innovation, he has contributed to projects such as je vois mtl and the Quebec delegation at SxSW, as well as artistic endeavours by Festival TransAmériquesLa Maison Théâtre and the St-Ambroise Fringe Festival. He is also the instigator of Lunch Beat Montréal.

Julia Pohl-Miranda, Board Member

Julia Pohl-Miranda grew up in Toronto and has lived in Montreal since 2004. She began working at Drawn & Quarterly as an intern in 2008, after completing a Bachelor’s Degree in English and French literature at McGill University. She is the marketing director for Drawn & Quarterly. Julia has been a member of the board since 2019.

Michel Viau, Board Member

Michel Viau is an author, essayist, teacher, lecturer, and researcher specializing in the comic arts. A native of Montréal, Michel has accumulated an encyclopedic knowledge of Quebecois comics. Former editor in chief of Safarir and director of comics at 400 Coups, Michel has also taught writing at the National School of Humor and comic book history at the University of Quebec in Outaouais. He is also the author of multiple comic book titles including L’Affaire Delorme and  Blass : Le chat sur un toit brûlant (Glénat Québec) and the series MacGuffin et Alan Smithee with Ghislain Duguay (Tiroir).

Patrice St-Amour, Board Member

Patrice St-Amour is a communication and marketing specialist, who masters the different approaches and strategies related to communication. As a multidisciplinary professional, he brings to the Board relevant expertise acquired throughout his career, such as his participation in the deployment of Radio-Canada’s literary strategy, in addition to his involvement in managing private funding teams with cultural organizations, to name a few. Recognized for being an impact manager, he has a vast network of collaborators who will be invited to support and engage in the festival activities.

Johanne Desrochers, General Director

Johanne has over twenty-five years of experience working with small and cultural companies. She has a great knowledge of areas related to strategic planning, human resources management, business development and budget monitoring. Involved in her community, she has been administrator of various social and community organizations, as she is for example the chair of the Board of the Autism Foundation.