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

Pierre-Alain Rodrigue, Board Member

Fan of comics for over 25 years, Pierre-Alain has held various positions in the financial sector and in the Non-profit organisation community for over 35 years. Member of the Board of Directors since the first hour at the MCAF, he brings his expertise to the organisation. He has volunteered in the cultural, sports and health sectors, notably with the Canadian Cancer Society. He is currently Senior Director, Business Development, at FCT. 

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

Myriam Lalumière, Board Member

Myriam has a graduate degree in Cultural management (HEC) and a baccalaureate in Production’s strategies (UQAM). She rediscovers Comic arts during her involvement with the Montreal Comic Arts Festival. She has been one of the co-founder and it’s first coordinator. She since worked for a numerous important cultural organisations including the Place des Arts, and works today for Chambly city as a Program and logistic agent – Culture

François Mayeux, Board Member

President and Founder of the MCAF, which he directed from 2011 to 2018, François Mayeux has always been passionate about comics. He has worked in the field of comics in Quebec since 1986 and has produced more than 400 training on comics since 1992. He was the President and Founder of Promo 9e Art and the initiator of the Bédélys Awards in 1999. He has then participated as a researcher and filming coordinator for the BD Cités program. Since spring 2008, he is co-owner and manager of Planète BD bookstore in Montreal. 

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.

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.