Board of Directors


Stéphane Létourneau | Board Director

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. 

Amélie Laflamme | Treasurer

Experienced CPA, Amélie has over 20 years expertise in finance, team management, and governance, primarily within the technology, service, and nonprofit sectors. She currently serves as Vice-President of Finance, Data, and Compliance at the MUHC Foundation where she blends her passion for robust financial practices with a commitment to philanthropic initiatives supporting medical excellence and research. Her integrity, interpersonal skills, and holistic approach to financial decisions make her an outstanding collaborator.

David Langis | Secretary

Law graduate from the University of Montreal, David has practised entertainment and commercial law for more than ten years in law firms and within private and public organizations. His practice covers intellectual property law, technology law and personality rights, mainly for clients working in the television and cinema industry as well as in multimedia and creative technologies. David has been involved in several non-profit organizations heavily focused on arts and creation and is often invited as a lecturer on various topics relating to copyright, privacy rights and information technology.

Louise Guillemette-Labory | Board Member

Former director of the Bibliothèques 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.

Philippe Lamarre | Board Member

Philippe Lamarre founded and launched his creative studio in 2000. In 2003, he created URBANIA, a quarterly magazine with bold design and tone, which evolved into a multiplatform media brand and resulted in collaborations with Radio-Canada, RDS et La Presse+. Over the years, multiple awards have recognized the quality of his work and his vision. In 2008, Philippe won the Phyllis-Lambert Grant awarded by DesignMontréal, and in 2010, he was named Producer of the Year at the New Media Awards. He currently sits on the boards of directors for the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM), the École nationale de l’humour (ENH) and the Nouveau Théâtre Expérimental (NTE).

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

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).

Marie-Claire Lagacé | Board Member

Marie Claire Lagacé is an interdisciplinary artistic director. With a degree in Industrial Design and over 30 years’ experience, she has been a key collaborator on a broad spectrum of projects across Quebec and internationally, from landmark cultural and artistic creations to unique exhibits and special events. Marie Claire envisions, conceives and develops engaging narrative spaces that draw the audience into rich, immersive experiences. Central to her creative practice is the desire to serve the subject, the concept and the communications strategy.

Francine Yulo | Board Member

Francine Yulo works in pre-production and handles foreign rights inquiries in-house at Drawn & Quarterly. She manages communications with overseas publishing partners and assists with rights sales, acquisitions, and marketing. She has collected comics for nearly thirty years (most of her life), speaks four languages, and holds a Master’s Degree in Translation Studies.

Mélanie La Roche | Executive Director

Mélanie has many years of experience in finances, administration and human resource management. She has been doing accounting for SME for almost 10 years, in addition to her involvement in event planning and logistics. After finishing her studies in visual arts, she completes a bachelor degree in business administration hoping to collaborate on managing cultural and creative businesses. After a few pleasant encounters, she finds herself immersed in the Quebec comics universe in 2015 and, in 2022, she enthusiastically accepts the position of Executive Director of the MCAF. Her vision: spread this universe that she holds dear and contribute to organizing her favourite comics festival.