The 2020 Montréal centre-ville awards

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Montreal centre-ville

The Montréal centre-ville awards pay homage to individuals, events, and commercial activities that contribute to making Montreal—and particularly its downtown core—a vibrant place to live and visit.

Montréal centre-ville is a non-profit organization dedicated to making Montreal’s downtown core a vibrant, clean, safe, and world-class place to shop, work, and live. Every year, Montréal centre-ville—a magazine that celebrates the talent and success of Montrealers—hands out six awards.


The TRIBUTE Award recognizes an individual who has contributed to the development of the city, an individual, or a company.

Annik Desmarteau

Vice-President, Offices, Quebec, Ivanhoé Cambridge

Having worked in commercial real estate management for over 25 years, Ms. Desmarteau has vast expertise in the Montreal market. Employed by Ivanhoé Cambridge since 1996, she occupied various posts at the company until she became Vice-President, Offices, Quebec, in 2019.

Johanne Marcotte

Vice-President, National Operations, Shopping Centres, Ivanhoé Cambridge

Johanne Marcotte has been working in commercial real estate for close to 30 years. She currently holds the position of Vice-President, National Operations, Shopping Centres at Ivanhoé Cambridge, where she oversees the activities in retail centres across Canada.

Charles-Antoine Lussier

Senior Vice-President, Residential and Hotels, Ivanhoé Cambridge

Mr. Lussier has worked in the real estate and finance sector for close to 18 years. He joined the ranks of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec in 2002 as an investment analyst with Cadim. After having spent several years at Otéra Capital in the commercial lending sector, he joined the Residential and Hotels business unit in 2011 as Director of Investments. He was promoted to Senior Vice-President, Residential and Hotels, in 2019.
Mr. Lussier is notable for his dynamism, negotiating skills, superior ability to execute, and strong interpersonal qualities.


The COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT Award honours a downtown Montreal entrepreneur from the retail, restaurant, hotel, or event industries whose work stands out from that of their peers.

Normand Ciarlo

Vice-President of Division, Holt Renfrew Ogilvy

Normand Ciarlo acquired his vast professional experience holding senior executive and management positions in the retail and service sectors for companies such as The UCS Group, GAP, Loblaws, Apple, and American Eagle Outfitters, where he was Regional Director of Canada. He joined the Holt Renfrew part of Selfridges Inc. in October 2012 as Divisional Vice-President. He actively participated in the fusion of Holt Renfrew and Ogilvy, making Montreal Canada’s luxury destination; the high-end, 257,000 square foot store opened in June 2020.


The PUBLIC SERVICE Award celebrates the efforts of an individual involved in the public or institutional sector who has contributed to promoting Montreal around the world.

Christian Vermette

General Manager of BIXI MONTRÉAL

As Director of Operations for Stationnement de Montréal from 2007 to 2010, Mr. Vermette was involved in the implementation of Montreal’s self-serve bike system from the very beginning. With his vast experience in operations management, Mr. Vermette is renowned for having developed the company’s operational plan, from first drafts to the maintenance of the installations and collections. From 2010 to 2014, he acted as
Vice-President for the Société de Vélo en Libre Service, overseeing technological services,
procurement, research and development, customer service, and planning and execution of the systems in more than 15 cities, including Montreal, Toronto, New York, London, Chicago, and San Francisco.


The EVENT Award singles out an event, show, or demonstration that generated a lot of buzz, and got the attention of those in charge at Montréal centre-ville.

Alain Simard

Celebrated producer behind many successful concerts, albums, TV shows, and major festivals, Alain Simard strives to make Montreal’s cultural scene shine on an international level. Mr. Simard’s résumé is impressive: founder and crea­tor of three iconic events (Festival international de jazz de Montréal, Francos de Montréal, and Montréal en lumière), and stakeholder involved in the design and layout of Quartier des spectacles and Place des festivals. He is also one of the masterminds behind several cultural enterprises, such as L’Équipe Spectra, Spectrum de Montréal, Audiogram, Métropolis de Montréal, Spectra Musique and, Maison du Festival de jazz.

Jacques Primeau

Director General of Montréal en Lumières, Nuit Blanche, Festival de Jazz International de Montréal, and Francos

Visionary, go-getter, and influencer, Jacques Primeau is a producer and artist manager who has contributed to Quebec’s cultural scene for over 30 years. It is as President of ADISQ that he launched the idea of Quartier des spectacles at Sommet de Montréal in 2002. One year later, he was named Vice-President of the Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles. He held this title until 2012, when he was appointed President of the Board of Directors. In February 2020, Mr. Primeau took over from Jacques-André Dupont as head of festivals for L’Équipe Spectra.

Jacques-André Dupont

President and CEO, C2 International and C2 Montréal

Guided by a keen business sense, this seasoned expert in business communications, marketing and development, is responsible for the success of many of Canada’s major events, including Festival international de Jazz de Montréal, FrancoFolies de Montréal, and Montréal en lumière. Highly respected in the business world,  Mr. Dupont is dedicated to finding and implementing concrete, positive changes. Prior to joining C2, Mr. Dupont was President of L’Équipe Spectra, Executive Vice-President of Groupe CH, and President of X3 Productions.


The EMPLOYER Award acknowledges a business on our territory for its role as an employer as well as the support it provides the downtown community.

La caisse Desjardins du Complexe Desjardins

By bestowing the Employer Award upon la caisse Desjardins du Complexe Desjardins, Carrefour jeunesse-emploi (CJE) Montréal centre-ville wishes to highlight the impact their enriching partnership has on downtown youth. In addition to promoting and supporting a part of the Roulo-Boulo platform, la caisse du Complexe Desjardins is an exceptional employer for young professionals on the job bus, as well as those attending Antisalon. Furthermore, they are greatly involved in our internship program. This employer actively collaborates on the Desjardins Personal Finance – I’m in Charge program, an educational program for young adults that aims to teach them healthy financial habits and show them the importance of being actively involved in their community.


The SOLIDARITY Award highlights the actions of a personality or organization who help improve everyday life for downtown residents.

Jean-François Archambault – La Tablée des Chefs

General Director and Founder, La Tablée des Chefs

Jean-François Archambault created La Tablée des Chefs in 2002. The organization’s mission from Day 1 has always been to socially mobilize chefs and encou­rage them to get involved in the fight to end hunger. Every year, La Tablée des Chefs feeds more than 1 million people thanks to its food recovery program, in addition to working with more than 4,000 youth via various culinary platforms. In the spring of 2020, in response to the urgent food crisis brought on by COVID-19, Mr. Archambault launched Solidarity Kitchen. This initiative, created in collaboration with several partners from the food industry and the support of governments and private benefactors, helped La Tablée des Chefs prepare close to 2,000,000 meals to give to the Food Banks of Quebec.