Montréal, September 25, 2012 — Pointe-à-Callière, the Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Jacques Parisien as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Société du Musée.
Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Astral, and President of Astral Radio, Mr. Parisien had until today been Vice-Chair of the Société’s board. He thus succeeds Ms. Sophie Brochu, President and CEO of Gaz Métro, who held the position for four years, and to whom the Museum would like to extend its most sincere thanks for all the work accomplished during her tenure.
An independent non-profit corporation, the Société du Musée d’archéologie et d’histoire de Montréal, Pointe-à-Callière ensures compliance with the organization’s mission and oversees the management of the Museum. Its board, made up of fifteen members representing various Montréal communities and the City of Montréal, is responsible for deciding on the institution’s general orientation and policies.
Mr. Parisien takes up his post as the Museum continues the celebration of its 20th anniversary with a program of activities and events taking place all year long. The Museum also began a major expansion project last year, Phase 1 of which includes the renovation of the Mariners’ House, scheduled to officially open a few months from now. A longer term Museum project, planned for 2017, is the creation of the Montréal Archaeology and History Complex, an international calibre cultural complex consisting of nine sites in Old Montréal.
Pointe-à-Callière is the only major archaeology museum in all of Québec and Canada; its museum complex rises above a concentrated number of national historic and archaeological sites that illustrate large parts of the history of Montréal, Québec, and Canada. It opened in 1992, on the occasion of the 350th anniversary of the founding of Montréal. Pointe-à-Callière’s mission is to raise awareness and foster an appreciation of Montréal’s history, and to forge bonds with regional, national, and international networks concerned with archaeology, history, and urban issues.