Gaetan Morency, president and CEO of the Grand Théâtre de Québec since 2015, died overnight from Friday to Saturday of a heart attack.
“Gaétan’s sudden passing deeply saddens every member of the Grand Theater team. […] He was appreciated by everyone and knew how to bring out the best in people. “He will be greatly missed,” board president Carol Theberge announced in a news release.
40 years in culture
Born in Montreal, Gaetan Morency studied management at HEC Montréal, before heading into the world of culture – an environment in which he developed for 40 years.
He worked in particular at the Cultural Enterprise Development Corporation (SODEC), and as General Director of ADISQ.
He also collaborated with Cirque du Soleil for 20 years and notably set up a training program there.
Mr. Morency is also the founder of TOHU in Montreal.
The Minister of Culture responds
“What sad news. I met Gaetan a few weeks ago. He still had so much motivation to make our culture shine. His contribution, particularly to Cirque, ADISQ and Grand Théâtre, was remarkable. “This is amazing,” said Mathieu Lacombe, Minister of Culture, Communications, Youth and the Ottawa Region, in his remarks. To Channel X: “My thoughts are with his loved ones, just a few days before Christmas.”
“Amateur entrepreneur. Professional internet expert. Zombie maven. Incurable pop culture scholar.”