Nathalie Bondil is the Director General and Chief Curator of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Appointed Chief Curator in 2000 and Director General in January 2007, she has initiated innovative programming with exhibitions designed, produced and circulated by the MMFA that have distinguished the Museum on the international scene.
With the addition of a fourth pavilion to the Museum complex in 2011, Ms. Bondil and her team undertook the study, restoration and reinstallation of some 4,000 works from the Museum’s encyclopedic collection, from world cultures to Old Masters and Canadian and contemporary art. In 2016, the Museum expanded again with a fifth addition, the Pavilion for Peace dedicated to international art and education.
A dual citizen of Canada and France, Ms. Bondil is an art historian by training. She graduated from the École du Louvre and the Institut national du patrimoine, Paris. She has curated many of the exhibitions presented by the Museum, including Metamorphoses: In Rodin’s Studio; Marvels and Mirages of Orientalism: From Spain to Morocco, Benjamin-Constant in His Time; ¡Cuba! Art and History from 1868 to Today; Van Dongen; Painting the Town Fauve; Catherine the Great: Art for Empire; Voyage into Myth: Gauguin to Matisse; the French Avant-Garde from the State Hermitage Museum; Maurice Denis: Earthly Paradise; Picasso Érotique; Hitchcock and Art: Fatal Coincidences.
Nathalie Bondil was elected Personality of the Year in Culture by La Presse (2017), awarded the Médaille de l’assemblée nationale, Québec (2016) as well as being appointed Member of the Order of Canada, receiving the Prix Camille-Laurin (Office Québécois de la langue française) and an honorary doctorate from the University of Montreal (2015).
Ms. Bondil is Vice-Chair of the Canada Council for the Arts and Vice-president of the Société des célébrations du 375 e anniversaire de Montréal.
Jérôme Pruneau holds a Ph.D. in anthropology. He is the executive director of Diversité artistique Montréal (DAM), professor at the university for 10 years, consultant and trainer, and lecturer at UQAM. He puts his skills to work for artists who represent cultural diversity by supporting them in (re)developing their career in Quebec.
He is convinced that interculturality and the wealth of diversity are important issues for any society. He strives to change perceptions and to open minds, advocating in favour of inclusion and equity in all their forms. He works closely with a variety of organizations (municipalities, companies, community groups, etc.) to support them in their transition toward a greater awareness of the “ethnocultural diversity” factor in their organization.
Mr. Pruneau is the author of the essay Il est temps de dire les choses, published in October 2015.
Robert R. Janes
Robert R. Janes is a former museum director (the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, the Science Institute of the Northwest Territories and the Glenbow Museum); an independent scholar-practitioner; the Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Museum Management and Curatorship; a Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Museum Studies (University of Leicester — UK); the founder of the Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice, and a Fellow of the Canadian Museums Association. Janes has worked with Canada’s Indigenous Peoples throughout his career and was given a traditional Blackfoot name in 1995. Working in and around museums for 44 years as a director, consultant, author, editor, archaeologist, board member, teacher, volunteer, philanthropist and activist, Bob has devoted his career to championing museums as important social institutions capable of making a difference in people’s lives. His museum publications have been translated into ten languages. His new book is Museum Activism with Richard Sandell (2019).
Andrew Potts is the coordinator of the International Council on Monuments and Sites’ Climate Change and Heritage Working Group (CCHWG), which works on a variety of initiatives in line with ICOMOS’s view that heritage constitutes an invaluable repository of information and strategies to address climate change, even while those resources must also be safeguarded from climate impacts. Andrew previously served as the ICOMOS Focal Point for the UN SDGs. A lawyer by training, for 20 years Andrew practiced law in the area of financing for sustainable development. Andrew holds a J.D. from Indiana University. He was formerly an Associate General Counsel of the US National Trust for Historic Preservation and is the recipient of the John H. Chafee Trustees Award for Outstanding Achievement in Public Policy.