Having received a registered charity in 2017, The 7 Fingers Foundation is pursuing three campaign goals : 

• To support the creation, production and dissemination of innovative works;
• To equip the new Creation and Production Centre wiith state-of-the-art equipment and technology
• To give back to the community by offering creative residencies, artist mentoring, workshops, classes, symposiums and other learning activities.

 

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Board members
President of the Foundation
François Dépelteau

A civil engineer with a master’s degree in project management, François Dépelteau has over 35 years of experience in the building sector, ranging from property and facility management to real estate development. He’s held managerial positions in corporations of national and international scope, and was a pioneer in the development of subcontracting in infrastructure and facility management in Canada. Projects of all types have been realised under his direction and supervision, including numerous industrial and prestigious office buildings in Canada, as well as hospitals, commercial buildings, and laboratories. François Dépelteau served as President and Chief Executive Officer at ENGIE Services Inc., until 2017 a subsidiary of the ENGIE Group. ENGIE Services Inc. oversees the operation and maintenance of technical installations of buildings of all types, with projects totalling more than 25 million square feet in North America. Mr. Dépelteau has successfully established ENGIE’s role in the operation and maintenance of airport systems, as well as in numerous P3 projects in Canada and the United States. Long active in various professional associations, Mr. Dépelteau is also involved in many community and charity organisations. He is Président of FD Consultant Inc. since January 2017.

Treasurer of the Foundation
Thomas Lightburn

Thomas Lightburn had a longtime career in the film and entertainment business both in Canada and around the world. He started and was the principal of several Canadian film distribution companies, film exhibition companies, and theatrical presentation enterprises. He was the North American producer of Sing a Long Sound of Music, Slava’s Snow Show, the original Spiegeltent in New York City and has worked with the 7 fingers of Montreal in avariety of capacities over the past ten years. On the side, he has been the founding investor in several B.C. based technology start ups such as Azure Dynamics, Radient Technologies,amongst many others, and is currently the Chairman of Mazza Innovations... A long term resident of Vancouver, he is active in the community, has sat or is sitting on a variety of nonprofit Boards and is an active basketball coach at Kitsilano High School.

Board member
Richard Stursberg

Richard Stursberg has spent his career working in broadcasting, film, television and program production in both public and private capacities. He was Assistant Deputy Minister, Culture and Broadcasting at the federal department of Communications, President of the Canadian Cable Television Association, CEO of Starchoice and Cancom (now Shaw Direct), Chairman of the Canadian Television Fund, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada and head of English services at the CBC. He is currently the head of Aljess. His new book, The Tower of Babble was published by Douglas and MacIntyre in April, 2012. It was named by the Globe and mail one of the best books of the year.

Vice-President, Corporate Affairs Ubisoft
Francis Baillet

An actuary and Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, Francis Baillet was Vice-President of Human Resources at Ubisoft Divertissements from 2007 to 2013. Since April 2013, Francis now is now Vice-President, Corporate Affairs. The organization currently employs over 4,000 people in its studios in Canada (in Montreal, Quebec, Saguenay, Piedmont, Halifax and Toronto). Francis has twenty years of experience in human resources management. He was Vice-President, Human Resources and Corporate Affairs at Bell Business Solutions (previously known as Nexxlink Technologies). He also was Director of Global Compensation for North America at Rexel, Director of Benefits at Westburne and a pension consultant at Towers Perrin. Francis is a board member of Montréal International, KnowledgeOne – an e-learning solutions provider, Bleu Blanc Tech – a bridge between Montreal and the communities of French Tech start-ups, Alliance numérique – the Québec video game association and The 7 Fingers Creation Collective.

Board member
Annie Rainville

Having worked in circus arts, among other fields, since 1996, Annie Rainville continues today as the Financial Performance Director of Groupe Lune Rouge.

Inspired by innovation, by creativity, and by human beings as drivers for change, she approaches each of her mandates with agility and commitment.

Her academic background in management science at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and at McGill University have provided her with work methodologies. She garnered further business knowledge working with Cirque du Soleil — a desert flower whose international influence has grown from an emerging company to an international player — where she was able to participate in major projects in the financial and technology sectors.

Today, her talent is invested in putting forward this creative energy through various innovative projects with Groupe Lune Rouge.

 

Vice-president of the Foundation
Nassib El-Husseini

Political scientist, author (L’Occident Imaginaire,PUQ Editions), advisor and volunteer for dozens of national and international organizations, Nassib fell under the charm of a modern day tribe: Les 7 doigts de la main. He ran away with the circus, as the saying goes, and took on the general direction of this jewel of the Montreal stage. M. El-Husseini is currently President of the International Exchange for the Performing Arts (CINARS). He sits on the boards of the Conseil des arts de Montréal (CAM), the National Theatre School of Canada and the Société des arts technologiques.

Board member
Eric Batiot
Board member
Isabelle Chassé

Isabelle is co-founder and co-artistic director of The 7 Fingers. She codirected Loft, La Vie, Vice & Vertu and Temporel, and was featured in all of these shows. She also codirected Reversible, the third piece of Triptyque, Amuse un Dia (2013), participated in the Fibonacci Project and assisted the directors on Psy and Amuse (2012). Isabelle has directed many special events, including the lighting of Montreal’s Vitrine Culturelle for its inauguration. In 2013, she served on the jury of Quebec’s “Conseil des arts et lettres“. Isabelle is the aerial coach on most of our productions and the link between the artistic directors and administrators of the company. In 2015 she codirected the acrobatics in Moby Dick directed by Dominic Champagne.

Secretary of the Foundation
Danielle Sauvage

Danielle Sauvage
Cultural management consultant


In 2015, Danielle Sauvage became Director of the  Foundation Les 7 doigts de la main,  the fund-raising arm of the world-renowned circus company based in Montréal. 


From 2002 to 2013, she was executive director of the Conseil des arts de Montréal, a para-municipal organization that supports artistic creation, production and distribution by some 400 cultural companies in Montréal. She is an experienced manager of cultural institutions and was at one time  in charge of the Canadian Centre for Architecture Foundation. For fourteen years (1987-2001), she held the position of director of communications and development at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.


A graduate in political science from the Université de Montréal, Danielle Sauvage is a board member of a number of non-profit organizations, including the Foundation of Greater Montreal, the Festival Trans-Amériques (FTA), Le Cube, centre international de recherche et de création en théâtre pour l’enfance et la jeunesse, and the Fondation Guido Molinari.  Founding member of Culture Montréal, she is also a Community Board Member of TELUS Montreal, a member of CECI’s (Centre d’étude et de coopération internationale) Club des Ambassadrices, and a member of the HEC cultural mentoring program. In 2017, she was appointed commissioner of the Office de consultation publique de Montréal.


Danielle Sauvage was nominated Knight of the Ordre du Québec in June 2018.

Financing campaign
Guy Laliberté, honorary patron

Our financing campaign has been launched on February 6th, 2018 in the presence of M. Guy Laliberté, founder of Lune Rouge and Cirque du Soleil.

"This collective is a wonderful example of Montreal’s creativity, shining on both national and international stages. A story of friendship and of passion links me to Les 7 Doigts, who I have been following since their very beginning, 15 years ago. It is vital for me to encourage creation in order to enable the development of art here. That is why it gives me great pleasure to support Les 7 Doigts in the accomplishment of their mission,”

Other donors, including Investissements Québec, Daniel Gauthier, Gilles Ste-Croix, and the Caisse d'économie solidaire have also pledged to contribute to the campaign which, to date, has raised donations and pledges totalling $1.5 million towards its $5 million campaign goal.

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M. Guy Laliberté Statement

Our financing campaign was launched on February 6th, 2018 in the presence of Mr. Guy Laliberté, founder of Lune Rouge and Cirque du Soleil.

"This collective is a wonderful example of Montreal’s creativity, shining on both national and international stages. A story of friendship and of passion links me to Les 7 Doigts, who I have been following since their very beginning, 15 years ago. It is vital for me to encourage creation in order to enable the development of art here. That is why it gives me great pleasure to support Les 7 Doigts in the accomplishment of their mission,”

Other donors, including Investissements Québec, Daniel Gauthier, Gilles Ste-Croix, and the Caisse d'économie solidaire have also pledged to contribute to the campaign which, to date, has raised donations and pledges totaling $1.5 million towards its $5 million campaign goal.

 

The 7 Fingers - Milestones

Since creating their first show, Loft, in 2002, Les 7 Doigts have come a long way.
Today, after almost two dozen “homemade” productions and numerous large-scale collaborations, the collective has become one of the most active Quebec organizations on the international stage.

Ambassadors Club

The 7 Fingers are looking to join forces with business leaders who will become friends, to help support the collective in its long-term development and to share the joys of sustainable growth.

Each of the 7 ambassadors will be paired with one of The 7 Fingers, fostering close links between each pair. Meetings with the creators and artists, attendance at rehearsals, tickets to shows around the world, as well as frequent opportunities to meet and share conversations, have a good meal and enjoy a good time together: everything is laid out for these ambassadors to embark on an enriching adventure. If, at the same time, they succeed in enriching the fundraising campaign, so much the better!

 

Ambassadors
Executive Director of the Caisse d'Économie Solidaire
Marc Picard
Since 2013, the Caisse d’économie solidaire’s General Director, Marc Picard, has headed Quebec’s leading financial institution specializing in social economy. Managing over $ 1.8 billion, part of which is dedicated to cultural enterprises, he works alongside more than 100 unionized employees in 3 points of service with a participatory approach in mind. His financial cooperative is made up of over 15,000 members throughout Quebec. In the past, Mr. Picard’s social entrepreneurship has been noteworthy in terms of mobilization, consultation, organization and strategic management. From 2008 to 2013, notably with the Fonds de développement-emploi Montréal (FDEM), he substantially transformed specialized services in business management offered within the social economy, particularly in the management of those experiencing rapid growth. Marc Picard is primarily a practitioner. But he is also a man of reflection holding a master's degree in management from ENAP (University of Public Administration). Bachelor of urban planning as well as training manager, Mr. Picard is experienced in systematic approaches that he reconciles with technical skills and social goals.
Producer
Thomas Lightburn
Thomas Lightburn had a longtime career in the film and entertainment business both in Canada and around the world. He started and was the principal of several Canadian film distribution companies, film exhibition companies, and theatrical presentation enterprises. He was the North American producer of Sing a Long Sound of Music, Slava’s Snow Show, the original Spiegeltent in New York City and has worked with the 7 fingers of Montreal in avariety of capacities over the past ten years. On the side, he has been the founding investor in several B.C. based technology start ups such as Azure Dynamics, Radient Technologies,amongst many others, and is currently the Chairman of Mazza Innovations... A long term resident of Vancouver, he is active in the community, has sat or is sitting on a variety of nonprofit Boards and is an active basketball coach at Kitsilano High School.
Financial Performance Director of Groupe Lune Rouge
Annie Rainville
Having worked in circus arts, among other fields, since 1996, Annie Rainville continues today as the Financial Performance Director of Groupe Lune Rouge. Inspired by innovation, by creativity, and by human beings as drivers for change, she approaches each of her mandates with agility and commitment. Her academic background in management science at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and at McGill University have provided her with work methodologies. She garnered further business knowledge working with Cirque du Soleil — a desert flower whose international influence has grown from an emerging company to an international player — where she was able to participate in major projects in the financial and technology sectors. Today, her talent is invested in putting forward this creative energy through various innovative projects with Groupe Lune Rouge.
February 6 - Launch of the campaign