CIOC Team

Administrative Team

Thomas Leslie
Thomas Leslie Directeur général / Executive Director

Jean-Willy Kunz
Jean-Willy Kunz Directeur artistique / Artistic Director

Adrian Foster
Development and Artistic Operations Manager

Parker Bert
Logistics Coordinator

Board of Directors

Chairman Emeritus: E. Noël Spinelli, C.M., C.Q.
Co-President: Pierre Goulet*
Co-President: Michel Labonté*
Vice Secretary: Thomas Leslie*

* Members of the executive committee

James Bailey
Bruce D. Bolton
Diana Bradshaw
Heather Clark*
Robert Dutton*
John Grew, C.M.
Joan Fraser Ivory, C.M.

Jean-Willy Kunz*
Louise Laplante
Félix Marzell
Sabine Pletat
Émilie Sichet
Simon Tétreault

E. Noël Spinelli, C.M., C.Q.
E. Noël Spinelli, C.M., C.Q. Président émérite / Chairman Emeritus

As Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Spinelli Auto Group, Mr. Spinelli has been active on the boards of a number of organizations primarily in the area of culture. Some of his past involvements include the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, the Montreal Arts Council, the National Arts Centre, and the Corporation de la Place des Arts. He successfully led a fundraising effort and restored the Casavant organ at l'Église des Saints-Anges in Lachine, where he then founded Les Concerts Spinelli. Mr. Spinelli has received a number of civic honours and awards including the Order of Canada in recognition of his philanthropic activities and the Lescarbot Award presented on behalf of the Government of Canada in recognition of his exceptional contribution to the cultural life in the Montreal area, as well as the Commemorative Medal for the Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II.

Pierre Goulet*
Pierre Goulet* Co-président

Michel Labonté*
Michel Labonté* Co-président

Thomas Leslie*
Thomas Leslie* Vice-secrétaire / Vice Secretary

James Bailey
James Bailey

In his professional life, James Bailey has straddled careers which encompass both the organ and architecture: he undertook his architectural studies at Carleton University, Ottawa. Concurrent to his degree he studied the organ, which he pursued in Paris with André Fleury at the Schola Cantorum and subsequently with Michel Chapuis, Lionel Rogg and Francis Chapelet, and Raphaël Tambyeff. He worked with Arcop Associates of Montreal and Douglas Cardinal Architect Ltd. before moving into private practice. James Bailey Architect is recognized for its work with historic buildings. For over a decade, James held a faculty post in the Architecture Department of Sheridan College. He established the James Bailey Architect Endowment Fund in 2015 James created the Berriman Bailey Foundation under the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act for the support of a number of causes related to his interests. James has had a long association with the Royal Canadian College of Organists and from 2014 to 2016 served as its National President.

Bruce D. Bolton
Bruce D. Bolton

Bruce D. Bolton is a born Montrealer with an avid interest in Music, the Military and Cultural Heritage. A graduate of McGill University (BSc’72), he has served with the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada for close to 45 years. He was Director of the Stewart Museum at the Fort Île Ste-Hélène for more than 25 years before he became Executive Director of the MacDonald Stewart Foundation. As former Chairman of the Worship & Music Committee of the Church of St. Andrew & St. Paul, he takes a leading role in the Music program of the Church, with its magnificent Choir and Casavant Organ.

Diana Bradshaw
Diana Bradshaw

In the 1960s and 1970s, Diana Bradshaw worked as an opera administrator for the Glyndebourne Festival in England. She was married to the late conductor Richard Bradshaw, who, early in his career was an organist and choir director and retained a life-long passion for playing the organ. Her Canadian volunteer work from 1989 to 2013 included the Centennial Infant & Child Centre for children with special needs, the board of a Toronto music-theatre company, and the Cathedral Church of St. James, Toronto, including membership on the music committee.

Heather Clark*
Heather Clark*

Heather Clark has spent her non profit career in building cultural audiences and private sector support. Most recently she was Executive Director of Advancement for the Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, ON (2016-2020) leading a $100 million campaign. Previously, she worked from 1996-2015 for the Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto where she was Director of Marketing and Development and Director of Development and Capital Campaigns, leading campaigns for both concert halls. She is a music grad of McGill University with MBA in arts management from State University of New York.

Robert Dutton*
Robert Dutton*

As president of RONA from 1992 to 2012, Mr. Dutton carried out many operational and structural changes. Under his leadership, this company experienced sustained growth and became the largest Canadian distributor and retailer of hardware, renovation and gardening products. Mr. Dutton has a BBA in Administration, and in 2012, he received an honorary degree from the Université de Montréal. Since 2015, Mr. Dutton has been an associate professor at HEC-Montréal and is the chairperson of the advisory committee for Executive Education.

John Grew
John Grew Directeur artistique émérite (2008-2018) / Artistic Director Emeritus (2008-2018)

John Grew is a leading figure among Canadian organists. He is the University Organist and chair of the organ area at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University. His teaching career has spanned over thirty years. He established the Early Music program, the largest of its kind in Canada. In 2005, he received the Distinguished Teaching Award from McGill University in recognition of his outstanding achievements with his students. He is also the founder and artistic director of the McGill Summer Organ Academy. Among his many accomplishments was his collaboration with Hellmuth Wolff in the planning of the French classical organ at Redpath Hall, one of Montreal's most important concert venues. John Grew was Dean of the Faculty of Music at McGill from 1991 to 1996. John Grew's teachers have included Maitland Farmer, Marilyn Mason, Kenneth Gilbert, Marie-Claire Alain and Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini. He was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and held several Artist Awards from the Canada Council during his studies. In 1970 he was unanimously awarded the First Medal at the Geneva International Organ Competition. He has concertized extensively in Europe and North America both as organist and harpsichordist. He has made numerous broadcast recordings, has appeared as soloist with distinguished chamber orchestras and frequently invited as a guest lecturer. In 1986, John Grew founded, in his native province of Nova Scotia, Musique Royale, an early music festival for which he is still musical advisor. John Grew has received several honorary doctorates, is frequently invited to give master classes and has served on the juries for numerous international competition. His recordings have been received with critical acclaim. John Grew's artistry is best described by a critic for London's "Daily Telegraph" who wrote "...it takes an artist of Mr. Grew's exceptional quality to stress the scale, variety and eloquence of Couperin ... he relishes the music's gravity and boldly-questioning manner."

Joan Fraser Ivory, C.M.
Joan Fraser Ivory, C.M.

Joan Fraser-Ivory was born in Montreal in 1933 where she also got her B.A. at McGill University in 1954. Always active in various Community Associations, Mrs Fraser-Ivory is a member of the Junior League of Montreal since 1951 and has been very involved at the Montreal Museum of Fines Arts, first as president (1962-1963), member of the Volunteer Association, President of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee, member of Les Amis du Musée, President of the 19th Century Acquisitions Committee and member of the Decorative Arts Acquisitions Committee. She also serves on the Schulich School of Music Dean's Advisory Board and was a member of the Board of Directors at the National Ballet of Canada. Joan Fraser-Ivory serves with many Health organisations such as the Montreal Chest Hospital, Royal Victoria Hospital, McGill University Health Centre, and the McGill University Health Centre Foundation.

Jean-Willy Kunz
Jean-Willy Kunz

Artistic Director, 2018-present Jean-Willy Kunz is the first organist in residence of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. In addition to playing both with the orchestra and in recital, he sees to the development and showcasing of the OSM's Grand Orgue Pierre-Béique installed at Maison symphonique de Montréal. Jean-Willy Kunz studied with Louis Robilliard and Mireille Lagacé, as well as at McGill University, where he earned a doctorate with John Grew. He has been a prize-winner at a number of organ competitions, including the Canadian International Organ Competition, where in 2011 he won third prize and the Richard-Bradshaw Audience Prize. His discography includes many recordings which reflect the broad range of his musical influences: organ and orchestra with the OSM; "André Gagnon Baroque" for harpsichord and symphony orchestra; traditional music of the Balkans for saxophones and organ; two masses by Théodore Dubois for chorus and organ; 20th-century French music for harpsichord, flute and clarinet; Québec song with Pierre Lapointe; baroque music with Ensemble Caprice; Christmas music with Marie-Josée Lord; the original score for a number of short films. In September 2015, Jean-Willy Kunz was appointed organ professor at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. Jean-Willy is the second Artistic Director of the CIOC.

Louise Laplante
Louise Laplante

Félix Marzell
Félix Marzell

A first degree from the National School of Violin Making led Felix to move towards custom sound object design, intended for the Performing Arts, before being a designer for the Research and Innovation Centre at Cirque du Soleil. Graduated from the School of Industrial Design at the University of Montreal, Felix Marzell was awarded a scholarship from the Dean of the Faculty for his involvement in the school. Co-founder of DIX au carré, Felix shines in his entrepreneurial skills which have earned the company more than eight awards, including the C2-Mtl Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation contest for emerging entrepreneurs and the 2013 Fondation Montreal Inc.’s Award.

Sabine Pletat
Sabine Pletat

Sabine Pletat studied at the University of Hamburg and graduated in 1988 with a Master's Degree in Law. In addition, in 1986, Mrs. Pletat spent four months in Canada as a visiting student at the University of Toronto. Following the completion of her studies in 1988, Mrs. Pletat began a general law practice in Germany. In addition to her law practice, Mrs. Pletat was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Hamburg Symphony Choir, one of the most renowned choirs in the northern part of Germany. In 2003, Mrs. Pletat moved to Montreal, becoming the General Manager of the Bach-Académie de Montréal and organizes the international Montreal Bach Festival.

Émilie Sichet
Émilie Sichet

Simon Tétreault
Simon Tétreault

President, Casavant Frères

Honorary Patrons

Marie-Claire Alain (1926-2013) (Paris)
Professor and internationally renowned organist

Lucien Bouchard (Montréal)
Lawyer, Prime Minister of Québec from 1996 to 2001

Barrie Cabena (Guelph)
Organist and Composer

Raymond Daveluy (1926-2016) (Montréal)
Organist and Composer

Sir Andrew Davis (Londres)
Musical Director, Lyric Opera of Chicago

Ronald N. Mannix (Calgary)
Businessman and Philanthropist

Kent Nagano (Montréal)
Artistic Director, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal

Richard Bradshaw (1944-2007) (Toronto)
Artistic Director, Canadian Opera Company, and organist

Father Fernand Lindsay (1928-2009) (Joliette)
Pedagog and Founder of the Festival international de Lanaudière, Founding member of the Canadian International Organ Competition