An art historian and arts administrator, Manon Blanchette is the Chief Operating Officer of Pointe-à-Callière, the Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History. She previously held several positions at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, including Chief Curator and Director of Communications and Marketing. She also served as Director and Acting Curator of Walter Phillips Gallery in Banff, Alberta, and as a Cultural Advisor at the Canadian Embassy in Paris, where she headed the Canadian Cultural Centre. An expert in Bill Viola’s art, she has written many works and articles on contemporary art. Manon Blanchette holds a D.E.A. (Paris, 1984) and a PhD in arts studies and practices (UQAM, 2003), and has received the titles of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres (France, 1992) and Woman of Distinction (Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, 1997). In 2012, she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Having chaired and sat on numerous boards, she is currently on the boards of the Conseil des arts de Montréal and ETC MEDIA.