Mélanie Joly
  • Elle Québec Woman of the Year in the “Up and Coming” category (2008)
  • Has served on the board of directors of the Régie des rentes du Québec, Fondation du CHUM and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
Digital development champion
As Minister of Canadian Heritage, Mélanie Joly is responsible for policies supporting Canadian arts and culture, media, official languages, indigenous languages and multiculturalism. She is the Member of Parliament for the Montréal riding of Ahuntsic–Cartierville. A long-time arts and culture advocate, Minister Joly’s policy focus is on the transformation brought on by the digitization of news media, entertainment and cultural industries as well as redefining the role of government in an increasingly digital world. With a heavy focus on cultural diversity and social cohesion, her mandate includes the promotion of Canada’s two official languages, the preservation of indigenous languages and culture, as well as government policies on multiculturalism and pluralism. Minister Joly’s vision is rooted in the belief that arts and culture should no longer be seen as an expense, but as an essential part of any innovation and economic development agenda through investment in key cultural industry sectors. A lawyer by training, Mélanie Joly worked in civil and commercial litigation at major law firms in Montréal before entering the communications field as a managing partner at the Montréal office of international communications firm Cohn & Wolfe. As founder of the municipal political party “Vrai changement pour Montréal,” she ran for mayor of Montréal in 2013. Mélanie’s contribution to her community has received several honours, and her leadership has been recognized in a number of publications, including Les Affaires, La Presse and Elle Québec. In 2010, she became the first Quebecer to receive the Arnold Edinborough Award for her involvement in the cultural sector.
“We believe by investing in arts and culture, that will drive creativity, and that will lead to innovation and growth.”
Mélanie on CBC