François Macerola’s in-depth knowledge of the Quebec arts world makes him a highly valued member of Agence QuébéComm’s board of directors. During his prolific career in Quebec’s cultural sector, François Macerola has carved out a special place among those who have helped forge our collective cultural heritage.
François is well known for his contributions to some of the country’s leading cultural organizations and institutions. Over the course of his career, he has worked in a number of disciplines, including film, the circus and the performing arts, helping to shape Quebec’s and Canada’s cultural identities both here and abroad.
François was originally destined for a very different career when he earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology, followed by a law degree from Université de Montréal. But his love of the arts quickly steered his professional life in a different direction when he began working at the National Film Board of Canada, the jewel in Quebec’s cinematic crown. Appointed the director of the French Program in 1976, he soon rose to the position of director general. François went on to become film commissioner and eventually took a seat on the board of directors in 1989.
His introduction to the upper echelons of the cultural world no doubt kindled the unwavering focus on artistic development that followed him as he took on the roles of managing director and vice chair of the board at Malofilm Distribution.
Always committed to the film world, François became the executive director of Telefilm Canada in 1995 and devoted his energy to expanding the organization. Later, he went on to sit on the board of directors from 2001 to 2002.
Keeping one foot in the art world, François reconnected with his academic training, combining his earlier interests with the specialized expertise he had acquired throughout his career. This led to him serving as vice president of legal and commercial affairs for Cirque du Soleil and working for the Department of Canadian Heritage.
From 2004 to 2008, it was Place des Arts’ turn to benefit from his extensive experience when he joined the PdA board. He spent a final five years as president and CEO of SODEC (Société de développement des entreprises culturelles) before taking a well-deserved retirement in 2014.