Being named executive director of the Pôle en arts et créativité numériques in August 2018, Suzanne had served as executive director of Montreal’s École des arts numériques, de l’animation et du design (NAD) since 1999. Affiliated with the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, the school trains emerging professionals in the fields of 3D animation, TV and film post-production, video gaming, design, simulation and visualization, including virtual reality. Suzanne has been active in the culture, education and digital media sectors for over 20 years, contributing significantly to the economic development of these industries across Quebec.
Suzanne currently serves on the Board of Directors of CBC/Radio-Canada since July 2018. She acts as vice-chair on the board of the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) and as board chair for Collège Notre-Dame. She has previously sat on the boards of the Bell Fund (as a director and chair), the Association des écoles supérieures d’art de Montréal (ADESAM), the Consortium en innovation numérique du Québec, Alliance numérique, the CESAM Multimedia Consortium and the Forum des inforoutes et du multimédia.
Suzanne also has extensive international experience, having worked in China, India, the U.S., Italy, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.
To meet the challenges of the future in the visual effects and animation, video game, immersive environments, large-scale digital installations and virtual reality sectors, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education created the Pole in digital arts and creativity in August 2018. The Cluster’s ambition is to provide Québec with a national and international showcase to promote the growth and influence of cutting-edge expertise in the sectors identified.
The Pole is a group in which the driving forces in teaching, research and creation interact with creative digital companies with a common goal: the advancement of knowledge, the quality of training, artistic, scientific and technological innovation in all its forms and the vitality of Québec industry.