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Rafael Payare et les musicien.nes de l’OSM au Royal Festival Hall (South Bank Center), Londres le 28 octobre 2022 ©AntoineSaito

The Foundation focuses on three main areas: the long-term success of the Orchestra, its international recognition, as well as the maintenance and development of activities in the community.

Under the presidency of Madame Hélène Desmarais, the OSM Foundation was publicly launched on April 2, 2009, at the Bell Centre on the occasion of a benefit event entitled “Meeting of the Century.” That memorable concert, which took place under the direction of Maestro Kent Nagano before an audience of 15,000, was also conceived to underscore the 75th anniversary of the OSM and the centenary of the Montreal Canadiens hockey club.

The goal of the first phase of the major fundraising campaign was to capitalize in perpetuity $60 million in donations in the OSM Foundation – a goal that was achieved!

The OSM Foundation

The Pierre-Béique Fund, dedicated to the long-lasting success of the Orchestra, was launched on March 8, 1998, at a concert under the direction of Zubin Mehta. Established by Messrs. Pierre Brunet and Paul Desmarais and Senator E. Leo Kolber, the fund was named in honor of the man who served as general manager of the OSM from 1937 to 1970. The amounts invested in this fund are capitalized in perpetuity and protected from inflation. Every year, the foundation pays the Orchestra 3.5% of the average market value of the investments of the previous two years.

Those amounts are devoted to the international reach of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, not only by financing its tours but also by enabling the OSM to invite, every year, the world’s most renowned soloists and conductors. Among other things, these sums have contributed to helping the OSM perform as part of the prestigious Salzburg festival (2018) and on a Nunavik Tour (2018), as well as in Europe, in 2019, in Germany, Belgium and France most prestigious concert halls.

The 2019 Tour of the Americas by the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal under Maestro Nagano, from September 28 to October 16, was the most recent of many such tours made possible through the support of the Fondation de l’OSM. After six years of absence from Latin American stages, the OSM made a distinctive comeback, touching audiences in eight different major concert halls with their own unique sound. The tour was a huge success for the OSM, confirming its status as one of the major orchestras of North America and a representative of Montreal’s cultural vitality.

Created in 2008, the capitalized outreach fund “Branché sur la communauté” has as its goal the holding of annual activities aimed at making the classical orchestral repertoire accessible to the broader Montreal community. As soon as sufficient investment income from this capital became available, free concerts were presented: one in Montreal North (2014), and another on the Olympic Park Esplanade (2015).

10 million and over
Government of Canada
Rio Tinto Alcan

5 million and over
Power Corporation du Canada
Sojtecci II Ltée

2 million and over
Fondation J. Armand Bombardier
Mécénat Placements Culture

1 million and over
Banque Nationale Groupe financier
BMO Groupe financier
Fondation Jeunesse-vie
Fondation Mirella et Lino Saputo
Guillevin Interntional cie
RBC Fondation

$500,000 and over
Bell Canada
Nussia & Andre Aisenstadt Foundation

$250,000 and over
Fondation Kolber
Imperial Tobacco Foundation
Succession Michel A. Taschereau

$150,000 and over
Astral Media Inc.
Chaussures Browns Shoes
Birks Family Foundation
Cogeco Inc.
Mel et Rosemary Hoppenheim et Famille
Guy M. Drummond, Q.C. Charitable Foundation
Succession Lambert-Fortier

$100,000 and over
Alvin Segal Family Fondation
Mr and Mrs Aaron Fish
Fondation J. Louis Lévesque
Fondation Denise et Guy St-Germain
Fondation Molson
Fonds Ernst Pleines
Le Mouvement des Caisses Desjardins
Seamont Foundation
Succession Rosemary Bell

$50,000 and over
Administration Portuaire de Montréal
M. Edouard D’Arcy
Fonds de Solidarité FTQ
Georges C. Metcalf Charitable Foundation
Omer Deserres

$25,000 and over
M. Pierre Béique
Fondation P.H. Desrosiers
Guy Joron et Hugo Valencia

$10,000 and over
Association de Musiciens de l’OSM
Association de Musiciens de l’OSM 2011-2012
Bita & Paolo Cattelan
Copap Inc.
Merck Canada Inc.
Norton Rose Canada S.E.N.C.R.L.,S.R.L./LLP
M. David Sela
Succession Robert P. Gagnon


With the participation of the Government of Canada
and of the government of Quebec


Board of directors

Founder, Chairman of the Board of the Fondation de l’OSM
Hélène Desmarais, C.M., L.L.D
Centre d’entreprises et d’innovation de Montréal

Chief Executive Officer of the OSM
Madelaine Careau
Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
Fondation de l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal

Charles-Étienne Borduas
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada S.E.N.C.R.L., s.r.l./LLP

Edouard D’Arcy

Claude Chagnon
Fondation Chagnon

Lucien Bouchard
Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg S.E.N.C.R.L., s.r.l.

Jacques Nantel
Professeur émérite HEC

Sophie Brunnette, CPA
Orchestre symphonique de Montréal

Guy Fréchette

Claude Gilbert

Richard Guay

Maxime Lataille
Orchestre symphonique de Montréal

Andrew Molson
Groupe conseil RES PUBLICA

Guylaine Saucier, C.M., FCA

David B. Sela
Président, Copap Inc.

Jonathan Tétrault
Sagard Holdings

Nathalie Tremblay, Ph.D, M.B.A.
Gestion Névé Inc.


Investment Committee
President: Richard Guay
Members: Édouard D’Arcy, Mario Delisle, Hélène Desmarais, Maurice Marchon, Sébastien Roy

Audit Committee
President:  Guy Fréchette
Members: Édouard D’Arcy, Claude Gilbert, Michel Rioux, Guylaine Saucier

Finance Committee
President: Hélène Desmarais
Members: Madeleine Careau, Édouard d’Arcy


The Fondation de l’OSM wishes to acknowledge the outstanding contribution of the late Mr. Pierre Brunet (Former president of the Pierre-Béïque Fund) and of the late Mr Jacques Bourgeois (former president of the Investment Committee) to the organisation.

By phone : 514-840-7425