2018 BENEFIT EVENING

Members of the Boards of the National Circus School (NCS) and the honored guests of the Benefit Evening 2018 (order from left to right): Sébastien Guénette, Chair of the Board; Sarah Poole, Teacher, Employees representative; Carol O’Sullivan, board member; Lili de Grandpré, former Chair of the School; David McAusland, former Chair of the Foundation; Robert C. Nadeau, Jocelyn L. Beaudoin and Bernard Petiot, former members of the Board; Éric Langlois, Executive Director; Antonin Wicky and Jérémy Vitupier, graduates 2015; accompanied by the new graduates of the School.
 

Turning passion into daring, a festive evening in support of the next generation of circus arts! 


On Wednesday, June 6th, the National Circus School Foundation celebrated the 26th Benefit Evening, raising $150,090. Proceeds from this event helped make it possible for the School’s 19 graduating students to gain experience in the centre ring. They demonstrated their talent and creativity in two professional-caliber shows. In addition, some funds raised went towards the School Matinee Program. Because of this program, near 4,000 students from Montreal-area elementary and secondary schools can see performances for free or at a reduced rate!
 
More than 400 guests congregated at Tohu to support the newly fledged circus artists and to honor Lili de Grandpré, former Chair of the School; David McAusland, former Chair of the Foundation; Jocelyn L. Beaudoin, David J. Forest, Robert Hoppenheim, Gilles Lapointe, Robert C. Nadeau, and Bernard Petiot, former members of the Board. They were privileged to witness the expertise of the Class of 2018 in the show sapience, directed by Anthony Venisse. 
 


Everyone at the Foundation would like to sincerely thank all donors and partners, Benefit Evening Committee members, Cirque du Soleil management, board members of the School and Foundation, and all the volunteers. Without you, none of this success would have been possible.


150,090 times THANK YOU!
 

LEADING PARTNER
ASSOCIATE
COLLABORATORS

           

 

           

 

$ 5,000 
Lili de Grandpré
RBC Foundation 

$ 2,000 $ - $ 4,999
Anderson Laurin Gestion de 
placements BMO Nesbitt Burns
Bombardier
Cascades Canada
Cirque du Soleil
Devencore
EMM Williams Productions
Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy
Fondation Daniel Lamarre
Fransylval 
IMK 
KPMG
Minicucci Architecte
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada
RailTerm
Rodeo FX 
Stikeman Elliott
Thornton Grout Finnigan
Vézina Assurance 
Amy-Lynne Williams

$ 600 - $ 1 999 $
Action Sport Physio Centre-Ville
Mélanie Allaire
Amalgame Coaching
Amyot Gélinas
Anonyme
Banque Nationale Gestion Privée 1859
Banque UBS Canada
Christiane Bergevin
Roger Berthelot

 

Bruno Bougie
Luc Busquet
Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
Germain Carrière
Dominique Caron
Guy Côté
Chernos Flaherty Svonkin 
Curtis Dawe
Suzanne de Grandpré
Bruno Duguay
EBI Montréal Inc.
Énergir
Oana Frumosu
Gestion Deloitte
Gildan 
Sébastien Guénette
Jolicoeur Lacasse avocats
JTI-Macdonald Corp.
Lavery Avocats
Les 7 doigts de la main
Fany O'Bomsawin
W. Niels Ortved
Carol and Brian O’Sullivan
Outbox Technology
Placements Montrusco Bolton 
Productions Éloize
Québecor Média 
Radiance Média
RES PUBLICA
Services Financiers David Forest
TD Securities
The KCMN Velan Foundation
Martin Thériault
David Torralbo
Frédéric Viger
Willis Towers Watson
Woods

$ 200 and more
Thomas Bachand
Jocelyn Beaudoin
Yves Bergeron
Dentons
Fidelity Investments 
Daniel Gauthier
Éric Langlois and Danielle Dubois
Stéphane Lefebvre
Renault-François Lortie
Optimum Talent
Roch Parent
Diane Quinn
Télésystème 
Maxime Turcotte
Richard Wilson
Tessie Yanez

Goods and services
S.P.I.N.
Vincent Lafleur Traiteur

Partners of the auction
7 doigts de la main
Cirque du Soleil
Cirque Éloize
Domaine Forget
École nationale de cirque
Espacades Memphrémagog
F1
Groupe Germain Hôtels
Hôtels Villegia
Impact de Montréal
Keruig
Restaurants Chez Graziella
Tohu
Train with Mike

Winners of the 2018 auction
Julie Bédard
Cynthia Coutya
Denis Pérreault 
Chantal Desmarteaux 
Dominique Caron
Maxime Florio 
Mark Haas 
Johanne Brunet
Charles Johnston 
Christian Jolivet 
Luc Landry 
Marie-Josée Lemieux 
Marie-Hélène Loranger 
Nadia Luong 
Allaire Mélanie 
Caroline Montminy
Fany O’Bomsawin 
Oana Frumosu
Anne-Marie Papineau 
Roch Parent 
François Prénovost 
Christophe Rousseau 
Simon Dallaire 
Claire Sirois 
Pierre Vézina

 

 

 

 

 

 



Photos

Honorary committee

Claude Bédard
Vice-President
GESTION D’ACTIFS BURGUNDY

Sylvie Bovet
Vice-President
FRANSYLVAL INC.

Jocelyn Côté 
Chief Legal Counsel
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL

Sébastien Guénette
Chair of the School and the Foundation
Director, Legal
JTI – Macdonald Corp.

Éric Langlois
Executive Director
NATIONAL CIRCUS SCHOOL

Catherine Laurin
Vice-President & Portfolio Manager 
BMO NESBITT BURNS INC.

Kristian Manchester
Executive Creative Director
SID LEE

Karl Tabbakh
Managing Partner, Quebec Region
MCCARTHY TÉTRAULT


“The National Circus School has evolved into the Harvard of circus training in North America.”

- Boston Globe