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Montréal, Friday, May 24, 2019 – On the 143rd anniversary of the inauguration of Mount Royal Park, Mayor of the Borough of Côte-des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Sue Montgomery, and the President of Les amis de la montagne, Peter A. Howlett, C.M., had the pleasure of awarding the Prix du Mont-Royal 2019 to Sylvie Guilbault in recognition of her career dedicated to the protection and improvement of Mount Royal.
 
The ceremony was held at the Institut de tourisme et d'hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ) as part of the Mai: Mount Royal Month programming. Armed with a master’s degree in Urban Planning, a certificate in Industrial Relations and a bachelor’s degree in Recreation, Sylvie Guilbault dedicated her career to Mount Royal. Making her mark first as environmental educator then as forum coordinator, she took on the role of Executive Director of Les amis de la montagne in 1992, a position she held until her departure in 2018.

Sylvie Guilbault has dedicated her professional life to the protection, conservation and improvement of this iconic mountain in the heart of Montréal. Her many achievements include noteworthy actions such as the organization of two summits on issues related to the protection of the mountain, including the 2002 summit that led to the designation of Mount Royal as a Historic and Natural District by the Quebec government. Always a visionary, she was a key driving force behind the creation of the Table de concertation du Mont-Royal in 2005, and her enlightened presence has been a major force in the balance of consensus adopted by the Table ever since. Ms. Guilbault developed an innovative partnership with the City of Montréal for the provision of varied educational and user services in Mount Royal Park, recognized today as an exemplary model at the national and international levels.

Beyond these accomplishments, Sylvie Guilbault achieved recognition as an experienced mobilizer. She successfully established and maintained productive relationships with major institutional owners on the mountain, collaborating organizations as well as municipal, provincial and federal representatives, always for the collective benefit of our Mount Royal.

“As mayor of one of the four boroughs located in the territory of the Mount Royal heritage site, I share a privileged link with the mountain and the citizens whose work contributes to its preservation. We are fortunate to be able to count on the continuous work and collaboration of individuals who set up initiatives and make efforts to ensure the preservation of this jewel located in the heart of the city for the benefit of future generations.” said Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Mayor, Sue Montgomery.

Isabelle Ménard, vice-president, Commercial Banking, TD Bank Group and Chair, TD Friends of the Environment Quebec Advisory Board, emphasized the importance of working together to protect Mount Royal. “We are proud supporters of Les amis de la montagne environmental protection and education programs for the past 14 years. For us, a partnership between municipal authorities and a citizens group such as Les amis de la montagne is a very inspiring management model for large parks across the country.”
 
“Sylvie Guilbault’s imprint on the collective effort to protect and enhance Mount Royal is timeless. Through her diligent participation in all matters concerning Mount Royal over 26 years, she helped develop Montrealers’ collective awareness of the many challenges and riches of the mountain. Thanks to her leadership, she succeeded in rallying the business community and major donors who, through their generosity, raised significant sums that leveraged and stimulated important investment projects with the City of Montréal,” added the President of Les amis de la montagne, Peter A. Howlett, C.M.

In recognition of her work and dedication, Sylvie Guilbault received an original photograph by Stéphan Poulin, winner of the Jury Prize of the 2018 edition of the Mountain in Pictures photo contest.

Honourable mentions awarded to two researchers and experts on Mount Royal
The ceremony was also the opportunity to grant honourable mentions to two specialists whose research and teachings have significantly contributed to the advancement of knowledge on Mount Royal.

A first mention was awarded to Christian Gates St-Pierre, archaeologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the Université de Montréal. An expert on Native American populations of Quebec and Northeastern North America, Mr. Gates St-Pierre is renowned for his research on the Aboriginal presence on Mount Royal.

A second mention was awarded to Pierre Bédard, geologist and lecturer at Polytechnique Montréal, for his research and scientific popularization activities on Mount Royal and the Monteregian Hills. His work has led to a better knowledge and understanding of the geological history of Mount Royal.
Both recipients received a sculpture by Québécois artist Michel Boire made from ash wood recovered from Mount Royal as a result of the emerald ash borer infestation.

Prix du Mont-Royal
The Prix du Mont-Royal honours remarkable individuals or institutions having demonstrated a strong commitment and outstanding actions towards the environmental protection and improvement of Mount Royal. First created in 2005, the Prix du Mont-Royal is an initiative of Les amis de la montagne, to which the City of Montréal is pleased to be associated. The award ceremony is part of May: Mount Royal Month.

Les amis de la montagne is a registered non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and improvement of Mount Royal through community involvement and environmental education.

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Source and information:
Benoit Labbé
Director of Public Affairs Les amis de la montagne
514 239-6435
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