Lise Cormier : Gardening on a grand scale!
Lise Cormier fell under the spell of mosaiculture during a visit to Harbin, China, where she saw a work representing three doves that stood over 40 feet high. Wishing to bring the spectacular horticultural art form to Québec, she founded the Mosaïcultures Internationales® competition in 2000. She currently heads the International Mosaiculture Committee, which oversees the competition and brings together parks and gardens directors from the world’s great capitals. She is also Executive Vice-President and General Manager of Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal. Under her leadership, the five competitions held in Montréal (2000, 2001, 2003), Shanghai (2006) and Hamamatsu (2009), brought together more than 40 countries and hundreds of cities and other organizations as participants and attracted more than 4 millions visitors. Actually, she is working on the organization of the next Mosaïcultures Internationales Montréal 2013.
She was Personality of the Week at La Presse, October 8, 2000. In 2001, she received from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, the Gold Medal in recognition of her leadership, her innovative and creative ideas which brought the garden and green spaces of the City of Montréal to a high level of excellence. In 2002, she received a Gold Medal commemorating the Jubilee of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth the II, given to fellow Canadians who make a significant contribution to their citizens, their community and to Canada.
Holder of a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture and a Master’s Degree in Applied Science from the University of Montréal in 1977 and 1984, Mrs Lise Cormier is member of the “Association des architectes paysagistes du Québec” and the “Canadian Society of landscape Architects” since 1979. She is also member of the “American Society of Landscape Architects” since 1986.
Recruited by the City of Montréal, in 1984, for supervising the landscape architecture team of Public Works Department, she will be the first Director of the new Park, Garden and Green Space Department of the City of Montréal from 1994 to 2002, with an annual operation budget of $100 M and a team of more than 1200 employees during peak periods. The Department included the Montréal Botanical Garden and the Scientific Institutions. During this time, she created the Fondation Marie-Victorin for the development of nature and science, thus contributing to bringing into prominence and preserving the natural heritage for our youths.
She also served on the Advisory Committee of Design and Planning of the Ottawa National Capital Commission from 2003 to 2006.
On September 14, 2012, she was inducted into the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects’ prestigious College of Fellows.