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Biographical Note

Mrs Elaine AyotteMs. Élaine Ayotte (BA [Communications], Université du Québec à Montréal, 1987; master’s studies [Communications], McGill University, 1990) worked as a journalist and host on both radio and television for nearly 20 years, including 13 years in television news, as a reporter and anchor for TQS and TVA, helming the main newscasts, as well as for Radio-Canada, where she hosted several shows. In 2009 she was elected as a city councillor for the Montréal borough of Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie, a position she held until 2013. While on city council, Ms. Ayotte was a member of the City of Montréal’s executive committee, where she assumed responsibility for the portfolios of culture, heritage and design. Her duties as a political representative for the Montréal arts and heritage councils, library network, public art and design offices, festivals, Accès culture network and museums led to her involvement in international events related to UNESCO and the United Nations. As co-chair of the Committee on Culture of United Cities and Local Governments, she spoke during a UN General Assembly thematic debate on culture and sustainable development at UN Headquarters in New York on June 12, 2013. She is married and the mother of two young adults.


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