Lise Cormier, founder
LISE CORMIER, A LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT WITH A PASSION FOR HORTICULTURE!
Described by her colleagues as a “veritable powerhouse,”
she holds a BA in Landscape Architecture and an MSc in Applied Science from the Université de Montréal.
How the idea of the Mosaïcultures was born
Lise Cormier first got the idea to launch an international mosaiculture competition in 1998. At the time, she headed both the City of Montréal’s Parks, Gardens and Green Spaces Department and the Botanical Garden; mosaiculture, a horticultural art, was practiced primarily under her jurisdiction. Mosaïcultures Internationales Montréal 2000 had the double objective of highlighting the new millennium in an innovative and dramatic fashion while creating a space for international dialogue in the field. The event also had to generate significant tourism and economic impacts for Montréal as well as for the entire horticultural industry in Québec.
Ms. Cormier has since gone on to head the International Mosaiculture Committee, the administrative body of the competition that brings together parks-and-gardens directors from the around the world. She is also Executive Vice-President and General Manager of Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal. Under her leadership, the six competitions to date, held respectively in Montréal (2000, 2001, 2003 and 2013), Shanghai (2006) and Hamamatsu (2009), have attracted more than six million visitors. They have also involved numerous organizations and hundreds of municipalities from some 50 nations.
The spectacular success of Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal since its inception has extended its renown far beyond the framework of the competition. Today the corporation’s services are sought by clients worldwide. Ms. Cormier gets personally involved in the design of the works and at every level of the project.
Ms. Cormier joined the City of Montréal’s public works department in 1984 as supervisor of its 100-person landscape architecture team, at the time Canada’s biggest. Ten years later, she was assigned to head the city’s newly formed Parks, Gardens and Green Spaces Department, which governs municipal green spaces, the bike path network and public spaces as well as the Montréal Botanical Garden and the Scientific Institutions (Biodôme, Insectarium and Planetarium). She held the position until 2002. As department head, she oversaw some 1,200 employees and managed a budget of over $100 M. She also launched the Fondation Marie-Victorin to help preserve the city’s natural heritage for future generations.
She sat on the board of the Société du parc Jean-Drapeau from 2001 to 2004 and on the National Capital Commission’s Advisory Committee on Planning, Design and Realty from 2003 to 2006.
It was during this period that she founded Mosaïcultures Internationales®.
Roles, public recognition and awards
Named “Personality of the Week” by La Presse on two occasions — October 8, 2000 and November 11, 2013 — over the years she has garnered a host of awards and distinctions.