Simon Gamache

Simon Gamache

Consultant, Strategy and Organizational Development | OC Board Member

Simon Gamache is a consultant and arts administrator specialized in change management, partnership development, educational programming and content production. He was the Executive Director of the I Musici de Montréal Chamber Orchestra from 2016 to 2019. He presided over a complete organizational turnaround from the repositioning of the orchestra to the development of a pluriannual strategic plan, as well as a renewal of human resources, digital infrastructure and branding. In previous roles at the Banff Centre, he provided leadership in the planning, growth and renewal of celebrated arts training programs and managed internationally renowned events, such as the Banff International String Quartet Competition which under his management significantly increased its reach both at Banff and online.

He was previously in charge of production at the Montreal music label Analekta where he oversaw the release of close to 40 albums. A freelance musician for over a decade, Simon played with numerous ensembles, performed on several albums and taught music. After completing music degrees from McGill University, he pursued further studies in Norway. He is an Action Canada Fellow, an alumnus of the 2017 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference and was a Leadership Fellow at the 2018 Canadian Arts Summit. He is a member of Orchestras Canada’s board.

Starting fall 2019, Simon will pursue a M.Sc. in social innovation management at HEC Montréal (research profile). In parallel, he has been since summer 2019 a strategic advisor to the Commission scolaire de Montréal in the planning of a new pedagogical and cultural facility in a Montreal borough.