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BAnQ's Chief Executive Officer Leaps Into Education

Montréal, March 22, 2017 - Today, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) is announcing the departure of Christiane Barbe, its current CEO, as she makes the leap into the field of education. Ms. Barbe will become Director General of the Fédération des commissions scolaires du Québec, or FCSQ, on May 29, 2017.

“Ms. Barbe has been an outstanding leader, successfully guiding BAnQ through many transitional periods since she assumed the position in August 2014. Thanks to her initiatives, attendance is growing at all of BAnQ’s public spaces. With characteristic persistence, she has rallied the library and information community around the Declaration of Québec Libraries, a visionary and unifying document which I had the honour of tabling at the National Assembly on October 19, 2016. I would like to acknowledge her exemplary 30-year career in public service in which she has consistently acted with humanity, courage and vision,” said Luc Fortin, Minister of Culture and Communications.

Under Ms. Barbe’s guidance, the ground floor of the Grande Bibliothèque was transformed into a place where patrons can feel at home, and a medialab for teens, officially known as Le Square BAnQ Nationale, was inaugurated. Ms. Barbe ushered in a renewed agreement with the City of Montreal, permitting the Grande Bibliothèque to stay open on Friday evenings. Also, a little over a year ago, it was at her recommendation that the Ministry of Culture and Communications and the City of Montreal entrusted BAnQ with the task of finding a new vocation for the Saint-Sulpice library.

“Helping advance the knowledge society and education has always been a cornerstone of my professional life. I am grateful to have the opportunity of using my skills on such an important government portfolio as education,” said Ms. Barbe.

During her 36 years as a Québec public official, Ms. Barbe has been: President of the Commission de la fonction publique du Québec; Deputy Minister for the Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport from 2009 to 2011; Deputy Minister for the Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition feminine (MCCCF), from 2004 to 2009; and Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for the Regions, also for the MCCCF, from 2001 to 2004.

Ms. Barbe, who holds a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Relations from Université de Montréal, received a post-graduate degree in Public Administration from the École nationale d’administration publique. She is also a member of the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés, an association which awarded her a Professionel émérite award in 2011. Recently appointed President of the Institut d’administration publique de Québec (IAPQ), Ms. Barbe led the BAnQ project that won the Institute’s Rayonnement international Award in 2016 – the third IAPQ award given to a public administration project completed under her leadership.

About BAnQ

As the largest cultural institution in Québec in terms of its attendance and diversified missions, and an essential pillar of the knowledge society, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) has the mandate to offer democratic access to culture and knowledge. To this end, it collects, preserves and promotes Québec's and Québec-related heritage materials, and also provides the services of a major public library. BAnQ carries out its activities in 12 facilities which are open to the public: the Grande Bibliothèque, BAnQ Vieux-Montréal and BAnQ Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie in Montréal; BAnQ Gaspé, BAnQ Gatineau, BAnQ Québec, BAnQ Rimouski, BAnQ Rouyn-Noranda, BAnQ Saguenay, BAnQ Sept-Îles, BAnQ Sherbrooke and BAnQ Trois-Rivières. In January 2016, BAnQ was tasked by the Québec Ministry of Culture and Communications and the City of Montréal with reinventing the Saint-Sulpice Library, located in Montréal.