Daniel Lamarre

CEO & President of Cirque du Soleil

Daniel Lamarre is a Canadian former journalist and president and chief executive officer of the Canadian entertainment company Cirque du Soleil.

Born in Grand-Mère, Quebec, he graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Arts in communications in 1976. He has been honored with Doctorates from McGill University, and his alma mater the University of Ottawa.

Lamarre began his career as a journalist, then moved on to become the communications director for the Fédération des Caisses Populaires du Centre du Québec. In 1977 he became public relations director for the Canadian media company Cogeco. He worked with the public relations firms Burson-Marsteller (from 1981) and National Public Relations (1984-1997) in various leadership roles including president, and then served as president and CEO of TVA television network, Quebec’s largest private television broadcaster, from 1997 to 2000. He joined Cirque du Soleil in January 2001 at the request of company founder Guy Laliberté, whom he had previously encountered while working with National Public Relations. At Cirque du Soleil, Lamarre’s responsibilities include developing strategies related to business development, operations, sales, the company’s financial sustainability, and the perpetuation of its “culture and values”.

In 2012 he collaborated on the creation of C2MTL Conference, a one-of-a-kind coming together of the creative and business elite of the world.

Daniel Lamarre supports several charities, notably the One Drop Foundation, with its mission to fight poverty by providing access to safe water, as well as Cirque du Monde, a worldwide social circus program targeting at-risk youth. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation since 1994.

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When at corporate events, Daniel is known to cover the following topics:

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  • Entertainment
  • Journalism
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