Prestiguous accolade for Lise Cormier

Published on September 20, 2012 by Échocité
Reproduced in translation

Congratulations go to Lise Cormier following her induction into the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects’ College of Fellows on September 14. A leader in her field, Cormier is a senior Ville de Montréal official who currently serves as Executive Vice-President and General Manager of Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal. Spotlight on the brilliant career of a remarkable woman.

Putting mosaiculture on the map

After founding the horticulture-as-art competition known as Mosaïcultures Internationales® in 2000, Cormier proceeded to head the International Mosaiculture Committee, the administrative body of the triennial event that brings together parks-and-gardens directors from the world’s great cities. She’s currently overseeing preparations for Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal, slated to open in summer 2013.

Under her leadership, the five competitions to date, respectively held in Montréal (2000, 2001, 2003), Shanghai (2006) and Hamamatsu (2009), have attracted more than five million visitors and invoked the participation of numerous organizations and hundreds of municipalities from some 40 nations.

Cormier is no stranger to recognition, having garnered a slew of honours over the years. Named the La Presse Personality of the Week in October 2000, she received the Massachusetts Horticultural Society Gold Medal the following year for bringing Montréal’s Botanical Garden and green spaces to new heights through her leadership and innovation. Her crowning glory came in 2002 when she received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, awarded to Canadians who have made a significant contribution to community and country.

An impressive track record

After graduating from the Université de Montréal with a BA in Landscape Architecture and an MSc in Applied Science, Lise Cormier joined the City of Montréal’s public works department in 1984 as superviser of the landscape architecture team.

Ten years later, she was assigned to head the newly formed Parks, Gardens and Green Spaces Department (which includes the Montréal Botanical Garden and the Scientific Institutions)—a position that brought some 1,200 employees under her jurisdiction. During this time, she launched the Fondation Marie-Victorin, mandated to help preserve the city’s natural heritage for future generations.

Her prominence in the field of landscape architecture attracted the attention of the Ottawa National Capital Commission, which recruited her to sit on its Design, Planning and Realty Advisory Committee from 2003 to 2006. A member of both the Association des architectes paysagistes du Québec (AAPQ) and Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) since 1979, she has also been a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) since 1986.