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André DelambreAfter receiving a degree in business administration from HEC Montréal in 1966, André Delambre began working as a chartered accountant for Courtois, Fredette, Charette, CA.

Before his work-term was over, the 24-year-old accountant’s abilities had already impressed one of the firm’s clients. He went on to work as Chief Accountant for La Prévoyance from 1968 to 1975 and, subsequently, as Assistant Comptroller for Laurentian Trust.

He taught accounting part-time for four years at the Institut d’assurances du Québec and the Cégep du Vieux Montréal and he was a member of the Board of Directors at the Institut for eight years.

Starting in 1970, for the next 25 years, Delambre made a name for himself in Quebec’s business community as both Chair of the Credit Committee and Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Caisse Populaire in Fabreville.

He was instrumental in bringing the Desjardins Group to the community of Laval. With skill and tireless dedication, he created a business network that enabled him to return to private practice in 1976 as associate founder of the firm that would become Carrière, Delambre, Laflamme, Lemyre, CA.

His reputation and expertise attracted the attention of an international firm eager to set up practice on Montreal’s North Shore. Delambre’s firm merged with the Laval firm of Touche Ross in 1987, and Delambre subsequently became a partner with Samson Bélair/Deloitte & Touche in 1990.

Among other duties, he was in charge of human resources and university recruiting, where he used his teaching experience to convey to young people the pride and passion associated with the title of CA, and the accounting profession in general.

One of his first responsibilities with Samson Bélair/Deloitte & Touche was to act as business adviser for entertainment manager René Angélil.

In 1998, he left private practice to become Executive Vice-President, Finance and Administration, for Les Productions Feeling inc., the company owned by René Angélil and Céline Dion. He managed more than 20 different Canadian and American companies for them, with a total of several hundred employees, and oversaw the famous couple’s considerable fortune. His reputation grew and he was consulted by many different entertainers and producers, such as Garou, André-Philippe Gagnon, Marc Dupré and Julie Snyder. He mixed with the international jet set of the show business industry, as well as world business leaders and high-ranking Quebec and Canadian politicians.

Over the next 20 years, as Céline Dion’s career took off, Delambre developed solid financial expertise in the accounting and taxation law associated with international show and record production.

This expertise was due, in part, to his numerous and sustained contacts with managers and legal advisers in the industry. A hard-working and tireless negotiator, he hammered out numerous innovative royalty and performance contracts, always showing unfailing loyalty to his international clientele.

He was the acknowledged Canadian expert in that industry.

He always believed that the best way of serving his clients was by assiduously honing his professional expertise. He kept his accounting skills up-to-date, did extensive research on industry-related issues and attended specialized conventions and conferences.

Over the past few years, he was actively involved as administrator and fundraiser for a number of foundations. His far-ranging network of contacts enabled him to raise millions of dollars for various charitable organizations.

In 2002, he found out he had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease, a sudden-onset neuromuscular disease that is usually fatal within three to five years.

Stricken, but not despairing, he decided to continue working at Les Productions Feeling while he was still able to, and to help others with the disease in any way he could, one of which was by becoming an administrator for the ALS Society of Quebec.

In the summer 2003, he founded the Fondation André-Delambre, the main goal of which is to raise money to assist people suffering from ALS.

In its first year, the Fondation André-Delambre raised more than $1 million.

 

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