Daniel Lamarre

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Daniel Lamarre

Born1953 (age 67–68)
Alma materUniversity of Ottawa
OccupationPresident and Chief Executive Officer of Cirque du Soleil

Daniel Lamarre OC (born 1953) is a Canadian former journalist and president and chief executive officer of the Canadian entertainment company Cirque du Soleil.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3] He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation since 1994.


In 2019, Lamarre, on behalf of Cirque du Soleil, received the Distinguished Leadership Award for Corporate Citizenship from the Inter-American Dialogue in recognition of the organization's work with at risk youth in Latin America using an innovative methodology structured around the arts, as well as their support of the One Drop Foundation in their effort to grant access to safe water to some of the region's most vulnerable communities.[4]


  1. ^ "World Business Forum 2011 : Home". 2 October 2011. Archived from the original on 2 October 2011.
  2. ^ Khadem, Nassim (14 September 2017). "Street culture roots keep Cirque du Soleil alive for 33 years says CEO Daniel Lamarre". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  3. ^ "'Up until recently I was a rock star's agent, now I'm a true CEO': Cirque du Soleil's Daniel Lamarre". 2 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Cirque du Soleil to be honored at 5th Leadership for the Americas Gala". us10.campaign-archive.com. Retrieved 2019-11-15.

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