Herménégilde Chiasson

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The Honorable Doctor
Herménégilde Chiasson
Chiasson Hermenegilde c3.jpg
29th Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick
In office
26 August 2003 – 30 September 2009
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Adrienne Clarkson
Michaëlle Jean
Premier Bernard Lord
Shawn Graham
Preceded by Marilyn Trenholme Counsell
Succeeded by Graydon Nicholas
Personal details
Born (1946-04-07) April 7, 1946 (age 69)
Saint-Simon, New Brunswick, Canada
Spouse(s) Marcia Chiasson
Profession Poet, playwright
Religion Roman Catholic

Herménégilde Chiasson, ONB (born 7 April 1946[1]) is a noted Canadian poet and playwright of Acadian origin. Born in Saint-Simon, New Brunswick, he was the 29th Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick between 2003 and 2009. He is also currently a professor at Université de Moncton.


He was made a Grand Officer of the National Order of Merit (France) as per the Canada Gazette of 26 November 2011.

Career and private life[edit]

He is married to Marcia (Babineau) with one daughter, Sara-Jane. He served in many positions (director, playwright, journalist, researcher) with Radio-Canada from 1968 until 1985. During this time, he also made many contributions to the cultural framework of New Brunswick: directing the Galerie d'art de l'Université de Moncton in 1974, serving as President of the Galerie sans nom in 1980, helping found the Editions Perce Neige in 1984 and the Aberdeen Co-op in 1985. He worked on several such projects after leaving Radio-Canada before becoming a professor of the history of Art and Cinema at the Université de Moncton in 1988. He is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts[2]



  • Mourir à Scoudouc (1974)
  • Rapport sur l’état de mes illusions (1976)
  • Climat (1996) (English translation: Climate.)
  • Conversations (1999) (Winner of the 1999 Governor General's Literary Award for poetry.)


  • L'exil d'Alexa (1993)
  • Aliénor (1998)
  • Le Christ est apparu au Gun Club (2005)


Arms of Herménégilde Chiasson
Herménégilde Chiasson Arms.svg
The arms of Herménégilde Chiasson consist of:[4]
A bear passant Azure charged on the shoulder with a mullet Or, holding in its dexter paw a theatrical mask per pale Azure and Gules.
Azure between four billets Argent a pen and a paintbrush in saltire Or.
Two sea-Pegasi Argent queued Azure winged, crined and webbed Or, each charged on the shoulder with a purple violet flower proper.
Barry wavy Argent and Azure.
En Toute Bonne Foy


  1. ^ Chiasson, Herménégilde
  2. ^ "Members since 1880". Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  3. ^ a b http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/hermenegilde-chiasson/
  4. ^ Canadian Heraldic Authority (Volume IV), Ottawa, 1998, p. 379 

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