René LégèreExecutive Director, Aberdeen Cultural Centre
René Légère was appointed to the CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors on December 19, 2017, for a five-year term.
A native of Caraquet, New Brunswick, René began his career in communications, working as a host and reporter with Radio-Canada Acadie. He then went on to acquire expertise in arts and cultural management and development. Since 2009, he has been executive director of the Aberdeen Cultural Centre, one of the most prominent cultural organizations in Atlantic Canada.
Over the past 30 years, René has collaborated with nearly two dozen cultural, sociopolitical and community organizations. A strong advocate for the French language and Acadian region, he served as secretary general of the Société nationale de l’Acadie from 1989 to 1999, and later as its president, from 2012 to 2015. In this role, he raised the profile and visibility of the Acadian region by producing and organizing major cultural events and numerous official Acadian missions in France, Belgium, Louisiana, French-speaking Africa and all parts of Canada, in addition to representing the Acadian people at five different Francophonie Summits. During the 1990s, he chaired the boards of the Association des radios communautaires acadiennes du Nouveau-Brunswick, Radio Beauséjour, and the Coalition pour une télévision de langue française en Acadie.
In the early 2000s, René produced, managed and consulted on cultural and sociopolitical initiatives for a range of organizations in Atlantic Canada and nationally. During this period, he would work once again with the public broadcaster, coordinating and producing two editions of the National Acadian Day mega-concert for ICI RADIO-CANADA TÉLÉ.
René is a graduate of the University of Moncton and Laval University in social sciences and journalism.