Press Release

David Moss to Lead Transformation of Historic Rodier Building as Montreal’s First Site for Cultural and Creative Entrepreneurship

For immediate release

Montréal, January 15, 2018 – David Santelli, Chair of the Board of Directors of La Piscine is pleased to announce the appointment of David Moss as Co-Executive Director, Strategic Development and Operations.

Mr. Moss brings a wealth of senior management experience in arts and cultural development and will lead the development of the La Piscine and its emblematic Rodier project being realized in partnership with Gestion Georges Coulombe. Built in 1875, the iconic Rodier building in Griffintown is slated to be transformed into Montréal’s first-ever site dedicated to cultural and creative entrepreneurship.

David Moss has over 20 years of experience leading major arts and cultural institutions and initiatives. He was the Executive Director of the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts (1996 – 2003), General Director of l’Opéra de Montréal (2003 – 2006) and Founding Executive Director of Culture Days (2007 – 2017), a pan-Canadian cultural participation movement and annual event modelled after Québec’s pre-eminent Journées de la culture initiative that takes place in over 800 Canadian cities and towns in every province and territory.

“We are thrilled that David Moss will lead La Piscine’s development to operate and animate Montréal’s historic Rodier building situated in the heart of Griffintown and the burgeoning Quartier de l’innovation. David’s extensive experience as an organizational builder, coupled with his progressive vision, will inspire opportunities to help grow Montréal’s cultural and creative capital here and abroad. To that end, we are confident that David will ensure La Piscine’s strategic and operational plans realize their full potential,” stated David Santelli.

In addition to his professional leadership roles, David has also been active throughout his career as an advisor and consultant to governments, corporations, philanthropists and cultural organizations in Montréal and across Canada. He has served on many boards and committees including as a founding Board member of Culture Montréal, a member of the advisory group for Montréal’s first cultural policy in 2002, and Chair of the Board of MUTEK.

David will work closely with Christophe Billebaud, Co-Executive Director, Innovation and Programs who has been in this position since the summer of 2017. Mr. Billebaud oversees La Piscine’s proven accelerator and entrepreneurship programs and services that will expand in the Rodier building.

“La Piscine and Rodier Project align perfectly with my deep interest in the nexus between culture, entrepreneurship and community building. I am delighted to invest my energies in this watershed initiative and Montréal’s cultural development at a moment in its evolution that is ripe for new ideas that leverage our distinct and vast arts, cultural and creative talents for economic and social impact here at home and around the world.” commented David Moss.

Mr. Moss commences his duties effective immediately.

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For information and interview requests, please contact:

Anaïs Durand, Communication Officer | La Piscine | (514) 431-3612


About La Piscine

Created in 2015, La Piscine is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to catalyze and cultivate the first-ever ecosystem dedicated to the development of entrepreneurship in the cultural and creative sectors in Montréal and across Québec. Since its creation, the organization has implemented successful incubation and acceleration programs to accompany the development of creative and cultural entrepreneurs and companies with high growth potential. In addition, La Piscine delivers made-to-measure services to help private sector companies and public institutions mobilize the most innovative cultural and creative industry players to leverage effective and strategic business solutions.


About the Rodier Project

Gestion Georges Coulombe and La Piscine announced the acquisition of the Rodier building situated in the heart of the Quartier de l’innovation in July 2017. The purchase of the building from the City of Montréal was effectuated within the framework of a call for proposals for anchor projects that respond to economic, social and cultural development objectives. Familiar to many Montréalers over the past decades as Le Baron Sports, this iconic building, part of the city’s historic and architectural heritage, will be rejuvenated with a new vocation entirely dedicated to cultural and creative entrepreneurship through the development of cultural and creative organizations and initiatives.

Creating a strong link between Montréal’s heritage and its cultural innovation, the Rodier will be a point of convergence for entrepreneurs, investors, and the entire community engaged in supporting the development and growth of culture and creativity in Montréal and Québec.

The project is targeted to open at the end of 2018 and will be comprised of the following components:

–   A space dedicated to training and growth of cultural and creative entrepreneurship with specific programs to accompany and support the incubation and acceleration of organizations and creative businesses.

–   Open work spaces for collaboration and experimentation

–   Rental space and offices for organizations and businesses whose mission is to support the development of the cultural sector and creative industries

–   A dynamic restaurant that reflects and supports Montréal’s innovative culinary culture

–   Pro-active engagement in the civic development of Griffintown

Gestion Georges Coulombe and La Piscine are working in collaboration to bring this ambitious project to life. Rhizome, the innovation agency, along with Dawson College’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Education (through the IC Montréal project) have been strategic partners in developing the Rodier project from the onset.


About Gestion Georges Coulombe

Since its founding in 1982, Gestion Georges Coulombe’s mission has been to take on some of the most ambitious restoration projects of heritage buildings in the Montréal region. In addition to its property management services, the company also brings its expertise into creating spaces that meet the highest industry standards. Taking great care to design spaces that reinstate the historic character of the properties, Gestion Georges Coulombe’s work is distinguished through the passion and dedication it brings to promoting respect for the environment. The property group is a trailblazer in sustainable development.