Daniel Lamarre Profile

  • President & CEO of Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group.

  • Prominent Canadian Businessman and Philanthropist.

  • Co-creator of C2MTL, a Platform for Exploring Creative Answers to Commercial Questions.

  • Daniel Lamarre is a French Canadian whose talent for international business development spans a long career in creative industries, culminating with his current position as President and CEO of the Cirque du Soleil. A natural storyteller, his best advice is usually delivered as a story from his rich personal experience. Drawing from his successes and failures, his preferred weapons of choice are laughter and humility.

    As President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil, Daniel Lamarre is responsible for nurturing the delicate balance between the company’s global strategy (across five continents), its financial growth and stability, and the integrity of its culture and values. Among his greatest achievements include the execution of complex negotiations resulting in signed agreements with The Beatles and Michael Jackson’s estate. Cirque du Soleil’s production of ‘LOVE’ based on The Beatles’ music is the only live show ever agreed to by the iconic group. The celebration of Michael Jackson’s life and work ‘ONE’ was produced after competing with other entertainment giants who had established relationships with Michael Jackson’s estate. Both accomplishments required outstanding business skills to be brought to the fore.

    Daniel’s strength is his ability to marry the needs of disparate groups and interests, finding positive solutions and outcomes for all. A skill he has fine-tuned throughout his career, with TVA Broadcast Group, NATIONAL Public Relations, and Burson Marsteller.

    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. It is a platform for exploring creative answers to commercial questions. In line with his belief that without creativity, there is no commerce.

    He has been honored with Doctorates from the Faculty of Law, McGill University, and his alma mater the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Arts.

    Daniel’s outlook is resolutely international, but his roots are firmly in his tiny hometown of Grand-Mère, a small town located in the French part of Canada. This strong sense of self and values is fundamental to how Daniel does business, but is also a source of great personal satisfaction

    Father of two grown children, and grandfather to three lovely grandchildren, Daniel enjoys a happy life with his wife the photographer Emmanuelle Dupérré and her two sons.

    Concerned for education, and health and welfare matters, he supports a variety of charities. For 12 years, Daniel has been involved with Cirque du Monde, a worldwide social circus program which targets at-risk youth. He has been a Founding Member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for the Montreal Heart Institute since 1994.

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    Creativity is the Soul and Heart of What an Organization Should Stand For.

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    Books by Daniel Lamarre:

    Balancing Acts: Unleashing the Power of Creativity in Your Life and Work

    In this leadership memoir, take a step backstage at Cirque du Soleil.
    Vice Chairman Daniel Lamarre shares his experiences leading the awe-inspiring organization, and teaches readers what it takes for anyone, regardless of position or industry, to embrace the value of creative leadership.

    Without creativity, there is no business. At the core of Cirque du Soleil’s lavish, multi-million-dollar productions is Vice Chairman Daniel Lamarre, who has mastered the ability to bring business and creativity together across multiple languages and cultures in a way that has never been seen before. The secrets he shares in Balancing Acts are rooted in tremendous faith in your own creative skills, even if you are convinced you have none, and those of the sharpest minds within your organization.

    In this book, Daniel shares the untold stories behind Cirques biggest shows, including Beatles Love, Michael Jackson One, the aquatic marvel, O, and many more. Through these tales of triumph and trials, he will teach you:

    – How to shatter the perceived limitations standing in the way of your ability to think creatively and innovatively;
    – When to step up and when to step back so that your team can create a masterpiece that doesn’t break the bank;
    – How in using the methods Daniel has uncovered, modern companies with entrenched bureaucracies can bring creativity and business together to foster innovation; and
    – How to use creative thinking to lead your organization to new heights.

    Whether you work for one of the most creative organizations on the planet like Cirque du Soleil, in a stuffy corporate job, or somewhere in between—Balancing Acts is filled with principles that can strengthen and accelerate any business on the planet.


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