Citizens of honour

Last updated September 28, 2022

Montréal awards this distinction to people who have improved the well-being of Montrealers through their actions, art and commitment.

Here is a list of recipients:

  • Robert Piché - Flight commander (September)
  • Louise Forestier - Québec singer-songwriter and actor (August)
  • Lucien Bouchard - Prime minister of Québec (1996-2001) and Québec political figure (June)
  • Louise Lecavalier - Québec dancer and contemporary dance choreographer (June)
  • Marjorie Villefranche - Executive director of the Maison d’Haïti, for her involvement in fighting racism and discrimination (May)
  • Louise Harel - Québec political figure (May)
  • Dr. Mylène Drouin - Regional public health director for the Montréal area, for her contribution to the fight against COVID-19 (May)
  • Armand Vaillancourt -Exceptional multidisciplinary artist (November)
  • André Lavallée - Québec politician, former Montréal elected official, strong advocate for urban issues (July)
  • Antonine Maillet - Novelist, playwright, translator and academician (January)
  • Michelle Bachelet - First woman to be elected President in South America, First Executive Director of UN Women, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (June)
  • Charles Bronfman - Canadian businessman and philanthropist, who contributed to the development and influence of Montreal (May)
  • Raif Badawi - Defender of human rights and freedom of expression (May)
  • Diana Nicholson - Public relations assistant for Expo 67, she played a major role in its promotion and commercial and international success (September)
  • Nan-B de Gaspé Beaubien - Canadian businesswoman and philanthropist, she worked alongside her husband, Philippe de Gaspé Beaubien, one of the organizers of Expo 67 (September)
  • Philippe de Gaspé Beaubien - Canadian businessman, pioneer of the media world in Quebec, director of operations for Expo 67 (September)
  • Yves Jasmin - Québec filmmaker, journalist and public relations specialist, director of information, publicity and public relations for Expo 67 (September)
  • Christine Zachary-Deom - Chief of the Mohawk Band Council of Kahnawà:ke (September)
  • Ghislain Picard - Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (September)
  • The Honourable Jean Lapointe - Quebec singer-songwriter and actor (August)
  • Park Won Soon - Mayor of Seoul, South Korea (September) 
  • Khalifa Ababacar Sall - Mayor of Dakar, Senegal (June)
  • His Excellency Ban Ki-moon - Secretary General of the United Nations (February)
  • Kazumi Matsui -Mayor of Hiroshima, Japan (June)
  • Janine Sutto - Québec actor (April)
  • Mordecai Richler (posthumous) - Writer, novelist, and screenwriter (March)
2002 à 2014
  • Gilles Latulippe (posthumous) - Actor, comedian, and screenwriter (October 2014)
  • Paul Buissonneau - Singer, actor and director (September 2014)
  • Robert Bourassa (posthumous) - Premier of Québec (1970-1976) and politician (August 2014)
  • Oliver Jones - Québec jazz pianist and educator (May 2014)
  • Dany Laferrière - Writer and screenwriter, and member of the Académie Française  (April 2014)
  • Jacques Languirand - Playwright, writer, actor, journalist, producer, and director (February 2014)
  • Dr Thomas Boni Yayi - President of the Republic of Benin from 2006 to 2016 (January 2013)
  • Raoul Wallenberg (posthumous) - Swedish diplomat - Montréal Holocaust Memorial Centre (October 2012) 
  • Enrico Macias - French singer, musician, and composer (November 2011)
  • Kent Nagano - Conductor of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (January 2007)
  • Bernard C. Ecclestone - Businessman and CEO of Formula 1 (June 2004)
  • Normand Legault - Québec businessman and sports promoter (June 2004)
  • Salvatore Adamo - Singer-songwriter  (July 2002)
  • Charles Aznavour - Singer-songwriter (May 2002)

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