Holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture and a Master’s degree in Applied Science from the Université de Montréal, Lise Cormier was recruited by the City of Montréal in 1984 to supervise the Public Works Department’s landscape architecture team. From 1994 to 2002, she served as director of the new Parks, Gardens and Green Spaces Department (which includes the Montréal Botanical Garden and the Scientific Institutions), overseeing an annual operating budget of $100 M and a team of up to 1,200 employees.. She also served on the Ottawa National Capital Commission’s Design, Planning and Realty Advisory Committee from 2003 to 2006. A member of both the Association des architectes paysagistes du Québec and Canadian Society of Landscape Architects since 1979, Ms. Cormier has also been an American Society of Landscape Architects member since 1986.
Initiator of the Mosaïcultures Internationales® in 2000, she took the helm of the International Mosaiculture Committee, which brings together parks and gardens directors from the world’s great capitals. She is also Executive Vice-President and General Manager of Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal.
In 2001, she received the Massachusetts Horticultural Society Gold Medal for her leadership and innovative ideas, which have brought Montréal’s garden and green spaces to a new level of excellence. In 2002, she received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee medal, awarded to Canadians who make a significant contribution to their community and country. She was named twice, “La Presse Personality of the Week” on October 8, 2000 and on November 11,2013. In 2017, she was inducted “Chevalier de l’Ordre du Québec” and she received the Meritorious Service Decorations from Governor General of Canada.