Ms. Aiko Okawara introducing the Speaker 大河原愛子氏による紹介
Mr. Daniel Lamarre, President & CEO, Cirque du Soleil ダニエル・ラマー・シルク・ドゥ・ソレイユ社長兼CEO
Ms. Suzanne Ethier, concluding the Presentation Session スザンヌ・エティエ氏の挨拶
On October 2, a special event, featuring Mr. Daniel Lamarre, president and CEO of Cirque du Soleil, was held at the Embassy of Canada, organized by the Canadian Embassy and the Delegation Office of Quebec Government on the occasion that the permanent venue of Cirque du Soleil with a new show "ZED" was just opened at Tokyo Disney Resort. Mr. Lamarre first mentioned that after Las Vegas, Tokyo is Cirque du Soleil's number one city in terms of ticket sales, and then eloquently explained the secret of his company's success, emphasizing "creativity" as the main value to maintain and promote over monetary returns. He said "we are dreamers," and "dedicated to creation, production and performance on artistic works whose mission is to invoke the imaginations, provoke the senses and evoke the emotions of people around the world." Mr. Lamarre also pointed out that social values are equally important and one percent of the revenue (not the profit!) has been contributed to social causes with a new foundation just established to do more, such as "One Drop" to help solve the water problem on the global scale. After the presentation, he was willing to answer some questions from the floor, regarding the recrutiment and training of their talented people, and Japan's contribution to their artistic as well as business success. It was such an impressive event that must have satisfied everyone who attended. The presentation session was concluded by Ms. Suzanne Ethier, Tokyo representative of the Delegation Office of Quebec Government, to be followed by a reception which was hosted by Ms. Christine St-Pierre, Quebec Minister of Culture, Communications & Gender Equality.