Dîner en Blanc International
Founder of the concept and event: Le Dîner en Blanc de Paris
In 1988, after spending a few years abroad, François Pasquier wanted to organize a picnic to reconnect with old friends. The concept was simple: "Bring a meal, and bring a new friend." Seeing as his garden was too small to receive all the guests, he told them to convene at the Bois de Boulogne and to dress in white, so they could find each other. This friendly gathering became so popular that it grew over time.
President and co-founder Diner en Blanc International
Born in France, he is one of the 4 sons of the founder. He has been living in Montreal for the last fifteen years and simply adores Canada, his adopted country. He imported the concept from France to Canada in 2009 with a friend and then to the United-States (in New York City) with the help of Sandy Safi. He is the host of Dîner en Blanc de Montreal and co-founder of Dîner en Blanc International Inc.
Co-founder Diner en Blanc International
Having worked in over 15 countries, including Canada, in the field of special events and the performing arts, she has been responsible for developing and managing productions in theatre, opera, circus, concerts. She is the co-founder for Dîner en Blanc International Inc. where she acts as Director of Development and Partner.
Operations & Public Relations Specialist
As a publicist in the world of entertainment, she travelled the world for many years. Those amazing years on the road gave her the opportunity to somewhat satisfy her thirst for everything that is lifestyle i.e. food, wine, cocktails, fashion, urban life, architecture, design, etc. She would say that this career path and passion for all that is good in life predestined her to join the team of Dîner en Blanc International.
Born and raised in Montreal, Christian has worked in various roles from customer support to sales and marketing in the field of IT for more than 25 years. His technical background combined with his experience working with customers and industry partners will help Dîner en Blanc International in its continuous growth.
With a perpetual passion for events that envelope the spirit of elegance, diversity and cultural richness, working for Diner en Blanc International has allowed me to do exactly what I love. It's a privilege to go to work every day and engage with a vast array of passionate, successful professionals from all corners of the globe to recreate this magical experience and all its grandeur time and again. While it is not without its challenges, guiding the production of this unique concept and all of its logistical components, is extremely gratifying.
Accounting Director & HR
Lucia brings over 2 decades of administrative and accounting experience to Diner en Blanc International. She has worked in the event planning industry since 2007 whereby she occupied the position of Accounting Director and Office Manager. ‘I feel blessed to be able to combine my organizational skills and passion for bringing events to life towards a career at Diner en Blanc International' says Lucia. Her interpersonal skills are an asset when communicating with hosts, and dealing with accounting specialists or government offices, as well as maintaining a high level of integrity
Licensing and International Business Development
Coming from the apparel and fashion industry and having travelled the world in search of suppliers, James realized early on how interconnected people are. His years as a business consultant helped shape a strong business development mindset but also honed his skill of bringing people together. His journey has made him a natural fit to the Diner en Blanc International team where he enjoys the privilege of collaborating with individuals on the world stage
With a passion for events that bring people together, Samantha is very excited to be a part of the magic that is Dîner en Blanc. Sam is professionally trained as a high school teacher, but her passion for event planning has pulled her towards this exciting and dynamic team. She attended her first Dîner en Blanc in Montreal last summer and it made such an amazing impression on her, that she felt she had no choice but to peruse her involvement in planning these beautiful nights as a career.
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