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Groupe Sensation Mode Announces Appointment of Jean-Pierre Desrosiers as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Montreal Fashion Week

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Jun 12, 2013) - Groupe Sensation Mode (GSM) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jean-Pierre Desrosiers as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Montréal Fashion Week (MFW). Desrosiers, a certified professional accountant and partner in the Fasken Martineau law firm, is known for his continued commitment to the artistic community, which has earned him numerous awards.

"Promoting the growth of Montreal Fashion Week is very exciting," said Jean-Pierre Desrosiers. "I am honoured to have the opportunity to contribute my experience to this prestigious event and to be a part of bringing it to the next level."

As a strategic advisor, Desrosiers' experience, particularly in financial audit and management of non-profit organizations, has matched his ongoing support of the artistic community. Throughout his distinguished career, first with KPMG from 1980 to 2010 and then at Fasken Martineau, Desrosiers has served on the Board of Directors for numerous organizations.

Among his many appointments, he is co-Chair for the Forum Arts-Affaires de Montréal, Member of the Board for Compagnie Marie Chouinard and of the Conseil des arts de Montréal; Chairman of the Board for Théâtre La Chapelle and Cirque Éloize; Chair of the fundraising campaigns for the Théâtre du Rideau Vert, Théâtre Prospero and the Centaur Theatre; and also Patron of Honour for the Arion Baroque Orchestra. His commitment to the arts was recognized in 2011 after being awarded the Prix Arts-Affaires by the Chamber of Commerce, and in 2013 with the Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award, presented as part of the Governor General's Awards for the Performing Arts.

"We are delighted to have Mr. Desrosiers with his extensive experience and expertise on board for Montréal Fashion Week," said Jean-François Daviau, Co-president of Groupe Sensation Mode. "His commitment will contribute to further developing MFW and ensuring its continued growth. Mr. Desrosiers' dedication to the cultural community is significant and his professional and personal qualities will bring a new dimension to the event."

MFW, which has grown to become a cultural event, will have its 25th edition take place in September. This semi-annual meeting highlights and adds value for fashion designers through providing a forum for collection launches, conferences and private engagements. Each season, 20 fashion designers launch their collections at the event. MFW has the support of many partners, which include P&G Beauty & Grooming, Target, Heineken and Rowenta.

About Groupe Sensation Mode

Groupe Sensation Mode produces and presents large fashion events in Canada and internationally. Known for Montréal Fashion Week and the Fashion & Design Festival, GSM has also created unique concepts like the Fashion Theatre (on Berlin, Tokyo, New York and London runways) and the Fashion & Opera Runway Show in Los Angeles. For 13 years, innovative GSM events have showcased the creativity and talent of designers. With partnerships in several fashion capitals - Paris, Berlin and Tokyo - Groupe Sensation Mode has become a fashion and design leader in North America.