Jean-Marie Beaudet, conductor, pianist, administrator, organist, teacher (b at Thetford Mines, Qué 20 Feb 1908; d at Ottawa 19 Mar 1971). As a conductor and administrator, he promoted Canadian music at home and abroad. He held several positions with the CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION 1937-64 and was responsible for giving music a larger role in CBC programming. During this time he also conducted several concerts for the CBC.
After serving as CBC's representative in Paris (1957-59), he returned to Canada as executive secretary of the Canadian Music Centre (1959-61). In 1964 he was appointed music director for the National Arts Centre where he assembled the centre's permanent orchestra, which made its debut in 1968. In 1971, he was awarded, posthumously, the CM Council Medal.