Benjamin Gagnon

About us

Le Massif de Charlevoix is a tourism and recreation destination that unfurls over three environments in the Charlevoix: The Mountain, the Farm and the Train.

Beyond the ski area, it aims to offer a panoply of experiences in tourism – from Québec City to La Malbaie, and Petite-Rivière-Saint-François to Baie-Saint-Paul. Among its features are a touring train and a diversified lodging offer, of which a 150-room hotel complex.

  • Portrait Daniel Gauthier

    Daniel Gauthier, OC

    Chairman, Board of Directors; Chairman, Executive & Strategic Development Committee

    He is a co-Founder of Le Cirque du Soleil, where he served as President for 11 years, after serving as VP Finance and Director of Administration & IT Services. He has also held VP positions for the Admission network, a Ticketmaster company, and for Scéno-Plus, and served as Administrator for the ADISQ (Association québecoise de l’industrie du disque, du spectacle et de la video). He was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2004, one of the highest honours in the country, and was named “Builder of the Century” by Commerce magazine in 1999. In 2012, Daniel Gauthier received the Province of Québec’s most prestigious award - Officier de l’Ordre national du Québec.

  • Portrait Claude Choquette

    Claude Choquette, FCPA, FCA

    President & General Manager

    Claude Choquette is also president of HDG inc. – a Daniel Gauthier holding company – and of GDG Placements Privés, the leader in private investment funds in the Greater Quebec City Area. A Fellow of l’Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec, he garnered honours emeritus in 1996 and in 2005 was the recipient of the Hermès Award, one of Université Laval’s highest distinctions from its Faculty of Business Administration. He is also actively involved as a boardmember for a number of firms and organizations, including the SSQ Financial Group, Société de Chemins de Fer du Québec inc., Groupe Germain inc., Pratte & Morissette inc., Fondation de l’Université Laval, Fondation des hôpitaux Enfant-Jésus – Saint-Sacrement and Fondation Imaginer un Monde Meilleur. He sits as chair member of Financial Innovation, for Université Laval.

  • Portrait Marc-Vincent Bobée

    Marc-Vincent Bobée, CPA, CA

    Vice-President, Operations, Planning & Integration

    Vice-President of Operations, Planning & Integration at Groupe Le Massif, since 2004 Marc-Vincent Bobée has also occupied the position of CEO at GDG Placements Privés s.e.c.. He sits on numerous board committees and has left his stamp on many businesses in the sectors of reorganization, negociation and analysis, as well as in strategic planning. With a degree in Business Administration from Université Laval, he has been a member of l’Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec since 1996.

  • Portrait Bernard Sansour

    Bernard Sansour, CPA, CA

    Vice-President, Finance & Information Technology

    Prior to accepting the VP, Finance position, Bernard Sansour was Director of Finance for 4 years. During this time, he also served as interim General Manager for the Le Massif Ski Station for a year. Before joining the Le Massif group, he gained 13 years of experience with chartered accounting firm Choquette Corriveau. He currently sits on the GDG Placements Privés committee and holds Member status within the Quebec Order of Chartered Accountants.

  • Portrait Nancy Belley

    Nancy Belley

    General Manager, Train Touristique de Charlevoix

    With close to 14 years of experience within the railway industry, including 3 years as General Manager for the Charlevoix Railway, Nancy Belley joined the Le Massif group in 2007 to oversee planning and operations for the Destination Train and rail shuttle. She sits on the Board for the Société de gestion des infrastructures de transport de Charlevoix (a society for the management of Charlevoix’s infrastructure and transportation) and is Co-President of the Centre de service de main d’œuvre (a human resources centre) for the rail industry. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from the University of Laval and teaches railway communications at the university level since 2002.


    Richard Germain

    General Manager, Hôtel La Ferme

    Since 2011, Richard Germain has assumed the position of general manager at Hôtel La Ferme. Thanks to his extensive expertise in the hotel industry, Richard Germain is a precious asset to Hôtel La Ferme’s development and success – an innovative concept both for tourists and the region’s people. Once at the helm of management and development at Hôtel Germain Dominion, Richard is genuinely passionate about resort tourism. He also greatly contributed to the renown of the gem known as Groupe Germain. While under his leadership, the establishment was chosen as Canada’s top hotel by the 2010 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards.


To champion sharing and encounters within a unique environment where meaningful experiences in tourism and recreation lead to collective and personal enhancement.


To offer authentic and original experiences issuing from a project and an organization that are rooted in the principles of sustainable development.

  • A place for revitalization, experimentation, learning, fun, discovery and freedom.
  • A unique rendezvous with nature, creativity, innovation and imagination.
  • Original programming focused on culture, science, sports, wellness and adventure that stimulates the senses.
  • A project that is open and inclusive on the human scale.


  • Openness
  • Service
  • Respect
  • Surpassment
  • Fun

Le Massif de Charlevoix is the brainchild of Daniel Gaulthier, rising star in the community development field and best known for having founded one of Quebec and Canada’s greatest cultural exports: the worldwide phenomenon known as Le Cirque du Soleil.

By virtue of a symbiotic combination of creativity, authenticity, cultural and social sensitivity, Le Massif de Charlevoix allows its bucolic backdrops, inimitable experiences, gorgeous gastronomy and storied service to shine.

The goal of this tremendous project is to develop sustainable tourism through profoundly personal, visceral, original and environmental experiences within one of Quebec’s most beloved regions, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 1989.