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Sylvain Gauthier - Cirque Du Soleil. Montreal, QC, CA

Sylvain Gauthier

Leader project office creative content | Cirque Du Soleil

Montreal, QC, CANADA

Leader project office Creative Content Cirque Du Soleil



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Sylvain is an international project manager specializing in new product and business development. He currently manages the project portfolio of the Cirque du Soleil Creative Content Division for the costume department of new and current shows.

In his over 25 years of experience, some of the high-profile projects he has managed include the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, the Formula One World Championship deployment in China (TV and race), the setup of many joint ventures between Chinese partners and foreign corporations, on top of many other businesses-related projects.

He has a solid background and extensive experience in business planning, cost management and the implementation of a project management office for large corporations. He has also worked with project teams for telecom service providers and equipment manufacturers, as well as in IT, TV broadcasting and e-business in Canada, US, Europe and Asia.

Sylvain's professional experience is centred on the practical application of Project Management (PM), Value Analysis (VA) and Value Engineering (VE) principles and concepts for improving product and process costs.

He is the author of several training materials and videos on project management and is currently teaching evening classes at McGill University.

Industry Expertise (3)


Program Development


Areas of Expertise (10)

Operations Management

Innovation Management

Business Process Improvement

Team Management

Project Management

Creative Content

Projects Managing Creative Content

Software Project Management

Project Implementation

Cross-Functional Team Leadership

Accomplishments (9)

Project : Formula One World Championship in China (professional)

Project manage deliverables related to the broadcasting of all races and qualifications live in all provinces in China and manage the implementation of the first Grand Prix to be held in the PRC.

Canadian Pavillion Shanghai World Expo 2010 (professional)

Project manage the deliverables regarding the set up of the Canadian Pavillion during the international world exposition held in Shanghai in 2010

Project : Beijing Olympic Games (professional)

Project Manage the deliverables related to the TV broadcasting, International sponsors, Ticketing and equestrian sports (Hong Kong).

Project: Viva Elvis (professional)

Project manage the implementation of the creative content of the Show Viva Elvis currently located at the Aries Hotel in Las Vegas.

Project: Totem (professional)

Project manage the implementation of the creative content of the show Totem currently touring the world

Project : Zarkana (professional)

Project manage the implementation of the creative content of the show Zarkana deployed at the Radio City Music Hall in New York

Project: IRIS (professional)

Project Manage the implementation of the creative content of the show IRIS deployed at The Kodak Theater in Los Angeles.

Project : Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour (professional)

Project Manage implementation of the creative content

Upcoming Keynote speaker for PMI conference in Brazil (professional)


Website PMI conference in Goiania Brazil June 5 to 7. I will be the keynote speaker on June 6 from 20:00 to 21:30 Title of my conference is "Managing creative content projects"

Education (3)

Hautes Etude Commerciales ( HEC): Master Business Administration, Marketing 1996

Project Management Institute: Project Management Professional (PMP), Project Management 1998

Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal: Bachelor, Engineering 1985

Affiliations (4)

  • Hong Kong University
  • Mcgill University
  • Project Management Institute
  • European Institute of Purchasing Management EIPM

Testimonials (3)

Mario Henrique Trentim, Head of Strategic Planning and PMO Manager at Institute of Aeronautics and Space | PMI Conference in Goiania Brazil June 6, 2013

"Sylvain is a passionate project management professional. He delivered an outstanding presentation at VIII CBGP 2013, in Brazil, about how he manages Cirque du Soleil's PMO. His large experience in mega-projects and portfolios give life to his presentation, full of energy. I recommend him."

Charles Bourgault, Director, Program Management and deployment, Military Products and Services at CAE | Protrain Canada - Project Management Certification Training

I met Sylvain during a PMP preparation course. I was very pleased by his energy, enthusiasm and knowledge for project management. A year later, I hired his service to prepare a custom course for our team of Project Managers to provide them a refresher of the PMP but also to share his passion for the profession. I participated in Sylvain’s classes at McGill University as an industry speaker and I am always impressed at how he is able to explain the theory in a very practical way.

Marcel Ekkel, Project | Program | Portfolio | Manager & Management Consultant | Hong Kong Benchmarking business leader conference

Sylvain is a bright person that has an interesting vision on business development. He is able to link his Project Management skills and experience to bus.development projects...and lead them to success. - His training style is juicy and full of shared experiences for your benefit. He helped me understand project management more in detail. - Sylvain is your man to get your team up to speed

Event Appearances (12)

The Beijing olympic adventure

PMI chapters conference  Toronto


Managing projects at Cirque Du Soleil

Asia Pacific Regional Project Management Forum  Hong Kong


Managing Creative Content Projects, Is it for You?

AACE International Special event dinner  Montreal Omni Hotel


Business Analysis and Project Management Best Practices in the Banking and Financial Industry

Hong Kong Institute of Bankers  Hong Kong


Setting up a project management office

The Annual symposium of Business excellence  Hong Kong Disneyland


Project Management for Quality professionals

Annual General Assembly  Hilton Montreal


Managing project in China

Project Management Institute Global Congress  Plaza Hotel New York


Managing creative content projects

Creativity symposium  Bellagio, Las Vegas


Upstream Sourcing and Project Implementation in a Chinese Environment

EUropean Institute of purchasing managment 1st asia pacific round table  Shanghai


Managing creative content projects

Project management best practices  McGill University


Industry Leader Forum: Managing Creative Content Project

American Society Of Civil Engineering 142nd annual conference  Montreal,Quebec Canada


Cirque Du Soleil : Managing creative content project

PMI Conference   Goiania Brazil


Sample Talks (1)

Managing creative content projects

Working with the creative class require a new breed of project managers who can deal with artistic creativity while staying on schedule and on budget. The constant flow of new ideas and the chaos that comes with a lot of changes is a new challenge and a very interesting one!



  • Keynote
  • Workshop Leader


1000 to 1500