Liliane M. Stewart

Liliane M. Stewart

1989 Cultural Cultural

Originally from Europe, Liliane Stewart was quickly seduced by the energy of North America.

Closely associated with her husband’s endeavours, as vice-president of the Macdonald Tobacco Company and the Macdonald Stewart Foundation, she took part with him in the private philanthropy that was a long-standing family tradition. After her husband’s death in 1984, she became the Foundation’s president and carried on its work.

Ms. Stewart has had a discreet but significant influence on the cultural and artistic life of Montréal and Québec, as evidenced by the two institutions she chairs and promotes the development of: The Stewart Museum and the Musée des arts décoratifs de Montréal – the Château Dufresne – two examples of her contribution to heritage and the development of the arts.

Her philanthropic work has extended beyond our borders. In France, the Foundation acquired and restored the Manoir Jacques Cartier in Saint-Malo and turned it into a remembrance museum. In Brouage, in the Charentes-Maritime region, on the impetus of the Foundation, stained glass was installed in Samuel de Champlain’s small native church, commemorating the illustrious founder of Québec City. To recognize Ms. Stewart’s dedication to history and culture, the French government made her an Officer of the Ordre des arts et des lettres. In recognition for her contribution to the conservation of Venice, Rome’s Societa Dante Alighieri bestowed its gold medal on her, as Québec honorary president.

Ms. Stewart also has an interest in improving public health and has offered her support to a number of projects, such as a building at Université de Montréal devoted to research and teaching in nutrition, acquiring advanced equipment for hospitals, along with the development of cytology and the training of specialists at Montréal’s École de cytologie.

Ms. Stewart is an honorary colonel of the Queen's York Rangers, 1st American Regiment. She is also an honorary colonel of the Compagnie Franche de la Marine and the Old 78th Fraser Highlanders of Montréal. She is a lifetime governor and chair of trustees of the Société d'archéologie et de numismatique de Montréal, lifetime governor of the Dominion of Canada Rifle Association, member of the McGill University Board of Governors and honorary member of the board of the Hôpital l'Enfant-Jésus de Québec and the Société des musées québécois.

The decorations and marks of esteem and friendship she has received constitute landmarks in a career dedicated to the common good. Honours Ms. Stewart has received include being made an Officer of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem and Dame of the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem. She received the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal, the medal of the City of Paris and the Société historique de Montréal medal. Nova Scotia’s Université Sainte-Anne awarded her an honorary doctorate in history. Liliane Stewart was made a member of the Academy of Great Montrealers in 1989.

Source: Ordre national du Québec

Photo Credit : Fondation Mcdonald Stewart