Laurent-McCutcheon award 2018

Published by May 14, 2018 5:30 am

Fondation Émergence presents the 2018 Laurent McCutcheon Award to Stéphanie Vallée for her commitment to the fight against homophobia and transphobia


In collaboration with the National Bank, the official partner of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia


Montreal, May 14, 2018 — During a ceremony hosted by Julie Miville-Dechêne to be held on May 14th at Montreal’s City Hall, Fondation Émergence will present the 2018 Laurent McCutcheon Award to Stéphanie Vallée, Minister of Justice, Attorney General of Quebec and Minister responsible for the fight against homophobia.  

This year, we want to recognize the commitment of an ally who has leveraged their status as a political woman for the advancement of the rights of LGBT communities,” explained Patrick Desmarais, President of Fondation Émergence.

This award is given annually to a personality who has made an outstanding contribution to the fight against homophobia and transphobia during their career. Fondation Émergence president Patrick Desmarais and the members of the board of directors would like to congratulate Vallée for her openness to diversity and her role in the protection and promotion of the rights and freedoms of LGBT people both locally and around the world.

 “Once again this year the Fondation Émergence is highlighting the outstanding actions of individuals who are committed to the fight against homophobia and transphobia. These accomplishments greatly benefit our society as they encourage all members to flourish, and National Bank is proud to be involved in recognizing the award winners. We’re delighted to be a partner of the Laurent-McCutcheon Award ceremony, and to express our support for the cause and celebrate diversity,” stated Vicky Wistaff, Vice-President – Personal Banking, Western Quebec at National Bank.

Stéphanie Vallée’s Involvement

During her time as Minister of Justice, Attorney General of Quebec and Minister responsible for the fight against homophobia, Vallée demonstrated, in many projects and bills that she initiated, a desire to better protect and include LGBT people:

  • In 2016, she tabled a bill to strengthen the fight against transphobia. This bill contributed to improving the situation of transgender minors by allowing them to change their first name and gender designation on their birth certificates.
  • That same year, she had the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms amended to ban discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression.
  • In 2017, she presented the new Government Action Plan against homophobia and transphobia, which places special emphasis on the most vulnerable groups and includes an international component.

Desmarais will present Vallée with a trophy created by artist Danielle Roy, inspired by landscape architect Claude Cormier’s installation “Les Boules roses”.

As the Laurent McCutcheon Award has been given to a public personality every year since 2003, Vallée joins the fifteen previous recipients, including Dr. Réjean Thomas (2017), the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau (2016) and Xavier Dolan (2011), to name a few.

Other Awards

During the same event, Fondation Émergence’s 2018 Allié.e.s and Coup de Cœur awards will be presented to the following awardees:

  • The 2018 Coup de Cœur award, presented to the LGBTQ2 Apology Advisory Council, for providing expert advice and guidance to the Prime Minister of Canada related not only to the challenges and prejudice experienced by members of the LGBTQ2 community but also to the text of the official apology to victims of injustices in the LGBTQ2 community.
  • The 2018 Allié.e.s award presented to the citizens of the Municipality of Très-Saint-Rédempteur, who made history by electing Quebec’s first transgender woman to serve as mayor.

The Allié.e.s and Coup de Cœur awards are usually given to individuals. By awarding them to groups of people, Fondation Émergence wanted to emphasize the importance of joining forces. Every action counts and every individual has a role to play in putting an end to homophobia and transphobia.

About Fondation Émergence

Fondation Émergence fights against homophobia and transphobia and works to defend the rights and inclusion of LGBT people in society through a variety of programs, including Pour que vieillir soit gai, whose goal is to raise the awareness of those working with older adults about LGBT issues.

Founded in the year 2000, Fondation Émergence initiated the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, which was first celebrated in 2003.

New Campaign

On May 1st, Fondation Émergence kicked off its new campaign for the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia entitled “Showing Your Colours Can Still be a Crime”, under the theme of LGBT rights at the international level. Posters and brochures, available free of charge, can be ordered or downloaded at

About National Bank of Canada

With $251 billion in assets as at January 31, 2018, National Bank of Canada, together with its subsidiaries, forms one of Canada’s leading integrated financial groups.  It has more than 21,000 employees in knowledge-intensive positions and has been recognized numerous times as a top employer and for its commitment to diversity.  Its securities are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: NA).  Follow the Bank’s activities at or via social media such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.


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