Louise Imbeault can be described as a woman of action who has been able to juggle her professional, community, and family lives.
At Radio-Canada for more than 30 years, she achieved a number of firsts, including first woman news editor. In 1996, she became the director of Radio-Canada Atlantique. In 2007, under her leadership, the agency took the name Radio-Canada Acadie. That year, she was able to add weekend news bulletins to the television schedule.
Preserving regional programming and, despite budget cuts, increasing the number of original programs remained her goals on all platforms. Managing Radio-Canada Acadie meant managing a budget of more than $14 million and some 220 employees.
Under her direction, partnerships were established with the community, and through her inspiration, Radio-Canada Acadie now presents the Éloïzes gala and National Acadian Day, and has broadcast the Jeux de l’Acadie since they first began. On the international scene, Ms. Imbeault worked on various projects with national television stations in Africa.
Involved in her community, she chaired the SHM Foundation for the visual arts. She was the acting chair of the board of directors of the New Brunswick Museum from 2015 to 2017. A “full-time” feminist, she co-chaired the fundraising campaign for the Coalition for Pay Equity and was a member of the Regroupement féministe du Nouveau-Brunswick.
After retiring from Radio-Canada Acadie, she purchased Bouton d’or Acadie, a publishing house that is dedicated to the creation of literary works for Acadian youth, and which helps to showcase Acadie on the local, regional, national, and international scenes.
In June 2010, the Société de l’Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick awarded her the Prix Albert Sormany, which celebrates the recipient’s invaluable contribution to Acadie. In 2016, she received the Order of Moncton for her contribution to the cultural development of her birth city.
In September 2017, she was elected president of the Société Nationale de l’Acadie, and in June 2018, she became the chancellor of the Université de Moncton.
Louise Imbeault has raised four children and has instilled in them a sense of community development. She is now an overjoyed grandmother.
Louise Imbeault is receiving the Order of New Brunswick for her vital role in the social and cultural life of New Brunswick, through her contributions to media and communications sector, and within the Acadian community.