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Contribution of the development of museums and the protection of cultural and historical heritage


Art collector, specialist and patron of the visual arts, he is well-known in the Canadian cultural milieu. His contributions are actively sought in a wide variety of events showcasing Canada’s cultural and historical heritage, particularly in Quebec.

He has spoken on numerous occasions regarding the preservation of historical buildings: convents, churches, prisons, residences. Mr. Joyal worked on the restoration of heritage locations in and around Montreal, encouraged the Quebec Museum network’s development, collaborated on the implementation of several exhibitions, and has donated thousands of works of art and historical artefacts to great museums in Quebec and in Canada.

He has voluntarily collaborated and financially supported several significant cultural events and exhibits that have been circulated in Canada, often accompanied by thematic catalogues.

  • Member of the Policy Board for the Canadian Museums Association - (1974-1975)


  • First francophone President of the Société des musées québécois - (1972-1974)



Loaned artwork and artefacts to several culturally and historically significant exhibitions in and around Montreal, among them: (the list is not exhaustive)

  • Les Trésors de Napoléon, presenting the private collection of Pierre-Jean Chalençon, which consisted of historical artwork and artefacts relating to Napoleon and the Empire, organised by Exibits Development Group, USA France. Crypt of Notre-Dame Basilica, Montreal – (2014)


  • Joséphine. Stewart Museum, Ile Ste-Hélène - (2003)


  • Louis Philippe Hébert. Musée du Québec, Québec - (2000)


  • Napoléon à Ste-Hélène. Stewart Museum, Ile Ste-Hélène - (1999)


  • Le Renouveau de l’art sacré. Musée du Québec, Québec - (1998)


  • Québec plein la vue. Musée du Québec, Québec - (1994)


  • La peinture au Québec (1820 à 1850). Musée de la civilisation de Québec - (1994)


  • Un art de vivre - Le meuble de goût à l'époque victorienne. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Musée de la civilisation de Québec - (1993)


  • The City of Montreal and Public Archives of Canada, the 250th anniversary of the foundation of the Diocese of Montreal - (1990)


  • Québec, Montréal et la Révolution française. Musée du Québec, Québec - (1989)



  • Advisory Committee Member of the Grey Nuns of Montreal Museum for the relocation of the historic complex originally housed in Old Montreal - (1997-2000)


  • Public interventions to prevent the destruction of the Sir Louis–Hyppolyte Lafontaine (1807-1864) Residence in the small residential district of Overdale in Montreal - (1989)


  • Interventions to press for the restoration of the Jacques Cartier (1491-1557) Manor in Limoilou, France, made possible by the Macdonald-Stewart Foundation - (1983)


  • Several intercessions to convince the Canadian government to acquire the Louis–Joseph Papineau (1786-1871) House, on Bonsecours Street in Old Montreal, which was ultimately acquired by Parks Canada - (1980)


  • Generating recognition for the architectural history of the Bagg House (acquired in 1979) in an effort to save it from demolition, corner of King and William Streets in the Récollets district of Old Montreal - (1980)


  • Interventions to restore the Sir Georges-Étienne Cartier (1814-1873) Residence by Parks Canada in Old Montreal - (1978)


  • Adresses given for the restoration and use of Dorion’s Maison Tresler as an historical and cultural interpretation Centre - (1975)


  • Member of the Executive of Heritage Montreal (interest group seeking to preserve Montreal’s urban heritage) - (1974-1976)


  • Several speeches for the restoration pf heritage churches in the Diocese of Joliette (including the Saint-Paul Church  (1804), classified as a historic monument in 1972), St-Joseph de la Petite Bourgogne Church in Montreal in collaboration with the Comité d’art sacré du Diocèse, under the direction of Abbé Claude Turmel  - (1971)


  • Restored and classified as a historic monument (1969) the Maison Antoine Lacombe (1848) to Joliette (acquired in 1965) which is currently the Municipal Cultural Centre, property of the Municipality of St-Charles Borromée, in the County of Joliette.


  • Several public allocutions for the prevention the destruction and to ensure the enhancement of the heritage of:

- The Très-Saint-Nom-de-Jésus church (Maisonneuve District) - (2010)

- The Grey Nuns of Montreal’s convent complex - (1976)

- The Chinese community Church, to give way to the construction of the Guy-Favreau complex in Montreal - (1976)

- The Prison-des-Patriotes at the Pied-du-Courant prison in Montreal - (1975)

- The Château Dufresne (Maisonneuve District) to house the first Museum of Decorative Arts and Design (Garneau Collection), thanks to ca collaborative effort with the Macdonald-Stewart Fondation. - (1974-1975)




  • Founding member of the Art Museum of Joliette; Vice President and member of the Museum 's Board of Directors since its founding until 1992. Director Emeritus of the Museum. It initiates the construction project in 1972 of a new building in close collaboration with the RP Wilfrid Corbeil , csv -  (1972)


  • Supports the publication of the first catalog of the Museum; Emeritus donor Museum (donated many works of Canadian and European art, paintings, sculptures, Canadian Silver, decorative furniture, etc.) - (since 1969)



Renowned MMFA patron. Donated hundreds of Canadian and international artwork, including a Canadian and European Silverware collection and an important collection of French Empire era artwork. He is one of the promoters, through his friendship with Ben et Huguette Weider, for dedicating a separate room to Napoleon and his Empire inaugurated in 2008.- (2014)


  • Donated a collection of 23 silver works of art crafted by Carl Poul Petersen (1895-1977), revealing the artist’s importance in the history of Montreal and Canadian-based silverwork, and subsequently leading to a retrospective exhibition and catalog - (2002)



  • Donated several works of art, drawings, models and prints related to Canadian and international architecture - (since 1988)



  • Donated several works of art and entire collections, including 3,500 period costumes and accessories (1800 to 1940) which became the hub of the Museum’s Costume Department, over 60 Aboriginal and Canadian artefacts from the XIXth century originating from the Saulteaux and Gros Ventres Tribes in the Canadian West, as well as several ethnological objects, including the model which served to produce the bronze statue of Louis Cyr’s, Canada’s Strong Man (1863-1912) - (1987-1997)


  • Benefactor Emeritus of the Museum



  • Donated a chair which belonged to Louis-Joseph Papineau to the Montebello Manor in the la Petite-Nation Seigneury (Parcs Canada), Gatineau (1786-1871) - (1999)



  • Donation of artefacts (sculptures, monument models, drawings, stained glass) relating to the commemoration of the exploration of the St-Laurent estuary by Jacques Cartier - (1993)



  •  Donation of the portraits of three French Kings : Henry II (1547-1559), Francis II (1559-1560) and Charles IX (1560-1574). They are on permanent display in the Salon de la francophonie in the Parliament of Canada, which previously only housed the portraits of all other Kings of New France, i.e. from the reign of Francis I to that of Louis XV. The addition of these three portraits thus fills the gap that had been left between the reigns of Francis I (1515-1547) and Henry III (1574-1589).

The reigns of these three sovereigns coincided with a time of great upheaval in the troubled history of France (the French Wars of Religion), and therefore of comparatively less influence on development in Canada. Nevertheless, as French Kings, they continued to affirm France’s sovereignty over that part of the “New World.”


  • The inclusion of their portraits in the Salon de la francophonie completes the uninterrupted line of succession of Sovereigns during the French colonial period. - 2015


  •  Donation of a white oak lectern in memory of The Honourable Gildas Molgat, Senate Speaker (1994-2001), in honour of his exceptional contributions to Canadian public life. On permanent display in the Senate Reading Room - (2002)


  • Donation of King Edward VIII’s (1894-1972) portrait, photograph by Carl Vandyk (1936). Offered in memory of The Honourable Senator Harry Hays


  • Donation of King William IV’s (1765-1837) portrait, etched from a drawing by Sir Thomas Lawrence, RA (1769-1830), in memory of The Honourable Senator Maurice Lamontagne, P.C. (1917-1983). Unveiled June 11, 2002 - (2000)


  • Donation of King George IV’s (1820-1830) portrait, painted by Sir Thomas Lawrence, RA (1769-1830) in memory of The Honourable Jean Marchand, P.C., Senate Speaker (1980-1984). Unveiled June 11 2002 - (1998)



  • Donation of 75 works of aboriginal artwork and artefacts from across Canada, to be permanently displayed at the Parliament of Canada (Aboriginal People’s Room) - (1995-2005)


  • Donation of the portraits of six Kings of France who presided over New France for permanent display in the Salon de la Francophonie (Room 263-S, Centre Block): François 1st, Henri III, Henri IV, Louis XIII, Louis XIV and Louis XV, as well as a map of New France (2003-2004) and of a bronze bust of Samuel Champlain by sculptor Alfred Laliberté to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Foundation of Acadie – (2004)



  • Donation of a cane with silver gilt pommel which belonged to Joseph-Adolphe Chapleau, Member of the National Assembly from 1867 to 1882 and Quebec Premier from 1879 to 1882 - (2012), of a cigar box belonging to Quebec Premier Le Noblet Duplessis by Montreal sculptor Louis Pistono, as well as Duplessis’ personal appointment schedules covering the last six years of his mandate (1953-1959) – (2014)



  • Donation of over 1,000 artefacts relating to Canadian symbols, emblems, coats of arms and political history - (2011)


  • Thanks to his perseverance, on the occasion Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee, the Canadian Museum of Civilization presented an exhibition entitled “A Queen and Her Country” (2012) consisting largely of artefacts from his 2011 donation relating to Her Majesty’s sixty year reign. The collection thereafter circulated across Canada


  • Museum Benefactor



  • Loan of french religious pieces from the 17th and 18th centuries ( chalice, ciborium , burette and box housing holy oils) for the permanent exhibition, History and Memory - (2011- )



To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the founding of Acadie, Senator Joyal took the initiative of casting in bronze 4 busts of the explorer and cartographer Samuel Champlain, “Father of New-France” (founder of Acadie on June 26, 1604 and Quebec in 1608), the cast model of which was originally produced around 1930 by sculptor Alfred laliberté, RCA.

 - October 29 2004. Samuel Champlain’s bust-monument is installed at Place du Canada in Paris and inaugurated in the presence of New-Brunswick Premier Bernard Lord, Acadian Federal Minister Claudette Bradshaw, Deputy Maoyr of Paris Pierre Schapira, Mayor of the VIIIth Arrondissement Français Lebel, His Excellency Claude Laverdure, and Senator Joyal.

- July 25 2004. Senator Joyal personally went to Brouage, in Saintonge, France, birthplace of the celebrated explorer to donate the second bust. While there he participated in the inauguration of Canada House (Champlain House) in Brouage where the bust-monument is permanently installed in the garden.

- June 21 2004. Senator Joyal presents one bust to the Société Nationale des Acadiens to be installed at the site of Port Royal in Nova Scotia, under the responsibility of Parks Canada. The bust was ultimately permanently installed to commemorate the 400th anniversary of its establishment.

The monument currently stands next to Jacques Cartier’s monument, the first great explorer of Canada, erected by the France-Canada Committee in 1934 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the exploration of the Saint-Laurent estuary.



He is often sought out as an advisor to support cultural organisations.

He has also acted as art evaluator for, among others, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Musée de la civilisation de Québec, the Archdiocese of Montréal, and the Commission to examine and import Canadian cultural goods.

A fervent defender of arts and culture, his many publications, articles, and conferences inspire the public’s interest. He has published many articles in newspapers, books and cultural periodicals.

He has organised several historically and culturally significant conferences for, among others, the volunteers of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the National Gallery of Canada, the Société d'histoire de Sherbrooke, the Friends of the Musée du Québec, the Société d'histoire de Joliette (of which he was a member from 1965-1969), etc…


  • Honorary President of the celebrations surrounding the 100th anniversary of the construction of Château Dufresne, a listed historic monument in 1976. - May 28, 2018


  • A participé, dans le cadre du projet au « 24 heures du roman »  organisé par L’Écriture en mouvement & VIA Rail, à l’accueil des auteurs de l'Ontario, du Québec, des Maritimes et de la France qui ont pris part au défi de rédiger un roman, en 24 heures à bord d'un train. Cette initiative a pour objectif de souligner les 400 ans de présence française en Ontario. -  24 octobre 2015


  • Launch of Volume 4 of the catalog of Jean-Paul Riopelle for which Senator Joyal personally supported the publication - February 2014


  • Member of the Board of Directors for the LaFontaine-Cormier Foundation – (2010)


  • Honorary Member from Quebec of the Canadian Society of Decorative Arts (CSDA) – (2013)


  • Prepared a posthumous tribute to Mr. Paul Desmarais, founder of Power Corporation » (“Paul Desmarais. Un homme d’une grande culture”, La Presse, Octobre 10 2013). He has been asked to comment on the televised rebroadcasting of Mr. Desmarais’ memorial service by Radio-Canada (RDI) - (3 décembre 2013)


  • Patron of Honour at the Musée d’art de Joliette’s fundraising campaign for the Museum’s expansion ($10 million project) - (2013)


  • Speaker during the day of tribute to Ben Weider, MMFA - (2010)


  • Jury Member of the Cundill International Prize and Lecture in History (Cundill Foundation), McGill University - (2009 and 2010)


  • Chairman of the Decorative Arts Acquisition Committee at the MMFA - (since 2014)


  • Chairman of the Appointments Committee at the MMFA - (2000-2014)
  • Member of the Board of Directors at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) - (since 2008)


  • Keynote speaker of the exhibition Riopelle, a Canadian Artist at the Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg), alongside Montreal Museum of Fine Arts President Bernard Lamarre and Museum Director Guy Cogeval, in the presence of Hector Cowan, Canadian Consul-General in St. Petersburg, Russia - (2002)

This was the first time J. P. Riopelle’s artwork was displayed in the prestigious Russian museum. The exhibition later moved to the Musée Cantini in Marseille, France, and in early 2007 to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California.


  • In collaboration with former Senator Jerahmiel S. Grafstein, initiated a project in 1998 to create a “National Portrait Gallery” in Canada in the former United States Embassy building on Wellington Street in Ottawa. Project officially launched by The Honourable Shelia Copps, Minister of Canadian Heritage - (2001)


  • President of the Fundraising campaign for the Château Ramezay Museum - (2001)


  • Following personal research, wrote a memoir on the history of Pistono woodworkers of Montreal - (1995)


  • Over nearly ten years, produced over 120 monthly sales catalogs at public auctions in Canadian and decorative art, representing over 2,000 Canadian and 1,200 international works of art annually - (1985-1995)


  • Collaborated with several police detachments to recover artwork looted from the Quebec Cathedral ten years earlier - (1981)


  • Trustee Emeritus of the CCA – (since 1997)


  • Trustee of the Canadian Centre for Architecture’s (CCA) first Board of Directors - (1988-1997)


  • Acted as an advisor for the acquisition of artwork, paintings and sculptures for several institutions, notably for Power Corporation of Canada. - (since 1985)


  • Inventoried artwork found in 56 parishes in the Diocese of Joliette, prepared an a retrospective exhibition at the Musée d'art de Joliette, and published a retrospective article in Vie des Arts (the oldest cultural periodical in Canada) - (1977)


  • Was Director of the Fine Arts Collection at Editions HMH in Montreal



  • Speaker before the Monarchist League of Canada of Canada (Ottawa Breach), on the occasion of the celebrations of the 90th anniversary of Her Majesty Elizabeth II. The presentation of the senator focused on "Canada's Constitutional Monarchy: Honouring a Lifetime of Service by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada." - May 12, 2016


  • Participated in the colloquium "Bilingual Constitution for Canada in 2017" organized by the Faculty of Law (Common Law Section), University of Ottawa. Senator was one of three speakers of the panel "A bilingual Constitution - An Incomplete Project" - Ottawa, November 6, 2015


  • Participated as a speaker at the conference organized by ICJ Canada (Quebec Chapter) for participants and participants to develop a better understanding of the impacts of the Magna Carta on the Canadian and Quebec society, The Quebec Court of Appeal, November 5, 2015


  • Hosts a discussion on the myth of L’Aiglon ("the Eaglet," Napoleon Bonaparte’s nickname) at the Maison symphonique de Montreal. The Montreal Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Kent Nagano, presents L’Aiglon, an opera by Jacques Ibert and Arthur Honegger. Discussions with specialists of the Napoleonic era are held every evening after the end of the concert. - (March 17, 2015)


  • Member of the Honorary Committee at the closing gala 150th anniversary fundraising campaign of the foundation of the Château Ramezay Museum. - (2014)


  • Proponent of a Conference under the theme “France, Canada and Quebec during the Great War” in the Senate of Canada in November 2014. Organised in collaboration with the Canada-France Interparliamentary Association and the support of the Institut France-Amérique. - (2014)


  • Acting Ambassador for the Fondation Vimy – Vimy Foundation for the construction of a historical Interpretation Centre in Vimy (France) commemorating the Great Battle’s Centenary - (2014)


  • Launch of Le Mythe de Napoléon au Canada français, a 550 page historical essay including nearly 300 illustrations, many of which were never before published, revealing a totally unknown influence of this historical figure on the psycho-political development of French Canadian identity  - published at éditions Del Busso - (2013)


  • On the occasion of Her Majesty Elizabeth II Queen of Canada’s Diamond Jubilee, he takes the initiative of commissioning a bronze gilded commemorative calendar, with financial contributions from all Senators and officers at the Table, which permanently adorns the Clerk’s Table on the floor of the Senate Chamber - (2013)


  • Proponent of an international conference at the Grande Bibliothèque in Montreal, with the collaboration of Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec and the Royal Military College of Canada under the theme: “In 1813, it was War; Montreal; Strategies, societies, and politics during the Anglo-American conflict of 1812”


  • Closing keynote speaker under the theme: “From the War of 1812 to war-torn Europe: the shadow of the Eagle” - (2013)


  • Member of Friends of the Canadian Crown, an informal network of academics, experts and students of public policy, writers who, among others things, wish to bolster the understanding of Canadian Constitutional Monarchy by Canadians – (since 2010)


  • Host and co-chair with Senator Hugh Segal of a policy conference on the role of the Crown in Canadian governance “The Crown in Canada: Present Realities and Future Options” (Parliament Buildings in Ottawa)

    The conference is the initiative of “Friends of the Canadian Crown”, an informal network of academics, practitioners and students of public policy, writers, and others wishing to see the institution of constitutional monarchy better understood by Canadians. - (June 9 & 10, 2010)


  • Proponent of a France-Canada commemorative Conference in the Senate Chambers of Paris and Ottawa in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Champlain in Quebec with 10 French and Canadian historians under the theme: “France’s impression on Canada after 400 years”. He co-edits a book on this theme with historian Paul-André Linteau, Presses de l’Université de Montréal (PUM) - (2008)


  • Collaborator at the Institut France-Amériques in Paris - (since 1997)