Jacques Andre Dupont

Considered by many to be an authority in marketing, sponsorship and the development of large-scale cultural projects, JACQUES-ANDRE DUPONT is the President of L’Équipe Spectra and 3 of the biggest Festivals in Montreal - the International Jazz Festival, the FrancoFolies, & Montréal en Lumière.

Dupont supports the musical development of the next generation of Québécois artists thanks, among other endeavours, to the creation of the Blues Camp for teens during the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, and staging a series of concerts presenting high school, cegep and university students. In 2017, following the publication of a report by the Conseil des Montréalaises (Montréal Women’s Council), he launched the Hirondelles, an all-female safety team dedicated to maintaining the security and well-being of festival fans and vulnerable people. He is also responsible for many projects addressing the sustainable development of the group, including making the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal carbon neutral, an international first at the time.

He is also a passionate photographer whose work focuses on wildlife and nature. His images have been featured in several major medias like Canadian Geographic, National Geographic, Africa Geographic, Wildlife Photographic, Outdoor Photography, Paris Match, the London Telegraph, China News, La Pravda, etc. His pictures have been selected/or won several photo competitions internationally and have been been exhibited in several countries around the world. With is photography he only wants to achieve one simple goal: bring the beauty of nature into light.

3 words to describe Nature?

Grand. Fragile. Us

3 things Nature taught you?

The more I connect with it, the happier I am.

Even the ugliest animals are beautiful.

It is the best smelling thing ever.

3 most treasured Nature spots?

My three favourite nature spots so far (because I want to see them all!) are

The Serengeti plains of Tanzania because it was love at first sight for me;

Yellowstone National Park, because this where I knew right away I would become a nature and wildlife photographer;

And my own backyard forest in Bolton West, Quebec, because I am the luckiest man in the world to have this in my own backyard every day.

When you look at the ocean, it makes you feel...?

Peaceful. Probably the infinity of it, with the suiting sound of the waves

When you see a forest, it makes you feel...?

Curious! I want to explore it… Find an owl nest or a fox hole. And walk along a trustful moose (which happened to me this spring)

When you see a volcano, it makes you feel...?

Small and scared. Will my number come up today?

When you see a sunrise or sunset, it makes you feel...?

A sunrise? Alive, energized, happy to be up early in the day, and looking forward to what’s next. A sunset? happy, relaxed and looking forward to a glass of wine to celebrate the day that just ended so well.

When you hear thunder, it makes you feel...?

Hoping for a spectacle: the drums, the light show… It’s better than Cirque du Soleil!

When you hear the wind howling, it makes you feel...?

Wanting to snuggle with my wife, as usually it is winter and -20 celsius outside, at our home that we named Domaine des Vents (Field of Winds), for it is really the windiest place.

Are you an Ocean, Mountain, Forest, or Desert person?

I think I am an African plains person. That is why I love also so much the Serengeti AND Yellowstone (as it is called the Serengeti of America…).

On a scale of 1 to 10, how important is Nature to your well-being?

10, and then some! For the last 20 years I have been suffering from anxiety attacks on a regular basis… I guess that stress is my Achilles' heel… But since the last few years, nature photography has been the most amazing medicine for me…

Share with us a childhood nature memory?

It's the blue hour, just after the sunset. My dad took me fishing, north of Quebec city. And suddenly, for the first time ever, I hear the call of the loon. Wow! It sounds like a wolf. I am mesmerized by it. Since then, every time I hear a loon calling I go right back to that day, where I was so well, with my dad.


Jacob Marshall

JACOB MARSHALLis a multisensory artist and the Executive Director of Constellation; a new organization founded by the first international coalition of astronauts seeking to address global challenges from their perspective of having seen the Earth from the vantage point of space.

Jacob started the acclaimed rock band MAE (Multisensory Aesthetic Experience) and has sold over 500,000 records worldwide and performed over 1600 concerts on 4 continents.

He worked to help launch the Global Citizen Festivalwhich brought 60,000 music fans to New York's Central Park on September 29th, 2012. The festival leveraged $1.3 billion in new commitments to the world's poor and became the largest charity concert broadcast in history with a confirmed number of impressions surpassing 2 billion.

In 2013, 2014, and 2015 he served as a Producer of Global Citizen Festival and built a broad variety of strategic partnerships.

Jacob serves as a member of the advisory board for Future of Story Telling (FoST) where he launched and leads the social impact initiative "FoST for Good" in partnership with HP and Facebook. He also serves as an artist mentor at the New Museum's NEW INC.

He also recently conceived, produced and performed the world’s first large scale collective virtual reality concert experience from inside Jerusalem’s 3000 year-old Tower of David for the Forbes30 Under 30 Summit. Jacob was a featured artist at the United Nations General Assembly in 2017.

3 words to describe Nature? 

LIVING. INTERDEPENDENT. WISDOM.

3 things Nature taught you? 

PERSPECTIVE ON TIME - THAT ALL LIFE IS A SYMPHONY AND I AM A MELODY IN THAT LARGER MUSIC - TO LISTEN WITH MY WHOLE BODY

3 most treasured Nature spots? 

PLACES WHERE THE OCEAN MEETS THE MOUNTAINS - HAWAII, BIG SUR, ICELAND

When you look at the ocean, it makes you feel...? 

LIKE RELIGION IS TO GOD WHAT A GLASS OF OCEAN WATER IS TO THE OCEAN.

When you see a forest, it makes you feel...? 

LIKE THE TREES WANT TO TELL US THEIR SECRETS.

When you see a volcano, it makes you feel...? 

LIKE THE TRUTH IS BOTH ANCIENT AND PRESENT.

When you see a sunrise or sunset, it makes you feel...? 

LIKE THE THING I USED TO CALL MYSELF IS SLOWLY DISAPPEARING INTO EVERYTHING

When you hear thunder, it makes you feel...? 

LIKE ITS TIME TO BE STILL.

When you hear the wind howling, it makes you feel...? 

LIKE MY CERTAINTY SHOULD BE REPLACED WITH CURIOSITY.

Are you an Ocean, Mountain, Forest, or Desert person? 

OCEAN

On a scale of 1 to 10, how important is Nature to your well-being? 

10. WE ARE NATURE. OUR WELL-BEING IS ONE AND THE SAME. MOST OF OUR PROBLEMS BEGIN WHEN WE FORGET THAT SIMPLE TRUTH.

Share with us a childhood nature memory? 

I’LL ALWAYS TREASURE THE FEELING OF BEING IN THE OCEAN DURING SEPTEMBER. THE BEACH WAS EMPTY, THE SKY WAS LUMINOUS, AND THE WATER WAS EVER SO SLIGHTLY WARMER THAN THE AIR. WE WOULD TRADE WAVES ALL DAY AND TRADE STORIES AROUND THE FIRE ALL NIGHT. WE BASKED IN THE FEELING OF PURE ALIVENESS.


Claudia Robaina

Throughout her career, CLAUDIA ROBAINA’s personal mission has been to nurture creative individuals to reach their full potential. Born in Venezuela, and trained as a violist, she has dedicated a decade to classical music management while at Columbia Artists Management and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. At both organizations, she managed and empowered the careers of hundreds of conductors, instrumentalists, and composers. Claudia’s reputation as a thoughtful leader, effective producer, and personable manager has led her to cultivate strong working relationships with Yo-Yo Ma, André Previn, Yefim Bronfman, Colin Currie, and John Williams, among other professional collaborators including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Silk Road Ensemble, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Aspen Ideas Festival.

To broaden her exposure to creative professionals in the fields of science and technology, Claudia joined the MIT Media Lab in 2015 to manage the Director’s Fellows Program, an initiative aimed at connecting thought leaders and creative catalysts from around the globe with the Media Lab’s antidisciplinary vision, encouraging the Fellows to become agents of change and international ambassadors for the Media Lab.

3 words to describe Nature? 

Grand. Life. Powerful

3 things Nature taught you? 

Humility. Beauty. Resilience

3 most treasured Nature spots 

Seating in front of the ocean, on top a mountain, or next to a waterfall.

When you look at the ocean, it makes you feel...? 

Human, fluid, calm

When you see a forest, it makes you feel...? 

Surrounded, protected by wise giants

When you see a volcano, it makes you feel...? 

Energized, amazed, powerless

When you see a sunrise or sunset, it makes you feel...? 

Inspired, grateful

When you hear thunder, it makes you feel...? 

Impermanent, small

When you hear the wind howling, it makes you feel...?

Curious

Are you an Ocean, Mountain, Forest, or Desert person? 

Ocean

On a scale of 1 to 10, how important is Nature to your well-being? 

10

Share with us a childhood nature memory? 

Swimming in a school of fish while visiting the Los Roques archipelago off the coast of Venezuela. It was our chosen vacation spot during my entire childhood.


Flemming Bo Jensen

FLEMMING BO JENSEN is a Fujifilm ambassador, official Red Bull photographer and renowned music photographer. Music, especially electronic music, is a big part of what makes his heart beat. For him, being able to combine music and photography is a dream come true. Since November 2009 he has lived as a nomad. He was the former Head of IT in a Danish Government agency, but wanted to see new horizons and left Copenhagen and his job in 2009. He has been on the road for more than 7 years now, and is still wandering the world, although can usually be found in Copenhagen during the summer months, enjoying the music festivals. He is the author of the ebook GET IN THE LOOP – How To Make Great Music Images.

3 words to describe Nature?

Awe-inspiring. Heals. Home.

3 things Nature taught you?

I was born and brought up on a dairy farm, so here goes: Respect and love for our planet, nature and animals. Where I truly belong. And a cow standing on your 8 year old foot will not move and not care how much it hurts.

- oh as I started traveling, I learned a 4: Nothing more dangerous than a wounded mosquito!

3 most treasured Nature spots?

Arches National Park, Utah, USA. Rottnest Island, Western Australia. My home country and landscapes of Himmerland, Denmark.

When you look at the ocean, it makes you feel...?

I was born on a farm, not near water so it used to make me feel great fear and a little bit drawn to it at the same time. Now that I learned how to swim and free-dive it still makes me feel fear - but now I want to go in it and explore!

When you see a forest, it makes you feel...?

Peaceful, in a fairy tale, carrying mosquito repellent, afraid we will someday have no more forests.

When you see a volcano, it makes you feel...?

I will let you know when I see one!

When you see a sunrise or sunset, it makes you feel...?

I am not a morning person so sunrises are rare, unless they happen at 10am in the Scandinavian winter and I can have a coffee with it! Sunset makes me feel like bliss, like we are given a few minutes glimpse into a possible state of the world if we tried harder to protect nature, a few minutes where everything is alright.

When you hear thunder, it makes you feel...?

Time to get the cows inside :)

When you hear the wind howling, it makes you feel...?

Cold. The wind is always cold in the Nordics.

Are you an Ocean, Mountain, Forest, or Desert person?

Desert. I love wide open spaces.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how important is Nature to your well-being?

10. My body couldn't breathe without it. My soul couldn't live without it.

Share with us a childhood nature memory?

I used to take our dogs for long walks down the fields, just to be out there alone (featuring cows), in a wide open space feeling that everything is possible.