Herménégilde Chiasson

Herménégilde Chiasson

Chiasson Hermenegilde c3.jpg
29th Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick
In office
26 August 2003 – 30 September 2009
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Adrienne Clarkson
Michaëlle Jean
Premier Bernard Lord
Shawn Graham
Preceded by Marilyn Trenholme Counsell
Succeeded by Graydon Nicholas
Personal details
Born (1946-04-07) April 7, 1946 (age 75)[1]
Saint-Simon, New Brunswick, Canada
Spouse(s) Marcia Babineau
Profession Poet, playwright

Herménégilde Chiasson O.C ONB (born 7 April 1946) is a Canadian poet, playwright and visual artist of Acadian origin. Born in Saint-Simon, New Brunswick, he was the 29th Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick between 2003 and 2009. He is also currently a professor at Université de Moncton.


He was made a Grand Officer of the National Order of Merit (France) as per the Canada Gazette of 26 November 2011.

Career and private life

He is married to Marcia (Babineau) with one daughter, Sara-Jane. He served in many positions (director, playwright, journalist, researcher) with Radio-Canada from 1968 until 1985. During this time, he also made many contributions to the cultural framework of New Brunswick: directing the Galerie d'art de l'Université de Moncton in 1974, serving as President of the Galerie sans nom in 1980, helping found the Editions Perce Neige in 1984 and the Aberdeen Co-op in 1985. He worked on several such projects after leaving Radio-Canada before becoming a professor of the history of Art and Cinema at the Université de Moncton in 1988. He is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts[2] In 2017 Chiasson received the biennial Strathbutler Award for visual art in New Brunswick.[3]



  • Mourir à Scoudouc (1974)
  • Rapport sur l’état de mes illusions (1976)
  • Climat (1996) (English translation: Climate.)
  • Conversations (1999) (Winner of the 1999 Governor General's Literary Award for poetry.)


  • Cap Enragé (1992)
  • L'exil d'Alexa (1993)
  • Aliénor (1998)
  • Le Christ est apparu au Gun Club (2005)


Coat of arms of Herménégilde Chiasson
Herménégilde Chiasson Arms.svg
The arms of Herménégilde Chiasson consist of: [5]
A bear passant Azure charged on the shoulder with a mullet Or, holding in its dexter paw a theatrical mask per pale Azure and Gules.
Azure between four billets Argent a pen and a paintbrush in saltire Or.
Two sea-Pegasi Argent queued Azure winged, crined and webbed Or, each charged on the shoulder with a purple violet flower proper.
Barry wavy Argent and Azure.
En Toute Bonne Foy


  • 2016 - Herménégilde Chiasson, de ruptures en contraintes (realisation Ginette Pellerin)


  1. ^ Snyder, Lorraine. "Herménégilde Chiasson". Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Members since 1880". Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Archived from the original on 26 May 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
  3. ^ "2017 Herménégilde Chiasson". Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  4. ^ a b Snyder, Lorraine. "Herménégilde Chiasson". Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  5. ^ Canadian Heraldic Authority (Volume IV), Ottawa, 1998, p. 379

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