France Bélisle was born and grew up in Gatineau, in the Hull sector. As Gatineau's first female Mayor, she marks the return of an independent Office of the Mayor of Quebec's fourth largest city.
A woman of action and passion, focused on results, Mayor Bélisle also puts her determination, enthusiasm and love for people at the service of Gatineau residents.
A journalist by training, Ms. Bélisle spent 18 years at Radio-Canada in different positions, including as head of public relations and public engagement in the office of the President of CBC/Radio-Canada.
From 2015 to 2021, she served as the President and CEO of Tourisme Outaouais. Her mandate at the head of the tourism association, which has more than 500 member businesses, was to promote the region to attract more tourists from all around the world.
Ms. Bélisle has a master's in journalism from Carleton University and a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Ottawa. Throughout her career, she took numerous courses in human and financial resource management, governance and planning.
Recognized for its quality of life, Gatineau is a city of 292,000 inhabitants. It is located on the north shore of the Ottawa River, and extends east and west of the Gatineau River.