Dîner en Blanc International
François Pasquier - Founder of Le Dîner en Blanc.
In 1988, after spending a few years abroad, François Pasquier wanted to organize a picnic to reconnect with old friends. The concept was simple: "Bring a meal, and bring a new friend." Seeing as his garden was too small to receive all the guests, he told them to convene at the Bois de Boulogne and to dress in white, so they could find each other. This friendly gathering became so popular that it grew over time. It is now bringing together over 10,000 friends of friends every year in Paris. Nearly 30 years later, François Pasquier still organizes the Parisian Dîner en Blanc with those same friends.
Aymeric Pasquier - President of Dîner en Blanc International Inc.
Born in France, he is one of the 4 sons of the founder. He has been living in Montreal for the last ten years and simply adores Canada, his adopted country. He imported the concept from France to Canada in 2009 and then to the United-States (in New York City) in 2011. He is the President and co-founder of Dîner en Blanc International Inc. He is also the organizer of the Montreal Dîner en Blanc.
Sandy Safi - Director of Development Dîner en Blanc International Inc.
Having worked in over 15 countries, including Canada, in the field of special events and the performing arts, she has been responsible for developing and managing productions in theatre, opera, circus, concerts. She is the co-founder for Dîner en Blanc International Inc. where she acts as Director of Development and Partner.
Marie-Eve Olivier - Administrative & Financial Management, Dîner en Blanc International Inc.
As a big fan and enthusiastic member since the first Dîner en Blanc of Montreal in 2009, Marie-Eve has volunteered for 2 years alongside some of her family members. Now she has the opportunity to help this young and dynamic company by implementing an accounting and global finance process to further expand Diner en Blanc International.
Marie-Claude is very excited to have joined the Dîner en Blanc International team as it allows her to continue her career in event planning and lets her share her passion for event organization with people from around the world, while continuing to explore this fascinating field. Her career path, her need for challenges, the pleasure to work with different people from different countries and her desire to keep on learning are just a few of the reasons that pushed her to take on the Dîner en Blanc adventure.
Christian Rochefort - Project Manager, Dîner en Blanc International Inc.
Born and raised in Montreal, Christian has worked in various roles from customer support to sales and marketing in the field of IT for more than 25 years. His technical background combined with his experience working with customers and industry partners will help Dîner en Blanc International in its continuous growth.
Darya Sodo - Project Manager, Dîner en Blanc International Inc.
Elegance, simplicity, great food, and the unique gathering of people in beautiful locations are some of the elements that drew Darya in to join the Dîner en Blanc International team. Being a world traveler herself, the opportunity to work with different cultures from around the world to host this chic picnic is a fascinating challenge. Her experience in event planning has led her to this path of which she can combine her passion for travel, meeting new people and helping others to create this beautiful event all around the world.
Samantha Vandzura - National Partnership Manager, Dîner en Blanc International Inc.
With a passion for events that bring people together, Samantha is very excited to be a part of the magic that is Dîner en Blanc. Sam is professionally trained as a high school teacher, but her passion for event planning has pulled her towards this exciting and dynamic team. She attended her first Dîner en Blanc in Montreal last summer and it made such an amazing impression on her, that she felt she had no choice but to peruse her involvement in planning these beautiful nights as a career.
Karim Talaat - Prospect and International Sales Manager, Dîner en Blanc International Inc.
The international nature of this event and the opportunity to continue to explore the world through the local hosts are among the attributes that led Karim to join the International Dîner en Blanc team. With performing arts and creations at heart, he is proud to be part of the vibrant team and to contribute to the development of Dîner en Blanc worldwide.
Chantal Blanchard - International PR, Dîner en Blanc International Inc.
As a publicist in the world of entertainment, she travelled the world for many years. Those amazing years on the road gave her the opportunity to somewhat satisfy her thirst for everything that is lifestyle i.e. food, wine, cocktails, fashion, urban life, architecture, design, etc. She would say that this career path and passion for all that is good in life predestined her to join the team of Dîner en Blanc International.