Georges Coulombe: more than a property management firm
As a leading property owner and management firm in Montreal, Georges Coulombe’s mission is to preserve or modernize Quebec’s heritage. The firm’s operations extend from the Ville-Marie borough to Mercier Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, including Petite-Patrie and Sud-Ouest. The firm’s offices are located in Old Montreal’s historical district.
Its activities are centered on preserving the city’s architectural heritage, which it does through the intelligent restoration and upgrading of these buildings. Its work over the last 35 years is on display on such streets as Notre-Dame, Saint-Jacques, McGill, Saint-Pierre, De Brésoles, Le Moyne, Saint-Nicolas, Saint-Éloi, Saint-Vincent, Saint-Paul, and many others.
Its work in the historical district is showcased in professional office space as well as retail establishments and residential units. In fact, its involvement and initiative can be seen in a built-up surface of over 2 million square feet in this district alone.
In 2014, in Montreal’s Quartier Latin district, Georges Coulombe was awarded and became the contractor for the revitalization of an ambitious project: UQAM’s Nouveau Pavillon de la Mode located at 280 Sainte-Catherine Street East, and inaugurated on March 12, 2015. The building houses the École supérieure de la Mode de Montréal.
To follow through on the project, Georges Coulombe merged two vacant century-old buildings. Mr. Georges Coulombe thus created a new space by preserving the most interesting heritage aspects and adding a floor with a contemporary style as well as building a decorative cornice. Once again, he dared to put his own stamp on the building and brought to life a vibrant and inspiring space in keeping with our way of life.
From 2004 to 2008, Mr. Georges Coulombe worked as president-founder for SDC, the paramunicipal agency in charge of promoting business in the historical district of Old Montreal. He took on this position again from 2009 to 2012. The same year, he was part of a working group with other specialists. The working group, chaired by Mayor Régis Labeaume, was given the mandate to reflect on the future of Quebec City’s religious buildings. The outcome of their work was submitted to the municipal council in January 2010.
Mr. Coulombe was also president of Société AGIL, formerly the Société du Quartier international de Montréal, a non-profit organization created by business leaders to promote and upgrade major facilities and infrastructures in downtown Montreal.
He also sat on the board of trustees of the Société du Musée d’archéologie et d’histoire de Montréal, Pointe-à-Callière, and on the board of the Société du Havre, in addition to chairing, since it was created, the Board of Directors of Montréal en histoire (Cité mémoire).
As a self-taught lover of art, history and music, Mr. Coulombe’s cultural involvement is what first brought him to Montreal’s historic district. Mr. Coulombe’s involvement can be seen in the fields of communications, graphic arts, painting, publishing, music and many others.