Simon Beaulieu

Simon Beaulieu

EY Canada
Associate - Director | Consulting services for the financial sector

For the second consecutive year, it’s my privilege to be the honorary president of the Vendu–Sold auction. I accepted the invitation from Les éditions Esse to join the adventure again because I’m convinced that my presence can make a difference not only for the auction but also for contemporary art collecting in general. Not only is the connection between the business world and art valuable, it’s vital. I’m proud to be Esse’s ambassador in this mission!

I discovered Esse magazine nine years ago, and ever since I’ve been constantly amazed by the quality of its content and the relevance of its analyses. It offers a unique and essential perspective on contemporary art, highlighting both emerging and established artists with remarkable intellectual insight.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the magazine and the 15th anniversary of Vendu–Sold. The auction has woven lasting ties between art and collectors. By supporting this event, we contribute to the prosperity of the contemporary art scene and enrich our own collecting experience.

Les éditions Esse’s team has done everything within its power to make the auction a success; we’re also celebrating the extraordinary work of artists. This 15th edition promises to be the most ambitious one yet: a record 46 works are up for auction, and for the first time they’re being presented in a magnificent, historically significant exhibition space. All of this combined will make this edition of Vendu-Sold an unforgettable event, and I’m proud to be part of it.

These days, with increasingly drastic cuts to the philanthropic budgets of governments and businesses, the generosity of individuals is proving to be even more important for artists and cultural organizations. Our support is crucial to ensure that contemporary art is there to reach out to us and

Biographical note

Simon Beaulieu is a seasoned financial professional, known for connecting people and investing in new ventures. A passionate collector of contemporary art, he is also the proud father of five children. Professionally, Simon is a partner at EY Canada, where he is the Consulting Leader for the financial services sector, working with banks, insurance companies, and asset managers. Simon is devoted to serving his clients and their transformative initiatives.