Antoine Gauthier has been at the head of the Quebec Council for Living Heritage (CQPV) since 2009. Within this national umbrella organization, he has led several projects, consultations, conferences, training and publications. As an expert in intangible cultural heritage and a specialist in the 2003 UNESCO Convention, he regularly gives lectures. Many of his articles have appeared in national and international publications. He holds a master's degree in International Studies from Laval University (law, economics & political science) as well as a master's degree in philosophy from the University of Montreal. Mr. Gauthier previously worked for the Organization of World Heritage Cities, the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Heritage at Laval University, the Organization Secretariat of the 12th Francophonie Summit (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Canada) and the International Youth Hostel Federation. As a traditional musician and researcher, he has received grants from the arts councils of Quebec and Canada several times.