Head of his own artistic agency in Granby for nearly 60 years, Impresario Pierre Gravel, has developed many interests. Not only is he behind the names of some of the biggest stars in show business but he also has a great interest in bronze sculptures by Quebec, Canadian and European artists, as well for Native American art, for which he has a special affection. Stamps and rare coins are also among his preferred affections and are highlighted throughout the Museum.
Along with his activities as an Impresario, Pierre Gravel also worked as a gunsmith for 20 years and still works as an authorized inspector for the Canadian Firearms Registry, as does Carole Potvin and Brigitte Gravel, co-founders of the Museum. His extensive knowledge in this field play a key role in the various themes developed in the Museum.
In short, the Musée Canadien de l’Arme et du Bronze is a realization of a dream for Pierre Gravel and his wife Carole Potvin, who through the collections will show the general public the history of the Americas and of the wars which have been fought in them.
Formerly an Imprésario for the artistic agency Pierre Gravel International, Carole Potvin worked primarily with agents and event organizers in the Canadian and European markets. Her pronounced interest in the arts and the experiences acquired during her numerous travels made her a natural choice to become Director of Operations for The Musée Canadien de l’Arme et du Bronze. She among other things developed the different themes that are the basis of the Museum.
Yves Leblond has worked as a police officer and as a firearms clerk for the Sûreté du Québec for more than thirty years. His professional training included a specialization in firearms for which he has a special interest. He now works in the identification of weapons and the administration of the Musée Canadien de l’Arme et du Bronze. Mr. Leblond is also an authorized inspector for the Canadian Firearms Registry.
Member of the Canadian Forces since 1982, Michel Litalien is passionate about military history. He presently works as the Director of History and Heritage at the Ministry of National Defence. He will soon complete his master’s degree in history at the University of Ottawa.
At the Musée Canadien de l’Arme et du Bronze, Michel Litalien is responsible for the management and the thematic presentation of the military collection. He wants visitors to discover the captivating but little-known history of the regiments and the heroes of Quebec and of the Eastern Townships, in times of war and in times of peace, here at home and overseas.
The Canadian Museum of Weapons and Bronze has chosen to focus on the acquisition of its four key areas: firearms, bronze sculptures, coins and stamps.