Downtown Kingston BIA announces retirement of Michèle Langlois

Michèle Langlois. Photo via Downtown Kingston BIA.

The Downtown Kingston Business Improvement Area (BIA) is bidding a fond farewell to Michèle Langlois as she retires from her position after three decades with the organization.

According to a release from the BIA, Langlois demonstrated a creative spirit and deep passion for fostering a thriving downtown community. Her “innovative initiatives, gentle nature, and collaborative approach have left an indelible mark on the organization and the local business community,” the organization stated.

During her tenure, Langlois spearheaded numerous projects that contributed to revitalizing the downtown area, the BIA said. Those include the Limestone City Blues Festival, Kingston Buskers Rendezvous, Febfest, and the live-streamed Tragically Hip final concert in Springer Market Square. According to the BIA, her commitment to creating a welcoming and vibrant downtown environment has not only enhanced the business landscape, but has also enriched the overall community experience for residents and visitors alike.

“Michèle Langlois has been the driving force behind Downtown Kingston BIA for the past three decades. Her leadership, dedication, and tireless efforts have been instrumental in shaping our organization and fostering a strong sense of community in downtown Kingston,” said Ed Smith, past BIA Board of Management Chair and property owner in downtown Kingston, as shared by the BIA.

Langlois’s retirement marks the end of an era, the BIA expressed, noting that her departure will undoubtedly leave a void within the organization. However, her legacy will endure through the positive impact she has had on downtown Kingston and the lasting relationships she has built with local businesses, community partners, and stakeholders, the organization noted.

“I personally want to extend thanks to Michèle for all that she has contributed over the years, and particularly during the past two and a half years as we underwent a significant transition. Her leadership, guidance, deep understanding of the organization and its mission during this time were instrumental in helping us navigate the changes and emerge stronger and more resilient. It has been a privilege to work alongside her, and we will always be grateful for the impact she has had on the organization. Her legacy will be felt for years to come. We wish her a well-deserved retirement filled with joy and new adventures,” added Marijo Cuerrier, Executive Director of Downtown Kingston BIA. 

According to the release, the BIA staff, board, and business community look forward to continuing its legacy of excellence and success, building on the foundation laid by Langlois and the team she worked closely with.

2 thoughts on “Downtown Kingston BIA announces retirement of Michèle Langlois

  • Congratulations Michele! I have truly enjoyed many of the events you have brought to downtown Kingston, thank you!!! Have a wonderful retirement!

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