Stéphane Cloutier has been appointed to the board of directors of The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC) effective immediately following a recent announcement by President Ed Kroft.
Cloutier fills a vacancy left by Lawrence Pinkney, who resigned from the board due to “other commitments,” according to a statement issued by The RPSC this week. Cloutier will serve the remainder of Pinkney’s term until June 2020, at which time he will be eligible for re-election.
“The board of directors is very pleased Stéphane is joining the board,” said Kroft. “Stéphane will bring vitality and an acute understanding of what collectors need. He is an experienced philatelist who knows our hobby well.”
Cloutier has collected since the age of eight before catching the postal-history bug in 1998. This has led him to develop a passion for all Canadian postmarks, notably duplex postmarks. His philatelic passions have since shifted on to the stamps and postal history of pre-Second World War France. His main interest, however, lies in all postmarks of Paris, France, before 1900 as well as other facets of French philately, notably the Peace and Commerce, Sower and Pasteur issues, plus several others.
After having worked at the University of Ottawa for 32 years, Cloutier is now working full time at Sparks Auctions in Ottawa, allowing him to have a career focused on his love of philately.
Cloutier was formerly the secretary-treasurer of the Postal History Society of Canada from 2005-10 and its president until 2018. He has also been involved in the smooth running of the popular Orapex show in Ottawa since 2006 and is a member of several stamp societies. He started his judging apprenticeship in 2008, became a fully accredited RPSC judge in 2009 and has been judging philatelic exhibitions on a yearly basis since then.