Philippe Sauvageau (Quebec city) has devoted his life to cultural development, especially in the literary field. From 1962 to 1989, he held various administrative positions at several libraries in Quebec and quite often had the mandate of ensuring creation, organization and operations for these libraries. This was particularly true at the Centres régionaux de services aux bibliothèques publiques (CRSBP) in the Outaouais and Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean regions and the Réseau des bibliothèques de la Ville de Québec, including the Bibliothèque Gabrielle-Roy.
In 1989, he became the first president and CEO of the new Crown corporation governing the Bibliothèque nationale du Québec. In 2000, he assumed management of the Université du Québec à Montréal libraries network and in March 2001, he became manager of the Bibliothèque de l'Assemblée nationale du Québec. He has also been president of the Salon international du livre de Québec since 1998. A member of several cultural and professional organizations' boards of directors and the author of several works on cultural dissemination, Philippe has participated in prestigious national and international cultural, arts and literary organizations' activities throughout his career. Dubbed an Homme qui plantait des livres (cultivator of literature) by a French book editor, he has gained unique experience through the variety of his interventions and his participation in the development of more than 300 libraries in Quebec and in 18 French-speaking countries. In 2000, the French Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication appointed him an officer of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In 2006, he received the Ordre de la Pléiade, awarded by Francophone parliaments, and the Médaille de l'Assemblée nationale du Québec. The Government of Quebec named him a Chevalier of the Ordre national du Québec in 2007. In 2008, the Université de Montréal awarded him the Médaille de la Faculté des Arts et des Lettres.