Become Duchess

What are the Duchesses

Duchesses are the greatest ambassadors of Quebec's Carnival with Bonhomme. They proudly embody the magic and the joys of winter. Each year, seven young women are appointed Duchesses through a rigorous selection process. Throughout the event, they represent the interests of a Duchy - specific sector of the Quebec region - and Carnival values. Their mandate? Spreading the party and create the sense of belonging of citizens to their Duchy by the sale of the candle. A Duchess will be elected Queen of Carnival 2017 at the Coronation evening.

Description of the contest

On the occasion of its 63rd edition - to be held from January 27 to February 12, 2017 - The Quebec Winter Carnival is looking for 7 young ambitious women, creative and passionate. This year, become Duchesses of Carnival and help to publicize a cause that is dear to you while touring the largest winter carnival in the world.

Leader of the Candle Selling Campaign

The sale of the Carnival Candle is a tradition in the greater Quebec City area. This is a major fundraiser that allows the Carnival, and several organizations working in different fields, to finance their activities.

Supported by the team of the Carnival and the Committee of the candle, you will be the leader of the candle campaign in your Duchy. You have to stand out for the originality of your communication strategies, sales, recruitment and marketing. You will also need to be rigorous because the campaign report have to be handed to the jury and may allow you to become the Queen of this 63rd edition.

Indeed, the sale of the candle has a strong influence on the election of the Carnival Queen. The more capsules in a barrel a Duchess has at the ceremony of the Coronation, the more she has a chance to become the Queen of Carnival.

Participate in a trade mission abroad in October

Thanks to the collaboration of Groupe Voyage Québec, you have the chance to live a real professional experience. You will coordinate and prepare a publicity event and work on preparing a presentation you need to do with the various stakeholders of the travel industry. The purpose of these actions will be to promote Quebec City areas and the Carnival as a tourist destination.

Duchesses will deploy in their duchy, but also in the white crown of Quebec and elsewhere in the province, in order to invite the public to attend the Bonhomme's party! They will create a momentum and will convey the spirit of the festival in several regions such as the Mauricie, Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean, the Centre-du-Québec, the Lower St. Lawrence and the Montreal metropolitan area.

Selection Process

f this challenge interests you, here's how to participate:

Send us your resume and briefly answer the following three questions from the form:

  • How your family describe you?
  • You have to get elected for a position in your neighborhood. In what ways will you proceed to gather as many people as you can and get them to support you in your approach?
  • Tell us why you would be a good Carnival Duchess?

You will be subsequently called to a first-round interview led by jury which will take place in two parts:

  • Individual 7-minute interview that will take place in the morning
  • A 30-minute group interview which will take place in the afternoon

In this first round of interviews, the jury will select three candidates for eac Duchy. They will be invited to a second round interview. These individual interviews will last thirty minutes and will also take place in front of a jury. The jury will be chaired by a Quebec personality who will be supported by four businesswomen in the region of Quebec.

Eligibility criteria

This year each Duchess will identify a cause that is dear to her. In the event that she is elected Queen, money will be given to this cause through the collaboration of Young Philanthropists of Quebec.

Selection criteria

  • Aged between 18 and 35 years
  • Available and determined (travel and busy schedule)
  • Entrepreneurial qualities
  • Leader
  • Excellent communicator
  • Presence, charisma and diplomacy
  • Sense of celebration
  • Grand persuasiveness
  • Good general culture and knowledge
  • Clever with social media
  • Altruistic and community values (philanthropist)
  • Ability to work in a team project
  • Good ambassador
  • Excellent stress management

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