Filmmaker, Manon Barbeau, is at the origin of the great Wapikoni Mobile adventure. For over thirty years, she has worked as a writer and director for several organizations notably Télé-Québec and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB). She wrote hundreds of scenarios, mainly for television, and produced a dozen feature films, mostly documentaries that received awards.
In 2002, she founded Les Productions des Beaux jours, Inc. and created Vidéo Paradiso, a traveling studio for video and musical creation for youth in marginal urban areas, and Wapikoni.
In 2008, Manon Barbeau founds La Maison des cultures nomades that produced, among others, Hop tout en couleurs, Franco-Rythmes and Le 8ième feu, musical performances that bring together First Nations musicians and artists from different cultural communities.
In July 2008, in collaboration with Yuri Mourog, she creates Les Productions Totam and with Lucille Veilleux, produces the documentary, Wapikoni. Stopover at Kitcisakik, directed by Mathieu Vachon. From 2006 to 2008, Manon Barbeau served as President of the Documentary Network of Canada, and since 2010, as a member of the board of Culture Montréal.
In April 2006, Manon Barbeau was honored for the ensemble of her work at the Gala Femmes du cinéma, de la télévision et des nouveaux médias (FCTNM). She was named a Fellow of Ashoka Canada in 2009, received the 2010 UQAM Recognition Award, was named Personality of the Week by La Press-Radio-Canada in April 2012, received the TELUS Community Excellence and the Femme d'affaires du Québec (OBNL) prize in 2012.