L’Oréal Canada’s founding President has passed away

By Deanna Utroske

- Last updated on GMT

photo courtesy of L'Oréal
photo courtesy of L'Oréal

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Philippe Dalle opened the beauty maker’s Canada-based subsidiary in 1958 and served as President until 1984. This week the company and the industry morn his loss.

Dalle is survived by Mia Dalle (his spouse) and well as by his children and grandchildren. “His loss is keenly felt by his friends and colleagues from all over L'Oréal, Quebec, Canada, France and around the world,” ​states the company’s announcement to the media.

Philippe Dalle was instrumental in establishing the vison of L’Oréal Canada

Frank Kollmar, current President and CEO of L'Oréal Canada recalls that Dalle’s “ability to dream allowed him to think big.”

And in his statement to the media Kollmar goes on to “offer, on behalf of the entire L'Oréal family, my sincere condolences to the family of Philippe Dalle, who was not only one of the pioneers of the cosmetics industry in Canada, but also a great man with a remarkable vision and strong values, that made L'Oréal Canada one of the most successful L'Oréal subsidiaries worldwide.”

In 2018 L'Oréal Canada celebrated 60 years in business

“L'Oréal's early years in Canada began very modestly,”​ Dalle told attendees at the company’s 60th anniversary event in October 2018. “We built the notoriety of our products during the 60s, slowly but surely, one hair stylist at a time, promoting our only division at the time, L'Oréal Coiffure.” 2018 also marked L’Oréal Canada’s expansion into new offices, as Cosmetics Design reported.

In recent years, of course, the company has had a much larger presence in the Canadian market and a larger impact on the global beauty industry as well. And technology and content have been a key piece of that business.

In late 2015, the company opened its first branded content studio in Montreal. “The Content Factory is an invaluable too to achieve our objective fo being more agile in social media and creating integrated brand communication to encourage engagement with our brand and drive business here in Canada,” Kollmar told the press when L’Oréal Canada announced the content studio’s opening​.

And just last year, L'Oréal Canada teamed up with local technology startups, both as part of the company’s accelerator program​ as well as through a partnership with the non-profit OSMO​. By the looks of things, a vision for the future is still key to the success of the business Dalle began decades ago.



Deanna Utroske is a leading voice in the cosmetics and personal care industry as well as in the indie beauty movement. As Editor of CosmeticsDesign.com, she writes daily news about the business of beauty in the Americas region and regularly produces video interviews with cosmetics, fragrance, personal care, and packaging experts as well as with indie brand founders.

Deanna will be traveling next to the Personal Care Product Council’s annual meeting; if you’ll be there too and have beauty business news to share, feel free to contact her at qrnaan.hgebfxr@jeoz.pbz

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