畢業於魁北克滿地可協和大學，主修傳播學。自上世紀八十年代末，於不同文化及電影機構工作。在她成為Rialto Cinema的節目總監前，於滿地可世界電影節的經歷啟發了她主動往滿地可女性電影節工作。在其後幾年，她擔任了Festival of New Cinema，the Cinéma Parallèle與Excentris Cinema的節目策劃及出版統籌。她擔任眾多節目策劃的工作，曾為Vidéographe’s Vithèque發行平台的紀錄片節目策展人。在九十年代，她於Take One magazine專注撰寫有關加拿大電影的文章。由1999年至2017年，她亦是Séquences——加拿大最歷史悠久的法語電影雜誌——的電影評論人。作為二十年間魁北克評論協會的一員，她於2016至2019年間擔任會長一職，長久以來亦是魁北克電影的忠實擁護者。她目前正為Panorama-cinéma撰寫文章，及籌備自己首本著作。
A Communication Studies graduate of Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Claire Valade has been working with cultural and film organizations since the late 1980s. Inspired by her experiences at the Montreal World Film Festival, she volunteered to work for the Montreal Women’s Film Festival before becoming the director of programming at the Rialto Cinema. In the following years she was a programmer and publications coordinator for the Festival of New Cinema, the Cinéma Parallèle and Excentris Cinema. She put together various programmes for a variety of festivals and events, and she was the curator of the documentary programme for distributor Vidéographe’s Vithèque platform (2007). In the 1990s, Claire wrote for Take One magazine, dedicated to Canadian cinema, and she was a film critic for Séquences, Canada’s oldest French-language cinema magazine, from 1999 to 2017. A member of the Quebec Critics Association (AQCC) for the past 20 years, she was the Association’s president from 2016 to 2019 and has long been a fierce advocate for Quebecois cinema. She is currently writing for Panorama-cinéma and is working on her first book.