During the last three months, GURU has been focusing on the entrepreneurs, artists and creatives who add colour to the Montreal landscape with their contagious passion, limitless ambition and all-around good energy. They embody the adventuring spirit of their generation and not a few of them have made of their lives a story worth following.
Founded seven years ago, l’Atelier créatif Akufen employs about forty people today. We were interested in two of their artisans for their ability to successfully blend their respective professions: Olivier Mercier-Chan Kane (art director and strategist) and Alexandre Leclair (developer and e-commerce specialist).
Entering the Clark Street Mercantile store is a bit like entering your cool cousin’s room. It contains tons of clothes and objects you’ve never seen before and you suddenly find yourself trying them out, trying them on, and putting your hands on just about everything you come across.
Ariane Michaud and Frédérique Sarrazin run their young business from a sunny loft in mile-end, where the garment industry once had its glory days. Their mission was to create classic wool sweaters that won’t ever go out of style.
A young, well-shaven, enthusiastic entrepreneur greets us. Caithrin Rintoul, 27, is the president of the young company Provender. In a nutshell, Provender seeks to improve the food supply system for restaurants.
She was waiting for us in her apartment on the corner of Laurier Avenue. A tad shy, she’d just had her small office redone and was happy with the results. Gabrielle Laïla Tittley draws in a sunny room, surrounded by miniature dinosaurs and tiny cactus plants.
Hexoskin has developed and launched a connected shirt that allows you to get biometric feedback in real-time.
The mission of this small company on St-Laurent is to act as the link between artists and businesses.
Vincent and Marco are the two video directors behind Les Gamins. Say hello to the whole new generation who shoot digitally, use drones and have an infinite number of memory cards.
Erika Drolet and Sammy Jane Hughes think that jewellery shouldn’t be confined to simply your neck, ears and fingers. They created their company Jane & Rye to explore different ways to wear jewellery.
Intrigued by Terrarium Obsessarium’s work, we visited Martine Goyette in her stylish apartment on the plateau. Looking at her walls, we quickly realized that she’s a tad obsessed by forms.
Finding a good barber can often be a big challenge for guys. After all, being stuck in a chair making small talk for 45 minutes with someone you don’t know that well isn’t all that appealing. But Simon Chercuitte doesn’t seem to have any problem finding clients, who more often than not become friends.
The startup company Busbud may have been established in Montreal, but its service currently helps millions of travellers plan their coach trips in 69 countries (or 4,292 cities) around the world. President LP Maurice welcomes us in their giant space where the sound of numerous languages hums in the background.
Without doubt this is the most remote spot to which our series of inspiring Montreal entrepreneurs has taken us. Marc-Antoine Joncas and Laurence Girouard, the talent behind the Woolfell bags company, share a house/studio on the Lachine canal.
What makes a company stand out? Often it’s something quite simple. These days Tuyaux & Co is getting a lot of attention thanks to a simple idea: making furniture out of pipes.