Welcome to IMBA,

Due to *COVID-19* our school is closed and will stay close until Fall 2020 at minimum.

In the meanwhile we are working to serve discerning individuals, especially persons in their golden age wishing to build an art de vivre that can accommodate specific needs while building and maintaining an oasis of peace and quality in their homes.

We are working as well with businesses who want to take advantage of the actual situation to retool and re-emerge with an unparallel service delivery to their clientele. To that effect we design and dynamically implement ad hoc service culture in businesses and organisations.

At IMBA we believe that, in our challenging times, the concept of *excellence in service* will be redefined. Only those who integrate an authentic service culture will survive. Contact us we would be pleased to contribute.

PS: As for butler training, if you are looking to classic Butler training (without a wine specialization), we strongly recommend that you have a look at the International Butler Academy in the Netherlands link

Read more about: Richard Sagala and IMBA in Forbes


Welcome to IMBA, the only Butler-Sommelier school in the world!

Did you know that the word butler is derived from the French word “bouteiller” which meant the person in charge of transferring the barrelled wine from the cask in the cellar to a container before service (a bottle or “bouteille” in French)? The butler was the estate cellar master.

This wine related story begets two questions:

1- Would you know how to fill and compose a value added wine cellar in conformity with an employer’s taste?

2- Would you be able to work with a chef and pair optimal wines to the suggested dishes and in accordance to the tone of the function?

IMBA students will receive an advanced Wine and Spirits curriculum.

Discover the CEWECM-IMBA, the Centre of Excellence in Wine Education and Cellar Management of the International Montreal Butler Academy.


Montréal (Canada) is unique. Belonging to the best cities in the world for its quality of life,

Montréal is twice as old as Canada itself. 

The unique culture blend of Montreal :

Montreal has blended through time its British and French heritage while acquiring a personality of its own, thus making it the perfect environment to establish our school.

Montreal blends British formality and French “art de vivre” and gastronomy with North-American efficiency, enriched by the welcoming Canadian character and Québec warmth.

The dining room: ground zero for butlers skills

Would that be for a simple family meal, an important social event or the planning of an official function involving Protocol, the dining room is where the butler must naturally shine and transcend the tasks at hand.

For a butler, meals are opportunities to delight and generate those experiences that will be remembered by the employer and his guests. It is to the butler and his staff to make the time spent around the table moments of pleasure and the epitome of civility.

To Become an estate manager

Versatility and mastering value adding skills increase a butlers profile and raise his employment opportunities (and compensation package).

Being able to manage a fine piece of real estate requiring proper maintenance as well as overseeing improvements and repairs are very useful skills that could further distinguish a candidate.

The wine cellar in particular might be worth a fortune and must be attend to with competence and expertise.

To Master Chauffeur skills

...and learn from a certified Bentley/ Rolls-Royce Chauffeur.

As mentioned, nowadays, employers value versatility. This implies that one has to be able to master more tools than what was required from a classic butler previously. It is not unusual for a butler to be requested to drive, on occasion, his employer or his family.


The designer for the IMBA logo got inspired by the knight’s escutcheon and the clean lines of a cut stone.

This design was selected for its ability to suggest the noble art of service and the clean lines suggest the value a precious stone acquires when properly cut and polished.

To become a gentleman (woman) of service means to own to this quote by George Bernard Shaw "A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out."


We sell damask linen and the finest uniforms

We supply the finest damask linen in the world, with bespoke or unique (not to be found anywhere) patterns.

Looking for uniforms for your staff?  We will supply the highest quality ones as well as creating bespoke designs to satisfy all your needs (House-Yacht-Airplane).

Please contact us with your

tel/SMS: +1.514.655.2038



Any questions ?  Please send us a message: