First certified butler in Québec, Canada, trained in the Netherlands and the UK, Richard Sagala got his butler diploma in 2001 from TIBA (with "Distinction") plus a Chauffeur certification from the Rolls-Royce & Bentley Motor Cars School of Instruction in Crewe, UK.
Richard Sagala holds ten wine certifications and accreditations plus a Wine MBA from Kedge Bordeaux and is the owner and founder of the International Montreal Butler Academy (IMBA) and École In Vino Veritas (ÉIVV) a WSET accredited wine business school with a track record of a dozen business research presentations around the world. July 2017, ÉIVV started its sixth academic year.
A fine wine cellar is worth a lot of money and will fall unto the responsability of the butler
Managing major private accounts at the SAQ Quebec Liquor Control Board, a certified sommelier from the French Université du Vin de Suze-la-Rousse, Alain Cloutier became in 2009 the head of the SAQ Services Signature.
Mr. Cloutier has decades of experience adding value to his clients wine cellars. With his extensive knowledge of first growths & iconic wines, spirits, old and rare vintages, Alain Cloutier will be training IMBA students in understanding those special bottles and will teach them how to take proper care of a fine wine collection.