Private Tutor, Richard Sagala MBA is the owner and founder of the International Montreal Butler Academy (IMBA) and École In Vino Veritas (ÉIVV) a WSET accredited wine business school.
First certified butler in Montréal, Canada, trained in the Netherlands, the UK, France and Italy, Richard got his butler diploma twenty years ago from the International Butler Academy (with Distinction).
Richard Sagala conducts workshops and seminars for Kedge Paris and Kedge Bordeaux Business School and UBC, the University of British Columbia.
Gérard Basset MW, MS, MSc., IMBA (Honorary) Chair of the Wine Cellar Management Program
Best Sommelier in the World (2010), the late Gerard Basset was the Honorary Chair of our Cellar Management Program. To create a World-class, unique IMBAWine Cellar Management Program and IMBACenter of Excellence in Wine Education and Cellar Management requires a special talent. Gérard has occupied this function until the January 2019. From now on, in honour of his memory, Gérard will symbolically keep his Chair title.
Gérard Basset was the only person in the world to be simultaneously a Master Sommelier, Master of Wine, Wine MBA and OIV MSc.
Gérard Basset OBE (Order of British Empire) was received under the Hospitality qualification.
Paolo Dinis Lopes, IMBAwine technical director
Dr. Paolo Dinis Lopesis the wine technical director of IMBA and ÉIVV. Dr. Dinis is an oenologist with a Ph.D. from the Bordeaux Faculty of Oenology and a Wine MBA 2011 from BEM Bordeaux Management School, the same promotion as Richard Sagala.
Loic Le Roy
Expert in human performance and olympic trainer since 1989, Dr Le Roy holds a Ph.D. in Psychology. Dr Le Roy is our resource to help will students increase their concentration, sharpen their focus and achieve more in term of performance.
Management skills acquisition are of primary importance for a butler
Project Management Expert, Ms. Liliane Cardinal MBA is a certified specialist from the PMI the ProjectManagement Institute. Ms. Cardinal is our resource on team building and leadership.
Yves Jean Lacasse
Elegance by design
Montreal born Yves Jean Lacasse is our in-house designer.
Ambassador for Canadian Fashion and holder of many prizes such as New-York Rising Star Awards and the Belgian Première Griffe, Yves Jean Lacasse collections have been presented in France, Belgium, Germany, United States, The Netherlands, Morocco, Tunisia and Cuba.