Richard Sagala

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.

 link to Richard's Wine Journey

In Memoriam, Gérard Basset

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 IMBA Wine Cellar Management Program and IMBA Center 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

Paolo Dinis Lopes, IMBA wine technical director

Dr. Paolo Dinis Lopes is 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.

Liliane Cardinal

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 Project Management 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.

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