About usBridgeMTL Incubator

BridgeMTL is an incubator for innovative businesses launched partially or totally by immigrants in Quebec. The incubator's main role is to demonstrate to the immigration authorities that it has the ability to support you with your project, and to follow-up with this promise. This way, you win a bridge in your new project and home, and Quebec wins an innovative entrepreneur.

We put to our client’s disposal all of our team’s collective knowledge, resources and network to ensure that you will first successfully comply with government prerequisites, and then and most importantly, succeed in its business venture in Montreal.

Board of Directors

Naomi Ananou

Naomi Ananou

Implementation Committee

A tax lawyer by trade and philanthropy specialist, Naomi teaches business law as well as ethics and governance at the HEC Montréal business school. Naomi sits on the Implementation Committee, following-up with immigrant entrepreneurs to help them bring their business to life.

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Patrice S. César

Patrice S. César

Selection committee

Patrice has converted his legal profession into a passion for innovation, developing a portfolio of experiences with political involvement and a social entrepreneurial mindset, now at Arche Innovation. He sits on the board’s Selection Committee, where the projects are evaluated for selection at the incubator.

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Tri Doan

Tri Doan

Implementation Committee

A veteran of the pharmaceutical industry in Vietnam, Tri came to Montreal himself as an entrepreneur, to start a business through the program now promoted by Conexa. His experience, both personal and professional, and Asian networks are valued by Conexa, which he co-founded.


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Hugo Francoeur

Hugo Francoeur

Selection Committee

Hugo has seen all species of entrepreneurs come and grow or fail in his role as a director in the École des entrepreneurs du Québec. His many personal implications in the ecosystem as well as his professional know-how are strategic to the Conexa Incubator’s board, where Hugo sits on the Selection Committee, selecting projects to the incubator.


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Olivier Gagnon-Gordillo

Olivier Gagnon-Gordillo

Partnerships Committee

Olivier gained firsthand entrepreneurial experience before coaching entrepreneurs and then directing operations in a leading climate tech accelerator. With extensive networks in the Montreal startup and financing ecosytems, Olivier sits on Conexa’s Partnerships Committee.


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Philippe Nadeau

Philippe Nadeau

Selection Committee

With both legal and finance background, Philippe went from private equity at the Caisse de dépôt and to Distinction Capital, Philippe has evaluated and analyzed companies of all ranges. Having seen businesses financed at many stages of their growth, Philippe sits on the Selection Committee, selecting projects accepted to the incubator.


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Thierry Rassam

Thierry Rassam

Partnerships Committee

A business lawyer and an entrepreneur, Thierry has launched and purchased companies all the while guiding clients in corporate matters. In his role on the board of directors, Thierry sits on the Partnerships Committee, growing the incubator’s role in the Montreal startup ecosystem and everywhere in the World.


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Michael Schwartz

Michael Schwartz

Implementation Committee

Having created a few businesses in his native France, Michael arrived in Montreal with the ambition to create one with the same focus on spaces. In his role on the board of directors, Michael sits on the Implementation Committee, following-up with immigrant entrepreneurs to help them bring their business to life.


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