About usBridgeMTL

BridgeMTL is a non-profit catalyst dedicated to immigrant entrepreneurs launching or growing their business in Quebec, providing offices, coaching, financing assistance, classes, etc., with a double mission of supporting an innovative business and the integration of an entrepreneur in Montreal.

We strongly believe that society is enriched by the contributions of newcomers and that immigration is key in helping to build a more dynamic economy and shared prosperity for all. 

We put our team’s collective expertise, resources and network so that our client's immigration and business launch process lead to a positive experience for both the newcomer and society.

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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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

President of the Board

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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Marcela Quintero Aguirre

Marcela Quintero Aguirre

Implementation Committee

After more than 10 years working for the No. 1 toy company in the world, Marcela founded Probity Marketing – a boutique consulting agency specialized in helping companies whose sense of purpose goes beyond profitability: impact-driven organizations. As part of the BridgeMTL implementation committee she lends her expertise in marketing, communications, product development, and brand strategy, to help immigrant entrepreneurs introduce their ideas to the Canadian market.

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Thierry Rassam

Thierry Rassam

General Director and Board Member

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

Chief-Entrepreneur and Board Member

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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Operational Team

Maxime Marie

Maxime Marie

Project Development

Entrepreneur & Intrapreneur in the past, Maxime joined Quebec in 2019. Today, he puts his passion for innovation and entrepreneurship at the service of our clients to best support them in their life project in Canada.

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Thierry Rassam

Thierry Rassam

General Director and Board Member

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

Chief-Entrepreneur and Board Member

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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EntrepreneursFrom all over the globe

BridgeMTL Entrepreneur’s country of origin and more.