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Catalyze social innovation

Welcome to Esplanade, a collaborative space dedicated to entrepreneurship and social innovation.
Join our community to address together the unprecedented social, environmental and economic challenges our society is facing.
 

50 workstations

At Esplanade, you will find a spacious, brightly lit, highly functional and connected work space! Our desks are available at reasonable rates, accommodating a wide variety of needs.

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Programming

Esplanade is much more than a working space! It is also a living space where each social innovator has the opportunity to learn, grow, share, and turn his idea into a successful project.

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Accelerators

Esplanade hosts two accelerator programs that seek to encourage and support social entrepreneurs to realize their projects: Impact8 and À go, on change le monde!

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Community
  • Blandine Mille

  • Bochra Manaï

  • Marc-André Mailhot Founder, Maillon Vert

    A pharmacist by profession having served as a replacement in over 150 pharmacies all across Québec, Marc-André Mailhot has also completed his graduate studies in project management. He is a LEED ...

  • Marie-Ève Houde

  • Me Geneviève Côté Lawyer and founder, Tribord

    Sustainable business lawyer and founder. Genevieve has over 12 years of experience as a business lawyer, in major Montreal law firms as well as in house council and holds a masters degree in ...

  • Flavie Halais Journalist

    Flavie Halais is a freelance journalist writing about cities, refugees and migration, social issues and international development for Canadian and international publications. Her work has taken her to...

  • Daisy Boustany

  • Ronald Jean-Gilles Corporate Social Responsibility consultant, Projets écosociaux

    Ronald Jean-Gilles has over 15 years of experience in sustainable development. In spring 2015, he founded Projets écosociaux, an initiative through which he is dedicated to building relationships ...

  • Neha Chandrachud Digital Marketing Manager, RISE Kombucha

    When she's not busy developing RISE's digital marketing, Neha is usually out and about exploring new crevices of Montreal and writing for VICE Magazine. Her natural curiosity for people and ...

  • Marc Pronovost General and Artistic Director

    Independent Performing Arts Curator

  • David Godbout Entrepreneur and Business coach

    Entrepreneur who has been owner/partner in 14 different businesses, David helped more than 80 companies from different industries to grow and/or to reorganize. David has a special passion for impact ...

  • Pascal Ngu Cho, BAA-GIS

  • Julian Giacomelli Treasurer

    Julian is a venture consultant, entrepreneur and investor. He is currently a principal at edō Capital, an early stage private equity firm in sustainable food systems and technologies. He co-founded ...

  • Charlotte Montfils-Ratelle Arpent

    Charlotte Montfils-Ratelle received her bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning at UQAM and is currently completing a Master degree in Urban Studies. As part of her thesis, she is interested in ...

  • Clémentine Du Pradel

  • Danica Straith Canadian Director, Ashoka U

    Danica works closely with post secondary change leaders in Canada to make higher and better positioned to drive positive social change. Danica has worked with social entrepreneurs from across Canada,...

  • Eadeh Attarzadeh Co-founder, Lande

    With a bachelor's degree in Urban Planning at UQAM, Eadeh has a passion for urban design, temporary use, and community planning. She has strong skills in graphics, specializing in branding, ...

  • François De Kerret Co-founder, Simplyk

    François finally graduated from his master degree at Polytechnique Montréal. If he took so much time, it is because he was launching Simplyk: the new tool that allows to take action for common good....

  • Jean-François Morin

  • Johann Smith

  • Justin Verville Alarie Arpent

    Justin Verville Alarie received his bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning at UQAM and is currently undertaking a Master’s in Planning at UdeM, with a specialization in project developement and ...

  • Louis-Maxime Lockwell Project manager, Ulule Canada

    Storyteller, then social worker and business development specialist with many Montreal startups, Louis-Maxime is now coaching creators, entrepreneurs and idea bearers, helping them achieve ...

  • Marc-André Trépanier

  • Matthieu Salou Partner, Novae

    Matthieu is a passionate advocate for communications and innovation. After 10 years working in web agency, commercial architecture, marketing and branding consultancy, he became a partner in Novae in ...

  • Mickaël Carlier

  • Quentin Gay Co-founder, Doctr

    Quentin is an entrepreneur with a passion for technologies, data analytics, design and travels. He co-founded Doctr with the objective to simplify and optimize access to health care. Quentin recently ...

  • Samuel Descôteaux Fréchette Arpent

    Samuel Descôteaux Fréchette received his bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning at UQAM and is currently a Master’s of Urban Studies candidate at INRS-UCS. His thesis concerns the obstacles to the ...

  • Stéphane Boyer

  • Thibaut Jaurou Co-founder, Simplyk

    Thibaut is finishing his master at Polytechnique Montréal. His will graduate in the next weeks. If he graduates later than François, it is because he works harder for Simplyk, so that this platform ...

  • Timothée Millet Arpent

    Timothée Millet received his bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning at UdeM and has just completed a Master’s in Urban Studies at UQAM. His thesis proposes an optimization method of Public Transit ...

  • Valérie Besson Editor, YOGA MONDÔ

    Starting as an engineer, Valerie Besson has a zigzag course. She went through film production, international cooperation, community to become a magazine editor. 10 years ago she founded Yoga Mondo, ...

  • Vanessa Ntaganda Legal writer

    Law student at University of Montréal, Vanessa’s interests lie in legal reasearch and providing legal information to the public. That is why she decided to join Lex Start as legal writer and ...

Meet our community
Programming

From trainings and conferences to talks and workshops, Esplanade hosts a variety of events that provide social innovators with regular opportunities to develop and realize their projects. Make sure you regularly check our list of upcoming events. Are you interested in hosting your next event at Esplanade? Contact us!

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News

Esplanade is a place and a space that is constantly growing thanks to the vitality of its community and the diversity of its projects. Stay up to date with what’s happening here at Esplanade.

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