The Réseau Mentorat (mentorship network) is a community of interest “by and for” entrepreneurs. It offers a high level of support to all Quebec entrepreneurs who are interested in being mentored, regardless of their business’s stage of growth or area of activity.

The network’s aim is to accelerate local entrepreneurs’ development in order to increase their business’ survival rate and foster growth from start-up all the way to buyout.

Mentoring for entrepreneurs… To achieve more, more effectively!

Being Mentored

Being mentored helps entrepreneurs accelerate their development, as well as gain perspective, better weigh their options and make informed decisions. In the mentor-mentee relationship, a person with considerable entrepreneurship experience helps guide you by sharing their knowledge and know-how. In short, mentoring helps:

  • Clarify your vision of your business

  • Build your confidence and reduce your doubts

  • Help you more easily recognize business opportunities

Being a mentor

Being a mentor involves supporting entrepreneurs in your area and drawing on your experience to guide them toward success. It’s joining a structured and growing network of entrepreneurs that lets you contribute where it counts most. It’s being part of a community of more than 1,500 volunteer mentors committed to the success of Quebec entrepreneurs.

  • Join a vibrant, recognized network serving all of Quebec

  • Enrich your experience with courses and workshops

  • Be recognized for your efforts

Become a mentee
Become a mentor

Our mentors

Éric Latour
Éric LatourChief-mentor
Éric has been working in the media industry for more than 30 years. He worked for several radio and television broadcasters as a journalist. At the age of 34, he joined Astral Media’s executive team as director of information, carrying out a series of projects in Quebec and throughout Canada in this capacity. He currently works for Bell Media as general manager of the Boom 104.1 – 106.5 radio stations in Montérégie, while donating his time to mentees.
Sébastien Pitre
Sébastien PitreCo-chief mentor
After obtaining a management certificate from the HEC business school, Sébastien became an area sales manager for Pennzoil. He later founded Solutions-Graffiti, which became the largest pressure-cleaning company specializing in graffiti removal in Quebec. His latest ventures include air duct cleaning and start-up consulting.
Lise Pratte
Lise PratteCo-chief mentor
A retired lawyer specializing in entrepreneurship, Lise has more than 20 years of training, coaching and mentoring experience, having worked with 500 companies, both in Quebec and outside of Canada. She carried out several economic development mandates in the Estrie region and participated in research on entrepreneurship that led to a Master’s degree and a doctorate degree. Lise has also held senior management positions in several multinational corporations, including Bombardier.
Josianne Lorange
Josianne Lorange
Holder of a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and a Master of Environmental Engineering from McGill University, an International Development Management Fellowship and a Master of Business Administration from the HEC business school, Josianne is a valuable resource for entrepreneurs. One of her focuses is structuring organizations in accordance with their growth plan by, among other things, analyzing their strategic planning.
Fernand Croisetière
Fernand Croisetière
For 36 years, Fernand was a teacher, a school principal and a director of educational resources in adult education and vocational training. He attended and organized many seminars that led to greater conciliation between education and work. He is now retired and actively involved in mentoring.
Richard Laforest
Richard Laforest
Richard has 35 years of experience as a school administrator in charge of finances and human resources. In the commercial sector, he was co-owner of the Maxi-Mode boutique. In the service sector, he launched a data processing company and served on several boards of directors. He is now a chief mentor and board representative for the Réseau Mentorat, eastern Montérégie branch.
Rosaire Quévillon
Rosaire Quévillon
Rosaire was an administrator in the educational services, school administrations and a vocational training centre. He also has experience in the industrial, commercial, social and financial sectors, having founded and managed four businesses, as well as serving on a Caisse Populaire’s board of directors. He now spends his time volunteering and acting as a mentor. He received the “Mentor emeritus of Haut-Richelieu” distinction in recognition of his excellent work.
France Larin
France Larin
France Larin holds a Bachelor of Laws degree and is a member of the Barreau du Québec and the Barreau de Richelieu. She was the general manager of the Richelieu CLSC and the Chevalier de Lévis and Longueuil long-term care centres as well as the associate general manager of the Pierre Boucher health and social services centre (CSSS). She is currently the chair of the Fondation des Centres d’hébergement Vieux-Longueuil’s board of directors.
Réjean Landry
Réjean Landry
For nearly 30 years, Réjean has worked in the field of finance and business development for an international manufacturing company, as senior VP and special advisor to the president. He also acquired food retailing experience as a financial services administrator in the Canadian Armed Forces.
Steve Bissonette
Steve Bissonette
Steve launched his first business at the age of 17, offering minibar and vending machine management services to the hotel industry. Two years after obtaining his Bachelor’s degree, he started the Armoires Signature company with four other shareholders. In 1996, he acquired the Diacarb company with his brother and is now the sole owner. Thanks to his experience, Steve is an ally of choice for start-ups.
Robert Gagnon
Robert Gagnon
Steve launched his first business at the age of 17, offering minibar and vending machine management services to the hotel industry. Two years after obtaining his Bachelor’s degree, he started the Armoires Signature company with four other shareholders. In 1996, he acquired the Diacarb company with his brother and is now the sole owner. Thanks to his experience, Steve is an ally of choice for start-ups.
Alain Paradis
Alain Paradis
Alain began his career as a banker, a position he held for 15 years. He later did business development and marketing for computer companies, communication agencies and law firms. He was a municipal councillor for nearly 19 years. He is now the general manager of Groupe LeSieur et Frère and has been an enthusiastic mentor for more than 10 years.
Jean Thouin
Jean Thouin
After obtaining a Bachelor of Education, Mr. Thouin held management positions at Justice Alternative du Haut-Richelieu, the Haut-Richelieu community development corporation and finally the Complaint Assistance and Support Centre (CAAP) Montérégie. His experience led him to become president of the Vallée des Forts CLSC and Justice Alternative, where he also served as a citizen mediator.
Michel Milot
Michel Milot
General manager of the Haut-Richelieu chamber of commerce and industry (CCIHR) for the past three years, Michel is a manager with 40 years of experience in several big companies, including Distribution aux Consommateurs, L’Équipeur and Loblaws. He later started out on his own, taking over the reins of the Provigo grocery store on Saint-Jacques Street in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu. He was also regional president (Montérégie) of the Quebec food retailers’ association (ADAQ) for two years.
Marie-Claire Bourque
Marie-Claire Bourque
Marie-Claire has worked in sales management and national and international market development for more than 20 years now. After a dozen years acquiring experience in market development and distribution network support, she opened a Segway rental centre. She quickly saw that there was a strong market for her idea and developed other aspects of her business, which led the American manufacturer to put her in charge of Segway sales in Canada and Latin America. Marie-Claire later worked in manufacturing environments, where her tasks included filling in on various positions, increasing sales, providing coaching, structuring distribution and supporting customer care representatives as a sales manager.

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