The Team/L’équipe

Jerome Grenier-Desbiens

Jerome Grenier-Desbiens

Co-founder, ECCM CEO and Programming Director

Active in the industry since 2012, Jérôme is currently opening a cafe in Westmount, Montreal. In 2014, he obtained his Q Grader license, the most recognized industry certification. Other involvements include competitons and judging experience at regional and national levels as well as a fellowship at Re:CO symposium Gothenburg. As the initiator of the event, Jérôme brings a large network of contacts and a strong motivation and will to succeed.

Bianca Lavoie

Co-founder and ECCM Communications Director

Founder and principle blogger of the website Café French Toast, Bianca is recognized in the community as a true coffee enthusiast. For over 4 years, she has been promoting the local coffee scene and shining the spotlight on its artisans; she makes it her mission. In October 2014, she organized the Montreal debut of A Film About Coffee at ExCentris Cinema. The event was a great success. Bianca loves communication and collaboration, and with her professional graphic designer background and her Masters in Management, she brings a lot to the project.

Cliff Hansen

Cliff Hansen

Co-founder and ECCM Workshops Director

Cliff is the Head Roaster at Bridgehead Coffee in Ottawa. He has a great deal of experience with competitions, both in front and behind the scenes, all the way back to 2009. He’s done it all: from competing at the Canadian National Barista Championship in Vancouver (two times) to winning the first place at the Finals of the 2013 Eastern Regional Barista Championship in Victoriaville. His expertise as the Head Judge of the 2013 Brewers Cup and last year as an organizer, made him the ideal candidate to be our Director of Competitions.

Liam Robichaud

Liam Robichaud

Co-founder and ECCM Logistics Director

Hailing originally from the West Coast and with a background in jazz improvisation, Liam is a bit of a wild card. Once head barista at Art Café in Montreal, he’s now Head Roaster at Kittel compagnie de café thus no stranger to specialty coffee industry. In 2014, he participated in his first competition, taking home 2nd place in the Eastern Regional Barista Championship and competiting at the national in Toronto. With his extensive university background, including studies in business, graphic design, and the aforementioned musical improvisation, Liam’s knack for problem solving and his boundless enthusiasm and energy is a boon and a resource not to be neglected for the event.

Chris Capell

Chris Capell

Co-founder and ECCM Director of Administration

Chris is one of the original baristas of the progressive coffee scene in Montreal. Seven years ago, he was fortunate enough to be the first employee hired at the groundbreaking Café Myriade, where received an intensive training from then-owners, Anthony Benda and Scott Rao. He has since worked as a consultant and trainer for many Montreal cafés and restaurants, eventually opening his own establishment, Le Couteau in March of 2012. His new project is the Montreal Coffee Academy (ACM/MCA), which he started with his associate David Lalonde. Methodical and rigorous by nature, he instills a point blank sense of direction to the project.

Mathieu Carrier

Mathieu Carrier

ECCM Operations Director

Mathieu has been a coffee enthusiasm for two decades and started making a living of it in 2009. He worked his way up to his current position as the General Director of the well established business Rousseau in Quebec City. Beginning as a barista for several coffee shops in Quebec City, then competing at the National Barista Championship and general manager at 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters in Vancouver. That position brought him the opportunity to upgrade his skills as a leader and coffee trainer. His expertise and desire to gather the coffee community make him a strong asset to the team.

Sam Mazzella

Sam Mazzella

ECCM Logistics Co-director

Sam has a long term love affair with coffee. He was an apprentice barista at the age of 7 years old in his father’s restaurant in Little Italy and has worked in more coffee houses than he can remember. In 2011, Sam started importing and selling green coffee with RGC. He is privileged to work with many individuals from ‘seed to cup’ and is constantly searching for the perfect ‘God Shot’ of espresso!