team and partners

Our teachers

The MWL Bar School has assembled an experienced team to train the next generation of bartenders. Our teachers are from the field of mixology and have unparalleled knowledge of the bar world and the latest trends in mixology.

Anton Dutot
School Director and teaxcher

After touring the globe working the bars circuit, Anton dropped off his bags at the MADE WITH LOVE Bar School.

He trained as a barman in Amsterdam and then worked at the Le Parfum cocktail bar in Montpellier, which is among the top 100 of the best bars in the world! He continued his journey by working in London before returning to France and gaining more experience in various high volume establishments as well as prestigious places such as Relais & Châteaux.

From Miami to New Zealand, our smiling gentleman has traveled the four corners of the world to finally settle in our beautiful metropolis. For more than two years, he has worked in luxurious bars in Montreal. In addition to his title of director at the MADE WITH LOVE bar school, he is also Barchef at renowned restaurant Perles et Paddock.

JUSTIN Presseau-Gagnon

This epicurean has a good track record: graduated as Sommelier from the Laurentian hotel school, he then took winemaking courses at Niagara College in Ontario and obtained his WSET level 3 at Brock University. These trainings gave him a detailed understanding of wines, spirits, viticulture and winemaking.

It is through many trips around the globe that Justin has really deepened his knowledge of spirits. In particular during an internship in Poitou-Charentes, at Bisquit Cognac and another in Hungary for the production of Palinka.

It was only a little later that he decided to do a college study certificate in microbrewery production techniques which would transport him to South Africa for an internship at Drifter Brewing Company.

Jérome Laflamme

Originally from the Quebec city region, Jey is passionate about service and hospitality.

A product of the La Distillerie bar in Montreal, he was trained by the best in the industry, including Alex Lefebvre and Marie-Ève Bourassa, and has several mixology competitions to his credit.

For him, a cocktail is not only about what you find in the glass, but about the total experience, whether you are in front of or behind the bar!

Marie-Ève Bourassa

Marie-Eve Bourassa writes for various publications and has a column on cocktails on CBC television.

Her book Elixir (VLB publisher, 2014) was a finalist of the Marcel Couture Prize. For Adieu, Mignonne, the first volume of Red Light, she received the 2017 Arthur Ellis Award for the best Canadian detective story in French, and the 2016 Jacques-Mayer Prize of the Saint-Pacôme detective novels society.

Alexandre Lefebvre

Rarely can someone say with a smile: “Alcohol has changed my life! ” Alexander can.

Trained in dramatic writing at the National Theater School, Alexandre discovered that an exciting world awaited him when he started to work at the Distillerie bar. A first love at first sight, Whiskey, followed by several others, gave him a knack for distillation. Of spirits, he likes everything: taste, subtleties, history, people…

Etienne Bernard

Having been on the Montreal mixology scene for eight years now, Etienne went from bartender to entrepreneur while holding various positions in between.

He offers bar services specialized in the cocktail creation, is an ambassador for Domaine Lafrance, collaborates regularly at Radio-Canada Télé and acts as a spokesperson for Boire.

Etienne loves to explain mixology and present great products to curious people in an accessible way. In addition, he likes simple cocktails and recipes made with quality ingredients.


These are the passionate people behind the mixology competition MADE WITH LOVE (Canada and Spain) as well as the new event platform TRIBUTE. It is this same team that also initiated the project of the MADE WITH LOVE Bar School.


Founder and director of Made with Love


National Events Planner

Chris Thibodeau

Chris Thibodeau

Ambassador – Halifax

André Duncan

Ambassador – Montreal and Quebec city

Marty Pineault

Ambassador – Ottawa

Tom Weihmayr

Ambassador – Toronto

Cedric Foley

Ambassador – Calgary

Soren Schepkowski

Ambassador – Victoria

Our partners