Ever-curious and open, the École d’ébénisterie d’art de Montréal team share their passion for fine woodworking, art and design. The school’s teachers and workshop technicians are also recognized as craftspeople, designers or professional woodworkers, still active in their sphere.

Sonia Duchesneau | Email
General Director

With a bachelor’s degree in Art and another in Animation and Cultural Research, Sonia Duchesneau has been working for more than fifteen years in education, as well as seven years as a non-profit youth organization’s manager. Passionate about culture, youth and education, Sonia stands out for her managerial and pedagogical skills, but also for her visionary and unifying qualities. Her experience, versatility and dynamism will be invaluable assets in meeting the challenges the École d’ébénisterie d’art de Montréal is currently facing.

Nathalie Chauvin | Email
Program Coordinator

With a bachelor’s degree in Literature and a diploma in Furniture Finishing from the École des métiers du meuble de Montréal, Nathalie Chauvin is a specialist in furniture restoration and finishing. She worked for over fifteen years in her own studio. Among others, she took part in the restoration of the windows finishing, the wood framing and trims of the heritage house Christin, a historical jewel built between 1730 and 1735. She teaches at the École d’ébénisterie d’art de Montréal since 2009, and she serves as the Program Coordinator since 2014. In her classes, Nathalie wishes to share with her students her knowledge of old and natural techniques and products, healthier and more respectful of the environment.

Jessica Beauchemin | Email
Project Manager

Holding a degree in Plastic Arts and another one in Fine Woodworking, Jessica Beauchemin has been working in the arts and culture sector for over fifteen years. In 2011, she won the prestigious François Houdé award. In parallel with her artistic woodworking journey, Jessica has developed an expertise in communication and in project management. She has been working at the École d’ébénisterie d’art de Montréal since 2008, first as a workshop technician, and then as a project manager and communications officer. Well known for her organizational skills, her versatility and her professionalism, Jessica is proud to share her passion and to participate in the promotion of fine woodworking.

Guy Arcand | Email
Teacher, College Program

Trained by a master woodworker, Guy Arcand counts more than 35 years of experience in artisanal woodworking. He builds mostly made-to-measure furniture for private clients, while pursuing a personal aesthetic approach. Member of many boards of trustees in the fine woodworking and applied arts and crafts sphere, he is one of the founders of the ÉÉAM, where he has been teaching from its very beginnings. Guy strives to communicate his passion for woodworking while focussing on mastering techniques and attention to details, essential aspects to a professional endeavour.

Nicola Bonetto | Email
Teacher, College Program and Continuing Education

With degrees in Education and in Woodworking, Nicola Bonetto followed with different studies in furniture finishing and business management. He has been managing his own workshop for twenty-five years, designing and building made-to-measure furniture. Among others, in collaboration Saucier + Perrotte Architects, he built the furniture at the Faculté de l’aménagement ’s library (Université de Montréal) and McGill University’s Senate. Nicola joined the ÉÉAM team in 2014. Proud of his professional experience, he wishes to provide students with a practical and concrete vision of woodworking.

François Boulet | Email
Teacher, College Program

Graduated from the faculty of architecture at the Université Laval, François Boulet tallies more than 35 years of experience as a designer-woodworker, and more than 30 in teaching. He is a specialist in computer-assisted design and architectural woodwork, with clients such as the Mouvement Desjardins, the Montreal International Jazz Festival and the YMCA. He has been part of the teaching staff at the ÉÉAM from its beginning, in 1992. François knows very well the challenges students face and he coaches them skillfully on their way to excellence in technique as well as design.

David Gour | Email
Teacher, College Program and Continuing Education

With a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design from UQAM and a college degree in Furniture making and architectural woodwork, David Gour has been working in collaborations as a multidisciplinary designer for almost 15 years. He has developed an expertise in project design and management, notably in museography. Winner of the 2016 Grand Prix du design, he signed the “Diagonalement vôtre” collection that is presently hosted by the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec . David takes a sensible look at space and the furniture he creates. His dynamic teaching is fueled by his professional experience that he shares willingly.

Nadine Hajjar | Email
Teacher, Continuing Education

Holding a master’s degree in Industrial Design from Domus Academy in Milan (Italy), graduated in Interior Design in Lebanon and in Fine Woodworking from the École d’ébénisterie d’art de Montréal, Nadine Hajjar is passionate about design and materials. Woodworking designer, she designs and builds furniture and other home objects, as well as customized pieces. Winner of the Bourse Excellence en ébénisterie d’art Caisse de la Culture – Musée des maîtres et artisans du Québec, her pieces have been in exhibits around Canada and abroad. Nadine generously shares her love for materials.

Caroline Harrison | Email
Teacher, Continuing Education

Graduated in Media and Visual Arts from UQAM, and in Fine Woodworking from the École d’ébénisterie d’art de Montréal, Caroline Harrison builds on her dual education. She designs and builds customized furniture and wood creations. She has been teaching at the École d’ébénisterie d’art de Montréal since 2016. Caroline puts a great emphasis on flexibility in her teaching. She encourages individual creativity and personal achievement.

Louis-Georges L’Écuyer | Email
Teacher, College Program and Continuing Education

An artisan-woodworker for thirty years, Louis-Georges L’Écuyer manages his own studio where he designs and builds furniture, useful and decorative wood articles. Throughout his career, he has always been involved in the applied arts and crafts sphere. Louis-Georges has been teaching at the École d’ébénisterie d’art de Montréal for some years, first at the college program level, and then in continuing education. He likes to share his love for woodworking with patience and an open mind.

Stéphanie Lévesque | Email
Teacher, Continuing Education

Graduated in Woodworking, professional artisan member of the Conseil des métiers d’art du Québec and general contractor, Stéphanie Lévesque excels at popularization. She acts as an animator and special collaborator with diverse media. She also offers manual workshops aimed at making people more autonomous. Stéphanie has been teaching at the École d’ébénisterie d’art de Montréal since 2015. Her energy and her passion greatly influence her teaching.

Marise Loranger | Email
Teacher, College Program and Continuing Education

Graduated in Psychoeducation, Interior Design and Fine Woodworking, Marise Loranger shares her time between her studio and the school. Her projects involve furniture making, architectural woodworking, interior design and renovations. She has been working at the École d’ébénisterie d’art de Montréal since 2009, first as a workshop technician, then as a teacher in the continuing education level, and finally at the college program level. Her teaching reflects her energy and practical approach.

Jérôme Poirier | Email
Teacher, College Program

An artist since his childhood, Jérôme Poirier was first recognized as a sculpture teacher and artisan. He later pursued an important career in scenic painting and sculpting (cinema, circus, museum, etc.) and took part in several large-scale projects in Quebec and Canada. Represented by Galerie Blanche in the Old Montreal, he also developed a creative approach as a painter-sculptor. Jérôme teaches sculpture on wood at the École d’ébénisterie d’art de Montréal. He shares his vast expertise to inspire his students to experiment with sculpture.

Pierre Tardif | Email
Teacher, College Program and Continuing Education

Graduated from the École Ébénisterie Québec in 1983, Pierre Tardif focuses on furniture restoration, making small objects et collecting old tools. He has been teaching at the École d’ébénisterie d’art de Montréal since 1995. Pierre is constantly researching new information and techniques to find solutions to the many challenges that his students face. He is passionate about his work and nurtures resourcefulness and creativeness in their projects.

Gabrielle Ouellette | Email
Workshop Technician and Coordinator, Special Projects  Coordinator & Teacher, Continuing Education




Diana Silva | Email
Teacher, Continuing Education & Workshop Technician




Chloé Daigneault | Email
Workshop Technician




Board of Trustees

Mr Nicola Goupil, Interim President
Ms. Nathalie Godbout, Treasurer
Mr. Adrien Bochereau, Trustee
Mr Guy Caron, Trustee
Mr Guerlain Casimir, Trustee
Ms. Madly Fuss, Trustee

* The position of secretary is held by Ms Nathalie Chauvin, coordinator.

Photo credits:
Unspecified photos: Pierre Antoine Lafon Simard, Marie-Amélie Photo St-Pierre: Cody Caissie, Jessica Beauchemin Photo: Nicolas Chentrier, Photos Nadine Hajjar and Caroline Harrison: Marilou Léger, Photo Louis-Georges L’Ecuyer: Denise Caron, Stéphanie Lévesque Photo : Nadine Trudel, Photo Gabrielle Ouellette: City of Montreal.