Long-time friends, even from childhood, the group united over their deep love for fine spirits, bringing to the table their highly diverse expertise in business – from construction to packaging, industrial processes and molecular biology, which is the particular specialty of Ann Brasey, the wife of François Marquis. The community spirit at the company is palpable, even on its website and its presentation of the distillery’s management team. There’s no president, hierarchy or titles, just a photo of a group of eight enthusiastic founders. “We want everyone to be able to stand behind the product, so we decide everything unanimously,” insists Marquis.
A critical care physician by profession at the Maisonneuve-Rosemont hospital, Dr. Marquis has his hands full these days with the pandemic that has deeply affected Quebec. It’s serious work that demands that Marquis and all his healthcare colleagues redouble their efforts and forget their vacations and normal work schedule for quite some time.