I am a passionate, creative, flexible native English speaking Montreal expert and guide. A licensed Montreal guide since 1992. I guide in 8 different languages. My tours and presentations are also about humour and having memorial experiences. Life is about enjoying it to the fulliest while enjoying experiences. Please, join me in exploring Montreal at your own pace based on your interests.. With my years of experience I have accumulated knowledge. I enjoy offering extraordinary local Montreal experiences tailored to each guest. A proud McGill University graduate. My Montreal tours, are more unique local experiences filled with anecdotes, stories & humour. I specialize in food /culinary , neighbourhoods tours, photography , fashion & design tours art. , Leonard Cohen , Cultural Heritage tours, music , multi cultural, traditions, politics, architecture, the Montreal metro, the underground city and history. I offer helicopter tours( with a pilot), walking, driving, bike tours , using public transportation or with a driver and vehicle, sprinters as well as motor coach tours of Montreal, Ottawa, the outlining areas.
Past guests include public figures and personalities, diplomats, delegations, business corporate travelers, politicians, journalists, film crews, conference & event planners, cruise ship guests, wedding parties, specialised groups, pilgrimages, couples, friends trips, families and solo travallers .
The tours offered are a base, all tours can be furthered customised to your needs for individuals or groups.
I am polyglot. I work in 6 but speak 12 and am working on 13 now.
My diverse back ground in the tourism and travel industry includes: Concierge at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth hotel, working at the airports, destination management companies, incentive houses as a corporate travel director with companies like American Express, international tour operators that include Globus, as a tour manager, . I am also public speakers and workshop presenter. I have worked for Tourism Montreal's as media relations manager as well as in the, business, convention and communication departments since 1993. This includes working with sales team to bring international conferences to Montreal. I have also worked for Tourism Québec in various capacities that include developing programmes for emerging markets, consultant, leading familiarization tours, working with film crews and organizing events. I continue to work as a private concierge and offer training, evaluation in the tourism industry both in Montreal & abroad. I am photographer, I sing, am dance teacher and still perform in front of live audiences
I am an avid traveller, having visited to 141 countries and lived for periods of 3 to 6 months in 25 different places world wide that include Egypt, India, the Arabian Gulf , Italy, London, Spain etc. I travel for work, study languages, dance, music, photograph, art and culinary art. I collect art & antique tribal jewellery. During my travels I learn to cook unusual dishes from locals, which I create at home. On my journeys I give workshops, training and volunteer. The type of travel, my international network , my experiences and the languages I can communicate in, have opened doors but have also helped me in offering truely personalised private tours and experiences in Montreal.
I am President Emeritus of both the World Federation of Tourist Guide Association The international organization representing tourist guides world wide and I have been involved since 1993. My international involvement with colleagues who are local experts & private guides world wide has taught me to observe, improve, learn and share experiences continuously to be a better guide but also to share knowledge with others.
I have been featured in media includingTV and radio productions from around the world that I have been featured in. They include National Geographic Traveller, Australian TV, the Amazing Race, Boston Globe, the Guardian, the Evening Standard, BBC, Ruda Maxa, Ria Italia, Lonely Planet, Celebrity Radio UK, Edible Road Trip, and more