About

Champlain Abroad Montreal

Montreal is one of the world’s leading multimedia cities as well as a dynamic business and design center. In Montreal, you will have numerous opportunities to gain a unique international perspective on the evolving workplace and the career essentials needed to become a global professional.

Located in the heart of downtown Montreal, Champlain Montreal gives you professional, cultural and dynamic experiences. We pride ourselves on our expertise in experiential learning, constant innovation and our ability to give our students individual attention.

Here are just a few examples of what you can do while studying in Montreal:

For more information, contact The Office of International Education at oie@champlain.edu. 

 


Academic Centre

The Academic Centre is a four-story building located at 525 Sherbrooke Street East and is right next to the Sherbrooke metro station and bus route #24, which runs along the longest street in Montreal. Inside students have access to computer labs, a kitchen/lounge area, classrooms, and administrative offices.

     

Virtual Reality tour of the Champlain Montreal Centre

To celebrate their 10th anniversary, Champlain Montreal, in collaboration with the Emergent Media Center and Game Studio, created a VR Tour of their Academic Centre which showcases some of their best student work made while studying here. As the player, you tour a virtual gallery of student work and can interact with elements to choose your viewing experience!

This 360 video shows you a run through of the tour without interactions:

Made by Scott Barter & Alex Frey (GDES ’18)

Edited by Nick Magnus (GDES ’19)

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Faculty and Staff

STAFF:

Geneviève Lord, Director, Montreal

lord_genevieve[1]With a background in programming, IT and International Business complemented by an MBA from McGill University, Geneviève was previously IT Consultant and Director for 11 years while living in five countries. She then became a game producer and senior game director for Ubisoft and A2M (now Behaviour Interactive) in Montréal. Read more…

Ryan Hipgrave, Assistant Director, Montreal

Ryan Hipgrave ProfileAfter spending his formative years all over Southern Ontario, Ryan returned to his birthplace of Toronto to attend Humber College’s prestigious Comedy Writing and Performance program in 2001. Upon graduating, Ryan replanted his family’s roots in Montreal to pursue more academics and the performing arts. For the better part of a decade, Ryan has worked in various student service roles. He comes to Champlain College after spending six years in McGill University’s Campus Public Safety unit. In 2015, Ryan graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Concordia University, where he focused on how politics, law, culture, and society interconnect A die-hard lover of all things pop culture, Ryan’s interests include Scorcese films, The Sopranos, the history of American Music, and the Montreal food scene. An avid traveler, Ryan recently visited Malta, Italy, Peru, Mexico, Louisiana, Texas, and goes to Chicago (his other favorite city) at least once a year. As Montreal is his chosen home, Ryan is a passionate champion of this amazing city.

Hannah Cartmel, Residence & Activities Coordinator, Montreal

Hannah is a languages graduate from the UK. She studied French and Spanish at the University of Southampton and is very passionate about traveling and meeting new people. She spent two years teaching English in a secondary school in Rivière-du-Loup and has spent many summers working with international students at second language summer schools. Hannah enjoys discovering new places and different cultures. Her hobbies include playing team sports such as Ultimate Frisbee, Netball and Tchoukball, making amateur videos and doing yoga.

 

FACULTY:

Dawnson Chen

Dawson has an educational background in traditional hand-drawn animation from Sheridan College. He later went to school for game arts at Seneca College. He has been working at Gameloft Montreal for 5 years now, creating environments and props. Currently working on prototypes for new games, where he concept designs as well as create assets. He works in a variety of art styles but specializes in stylized and hand-painted visuals.

Ramy Daghstani

Ramy Daghstani is an avid programmer and the co-founder and CTO of Artifact 5, a local independent video game company where he gets to pursue his passion for mind-bending surreal effects and narrative-focused games. With almost 10 years in the field, he has touched on multiple aspects of game development, from back-end development with connected and distributed servers to front-end with gameplay and graphics programming.

Skot Deeming

Skot is an artist, curator, and scholar, whose work spans a spectrum of art practices from digital media to sculpture, print media and more. He is the founder and co-curator of Vector Game Art & New Media Festival, in Toronto, Canada, and currently resides in Montreal where he is a doctoral candidate in the Individualized Program at Concordia University.

 

Karen Devine

When Karen first visited Montreal she fell in love with the city and decided to move here. She obtained her MA in Second language Education from the University of McGill and now enjoys gamifying learning French. In her free time, she enjoys visiting and photographing the city’s diverse neighbourhoods.

 

Alicia Fortier

Alicia has worked on For Honor as a Game Designer at Ubisoft Montreal over the last 4 years. During that time she has also mentored participants for multiple game jams including the Ubisoft Game Lab competition, coordinated the 2015 & 2016 editions of the Pixelles Game Incubator, as well as given various workshops for Pixelles, the Concordia Tag lab, and Youth Fusion. In her free time, she loves to knit and tinker with simple electronics.

Simon Girard

Simon is an interdisciplinary software developer and entrepreneur, whose passion for video games led back to this professional field after close to a decade of work in event management and IT studio rigging, for clients such as the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Holder of a bachelor’s degree in multimedia production and marketing, as well as a postgraduate degree in game design, he also attended the École des Entrepreneurs du Québec in 2014, prior to co-founding independent game studio ManaVoid Entertainment. In 2017, he took a year to specialize in video game marketing by directing multiple successful international crowdfunding campaigns for fellow independent studios, under the IndieGem consultancy banner. In addition to teaching Game Technology II, Simon now works as a full-time developer for Montreal-based Affordance Studio, where he spends much of his time programming C# games in the Unity engine, as well as designing user interfaces for various educational Web applications.

Vince Joyal

Vincent’s main responsibility is to ensure a 3d modeling expertise in the area of video game environments. He has 9 years of experience in the field and 7 shipped titles. He also is currently working as a Senior Artist at Square Enix-Eidos in Montreal on the much-awaited “Thief” Franchise. He previously served as an Artist for Liquid Entertainment, California in 2007 – Ubisoft, Casablanca in 2005 – Ubisoft, Montreal in 2004 and Strategy First, Montreal in 2003. Vincent enjoys traveling and has a great passion for old 70s kung-fu movies and Japanese animation.

Mariella Katz

Mariella Katz is a digital marketer by profession and a creative at heart. She’s the founder and president of Montreal social media agency FRENZR. Within her company, she hosts a variety of workshops for entrepreneurs, photographers, bloggers, and agencies. Her insight on social media has been recognized on numerous occasions in magazines and online publications. She’s currently teaching the Digital Marketing class at Champlain College.

Jim Manson

Jimmy MansonJim began his academic career in Jamaica in 1980 teaching West Indian history after
earning a diploma in education from McGill University. Upon returning to Canada, he completed a Master’s degree at Concordia University in 1983. His MA thesis dealt with U.S. foreign policy towards Cuba after the Spanish – American War. During the remainder of the decade, Jim taught in the Quebec public school system and freelanced as a sportswriter for The Canadian Press. Read more …

Mark Medicoff

Aside from teaching Communication classes for Champlain, Mark is a lecturer of business communication at the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University, where he received the distinguished teaching award in 2001. He has also taught small group dynamics at Dawson College. Read more…

 

Serguei Mokhov

Serguei MokovSerguei A. Mokhov had obtained his PhD from Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where he completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Computer Science and Information Systems Security. Dr. Mokhov’s diverse research interests include intensional programming, distributed and autonomic computing, digital forensics, information systems security, AI, software engineering, and computer graphics. His Ph.D. dissertation had to do with Intensional Cyberforensics. Read more…

Noe Sardet

Noe SardetNoé has always been fascinated by visuals: images and films. By combining creativity and technical skills he found his balance during his training and later in his professional practice as a multimedia designer and audiovisual producer. He finds inspiration in contemporary art forms such as graffiti, music and video art. Read more …

 

Sophie Samson

Sophie Samson ProfileSophie has been working in the video game industry for the past 9 years, working as an animator and VFX artist at BHVR. She’s worked on both realistic and cartoon games including Indiana Jones, Monkey Quest, and various mobile games. For the past 5 years, Sophie has been working mostly with Unity, producing characters, objects and VFX animations. She loves her job and considers herself very lucky to be working in such an entertaining field! Prior to this, Sophie studied both traditional animation and 3D animation at Cégep du Vieux Montreal for a total of 5 years of studies, as well as the complete production of two short movies.

Susan Semenak

Susan SemenakSusan Semenak is a  Montreal journalist, food writer, and teacher. She is a cookbook writer with a new book about winter cuisine published in the fall of 2018. Her first book, Market Chronicles: Recipes & Stories from Montreal’s Marché Jean-Talon  (Editions Cardinal 2011) won numerous awards, including the International Association of Culinary Professionals’ Judge’s Award and the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards’ prize in the local cuisine category. Her writing and food styling have also appeared in the Toronto Star,  Organic Gardening Magazine, Montréal and Toronto Home Magazines and on CTV television. Away from work, you’ll find her in the mosaic studio or the vegetable garden.

Mark Slutsky

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Mark Slutsky is an award-winning writer and director based in Montreal. His shorts Never Happened (2015) and Sorry, Rabbi (2011) both premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, with the former making its international premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival 2016. His short The Decelerators (2012) was made a Vimeo Staff Pick in 2013 and was featured across the web on sites such as io9 and BuzzFeed. In 2013 he also co-directed and produced the animated short I’m One, Too! for the 44th season of Sesame Street. His feature work includes co-writing and co-producing the comedy Peepers (EOne, 2010) and writing the documentary The Fruit Hunters (Eyesteelfilm, 2012) with director Yung Chang. He is currently developing a feature version of The Decelerators with Depth of Field films in Los Angeles, and the feature You Can Live Forever with Prospector Films in Montreal. He is also the creator of the acclaimed web project Sad YouTube, which has been featured in Newsweek, Slate, NPR’s On the Media and elsewhere around the world.

Jeff Timanus

Jeff is a Montreal-based technology enthusiast with over 15 years of experience in headshot-champlainthe software industry. His work has crossed several fields, including real-time and photorealistic computer graphics, computer-aided design (CAD), large-scale content creation applications, the modern web platform (HTML5 and WebGL), distributed systems, and software-as-a-service architectures. He has contributed in these areas at Softimage, Autodesk, Google, and Lagoa – a Montreal startup acquired by Autodesk. His current role is that of Senior Software Development Manager at Autodesk, where he is managing a team of engineers bringing professional CAD tools to the web. He has a bachelor of mathematics in computer science from the University of Waterloo.

Jeff is passionate about the intersection of advanced algorithms and mathematics, and their applications to professional tools and games. He is actively interested in 3D graphics, special effects, numerical simulation (fluid dynamics & rigid body dynamics), AI, compiler design, modern software engineering practices, computational geometry, distributed systems, and web-based delivery of applications. He hopes to share these passions through teaching at Champlain College.

Jann Tomaro

Jann Tomaro is a Ph.D. student in Counselling Psychology at McGill University. She completed a B.A. in Honours Psychology at Concordia University, as well as an M.A. in Counselling Psychology at McGill University. Her research interests include participatory qualitative research methods, community and connection, creating space, multiculturalism, intersectionality, social equity, organizational structures, and mental health services for specific populations. Jann has completed a masters level practicum at the Argyle Institute and continues to be involved with the Argyle Pride Team, serving the sexual and gender diverse communities in Montreal.

Adam Van Sertima

vansertima_adam_sm[1]Adam writes about digital games and interactive art. His academic background is in philosophy and art history. He is a Ph.D. student via the INDI (Individualized Program) with the TAG (Technoculture Art and Games) Research Center, at Montréal’s Concordia University.  Read more…

Shona Watt

Shona has been teaching environmental science at Champlain since 2010. She studied Wildlife Biology at McGill University and completed her Masters in Environmental Management. She has over six years’ experience in sustainability education and enjoys bringing students on field trips to aid their learning. She has been recognized for her leadership skills, attention to detail, and enthusiasm. She also loves gardening, hiking, and beekeeping.

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Residence

Champlain Montreal students live in the EVO Residence Hall which is conveniently located on Rue Robert-Bourassa – about 30 minutes walking distance from the Academic Centre and above the Square-Victoria OACI metro station.

As they say: “Get the best of both worlds—nature and downtown! This property is located 10 minutes from downtown, 4 minutes from the Old Port, within an easy distance of the Lachine Canal and other tourist/cultural attractions. Plenty of sports bars and sidewalk cafés nearby too. Residents also have direct access to the Metro. This student apartment property features lots of natural light and open spaces. One of the best views in Montreal!”

Double Room at Evo Vieux-Montréal (Bedding and crockery etc. not included)

MEALS

Since the Champlain Abroad Experience provides the opportunity for students to live independently, students will be expected to budget for meals. With the campus being so close to the heart of the city, you are within walking distance of many restaurants, cafes, grocery stores, and markets. There is a small kitchen available for use on each floor of the Evo student residences.

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