Patrick “Halterhozanca” Pigeon has been active in the Quebec video game community since 1998. Mr. Pigeon is one of the pioneers of electronic sport in Quebec. His interest in video game and esports has led Mr. Pigeon to be involved in many projects and to have a say on all facets of this field.
Mr. Pigeon has been the co-owner and Director of the late “Armata Gaming” and of “Boreal eSports”, two organizations that have distinguished themselves in the past in Quebec and have greatly contributed to the advancement of esports in the province. Boreal eSports was in the Top Five team ranking in North America and had the honor of representing Canada at many international competitions.
Mr. Pigeon is one of the founding members of la Fédération québécoise des sports électroniques (FQSE). He is also the chairman of the FQSE Board of Directors since its creation in 2016. Mr. Pigeon was the initiator and designer of la Ligue Cyber Espoirs (LCE). The LCE is the first electronic sport league for Quebec schools (high school - professional - CEGEP - university). Finally, Mr. Pigeon and MTL Esports joined forces to create the Montreal Esports Academy in Spring 2018, the very first academy of its kind in Montreal, Quebec and Canada.
Patrick “Rick” Rhéaume-Espinoza is the Deputy Director of the Academy. He is the principal Executive Officer of the institution and the first and last point of contact with the parents of all participants who pass through the doors of the Academy. Passionate about video games since his childhood, Mr. Rhéaume-Espinoza is a leading advocate on Cyber-Awareness and he deeply believes that the healthy use of video games is one of the solutions to prevent the phenomena that are Cyber Addiction, cyberbullying and online depression among our young adults and teenagers. Since 2014, Mr. Rhéaume-Espinoza has been actively involved as a volunteer in major public events including LeGrand défi Pierre Lavoie, La 49e et 51e Finale des Jeux du Québec, Vive375 and l’Excellence sportive de l’île de Montréal.
Mr. Rhéaume-Espinoza is a former member of the Canadian Armed Forces from 2006 to 2012 and has gained unique professional experience with well respected military institutions, including through the Royal Military Colleges of Canada. Mr. Rhéaume-Espinoza is educated in the fields of international relations and public administration and holds a B.A. in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration from the Royal Military College of Canada. With strong rational skills, a very good vision of international strategic issues, the global economy and current trends, we can count on Mr. Rhéaume-Espinoza to work under extreme conditions while maintaining his ability to conduct our teams to achieve their objectives and, ultimately, carry out the mission of the Academy.
Mr. Tran is the current head coach of the electronic sports teams at the Electronic Sports Club of the Université de Montréal. He has held his position since 2016. He has also coached the Overwatch team of the same club and he is involved within several volunteer projects oriented around the training and well being of casual players. Through his experience as a transitional social worker and his medical research work, Mr. Tran has learned to work with people with severe physical and mental disabilities.
As part of his duties at the Academy, Mr. Tran will be able to use his knowledge in coaching, mentoring, biology and neuropsychology. In fact, he holds a bachelor's degree in biology, a master's degree in neuroscience (neuropsychology of development and physical imaging) and he is completing a master's degree in neuropsychology on the rehabilitation of the visual system.
In addition to contributing to the creation of training programs, he will act as skills trainer for the Introduction camps and Overwatch Improvement camps this summer.
Freshly graduated from the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Maxe has found in electronic sports a way to combine two of her greatest passions: video games and sports. With a well-developed career behind her, including a diploma in Game Design, a company launch with the Nexus SmartBar, event organization and animation at Meltdown Montreal or more recently the media coverage of Dreamhack Montreal 2016 under the RDS banner, Maxe now takes the physical and mental well-being of aspiring e-athletes into the hands of pushing them to become the best version of themselves, inside and outside of the game!
League of Legends
Sébastien “ZzLegendary” Demontigny is a video game player of the huge international commercial success League of Legends since its “Beta” form in 2009. Sébastien is the first coach at the Montreal Esports Academy and he teaches his favorite discipline – League of Legends. Under his belt, Sebastien has worn the colors of several semi-pro teams including Complexity Academyand Curse Academy in the respective third and fourth seasons. At its highest peak, Sebastien ranked among the "Top 51" of North America. After two years of break, Sébastien now gravitates around the "Top 200."
Ken “Kire” Mai is a video game player of the popular Fortnite Battle Royaleand he is part of MTL Esports’ Grizzlys Team. Best known as “Ken Kire Moth” in previous video games such as Overwatch,League of Legends and others, Ken is now a Fortnite coach at the Montreal Esports Academy for its first edition. Since the first season of Fortnite, Ken has been ranked as one of Canada's "Top 100" in the Squad game mode according to the ranking system of Fortnite Tracker and found his place in the Legendary League of the StepOneBR community.
Liam "BarbuVelu" Vaananen is a League of Legends and Fortnite Battle Royale video game player. Former coach and ice hockey coach for five years in France, Liam decided to specialize in esports coaching for the Montreal Esports Academy day camps to teach his knowledge and advices about the game to the youngest aspirants. His skills earned him a substitute coaching position for the Fortnite Battle Royaleday camps
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