Over the years, our company has moved several times. Each time brings with it a lot of nerves and emotion: closure for a chapter we’re leaving behind, and excitement for the new challenges ahead.
Logistics aside, this move was perfect in every way: the timing, the location, and the opportunities. We are so happy to be in our new home. It’s literally a home, or should we say, mansion!
La Maison Jeanne Sauvé is an exquisite building located on Docteur-Penfield, in the Golden Square Mile. Designed by renowned Montreal architect Robert Findlay, the house was built in 1905 for prominent Montreal industrialist Harold Stearns and later occupied for 40 years by the family of Montreal stockbroker Paul-Émile Ostiguy. The red brick house combines elements of the Tudor and Gothic traditions that were popular among wealthy Montrealers in the early 20th century.
In the late 1970s, the house was acquired by a law firm specialized in patents, trademarks and copyright law. It was at that time that the house was enlarged to accommodate some 65 people in offices. Still later, it became the headquarters of the Gamma Institute, a futurist think tank.
The Jeanne Sauvé Foundation acquired the house in 2002. It was lovingly restored and modernized under the supervision of Harry Parnass, architect and Founding President of the Sauvé Scholars Foundation.
Today, the main floor, public rooms and magnificent staircase recall the glories of the beautiful residence of the past, balanced with comfortable, sunny lounges, reading rooms, Internet access and all modern conveniences. The centerpiece is the communal kitchen and adjacent dining room, where we cook and share meals, truly a bonus! By far, one of our favorite places in the building is the rooftop terrace: a lovely place for brainstorming and meeting with clients.
Upstairs from our office is a wonderful organization called Apathy is Boring. AisB is a non-partisan charitable organization that uses art and technology to educate youth about democracy. They are working to increasing youth voter turnout and youth engagement in the democratic process and building a sustainable dialogue between youth and elected officials.
Down the hall from us are the executive offices of the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation, whose mission is to convene, connect, engage and empower a new generation of public leadership in Canada and around the world to address key global challenges. We are currently working with the Foundation on their communications plan and recently completed their new website. This summer we worked on the Global Leadership Program branding and call-to-application campaign that included an ambitious online marketing strategy.
The different incarnations of Jeanne Sauvé House, family home, law offices providing expertise in protecting intellectual property rights, and futurist think tank, have combined into an ideal setting for the creative, thoughtful young people who live here as part of the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation’s programming, forging bonds of friendship and understanding while preparing for the next phase of their lives as agents of positive change.
Phil is honoured to share this space with like-minded individuals and organizations who are focused on making the world a better place. For everyone.
We hope you’ll visit soon!