The team

They are passionate and enthusiastic

Management

Marie-Hélène Corbin, FGA
President and CEO

Marie-Hélène is a Gem-A gemmologist and accredited Senior Gemologist by the AGA. While directing and developing the school, she supervises the courses and remains attentive to teachers and students.
Her objectives are to promote the school across Canada and around the world and to contribute to the reputation of gemmology. To do so, she has built a team of passionate teachers, professionals in gemmology and with a strong pedagogy. She is also ambassador for the Gemmologie & Francophonie association.
Aware of the changes in the world of minerals and gems, she is in a process of continuous improvement, in order to offer professionals specialized training and to make students professionals as soon as they leave the EGM.

 

Caroline Gagnaire
Project Manager

After nine years of management in retail in France, and then six years dedicated to the well-being of everyone as a naturopath, Caroline joined EGM.
Organised and dynamic, in a constant search for improvement, she puts her good humour and efficiency at the service of students and teachers.
Her experience in terms of project management and change management is invaluable in supporting the EGM in its dynamic evolution and development.

 

Our team

EGM’s teachers, all certified gemmologists who practice variously as appraisers, merchants, jewellers or lapidaries, are passionate about their work and share their enthusiasm with their students. The diversity of their backgrounds and experience is incomparably valuable to our students.

Lucille Daver, FGA
Gemmologist and doctoral student in Geochemistry and Mineralogy
After a Master’s degree in Volcanology, Lucille has continued to deepen her knowledge in the field of stones and earth: a Gem-A Gemmology degree and a Master’s degree in Economic Geology have enriched her career. While working at UQAM, Lucille continues her doctoral studies (in Geochemistry and Mineralogy). She generously and rigously shares her passion for minerals with EGM students.
Dorian Fitchko, FGA
Gemmologist
A gemmologist certified by the Gemmological Association of Great Britain, Dorian is a former student of the school who knows how to effectively prepare students for their Gem-A exams. He also teaches introductory courses in gemmology and assists participants in the pearl and diamond workshops.
Guillaume Benard, MSc, FGA
Geologist and gemmologist appraiser
After obtaining a professional Master’s degree in Mineral Resources, Guillaume worked as a geologist for mineral exploration. Since 2010, he has been a gemmologist appraiser and supplier of stones for artisans all around the world. He gives the EGM students the benefit of his scientific background and of his beautiful and rich experience of the stone market.
Marya Samman, BSc, FGA
Gemmologist and Jewellery Photographer
Graduated in pharmacy, Marya also studied professional photography at Concordia University and gemmology at EGM. Certified by the Gemmological Association of Great Britain, she photographs the creations of Montreal jewellers and transmits to students her passion for stones, with the rigor of the scientist and the eye of the artist.

Alisson Lemaire, FGA
Gemmologist and contractor
After launching her jewelry line at the age of 15, Alisson stayed in the gem world. She travelled extensively to gem-rich sites. Thanks to this precious field experience, she takes pleasure in pigmenting her lessons with real-life stories. Teaching and sharing the knowledge of gems is a vocation for her.
Michel Auzat, FCGmA (guest lecturer)
Gemmologist
FCGmA gemmologist Michel Auzat specializes in crystallography, a discipline he teaches to students preparing for their Gem-A exams. During courses, he often uses pieces from his own extensive private crystal collection by way of illustration and example.
Céline David, PhDc, GG (guest lecturer)
Gemologist, expert consultant
Based in Brussels, Céline is a certified gemologist and a graduate in History, Art and Archeology. Specialized in medieval jewelry, she acts as an expert with several auction houses and courts in Europe. His knowledge and passion make the course on The History of Jewel an exciting epic through styles, techniques and times.
Gregory Kratch, FCGmA (guest lecturer)
Gemmologist, lapidary and miner
Gregory’s specialty is opal; to feed his passion he has travelled the world, and for 10 years worked in extraction sites in Australia. A true gem and treasure hunter, he shares both his incredible field experience and his personal collection of opals in teaching our students.