Philippe was born in Annecy, a village located in the French Alps. At the age of 9, his
family moved to the Bahamas. Six years later, his family moved once again, this time to
Montreal. There Philippe completes his Master's degree in Computer Science at McGill
University. After a brief stint in the private sector, Philippe returns to McGill as
Systems Manager for the School of Computer Science. In September 2008, Philippe leaves
his position at McGill to fully dedicate himself to the new business.
Les Chalets du Lac Grenier is a labour of love and the achievement of a dream, getting
closer to nature.
Like most of us living in urban environments, it begins with weekend getaways we take
several times a year to our parent or a friend cottage to relax. The pleasure we take in
breathing fresh air, enjoying leisurely walks in the forest, slowly paddling around the
lake in a canoe and enjoying endless cheerful conversations with family and friends
around the dinner table. Small escapes from every day life, away from the hustle and
bustle of the city and all our responsibilities.
Years pass and one day, having saved enough money, he buys a small waterfront lot on the
shores of Lake Grenier in the LanaudiŤre region, with the dream of eventually building
his own cottage. It takes some time and lots of work but eventually a beautiful little
log home is built. He begins to spend more and more time in the country.
Soon after opportunity knocks at his door when a much larger waterfront lot on the same
lake goes up for sale ... a project starts to take shape. Would it be feasible to
transition full time to the countryside?
He takes time to consider the myriad of challenges facing him and eventually gathers all
his savings, borrows the rest from the bank. He begins his project, to build rental
cottages equipped with urban amenities and all the comforts of modern life in this
magnificent serene setting.
At first he keeps his job in Montreal but a few short years later makes the big leap. He
follows his dream to the end and leaves Montreal to settle full time in the countryside.
To this day, Philippe who went from Masters in Computer Science to mastering a snow
removal tractor, still lives away from the hustle bustle of city life and manages his
project with as much passion and enthusiasm as ever. He shares his time between the
administrative responsibilities and work on the domain but particularly enjoys those
fortuitous encounters he makes on the property with clients, who much like him, arrived
here for their love of the peaceful tranquility of nature.