The Team

Andrew Burlone – WestmountMagazine.caAndrew Burlone
Publisher / French Language Editor

Co-founder of Visionnaires with Patricia Dumais, Andrew Burlone has worked as a designer/art director for over 30 years. He began his career at NOUS magazine. As a publisher, Andrew  published the award-winning series Best Of Business Guides, sponsored by Air Canada and CIBC Aero Corporate. Andrew is a graduate of the HEC Marketing and Advertising Program.

Patricia DumaisPatricia Dumais
Publisher / English Language Editor

Patricia Dumais has worked as a freelance graphic designer/art director for over 30 years. She began her career in the film business as a graphic designer/assistant art director/storyboard artist on a number of Canadian feature films and documentaries. She moved on to corporate graphic design and in 1988 co-founded Visionnaires with her partner, Andrew Burlone. Patricia has worked on a number of publications, including the Best of Business Guides as well as the Carnet Voyage Quebec series of tourist guides. She is a graduate of the HEC Marketing and Advertising Program. Articles by Patricia Dumais

Wayne LarsenWayne Larsen

Wayne Larsen is a newspaper editor and columnist whose work has appeared in several print and online publications. His freelance career included work as a news and feature writer for The Gazette and an advance copy editor at Reader’s Digest Canada. From 2000 to 2010 he was editor-in-chief of the Westmount Examiner, during which period the paper won numerous national and provincial awards for excellence in opinion writing, news reporting, graphics and layout, as well as winning an award for second-best overall community weekly in Quebec. He has written four books on Canadian artists – his 2009 biography of A.Y. Jackson reached no. 2 on the Globe & Mail national bestseller list (art books) – and he frequently lectures on early 20th-century Canadian art and its reception among newspaper critics. Articles by Wayne Larsen

 wanda_potrykusWanda Potrykus

Wanda Potrykus is a writer, editor, translator and poet. Her most recent work has included editing Magnificent Mistakes by Ion Valis and editing and translating poetry. Graduate of McGill, she has spent most of her career in marketing communications, PR, event and media relations specializing in international aviation, telecommunications, education and the marketing of the arts. She researches, writes and edits magazine articles, newsletters, and books.  She organizes and produces Westmount’s Poetry in the Park, the popular poetry fest that occurs annually in mid-August showcasing a wide variety of poetic and performance styles. Articles by Wanda Potrykus

Byron Toben – westmountmag.caByron Toben

Byron Toben, a past president of The Montreal Press Club, has been’s theatre reviewer since July 2015. Previously, he wrote for since terminated web sites Rover Arts and Charlebois Post, print weekly The Downtowner and print monthly The Senior Times. He also is an expert consultant on U.S. work permits for Canadians. Articles by Byron Toben

Angela Civitella

Angela Civitella is a certified business management consultant with over 20 years of experience as a negotiator, strategist and problem solver. She creates effective and sustainable synergies to improve leadership and team-building skills, as seen in her vignettes and shows on ABC, CBS, FOX and other media. Articles by Angela Civitella

Joseph Marovitch - WestmountMag.caJoseph Marovitch

Joseph Marovitch has worked in the service industry for over 30 years and has a deep sense of the market and how real estate brokers should protect the interests of their clients. Joseph writes about the state of the real estate market weekly, with observations on why, when, and how to act when looking to buy or sell a property. Articles by Joseph Marovitch

Linda Hammerschmid – WestmountMag.caLinda Hammerschmid

Linda Hammerschmid is a Senior Partner at Hammerschmid & Associates, and a founding and current member, and past Secretary (28 years) of The Family Law Association of Quebec. She is a frequent guest on CBC TV/Radio, CTV and CJAD, providing commentary on Family Law. She is a member of Therapeutic Paws giving joy to the less fortunate. Articles by Linda Hammerschmid

Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh is a long-time Westmount resident and a “professional student” by nature. His academic training, and publishing, include statistical methodology, mycology and animal psychology. He enjoys spending time with his (huge) Saint Bernard while discovering the city’s past and sharing stories of the majestic trees that grace the parks and streets. Articles by Michael Walsh

Monique Singer – WestmountMag.caMonique Singer

Monique Singer is a cultural creator now based in Montreal, usually found travelling the world, experiencing other cultures and sharing what she finds most interesting. At the top of her food passion is her attraction for spices, their benefits and the distinctive flavour they bring to all dishes. Recipes by Monique Singer

Georges Dupras – WestmountMag.caGeorges R. Dupras

Georges R. Dupras has advocated for animals for over fifty years. A member of the International Association for Bear Research and Management (IBA), a Director of the Animal Alliance of Canada (AAC), Quebec Representative of Zoocheck Canada and past Board member of the Canadian SPCA, he worked on the original Save the Seal campaign in 1966 that culminated in the founding of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) in 1969. Georges Dupras has published two books, Values in Conflict and the eBook Ethics, a Human Condition, and currently lives in Montreal, Canada. Articles by Georges R. Dupras

Mona Andrei, writer – WestmountMag.caMona Andrei

Mona Andrei is the writer behind – Life updates gone wrong. Or right. I’m undecided. She is listed as a top 100 humour blogger (even though she doesn’t only write humour). She is also author of SUPERWOMAN: A Funny and Reflective Look at Single Motherhood (Cynren Press) as well as the writer for a collaborative book entitled, LEAVE NOTHING TO CHANCE: 15 Principles for Success and the Stories that Inspired Them (Tremendous Leadership), which she wrote as a legacy project for two industry influencers. Articles by

Michael Hawkes - WestmountMag.caMichael Hawkes

Michael Hawkes is an 80-year-old survivor of all the world’s wars. He learned (and loved to rhyme) by torturing the hymns he had to sing at school. A retired West Coast fisherman living in Montreal since 2013, he is an unschooled Grandpa Moses writing an average of five poems every week. Poems by Michael Hawkes

Carmen J. Michaud – WestmountMag.caCarmen J. Michaud

Carmen J. Michaud likes to write (and paint) and is majoring in Curiosity. Articles by Carmen J. Michaud



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