Meet the Exeo Team

At Exeo, we want to offer you Immigration Made Simple. Whether for work, study, or visit, we are there to help discover and implement your immigration options from A to Z. You’ll have a reliable team supporting you, with professionals who truly care and dedicate themselves to you and your project. Introducing our team of immigration lawyers in Montreal.

Francis Tourigny


B.C.L., LL.B., B.Sc., Québec Bar

Francis is a lawyer and a member of the Québec Bar. Before founding Exeo, he worked for one of the leading business immigration firms in Hong Kong. There, he helped hundreds of individuals immigrate to Canada and the United States. Working for one of the most important immigration law firms in Canada, he then assisted many companies to regularize the status of their foreign workers.

In addition to representing those clients, Francis gave many conferences across Asia and Europe on Canadian and American business immigration programs.

Francis began his career with two of Canada’s biggest law firms. He holds law degrees from the University of Montreal and Université Paris-1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and political science from the University of Montreal.

Marc-André Séguin


B.C.L., LL.B., LL.M., Québec Bar, New York State Bar

Marc-André has been practising law in the immigrant investor industry since 2010, and has published a widely read Handbook on the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program.

Spending over a third of each year travelling the world to promote programs of the industry, he has personally developed business relations with industry professionals in over 20 countries and is a respected and frequent speaker on Canadian investment immigration issues.

Marc-André is an attorney licensed in Quebec (Canada) and in New York State (USA). He graduated from McGill University Law School, with degrees in both civil law (B.C.L.) and common law (LL.B.). He also holds a masters (LL.M.) in Asian Legal Studies from the National University of Singapore.

Marc-André is fluent in English, French and Spanish and is currently learning Chinese.

Laurence C. Trempe


(Quebec Bar, LL. B.)

Laurence Trempe is a Partner at EXEO and our Mobility Manager. She worked for the Canadian Federal Public Service for several years, in collaboration with different departments. In 2009, she left the Federal Public Service to join the private legal practice specialized in business immigration and international mobility.

Over the last 18 years, through her combined public-private work experience, she has acquired a wide and extensive expertise in her domain, representing companies of different scale (start-up to multinational) as well as individuals with their international mobility needs.She excels at helping clients overcome medical inadmissibilities, and in responding to administrative reviews. Laurence is also on the Executive Committee and Administrative board of the Quebec Lawyers Immigration Association (AQAADI) and has written multiple legal briefs addressed to the Quebec government regarding immigration regulation on behalf of this organization.

Finally, Laurence has been training multiple HR departments and has given several conferences to various Chambers of Commerce, Associations, and Public organizations. She graduated from law school in 2004 (LL.B), and pursued with South-East Asian studies. She is a Quebec Bar member since 2009. Finally, Laurence started her master degree in law (LL.M) at Ottawa University in 2018.

Sandrine Gaillot


MPA, LL.M., New York State Bar, Québec Bar

Sandrine leads our U.S. immigration practice. An immigrant herself, she first got into U.S. immigration to help out a dear friend avoid deportation. She was hooked. After a ten-year international career with the UN in African war zones dealing with international war crimes courts and disarming child soldiers, moving on to help clients fight immigration cases before U.S. government agencies was right down her alley.

A first child and another immigration move later, Sandrine joined private practice in Canada, where she advises clients from the four corners of the world on relocation strategies to Canada or the United States. From artists to entrepreuneurs, investors to I.T. consultants, athletes to inventors, she excels at elaborating strategies that set our clients on the path to their own immigration journey. She also has a knack for helping clients overcome criminal and other inadmissibilities.

As Sandrine’s long list of law degrees and bar memberships can attest, she has a passion for law, that is almost only surpassed by her love of anything covered in chocolate.

Marc-André Carrière

Lawyer LL.B., LL.M.

Marc-André is a lawyer member of the Barreau du Québec. He works on various economic immigration cases that are entrusted to him by partners of the firm. Before joining Exeo, he worked as a civil and commercial litigator for Montreal based law firms. Following his master's degree in Chinese Business Law at Peking University, Marc-André also worked in Beijing for a company specialized in the field of economic immigration. He is currently completing a Juris Doctor at Université de Montréal.

Fan of basketball and whisky, he is also passionate about international issues
related to East Asia.

Member of AQAADI – Association Québécoise des Avocates et Avocats en immigration
Member of YCPA – Young Chinese Professionals Association
Member of Barreau du Québec, 2018

Gabrielle Thiboutot

Lawyer LL.B.

Gabrielle is a lawyer member of the Barreau du Québec and is part of the Canadian mobility team. She has long known that immigration law was her calling. In order to better understand migration movements and their impacts, she completed with distinction both the Civil Law degree and the Bachelor of International Development and Globalization at the University of Ottawa. Having worked in large law firms, but wanting to specialize in immigration, Gabrielle joined our team in the summer of 2021.

Member of Barreau du Québec, 2022

Julien Otis-Bouchart d’Orval

Lawyer LL.B.

Julien is a lawyer member of the Barreau du Québec. He works on various economic immigration and mobility cases that are entrusted to him by partners of the firm. Before joining Exeo, he worked in the field of investment immigration, notably with Caribbean and European citizenship-by-investment programs. Having obtained his Bachelor of Laws, his thirst for adventure and interest in foreign cultures led him to stay two years in Asia and Russia. His work experience and polyglot skills allow him to serve a diverse clientele.

Member of AQAADI – Association Québécoise des Avocates et Avocats en immigration
Member of Barreau du Québec, 2020

Danika Ippolito

Senior paralegal

Danika is our senior paralegal working mainly in the areas of the Canadian International
Mobility Program, Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), and U.S. Immigration with more than eight years of legal experience. She is a graduate of O'Sullivan College with a degree in Paralegal Technology (2014) and holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Concordia University (2011).

Catherine Bruges

Senior paralegal

Catherine Bruges is our senior paralegal since May 2022. She has been working exclusively in the field of immigration law and professional mobility since 1999. She mainly acts for business people and individuals in view of their admission to Canada and the United States.

Léa Vimfles

Account Manager

Lea is the office manager at Exeo. She joined the team in January 2020 and is mainly responsible for the management of the firm as well as its evolution.
After studying languages at the University of Economics in St. Petersburg, Russia, Léa completed a master's degree in sociology at the University of Savoie-Mont-Blanc. It is through this master's degree that she discovered the world of human resources and communication.

In addition to French and English, Léa speaks Russian.

Chantal Racette

Legal Advisor

Chantal has obtained a bachelor's of law and a master's of law in notarial law from Sherbrooke University. She joined Exeo in the fall of 2021 as a legal expert, mainly working with immigrant investors. She is fluent in French and English.

Laurine Bigot

Sales Coordinator

Laurine Bigot is currently our administrative assistant. As the first point of contact with clients, Laurine oversees the organization and smooth running of the office. Laurine holds a Master's degree in Marketing from the Rennes Business School in France and moved to Quebec after spending several years in the United States, Spain, England and France.

Laurine is fluent in French, English and Spanish.

She loves cooking and travels around Montreal and its surroundings in search of the best restaurants.

Exeo Mexico

Teresita Galvan Martinez


Teresita is our case processing analyst in the Mexico office. She graduated in International Relations and International Business from Universidad de las Américas in Mexico City. She’s specializing in International Commerce in order to amplify the knowledge provided to all the business orientation she will be bringing to the firm.

Teresita is devoted to customer service and is always looking to provide all the comfort and assurance during a process by bringing the best service to all of her clients.

Teresita is fluent in Spanish, English and French and she attends to the firm’s needs with the same passion she brings to her outdoor exercises and her affinity with nature.

Paulina Canchola García

Sales Representative

Paulina is our Latam Sales Representative. She takes care of the office in Mexico, managing clients and prospects. She has a major in International Business Administration at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, currently obtaining her MBA from Escuela de Negocios Europea de Barcelona.

Prior to joining Exeo’s team in 2021 she worked in logistics for diplomatic, private and military flights with embassies in Mexico City. She also has experience in sales, interpretation, translation and management.

Paulina enjoys traveling, languages and outdoor activities.

She speaks Spanish, English, French and Italian.

At Exeo we offer you
immigration made simple.

At Exeo we offer you immigration made simple.