Some Firsts and original contributions:
1- Incorporation of l’École In Vino Veritas the first independant WSET approved bilingual (French-English) program provider in Canada (April 2012)
2- Spring of 2012 École In Vino Veritas became the first WSET approved program provider habilitated to teach the WSET Advanced Level 3 in Québec (May 2012)
President of the Accredited Sommeliers Association of Canada ( ASAC) since January 2016, Richard Sagala is the:
3- Owner & founder of the First butler school in Quebec: AIMM/ IMBA, the International Montreal Butler Academy, l’Académie Internationale de Majordome de Montréal (May 2016)
4-First Vinitaly Five Stars Wine competition judge from Québec (April 2016)
5-First VIA (Vinitaly International Academy) Ambassador, lecturer and wine judge in Quebec and Eastern part of Canada (March 2015)
6-First teacher of the WSET level 3 Advanced course in Quebec (February-March 2013)
7- First wine marketing researcher in Quebec published by AAWE, the American Association of Wine Economists (February 2013)
8- First (& only) French Wine Scholar certified wine tutor in Québec (Fall 2014)
9- First WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) Level 3 Certified Educator in Québec (February 2012)
10- First (& only) Bordeaux Wine MBA in Québec (October 2011)
11- First english wine appreciation teacher for SAQ « A world to discover » course (November 2011)
12- First teacher of the SAQ wine course “Les Terroirs d’Italie” (March 2012)
13- First (& only) Wine & Lifestyle/ Art de Vivre combined Columnist in Québec (Parcours art magazine, since June 2008- October 2012
14- Québec First certified Butler (The International Butler Academy, The Netherlands, November 2001. Diploma awarded with: Distinction
15- Only Canadian certified from the Rolls-Royce & Bentley Motor Cars School of Instruction (UK, September 2001)
– July & August 2013, 2 special events: Vino e Musica blending: Wine/ Gastronomy/ Classical Music chosen by conductor Maestro Jean-François Rivest a first in Québec.
– April 2012, the first Richard Sagala In Vino Veritas wine club becomes operational in Québec.
– Richard Sagala was the first invited Canadian Argentine Tango dance teacher by the Beijing Tango Club and organised the first Wine and Tango special dance/tasting event for the Beijing Wine Club (Beijing, China, Summer of 2006).
More details on certificates and diplomas following that link: Sommellerie/ Oenological background/ Diplomas