As convoy claims unity, some truckers experience fear and loathing on the yellow vest road

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PEMBROKE, ONT.—Before Nigel Pryke joined the convoy to Ottawa, he thought he was driving for unity.

Part of a southern Saskatchewan group of truckers that fell in with the convoy on Friday, he’s a member of a cross-country cavalcade calling Canadians from east to west to demonstrate at Parliament Hill on Tuesday. Representing his employer from the driver’s seat of a company truck participating in the procession, he’s technically on the job.

Nigel Pryke of Carnduff, Sask., cleans his truck during a stop in White River, Ont., during the United We Roll Convoy to Ottawa on Sunday.
Nigel Pryke of Carnduff, Sask., cleans his truck during a stop in White River, Ont., during the United We Roll Convoy to Ottawa on Sunday.  (Codie McLachlan/Star Edmonton)

The point of the protest, organizers say, is to show support for the country’s oil and gas industry by opposing the carbon tax and legislation thought to harm the sector, among other things.

And there’s the hitch.

Rallies held in towns and cities on the route have seen supporters — along with convoy vehicles, drivers and passengers — sporting signs and slogans calling for more than just support of the energy sector.

“I like the whole idea of the unity, Canadianness,” Pryke said Sunday afternoon while travelling down a stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway between White River and Wawa, Ont. “But when I see hats that say ‘Make Canada Great Again,’ … well, that’s Donald Trump. Donald Trump is not Canadian,” he added.

“They’re basically running the show,” Pryke said of the convoy’s significant yellow vest contingent. ‘There’s so much of this out-and-out hatred for Trudeau that it’s getting in the way of everything.”

Two days before, Pryke recalled, he was enjoying himself with the Saskatchewan company climbing up to Virden, Man., a rally point on the route, where the smaller group was scheduled to join forces with the main train.

“I’m chatting to these people and then the guys from the convoy arrive,” he said. “I had no idea that the yellow vests were even involved. The whole feeling changed all of a sudden.”

Glen Carritt, a town councillor from Innisfail, Alta., and a convoy co-ordinator, speaks Sunday at a rally in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., during the United We Roll convoy to Ottawa, where a demonstration is to be held Tuesday.
Glen Carritt, a town councillor from Innisfail, Alta., and a convoy co-ordinator, speaks Sunday at a rally in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., during the United We Roll convoy to Ottawa, where a demonstration is to be held Tuesday.  (Codie McLachlan/Star Edmonton)

In mid-January, Glen Carritt, a councillor for the town of Innisfail, Alta., and lead co-ordinator of the convoy, changed the name of the event from the Yellow Vest (Official) Convoy to Ottawa to the United We Roll Convoy for Canada.

The event’s values, he explained Sunday following a rally in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., haven’t changed. The mission is to protest carbon pricing, and bills C-69 and C-48, which would change approval processes for energy projects and ban oil tanker traffic on B.C.’s northern coast. Needless to say, the convoy also packs a heavy pro-pipeline punch.

But another, more controversial, complaint that sets this convoy apart is its stance against the United Nations migration compact.

Since appearing in Canada by way of France, the yellow vest movement has been accused of taking an anti-immigrant position against the compact — an intergovernmental agreement to regulate migration in light of factors that have led to its growth, such as climate change.

Despite the fact that the agreement is not legally binding, members of the movement, including those participating in the convoy, claim it weakens Canadian borders and threatens the country’s sovereignty and security, touting as much in their signs and statements.

“We’re worried about more criminals coming into the country,” Carritt said.

Shortly before he rebranded the event, a coalition of oil and gas advocates tried to organize a similar convoy — one focused specifically on the industry, while rejecting any association to the yellow vest movement. But they cancelled it, claiming it was “no longer viable” due to “unexpected challenges associated with the event.”

Citing a “lack of professionalism” in the online forum used to promote and support the convoy under the yellow vest name, Carritt said the rebrand was born from an interest to open up the event to more people.

Denis Findlay holds a sign proclaiming "Trudeau for Prison" in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, during the United We Roll convoy to Ottawa Sunday.
Denis Findlay holds a sign proclaiming « Trudeau for Prison » in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, during the United We Roll convoy to Ottawa Sunday.  (Codie McLachlan/Star Edmonton)

“It felt like the name may be holding us back,” he explained. “This allowed everybody, including yellow vests, to be involved in this movement.

The website for the convoy notes that anyone is allowed to join. But that invitation has also opened the door to anyone willing to make the trip.

At the Sault Ste. Marie rally on Sunday night, a crowd, including a small child, chanted “Trudeau sucks.” One man wore a yellow vest with the words “flush the turd 2019” written on the back. Like the varied sea of horns that announce every convoy departure, the complaints from the crowd were as varied, and almost as loud.

Carritt acknowledged that the open invite could convolute the convoy’s message, and said he doesn’t support the negativity found at rallies like the one in Sault Ste. Marie. But he said he has no control over how people choose to express themselves in the movement.

The messages from the sidelines have also been diffuse, with those standing along the highway waving everything from the sort of signs found at rallies, to Canadian flags, yellow vests, hockey jerseys and posters of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

From his vantage point, Pryke said he recognizes that the yellow vests are inextricably linked to this demonstration (both in the convoy and alongside it), but he’s trying to find the silver lining for a trip that took an unexpected turn early on.

Despite the fact that yellow vests are “very much part of the mesh of the convoy,” Pryke said he finds comfort in the support he’s seen from the sidelines, almost every step of the way.

Supporters cheer on truckers along the Trans-Canada Highway during the United We Roll convoy to Ottawa on Saturday.
Supporters cheer on truckers along the Trans-Canada Highway during the United We Roll convoy to Ottawa on Saturday.  (Codie McLachlan/Star Edmonton)

“I don’t think the yellow vest message is the message of a lot of these people standing on the highway,” he said between Wawa and Sault Ste. Marie, a stretch of road that drivers on the radio repeatedly flag as treacherous.

Near Batchawana Bay, 50 kilometres out from the Sault, supporters launched a stream of fireworks for the drivers.

Tugging on the leather braided strap on his left, Pryke honked his horn in gratitude, like he does for every other show of encouragement seen along the way.

“I’m riding this wave,” he said. “All of this good feeling I’m getting from these people standing beside the roads.”

Hamdi Issawi is an Edmonton-based reporter covering the environment and energy. Follow him on Twitter: @hamdiissawi

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Saskatoon-based Cree musicians return from unforgettable Grammys experience – Saskatoon

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A pair of Saskatoon musicians have returned from a Grammys experience that included selfies with the Backstreet Boys and a limousine ride booked by Jessica Alba and Gabrielle Union.

In 2001, Jacob Faithful co-founded a group called Young Spirit, which included members of the Frog Lake First Nation. Its 16 members now come from across Western Canada and parts of the United States.


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The group’s goal is to empower young people through traditional Indigenous drumming and singing, Faithful said, but they never imagined they would make it to Music’s Biggest Night.

“All we wanted to do was send a message out there and be part of something great,” Faithful said.

Faithful was shocked to learn of the band’s nomination, as was his 16-year-old son and band mate, Jarron Gadwa. Both are from Frog Lake, but live in Saskatoon.

“Three weeks ago, I was writing my Grade 11 finals and to know that I’m going to the Grammys, is honestly, crazy,” Gadwa said.

Young Spirit made its Grammys debut Sunday, after the band’s album “Mewasinsational – Cree Round Dance Songs” was nominated in best regional roots category.

Another artist took the award, but Young Spirit had an unforgettable experience, including being driven to their hotel in a Rolls Royce limo arranged by actresses Alba and Union.

Young Spirit attends the 61st annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles, California.

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“They actually made a cake for us and it had the album cover of our nominated CD,” Gadwa said.

Reaching the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the group walked the same red carpet as the likes of Drake, Lady Gaga and Dolly Parton.


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“I thought it was pretty cool when the Backstreet Boys came up to us and asked to have a picture and [that we were part of their playlists on their phones,” Faithful said.

In a rare occurrence, officials with the Grammys arranged for Young Spirit to perform on the red carpet.

As the drums came out, the commotion of media interviews came to a stop.

“All the cameras turned toward us. It was pretty neat to see these famous musicians taking out their phones and trying to record us singing,” Faithful said.

One organizer said it was the first time she’d seen a red carpet performance like that in her 18 years of experience, Faithful recalled.

“Thank you so much for doing that for us. You just changed the vibe of the whole red carpet,” he recalled the woman saying.


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Seeing Cree round dance music on the international stage shows the “significant gift” that First Nations people have to offer, according to Tribal Chief Mark Arcand of the Saskatoon Tribal Council.

“It really provides … role models for our younger people to get our language and culture back. People flock to it,” Arcand said.

Young Spirit’s next album is set to be released in April.

“If we end up at the Grammy Awards next year, sure,” Faithful said with a shrug.

“But if we don’t, then you know what? We had an awesome time.”

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Marc-Olivier Fogiel raconte son expérience de la GPA

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Ce « don » d’enfant qu’elle vous fait à la naissance n’est-il pas un moment éprouvant ?
Ce n’est en aucun cas un don. Michelle se considère comme une super nounou à qui on a confié un embryon qui n’est pas le sien, qu’elle a simplement gardé d’une manière un peu particulière, in utero. Il n’en demeure pas moins qu’à la naissance de Mila, notre première fille, alors que François, mon mari, coupait le cordon ombilical, moi j’ai demandé à Michelle si elle allait bien. Elle pensait que je lui parlais de son état physique et quand elle a compris que je pensais plutôt à son ressenti, à ses émotions, elle m’a regardé avec de grands yeux : « Tu n’as donc pas compris ce qu’on a fait ? Il n’y a pas de lien à défaire. Ce n’est pas mon enfant, c’est le vôtre, que j’ai simplement porté. » La naissance fut un moment de joie et d’amour absolu, la concrétisation de ce long parcours commun, sans aucun déchirement. Ce moment que je raconte se fait néanmoins dans un cadre très précis, la GPA éthique, où chacun sait exactement ce qu’il fait. Dans d’autres cas moins encadrés, dans lesquels l’argent devient le motif principal, ce moment-là peut être plus tabou, on ne parle pas des mêmes histoires. Mais la GPA, aujourd’hui, en France, se fait essentiellement aux États-Unis, dans ce cadre.

Quand avez-vous commencé à raconter leur histoire à vos filles ?
À la première seconde de leur naissance ! J’ai pris ma fille dans les bras, en larmes, et je lui ai tout raconté. Ce furent les premières bases de la vérité, et aujourd’hui elles parlent toutes les deux de leur histoire très facilement, sans aucun tabou, sans lourdeur, tout en ayant conscience que c’est une histoire différente, car il ne s’agit pas de leur faire croire que c’est la norme. Dans leur cœur, tout est clair.

Le titre de votre livre est une question en forme de réponse aux regards critiques…
Ma famille est joyeusement banale. Cette histoire que je raconte, on ne vit pas avec en permanence. On vit surtout avec des petites filles qui vont à la danse, apprennent à lire, jouent avec leurs cousins, sont heureuses dans la vie. Elles ont, certes, une particularité, mais qui ne les définit pas au quotidien. J’ai rencontré beaucoup plus de bienveillance à l’égard de notre histoire que ce que j’imaginais. À partir du moment où les gens voient du bonheur, de l’amour, les a priori tombent. On habite un quartier dit bourgeois, le 7
e, que l’on pourrait penser plus intolérant que la moyenne. Eh bien non ! Mes filles sont les stars de la rue, tout le monde les adore : la boulangère, la bouchère, les voisins de l’immeuble, le cafetier… Je pense que la société est bien plus ouverte qu’on veut bien le dire.

Pensez-vous que l’on soit sur le chemin d’un nouveau modèle de famille, plus ouvert ?
Je crois que ce modèle existe déjà. On est loin de la famille telle qu’elle est représentée sur les affiches de la Manif pour tous : un papa, une maman, deux enfants. Les familles monoparentales et recomposées existent depuis longtemps ; il commence à y avoir beaucoup de familles homoparentales, qui ont adopté en tant que célibataires ou qui ont eu recours à la GPA. Dans la réalité, la notion de famille a évolué. Il y a un modèle majoritaire, traditionnel, et c’est très bien comme ça. Et il y a les nouvelles familles, qui n’enlèvent rien à celui-là. C’est une richesse.

Grandir avec deux parents du même sexe ne génère-t-il pas un manque d’altérité ?
Dans un couple du même sexe, l’altérité existe. Chacun a un rôle différent. Souvent, l’un a un rôle plus paternel, l’autre plus maternel. Et des modèles féminins, il y en a partout autour : tantes, marraines, cousines, grands-mères… Si vous voyiez la chambre de mes filles, c’est bien trop rose, ça déborde de poupées, et elles veulent déjà se maquiller ! Elles développent une féminité à travers tous les modèles féminins qui les entourent. Elles ne vivent pas dans un ghetto gay !

Dans votre livre, vous évoquez Pagnol et ces mots de César à son fils : « Le père, c’est celui qui aime. » Quelle est votre définition du parent ?
Le parent, c’est celui qui aime, qui élève au quotidien, qui crée la cellule familiale. J’ai vu des généticiens pour préparer le livre, qui ont affaire à des parents qui viennent les voir parce qu’un enfant est malade. Ils remontent le patrimoine génétique pour essayer de trouver l’origine du gène défectueux, et, dans 9,3 % des cas, ils doivent chercher hors de l’arbre généalogique « officiel ». Pour être clair, quasiment un enfant sur dix n’a pas le père que l’on croit ! Cela n’enlève rien au fait que le père est celui qui élève l’enfant, peu importe le lien biologique, qui n’est pas essentiel. De même, il ne viendrait à l’idée de personne de dire que les parents des enfants adoptés ne sont pas ceux qui les élèvent mais ceux qui les ont conçus.

À quel moment êtes-vous devenu père ?
La gestation m’a conduit vers le fait de me sentir papa, mais cela a été une évidence au moment où Mila est née. J’avais déjà changé pour en arriver là, et, aujourd’hui, c’est ce qui me définit. Je suis d’abord père, et je suis le reste après. Je n’avais pas soupçonné cet amour absolu. Cet amour-là, l’amour filial, me submerge. Comme tous les parents.


« Qu’est-ce qu’elle a ma famille ? », de Marc-Olivier Fogiel, Grasset.

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Can our pets experience seasonal affective disorder? One expert says yes

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The winter blues can hard to shake. But what about your cat? Turns out it can be hard for non-human animals too. We check in with biology professor James Hare to learn more. 8:16

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is well-documented in humans. Some people experience a drop in their mood and energy level during the winter months. But what about our pets?

Jim Hare, professor at the University of Manitoba, said pets get SAD, too. Hare said there are behavioural indicators for SAD in pets. 

« If you look at your animal, you’ll often see reduced activity levels; you’ll see changes in eating habits. Often times, they’ll actually eat more in the winter months, » he said. Hare also noted reduced playfulness and a « general malaise » as signs. 

Eating and sleeping more is a sign your pet could be in the dumps. (Miriam Katawazi/CBC )

Light levels play a huge role in the cause of SAD for humans and animals alike. Light therapy is sometimes used to treat SAD. 

« There’s every reasonable expectation that light therapy would work in non-human animals as well, » Hare said.

Hare cautioned against Vitamin D therapy in pets though, because he said it is easy to reach toxic levels in animals.

Cats benefit from stimulation especially in the wintertime. (Angela Bosse/CBC)

The most important thing you can do for your pet is to take them out during the daytime, Hare said.

« Get them out while the sun is shining, » he said. « Keep them active, get them out and exercise them. »

For animals more inclined to be inside, like some cats, Hare said environmental stimulation is key. Toys and access to windows where they can see the goings-on are good tools.

With files from Saskatchewan Weekend

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Gasoline prices in most of Canada set to experience ‘extreme volatility’

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Plunging world oil prices have delivered a Christmas miracle of lower gasoline prices across most of Canada but a fuel price expert says motorists should fill up now because prices are expected to be volatile in 2019.

Dan McTeague, a senior petroleum analyst at GasBuddy.com, says gasoline prices are at near-18-month lows because of global oil prices that have tumbled over the past two months on worries of an economic downturn, a U.S.-China trading tiff and concerns that members of the OPEC oil cartel won’t live up to production cuts.

Another analyst, Michael Ervin with Kent Group Ltd., offers another explanation for the reduced prices.

He says there’s a glut of gasoline on the North American market brought on by lower than expected demand and refineries being forced to produce excess gasoline in order to manufacture diesel — a gasoline byproduct that is in high demand.

« It’s not specific to the Alberta economy, its not specific to the Canadian economy, it really is a reflection of how much gasoline there is in a North American context right now, » said Erwin.

Despite a brief oil price rally on Wednesday, average regular gasoline prices remain about:

  • 17 cents lower per litre than a year ago in Alberta and Ontario.
  • 12 cents lower in Manitoba.
  • Six cents lower in Quebec.
  • 11 cents lower in Nova Scotia.
  • Three cents lower in Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • And in Prince Edward Island, seven cents lower.

McTeague says prices in B.C. are up two to six cents per litre compared with the same time last year but would be lower if not for the effect of interruptions in fuel imports from Washington due to the outage of that state’s Olympic Pipeline in mid-December.

U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate oil prices plunged to $42.53 US on Christmas Eve, down 44 per cent from $76.41 US per barrel on Oct. 3. They rallied to $46.22 US on Wednesday but trended lower Thursday.

McTeague says « extreme volatility » in oil markets are expected to continue to wreak havoc on gasoline prices in Canada in the early part of 2019.

Erwin, meanwhile, thinks prices will remain low until demand picks up in the spring. 

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Dishes That Let You Experience Local Without Leaving Your Hotel

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Chef Sander brings an artful sense of humor to the food at Bluespoon Restaurant & Bar in Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht. Pictured here is Sander’s Pigeon, a dish inspired by his cycle to work one morning.

The first Andaz hotel opened on London Liverpool Street in the 2000s, in a building built in 1884. The impetus: host guests with a kind of authenticity that can’t be fabricated. Now, the Andaz brand boasts 17 locations across the globe. Each property offers guests immersive experiences through exceptional dining, locally inspired interiors and art installations, and unparalleled hospitality. Andaz hotels and resorts envelope you in the senses of the eclectic culture from each neighborhood the moment you arrive. One of the best ways to arrive a tourist and depart a local? Eat the food. Chefs and mixologists eager to excite the palates and minds of guests in unexpected ways have put modern, inventive spins on classic dishes. From elevated grits in Savannah to a pepper reimagined in Mexico, here are four culinary specialties that reflect the flavor of each city. No doubt you’ll leave more inspired than when you arrived.

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At Andaz Savannah, chef Cummer puts an unexpected and elevated twist on classic shrimp and grits with homemade truffle butter.

SAVOR A SOUTHERN STAPLE IN SAVANNAH

Chef Chris Cummer grew up in Louisiana and Texas, and was introduced to grits early in life. However, his discovery of the shrimp-and-grits combo, a quintessential southern staple, didn’t happen until he began his career at a restaurant in southern Louisiana. The key to making them great? Source locally. Now, at the helm of Andaz Savannah’s 22 Square restaurant, he uses Georgia-grown corn that is dried and stone milled, with fresh, sweet Georgia shrimp from local shrimp boat “Papa T.” But chef Cummer credits his current variation of the dish to the many stops along his culinary career. From Louisiana to Texas to New Jersey and NYC, and now in Georgia, each stop is represented in the dish, from the seasoning of the shrimp to the techniques and ingredients used. To elevate the flavor profile, and include an ingredient not commonly paired with the dish, he uses a homemade truffle butter. Because what’s more Southern than more butter?

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The Modern Mai Tai at Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort has been thoughtfully concocted to maximize its tropical appeal.

TASTE THE TWIST ON A CLASSIC IN MAUI

If you’ve ever been anywhere in Hawaii, you’ll know of the Mai Tai. This fruity cocktail is claimed to have originated in 1944 at Trader Vic’s and is a Polynesian treat widely enjoyed on the islands. The bartender team at Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort takes this to heart. In true Andaz fashion, they’ve put a twist on the traditional libation with aged Martinique and Jamaican rums, fresh lime, toasted almond orgeat, and orange curacao. (The original Mai Tai showcases the rums and citrus with a subtle hint of toasted almond.) At this Andaz resort, the Modern Mai Tai features fresh local Maui pineapple and a dark Jamaican rum float. Depending on your style–– classic or newly curated––you may have a favorite. Or perhaps you’ll try both as you sit back, relax, and soak up the view of pools and palm trees at Bumbye Beach Bar.

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Chef Torres of Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya uses local ingredients to reinvent the traditional poblano pepper recipe, a favorite dish of his grandmother’s.

TURN UP THE HEAT IN RIVIERA MAYA

At Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya, the newest Andaz resort, chef Ernesto Torres created his signature dish, the Poblano Pepper, to honor his grandmother’s culinary traditions from the state of Veracruz. Growing up, he recalls his grandmother preparing the delicious dish for special events. Typically, the pepper is stuffed with meat. But chef Torres grew up along the Caribbean Sea and wanted to incorporate this element of his story into the dish. This noteworthy menu item at Casa Amate features shrimp and includes local flavors of the region such as peppers, chili, olives, goat cheese, and capers. In lieu of pomegranate, he garnishes it with choconostle, a native ingredient which comes from cactus (nopal) and is commonly used to prepare salsas and moles. If these flavors are new to you, then welcome––you’re experiencing the local culture at its finest.

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Dessert doubles as art at Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht, where chef Sander calls upon a local art installation as his inspiration.

GET CREATIVE IN AMSTERDAM

At Bluespoon Restaurant & Bar in Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht, the menu showcases the light, colorful––and in true Dutch form, humorous and highly creative––work of chef Sander Bierenbroodspot. Take Sander’s Pigeon, for example. This signature dish is made of beetroot, petit legumes, cabbage, crispy leg, and mushroom, and was inspired by chef Sander’s bike ride to work one day, in which he had an encounter with one of Amsterdam’s notorious pigeons. There’s a Video Art Dessert inspired by a video art installation: Cristina Lucas’ « Abstraction Licking », a Dutch twist on Mondrian, which calls upon the party lifestyle of Amsterdam. To get the full taste and scent experience, it is meant to be eaten in a certain order, and guests are encouraged to eat with their hands. Finally, Martin’s Blossom in the Snow is a cocktail inspired by the passing of winter to spring, therefore it has the look and comfort of winter, but it’s actually a super-light cocktail buzzing with citrus and floral tones. Consider this a meal that exceeds all expectations.

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«Offrir à nos clients une véritable expérience Panerai»

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INTERVIEW – Moins d’un an après sa nomination à la tête de Panerai, le Français nous dévoile ses ambitions pour réveiller la belle endormie afin de retrouver son pouvoir de séduction auprès de ses fans.

Depuis le 1er avril 2018, Jean-Marc Pontroué est à la tête de Panerai. Selon nos estimations, ce spécialiste florentin des montres militaires, racheté par le groupe Richemont en 1997 (appelé Vendôme à l’époque), produirait aujourd’hui environ 60. 000 pièces par an, à un prix moyen tournant autour de 10. 000 euros.

Diplômé d’une école de commerce à Nantes, Pontroué a commencé sa carrière dans la filière du cuir avant de rejoindre LVMH, en 1995, où il prend la direction des ventes de Givenchy Paris. En 2000, il intègre Richemont au sein de Montblanc, où il devient vice-président exécutif du développement et de la stratégie produit. En 2011, il est nommé PDG de Roger Dubuis, marque de niche spécialisée dans les complications horlogères de Richemont. Rencontre avec un homme aussi dynamique que rationnel, premier Français à diriger la griffe transalpine.

LE FIGARO. – Quelle impression cela vous fait-il de diriger une entreprise comme Panerai?

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 Luminor Submersible 1950 BMG-Tech OFFICINE PANERAI

Jean-Marc PONTROUÉ. –Cela m’enchante et me change! Montblanc est une société diversifiée qui opère dans plusieurs secteurs, Roger Dubuis demeure un horloger peu connu du grand public. Panerai est une marque de montres qui draine toute une communauté de passionnés. Comme les tifosi, fans de foot, il y a les paneristi, amoureux de nos calibres. Ce phénomène d’attachement inconditionnel à une griffe, ce sentiment d’appartenir à un cercle d’amateurs est rare dans ce métier. Patek Philippe, dans un autre genre, suscite ce même type de réaction.

Comment l’expliquez-vous?

Par sa singularité. Fondé en 1860 à Florence, Panerai était spécialisé dans l’optique et les instruments de précision. Dans la première moitié du XXe siècle, l’entreprise devient le fournisseur officiel de la Marine royale italienne, pour qui elle va développer des montres de plongée aux boîtiers surdimensionnés et aux index luminescents. Telles la Radiomir, dont le prototype est créé en 1936, et la Luminor lancée, à la fin des années 1940. Jusqu’en 1993, les montres Panerai sont fabriquées exclusivement pour l’armée.

Et c’est cette vocation non commerciale – en cinquante ans, à peine quelques centaines de modèles ont été produits hors du cercle militaire – qui a contribué à façonner ce statut de montre culte auprès des collectionneurs. Par la suite, le design très particulier des modèles a séduit des personnalités aussi différentes que les acteurs Sylvester Stallone, Jackie Chan, Dwayne Johnson ou encore l’ancien président des États-Unis Bill Clinton.

En ouvrant sa propre manufacture à Neuchâtel, en développant des pièces à complication avec des tourbillons et des répétitions minutes, Panerai ne s’est-il pas éloigné de ses racines, à savoir la fabrication d’une montre de plongée robuste et fonctionnelle équipée d’un mouvement acheté à un sous-traitant?

Dans ce marché, il était indispensable que nous devenions autonomes et fabriquions nos propres calibres. En outre, la manufacture nous a permis d’établir un laboratoire d’idées où nous développons de nouveaux matériaux et mécanismes afin de proposer une offre qui se différencie de celles des 700 autres marques horlogères existantes. En témoigne le boîtier en BMG-Tech, un verre métallique breveté et extrêmement robuste et résistant, présenté au SIHH 2018. Si nous n’avons pas vocation à être un acteur majeur dans l’horlogerie à complication, nous conservons la production de certains éléments comme le tourbillon. C’est une pièce à forte valeur (140. 000 euros, NDLR) que nous vendons à plus d’une centaine d’exemplaires par an.

En exclusivité: Luminor Submersible Bronzo, présentée au SIHH 2019, en janvier prochain
En exclusivité: Luminor Submersible Bronzo, présentée au SIHH 2019, en janvier prochain OFFICINE PANERAI

Quelles sont les mesures que vous préconisez pour raviver la flamme de Panerai?

Il nous faut clarifier et réorganiser notre offre en la mettant davantage en scène. Lorsque vous entrez dans une boutique Panerai, vous avez l’impression que tous les modèles se ressemblent avec une ambivalence entre les pièces historiques et les contemporaines. Aucune n’est mise en avant par rapport à une autre. Outre le fait que je vais diviser par quatre le nombre d’éditions limitées afin de leur redonner sens et rareté, nos collections vont être structurées autour de quatre piliers.

Radiomir 1940 3 Days Acciaio.
Radiomir 1940 3 Days Acciaio. OFFICINE PANERAI

Le premier est celui de la Radiomir, territoire du vintage accueillant les pièces historiques, les rééditions. Le deuxième s’organise autour de la Luminor, montre emblématique de Panerai et famille à qui l’on réservera les innovations techniques, ainsi que les attributs de notre «italianité». Le troisième concerne la Due, cette Luminor plus petite que nous avons lancée il y a deux ans et qui nous permet de toucher une clientèle cherchant un modèle moins segmentant et ceux qui n’ont jamais acheté nos garde-temps.

Enfin, la famille Submersible, composée de montres de plongée, incarne la marque aujourd’hui dans ce secteur. Nous possédons de formidables outils de communication à l’instar du voilier Eilean, une épave de 1936 que nous avons entièrement restaurée, des égéries légitimes comme l’aventurier Mike Horn ou Guillaume Néry, le champion français d’apnée, qui devient notre ambassadeur. Mon objectif est de les exploiter davantage afin d’offrir à nos clients une véritable «expérience Panerai».

Quels sont vos objectifs de vente?

Je ne peux pas vous donner de chiffres. Mais une marque qui jusqu’alors ne s’est pas préoccupée de répondre aux critères du marché actuel de la montre de sport de luxe en ne proposant ni cadran blanc, ni chronographe, ni bracelet métal possède sans doute un fort potentiel de développement…

Le voilier Ellean restauré par Paneral.
Le voilier Ellean restauré par Paneral. Gilles Martin-Raget

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The Runaway Experience: How Moving to Jamaica Helped This Entrepreneur Launch Her Travel Brand | Healthyish

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In Entrepreneurs Run the World, Ali Francis gets advice and insight from game-changing entrepreneurs with big ideas. This week we talked to Kalisa Martin, co-founder of The Runaway Experience, a travel service that really gets us.

Whether I’m surfing in Barbados (while renewing my visa), smearing cream cheese on a St-Viateur bagel in Montreal, tipsy from mulled wine and pierogies in Krakow’s Old Town, or slurping a bowl of Hanoi’s finest phở at 8 a.m., I can’t help but return to the same question: “Could I live here?” And then, more practically: “What would I do?”

For The Runaway founders and soon-to-be married couple, Kalisa Martin and Jeff Belizaire, answers to both these questions came while they were on a last-minute getaway to Jamaica in 2014. “We were both at a place in our careers where we were ready for a change and burnt out from our daily grinds,” Martin, a former brand director at Tasting Table, explains. “The location was the perfect place to incubate our idea, and, by the time we left, we were at the beginning of an awesome adventure.”

The pair ran a Kickstarter campaign for the first-ever successfully funded B&B, with backers donating almost $47,000 toward the Jamaican island pad. The Runaway concept soon grew into a larger lifestyle agency, offering boutique travel packages around the world. Want to glamp your way around Morocco, learning to make Berber tea and tagine, sampling street foods, and shopping for spices in local souks? How about seven days of self care, sisterhood, and writing? The Runaway’s got you.

With her degrees in food science and nutrition from Cornell University, and chef training from the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan, Martin knew that food would be an important pillar of The Runaway brand. “Our goal is always to take guests on a culinary adventure that is at the same time exciting, unexpected, and delicious,” Martin says. “To us, food is a major part of a travel experience, and we never want any guest to have a single bad meal.”

Part of Martin’s mission involves using food as a vessel to open people’s minds beyond cultural stereotypes. For example, in Jamaica, she cooked breakfast, lunch, and dinner for her B&B guests using fresh ingredients from local farms. Likewise, in Cuba, Martin walked the entire island in search of destinations that would shatter rumors of “lackluster food.” “During our research, we ate high and low, chatting with locals about their favorite places,” she said.

We talked with Martin about monetizing a passion project, staying sane in startup mode, leaving time for self-love, and the morning routine she’ll never give up.

I’m always so fascinated by the moment people make the jump and start their own businesses. It’s hard! What was that journey like for you?

Exciting, energizing, and a complete leap of faith! Because of our unique approach and perspective on travel, there was no roadmap, no instruction manual, and no success stories we could directly emulate. Fortunately we had a ton of experience with startups and building companies from scratch. So while it was a new industry, we were able to apply the skills we already had to bring our vision to life.

How did startup culture prepare you for The Runaway?

Instead of being plugged in to a fully formed operation, we were part of teams that created the processes and the foundation that the business needed to run. We saw what worked, what didn’t, and were encouraged to optimize and evolve. We also felt the pressures of answering directly to investors, advertisers, and customers.

How do you and Jeff divide and conquer work?

I like to say that Jeff is the “What” and I am the “How.” Simply put, he’s more of a big picture creative and I am more of a detail-oriented project manager. While he’s identifying our brand positioning, strategizing on our marketing, and projecting our five-year plan, I’m calculating trip budgets, building research spreadsheets, and coordinating logistics with guests.

What’s it like working with your fiancé?

Starting a business with my significant other was like bootcamp for our relationship. We have very different working styles, and while couples usually smooth out their communication differences over time, we had to learn very quickly how to give each other space to run with our angles of the business while also collaborating effectively.

Real talk: How did you keep paying your bills while starting The Runaway?

We both had savings, plus, Jeff took on marketing projects as necessary to keep the lights on as we were building the brand.

How did you actually figure out how to start planning trips? Were you calling airlines, etc?

I’m a project manager at heart and each trip is essentially a major project, with multiple elements that needs to be planned. We research each market extensively. First remotely, connecting with partners and identifying trip elements, then we spend physical time in the city, walking the streets, meeting with people, eating everywhere, and literally testing out every experience we’re considering including in the itinerary.

What is your best marketing asset? In other words, how did people start hearing about you and caring about The Runaway?

Social media, press, influencer collaborations, brand partnerships, and definitely word of mouth! Not only do we have great repeat travellers but they also tell their friends.

When was your “Oh boy, this is totally a viable thing” moment?

Kickstarter was a great way for us to validate the brand from the very beginning. We’ve received such amazing support that we never doubted the concept. The challenge for us was narrowing down all of our “That’s cool!” ideas and focusing on a sustainable, scalable business plan.

The first iteration of The Runaway was a bed and breakfast in Jamaica. What was that move like from New York?

We’d both been in NYC for several years—and loved it—but we were ready, and honestly thrilled, by the change. In Jamaica, we lived on a hill with views of the mountains and the ocean, walked ten minutes to the beach, and bought our food directly from farmers. Not to mention it was 85 and sunny year-round! When we decided to move back to the U.S. to facilitate research and expansion to new markets, we chose Philadelphia instead of going back to the hustle and bustle of NYC.

Can you share any memorable advice you’ve received as an entrepreneur?

“There are a lot of good things you shouldn’t do.” My mom, a medical doctor with her own practice, actually said that to me when I was in college. I was super active in student organizations, sports, and community activities. That was my first major lesson in prioritization. There’s simply not enough time in the day to do everything, even if it’s a GOOD thing to do. This motto, as simple as it is, helps keep us on track as we operate our business.

What are the top three foods we’ll always see in your kitchen?

Since we work from home, I cook most of our meals, and the most exciting thing in the fridge is our weekly farm share. Matcha is a must. I switched from coffee two years ago and ceremonial matcha for home and instant matcha for the road have been essential ever since. [Martin loves The Republic of Tea.] And plain, nonfat Greek yogurt. Top it with some fresh fruit, chopped nuts, seeds, and a drizzle of raw honey—that is my kind of sundae.

Best meal you’ve ever eaten on a Runaway Experience trip?

Dinner at my absolute favorite restaurant in Cuba: El Partenon. This paladar, or private restaurant, is literally a house in a completely residential neighborhood 20 minutes outside of Old Havana. There’s no menu. They just tell you what’s available and it’s all served in multiple courses, family style. We start with fried yucca that’s been smothered in freshly grated garlic; tostones rellenos stuffed with ropa vieja (shredded beef); fish or shrimp ceviche; and, my favorite, grilled octopus with an insane pesto. Then the mains, desert, and digestifs! Not to mention the BEST frozen mojitos on the island.

Do you have any habits that keep you grounded and on track?

My morning routine. I keep my water bottle next to my bed so when I first wake up I drink a ton. Next, I make my morning shake or smoothie and hit the gym, if it’s a gym day. I also tidy up the kitchen so that each day feels like a fresh start. Before diving into work, I make my matcha latte and do my daily devotions.

Where and when do you do your best work?

When I’m fully rested! I’ve come to terms with the fact that I need 8 hours of sleep. Period. The “where” is usually the office in our apartment. I have my standing desk, a second screen I hook up to my laptop, and a big window to look out of. Since I work from home, it’s important to me that I have a designated work space that’s different from our living space. I try to keep those separate and sacred.

What’s one thing you wish you knew before starting The Runaway Experience?

If you told us where we’d be in 2018 back in 2014 I’m not sure we could’ve fully processed that at the time (laughs). That said, I do think some tailored financial advice would’ve been helpful early on. Tips and tricks on how the money we were already spending could do more for us. For example, how to maximize airline points and the right credit cards to get for our specific kind of business.

If you could pick one person’s brain about The Runaway Experience over lunch, who would that be?

Anthony Bourdain. I’ve always looked up to him as a pillar in the food, travel, and content space. He had a very clear point of view and never buckled under pressure to stick to the status quo or do what was expected of him.

What constitutes a perfect day off for you?

Jeff and I do a thing we call “Saturdates” almost every weekend. It’s basically a whole day date that involves doing all of our favorite things: a hike in the park next door to our apartment, picking up our farmshare, exploring a cool neighborhood by foot in our new hometown of Philly, and eating out at a few places along the way. We love Zahav (absolutely worth the wait to get a reservation), Double Knot, which is a secret izakaya in the basement with amazing cocktails, and Reading Terminal Market, the 125 year old indoor market with over 80 restaurants and merchants.

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