Formation For Students

Pause makes you move forward.

Are you curious by nature, allergic to labels and the status quo? You don’t want to fit into a mold, but you are still looking for your mission or your future profession? Pause is waiting for you after your studies, between two college or university programs, or when you need to reorient your career path.

Join the fifth cohort of Pause, a program to develop the skills of the future in order to evolve in tomorrow’s work world: creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, communication.

Pause is 6 months of intensive training, coaching and internship, divided into two phases:

Phase 1

September 13, 2022 to December 2, 2022

  • 12 intensive weeks of creativity training, hands-on workshops, expert lectures, coaching and mentoring four days a week
  • An integrative project to showcase your creative skills
  • Support from the Workforce Development Advisors – (CODEM) & the Carrefour jeunesse-emploi Centre-Sud/Plateau-Mont-Royal/Mile-End – (CJE)
  • The equivalent of $8,000 worth of training courtesy of the Secrétariat à la jeunesse and the RBC Foundation

Phase 2

In the winter of 2023, once the intensive training is completed.

  • A paid internship of 8 to 12 weeks in an innovative organization or in a creative context, in various sectors
  • The internship is subsidized under the Canada-Quebec Contribution
  • Agreement in Support of Quebec Youth, in which the federal government participates financially, more specifically through the regional component of the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy

An unusual program for unusual students

Because academic record and cote-R do not measure a student’s thirst for learning, the experts on our selection committee are looking for :

  • Young adults who are allergic to labels
  • Passionate people who like to venture off the beaten path
  • Open-minded and lively people who are not afraid of merging genres and bridging differences
  • Individuals who are generous with their knowledge and eager to learn from others, and who want to join together to make a difference
  • Curious individuals who are eager to explore, create and learn

Eligibility criteria

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Currently enrolled as a college or university student, or have been within the last two years (any time from Fall 2020 to present)
  • Be able to work in Canada

We strongly encourage applicants from diverse and visible minority backgrounds to apply.

About your video presentation and application

In order to submit your application, you will have to produce a video presentation of 2 minutes maximum. The purpose of this video is to get to know you better. Surprise us and surprise yourself! Be yourself or an amplified version of yourself if you prefer; there is no right or wrong answer. Just like the Mini-Wheat, we’re just as interested in the frosted side as the more authentic one.

So go ahead and shoot it!

  • Make sure you have the URL of your video in hand before you fill out the application form
  • We recommend using Vimeo or YouTube to host your video
    Allow 10 minutes to fill out the form, and time to film your video before you start

In the registration form, you will have to answer the following questions

  • Pause is an opportunity to step back and work on yourself. Why do you feel the need to register?
  • Tell us about an academic, professional or personal achievement that you are proud of.
  • If you could change one thing in the world, what would you change? Why?
  • Tell us about a person who inspires you, dead or alive, known or unknown.

The next cohort begins on September 13, 2022!

New application deadline: June 20, 2022.

*Application fee

Learn more details about the program
Frequently Asked Questions

Factry is recognized by Revenu Québec as an educational institution (accreditation 18-04-4061) and is also approved by the Commission des Partenaires du marché du travail (accreditation 0059062).

Financial Partners

This program is funded under the Entente de contribution Canada-Québec en appui aux jeunes du Québec, in which the federal government participates financially, specifically through the regional component of the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy.

The current Pause 4 cohort (January to April 2022) is made possible through the support of Desjardins.


For Students


6 months

In French

in person

Tuesday September 13, 2022

Tuesday Sep 13, 2022

9:00 am to 5:00 pm

9:00 to 5:00

For Students


6 months

In French

in person

From January 2023

Get the full program by downloading the syllabus!

Meet our team !

Experts from different innovative organizations will guide you throughout this experience. The following list of coaches may vary.

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Alexandre Joyce, Ph.D, BDI, ADIQ, NPDP

Strategist at Atelier and Innovation Advisor

Strategist at Alexandre Joyce is also a designer and presenter. He completed his doctorate at Concordia University on the design of new business models. At #DesjardinsLab, he works as an innovation advisor where he supports project teams from all departments to create a vision, build products and services and convince management to move projects forward.


Annie Peyton

Psychosociologist and lecturer

Annie Peyton is a colorful speaker, a bubbly facilitator and an energetic consultant. Thanks to a concrete and unique approach, Annie knows how to successfully combine the rational and the intuitive. She helps people to follow their intuition on a daily basis and to lead a more authentic life.


Cath Laporte

Visual artist

Merging her knowledge in art, her experience in advertising and her keen interest in conscience, Cath Laporte imperatively believes in the multidisciplinary approach and uses her creativity to convey her vision of a more optimistic, authentic and empathetic world. From co-creating a conscious business in Amsterdam to an immersive pop-up exhibition designed for the launch of Alex Nevsky's latest album, teaching and lecturing, her projects aim to explore, to inspire and tp redefine the world we live in.


Chantal Gosselin

Founder, La voix des équipes

For the past 25 years, Chantal has been Media Director in an advertising agency, consultant in media strategies and lecturer at the University of Sherbrooke. Today as a certified coach, founder of La voix des équipes and coach at Factry, Chantal has been designing and facilitating collaborative workshops for several years. Chantal has made her vocation to help people and organizations find their voice.


Garance Philippe

Content and Productions Project Manager, Factry

After studying theater (Conservatoire Lasalle, École Supérieure de Théâtre de l’UQAM), Garance Philippe dove into the world of culture and event production. Among other things, she made a remarkable visit to C2 Montreal where she collaborated in the development of the first youth component of the conferences with the "6 under 16". Active in the community, Garance is involved with Héma-Québec and Mira. At Factry, it is as a content and production project manager that Garance designs, implements and deploys all training activities in collaboration with the Head of creation.


Hélène Godin

Co-founder and head of creation, Factry

Montreal design would not be the same without the contribution of Hélène Godin. Her talent and vision have guided the greatest creative teams for more than 15 years, and her work has won numerous international awards. At Factry, Hélène develops training programs for all fields. Speaker and mentor, Hélène shares a love for her city and for design around the world.


Marie Amiot

Executive Director and Co-Founder, Factry

With more than 20 years of experience in starting, growing or reorganizing companies, Marie Amiot knows the real benefits of a creative approach. At the helm of Factry, she brings together partners and employees on a common vision. By relying on her mobilizing abilities, Marie makes Factry shine for anyone who wishes to approach business differently.


Philippe Meunier

Co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors

In addition to guiding the directors of Factry, Philippe Meunier is a senior partner and head of creation at Sid Lee, a company with international influence. Thanks to his creative vision and his multidisciplinary approach, he has built a global network of the best communicators, strategists, designers and advertisers. He continues to inspire creatives around the world today.


Sophie Tarnowska

Founder, Wds_co et Wedosomething

Sophie Tarnowska is a philanthropic disruptor, strategic idealist and community builder. She is the founder of two companies, Wds_co and OBNL Wedosomething, through which she imagines and realizes social innovation projects. Her vision: to transform the corporate sector into a long-term ally for the community sector, so that both may benefit.

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