Saying that business runs in Thierry Comtois’ veins would be like telling kids that Santa is a pretty generous fellow.
At only 27 years old, the Val-d’Or Foreurs alumnus is already an accomplished businessman.
Following his QMJHL career, the Sherbrooke, Quebec native spent one season with the MHL’s Dieppe Commandos and the next four with Moncton University’s Aigles Bleus.
While he was still studying to complete his Master’s in Business Administration, Comtois launched two companies, one in real estate and one in new technologies. He would also work for the pharmaceutical giant, Astra Zeneca.
He literally didn’t have enough of 24 hours in a day to do everything he wanted to do!
Since February of 2020, he is one of three partners in a company called Quest Capital, which specializes in developing and managing multi-residential buildings in the Greater Moncton area.
By the end of the year, his company will have built 300 apartments in four separate buildings currently under construction in south-east New Brunswick. The smallest building has 42 units and the biggest has 102 luxury apartments, completing a portfolio worth many millions of dollars.
The Quest Capital company is not only looking to expand in Atlantic Canada, but also in the province of Quebec.
“We’ve been growing in the Greater Moncton area, but we’re now looking to start building in Halifax and in Sherbrooke, my hometown. By knowing the market pretty well and having a few contacts there already, it’ll be easier to expand, to develop and to buy land”, explains the three-time QMJHL Student-Athlete of the Month.
Those who believe that money is the former Foreurs captain’s only motivation are sadly mistaken. The forward wants to make a difference in the life of many people.
“It takes a lot of time and patience to finally make money with giant projects like these”, explains Comtois. “We build a portfolio and we eventually have to bring in outside investors to sustain our growth. There is an enormous demand for apartment buildings right now. And we take a lot of pride in providing housing for people who are selling their homes in order to downsize.”
For entrepreneurs such as Comtois, the quality of life of his tenants will always be his number one priority.
“Our clientele includes young professionals and retired people aged 65 and more, who are basically looking for the last place they’ll ever live in, before going to a special care home”, he states.
“We are creating great living spaces that are more than just apartments. We offer a place where people will feel at home despite being in bigger complexes, a place with gymnasiums and community areas where a social life can be entertained.”
That aspect is, in fact, what passions the ex-forward.
“It really is what makes us proud. Those are life spaces that will allow the tenants to experience a unique way of living, to socialize and live in a community. That is the vision behind these huge projects”, adds the man who has permanently called Moncton home since 2013.
Very proud of his exploits as a hockey player, Thierry Comtois is the first to admit that his stint in the QMHJL helped him prepare for this new adventure.
“When I look back on those days, I think of skills like leadership, teamwork and work ethic. You also have to be smart in the way you work”, he emphasized. “My career in the Q helped to form solid partnerships, respect people in my environment, to strive for excellence in everything I do and to stay competitive.”
“The QMJHL’s scholarship program helped me quite a lot as well. It opened a lot of doors for me during my school years, and still does to this day.”