About the Owners

Alexandra and André met many years ago on a scuba-diving trip. They now work together as business partners and friends to create local tourism opportunities. Inspired by the 52 Wharf property overlooking the L’Orignal marina, they couldn’t ignore its immense potential.

Alexandra Quester

Co-owner & Treasurer of Riverest | Manager of the marina

Alexandra is originally from Vienna (Austria) and now lives at the heart of the village of L’Orignal. A University of Vienna graduate with a M.Sc. in Biology, she worked for many years as a research assistant for a US based, multi-branch company named Shark School, concentrating on Shark behaviour science. Besides the scientific branch, Alexandra and Shark School concentrated on offering a unique experience of free-diving and scuba-diving safely with sharks to tourists from all over the world. This job made Alexandra develop her interest to work in a tourism-driven company.

Having always been enthousiastic about marine and freshwater ecosystems, Riverest combines all of Alexandra’s passions. Besides her studies, she worked many years in the family-owned business in Austria.Her well-rounded business understanding is a great asset in the undertaking of projects like Riverest.

André Chabot

Co-owner & President of Riverest

This Prescott-Russell native is a serial entrepreneur that started his business career at the young age of 23. He is a graphic design graduate from La Cité college and also studied fine arts at Ottawa University. Founder of Chabo Communications & Design, he grew this creative agency to a reputable business with clients all over Canada. As a marketing and branding specialist, he knows how to make businesses known and thrive.

André owns multiple properties in L’Orignal as well as in Hawkesbury. He has created and developed Chabo Rental Management, a residential and commercial rental space business. Due to his love for architecture, art history and heritage, he invested in several historical properties including 129 Front (Duldraeggan – 1820), 975 King (Riverview – 1830) and 53 Wharf (Riverest – 1833). As an avid boater and Scuba diver, André was always drawn to water. Passions and talents alike are united in the Riverest project.