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Our History

Explore 40+ years of going beyond the surface – and the reasons why we’re famous for the quality of our millworking.

with you since 1960


Menuiseries Mont-Royal Inc. is founded

For interiors, one of the most daunting aspects for a builder is the architectural woodworking and more specifically, wooden door frames that each architect or designer sees differently from one project to the next.

In 1974, the principals of P&R Desjardins entrust the task of founding Menuiseries Mont-Royal Inc. to their associates, Gilles Desjardins and Jules Brizard. By doing so, they seek to attract “veterans in the craft” who had an eye for the industry’s culture. They have two main requirements for this team: a superior quality product and a timely delivery.

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The Centre for Canadian Architecture

P&R Desjardins and MMR are given the ensemble of interior construction work, including the woodworking, of the Centre for Canadian Architecture’s new building. This is the ultimate recognition, placing them amongst the first in their ranks.

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Marc Desjardins LL.L. takes over as President

It’s time for the changing of the guard. Marc Desjardins LL.L., along with a group of senior employees of the company, take the founders’ lead.

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357C – Heritage restoration

MMR participates in the restoration of the old house of the Commissioner of the Port of Montreal which was greatly damaged by a fire. In addition to restoring their beauty to the elements of cabinetmaking survivors of the disaster, it carries out the reproduction of pediments, frames, doors and original cordel. MMR is also responsible for reproducing the brass hardware of the doors from parts recovered from the debris.


We cross the border: A townhouse in the heart of Manhattan.

MMR is retained to carry out the entire cabinetmaking required for the transformation of this townhouse of « Midtown East Side » in New York.

MMR Peter Rose townhouse manhattan


AWMAC-Québec – Marc Desjardins as Chairman of the Board

From the outset, MMR joins the founders of the Quebec Chapter of the Manufacturers Association of Architectural Woodworkers of Canada, the national association of specialized professionals in the industry whose common vision is to offer the highest quality in design, engineering, manufacturing and installation in the field of architectural cabinetry. Marc Desjardins has been a member of the Board of Directors from the beginning, and in 2015, he becomes President.


50 years of the Group

The Desjardins Mont-Royal Group celebrates its 50th anniversary by highlighting its achievements and honouring the contributions to its successes: Architects, Designers, Suppliers, Project Directors and Site Superintendents.


Marc-Antoine Desjardins becomes CEO

Marc-Antoine Desjardins, equipped with a B. Arch, Msc A, is given the title of CEO, having just completed the construction of one of the largest legal firms in Montreal.

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New state-of-the-art headquarters

The ensemble of the group’s offices and workshops is expropriated and everything has to be rebuilt in a new location. With the collaboration of the entire team, four months from the time the land was acquired to the move to 1777 Bégin in Ville Saint-Laurent, P&R Desjardins and MMR equip themselves with state of the art installations.


The company celebrates the 40th anniversary since its foundation.

MMR 40th anniversary



Respectful of the resource, MMR adheres to the principles of sustainable development of the forest, that is a development:

  • environmentally friendly
  • socially beneficial
  • economically viable

and is recognized as meeting the requirements of the Forestry Stewardship Council Standard for Chain of Custody Certification since February 5, 2014 (CERT-0077425).


A major project – Ericsson

MMR is entrusted with the most important contract in its history, the cabinetmaking of the new Ericsson campus in Ville Saint-Laurent.

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