Industry influencers shine a global light on Montreal

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Palais_des_congrès580x350 As a leading destination with enduring appeal, the Palais des congrès de Montréal has always attracted the eye of event planners scouting exceptional locales for their upcoming events. But the ultramodern facility recently upped its game, announcing in April that it has assembled a group of top industry leaders from the city’s eight key economic sectors to form a new Multisector Strategic Taskforce.

The Taskforce is the first of its kind for the Palais, assigned to help develop and nurture ties with researchers, scientists and business executives from around the world in an effort to attract more large-scale international gatherings. The eight executives will collaborate on spreading the good word about Montreal’s exceptionality, while persuading international associations to choose the Palais as their next event destination.

The members include:

  • Suzanne M. Benoît, President of Aéro Montréal
  • Frank Béraud, Chief Executive Officer of Montréal InVivo
  • Mathieu Charbonneau, Executive Director of CargoM
  • James J. Clark, Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of McGill University
  • Fabrice Labeau, Interim Deputy Provost, Student Life and Learning, at McGill University
  • Marie Larue, Chief Executive Officer of the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail
  • Maryse Lassonde, Scientific Director of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies
  • Serge Marchand, Scientific Director of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé
  • Louise Poissant, Scientific Director of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture
  • Gilles Savard, Chief Executive Officer of IVADO

“The process of bidding for major international conferences is not unlike that of the Olympic Games, and many of these bids are won thanks to the paramount role these Montreal and Quebec experts play,” said Raymond Larivée, president and CEO of the Palais des congrès de Montréal. “Their involvement shows global decision-makers the dynamic spirit and support that exists within the city’s key economic sectors.”

As well-connected and highly respected members of their individual professional communities, the taskforce will actively aid in bringing large-scale international gatherings to Montreal by mining their vast networks for topnotch collaborators to match with specific conferences.

Knowledge hub

Montreal is widely recognized around the world as a knowledge hub, attracting international conferences of all kinds, which enable local researchers and experts from other continents to interact and share ideas. The Palais des congrès, with its versatile and modern facilities located right in the heart of the city, hosts the most international conventions in North America. Since 1983, it has welcomed more than 19 million people over the course of 7,600-plus events.

“Conventions represent a privileged opportunity to exchange ideas with our peers from all over the world, and they help push the boundaries of knowledge for our industries,” said Hany Moustapha, President of the Ambassadors Club. “These intellectual benefits greatly contribute to Montréal’s international reputation.”

Over the years, the Palais has worked closely with its Ambassadors and partners to advocate for the major sectors driving the Montreal and Quebec economy. It has been the site of many important functions, with partners like the Fonds de recherche du Québec, a group instrumental in raising the profile of Quebec researchers and their fields of expertise.

A prolific Ambassadors Club

For 33 years, the Palais’ prolific Ambassadors Club has been actively attracting events, generating benefits estimated at almost $1 billion. Through their efforts, the city has also gained invaluable intellectual wealth, including the establishment of international working groups, the creation of new research areas and the recruitment of new researchers gaining momentum their fields. Founded in 1985, the Ambassadors Club consists of 330 influential and dynamic men and women, including university professors, researchers and members of the business community, who have distinguished themselves in their field.

“The committee and the Club will be complementary tools, but equally essential to accomplish our mission effectively by demonstrating to associations the synergy of our destination’s stakeholders,” concluded Luc Charbonneau, director of Business Development and Strategic Alliances at the Palais.

Find out more by visiting: www.congresmtl.com/en

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