It was an evening for industry celebration and peer appreciation during Palais des congrès de Montréal’s Ambassador Club Recognition Awards Gala. Held February 5th at the acclaimed downtown venue, the evening turned a deserved spotlight on 17 luminaries who played an active role in attracting 11 international conferences to Montréal. Their combined efforts resulted in attracting thousands of visitors from across the globe and generating an estimated $83 million in tourism revenues.
“The Recognition Awards Gala celebrates the dedication of our Ambassadors, who volunteer their time to securing major events,” said Robert Mercure, President and CEO of the Palais des congrès de Montréal, adding, “I thank them and I salute their determination and contribution to making Montréal the city in the Americas hosting the most international conventions.”
2020’s ambassadors included:
- Kim M. Baines, 51st IUPAC General Assembly and 48th World Chemistry Congress – August 2021
- Denis Coderre, ICLEI World Congress 2018 – June 2018
- Sylvie Cossette, Dr. Nancy Feeley, Prof. Jacinthe Pépin, International Council of Nurses – July 2023
- Fiona Darbyshire, 27th IUGG General Assembly – July 2019
- Josée Fillion & Dr. Marie-Pierre Thibodeau, 12th Congrès International Francophone de Gérontologie et Gériatrie – September 2022
- Réjean Hébert, Prof. Louise Potvin, 24th IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion – May 2022
- Mélanie Henderson & Dr. Julia von Oettingen, ISPAD 2023 – 49th Annual Conference – October 2023
- Kirsten Johnson, 24th International Conference on Emergency Medicine – May 2025
- Catherine Morency & Prof. Martin Trépanier, 16th World Conference on Transport Research – July 2022
- Rémi Quirion, 4th International Conference on Science Advice to Government – September 2020
- Tomoko Takano, World Congress of Nephrology – April 2021
The honour of Grand Ambassador was given to Professor Rémi Quirion, Chief Scientist of Québec. He received the night’s highest distinction for his part in promoting scientific culture, providing international exposure for Québec researchers, and galvanizing the research community. These efforts were central to attracting numerous high-profile scientific events to the City.
“I am very proud indeed to receive the title of Grand Ambassador as it recognizes the research community’s pivotal role in securing and organizing scientific conferences at Palais des congrès de Montréal,” Quiron said. “These conferences serve to disseminate knowledge, promote interaction among researchers from all disciplines, and spur scientific tourism.”
The gala event also paid tribute to renewed collaborations between Palais des congrès Ambassadors Club and Quebec’s research community; specifically, with the IRSST (Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail) and FRQ (Fonds de recherche du Québec).
Both took the opportunity to reveal the recipients of their own industry awards. FRQ’s Relève étoile award for research excellence went to Étienne Boulais, Pierre-Alexandre Goyette, Anne-Julie Tessier, and Cyndi Boisjoli; while IRSST announced Ambassadors Club scholarships in promotion of occupational health and safety research to two researchers, Marie-Élise Parent and France Labrèche.
Beyond celebrating industry collaborations, the night featured a “gastronomic symphony” of foods from renowned kitchens throughout Montréal, including Capital Catering, Sheraton Centre Montréal, Delta Hotel by Marriot Montréal, Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, DoubleTree by Hilton Montréal, InterContinental Montréal, Marriot Chateau Champlain, and Westin Montréal.
In founding the Ambassadors Club in 1985, Palais des congrès de Montréal positioned itself as a pioneer. Today, destinations around the world have emulated its international market development strategy of drawing on the repute of local influencers. Speaking to the most recent honourees and the group as a whole, Québec’s Minister of Tourism Caroline Proulx noted, “I wholeheartedly salute the exceptional work of these men and women of action who have turned an international spotlight on our destination. Their role in bringing high-caliber events to Palais des congrès de Montréal makes them truly outstanding allies. They help generate major economic and intellectual spinoffs for Montréal and for Québec as a whole.”
“Their commitment makes the Palais a business tourism leader,” she continued. “Hats off to
the new Ambassadors, the Palais des congrès managers, and all their partners!”
For more information on the 2020 Ambassadors Club Recognition Awards Gala, visit https://congresmtl.com/en/ambassadors-club/2020-recognition-award-gala/ . Learn more about the Palais des congrès de Montréal at https://congresmtl.com/en/ .