48,5 tons of thanks!

At the Palais des congrès de Montréal, there’s a special bond that exists between advancing sustainability and continually improving our service.

Each time a client fills out a survey on the quality of our services, the Palais gives $10 to Planetair to buy Gold Standard carbon credits. So in fact, your feedback not only helps shape our actions, it also contributes to measurably reducing the carbon footprint of events hosted at the Palais.

48,5 tons of CO2e were offset in 2016-2017. The 5 minutes required to complete the survey was time well spent! Since 2012, the CO2e offset made possible by the Palais’ clients exceeds 176 tons.

Purchasing carbon credits is investing in renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects and helping to reduce the greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere. Gold Standard credits, which meet the highest standards on the carbon market, ensure that the investment will lead to a tangible reduction in your climate impacts and require they also lead to sustainable development for local communities (such as better living standards, knowledge transfer, job creation and pollution reduction).

Thank you all for your contribution!

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Journée Coup de pouce turns 10

On June 13, 2017, the Palais des congrès de Montréal team held its 10th Journée Coup de pouce, a day employees dedicate every year to doing social and environmental community work.

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Twenty-four Palais staff members devoted their day to improving the surroundings of John F. Kennedy High School, in the Montréal neighbourhood of Saint-Michel, by performing some gardening and landscaping, and planting 60 trees.

The team building activity, organized in collaboration with the Société de développement social and the Société de verdissement du Montréal métropolitain, is part of the Plan d’action canopée, whose goal is to foster the planting 300,000 trees in Montréal by 2025.

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Creation of a network for urban farming research, expertise and transfer of best practices

On May 5, 2017, the Québec Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, the city of Montréal, UQAM and the Palais des congrès de Montréal announced the creation of a partnership tasked with setting up the Carrefour de recherche, d’expertise et de transfert en agriculture urbaine, or CRETAU, a network focused on urban farming research and expertise, and the transfer of urban farming best practices.

The organization AU/LAB was entrusted with coordinating the network, whose purpose is to render businesses that embrace urban farming more efficient, profitable and competitive. More specifically, CRETAU’s aim is to foster ties between the various parties operating in urban farming within Québec, Canada and abroad.

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The work of CRETAU covers 4 areas: rooftop farming, greenhouse farming, indoor farming and soil farming. VERTical, one of the projects of the Palais des congrès de Montréal Urban Agriculture Lab, falls under the first category. Says Raymond Larivée, President and CEO of the Palais des congrès de Montréal: “We are proud of the leadership role we play both within the industry and the community through tangible sustainable development actions. By opening the Urban Agriculture Lab, the Palais is contributing to reducing heat islands, while simultaneously proudly promoting Montréal’s reputation as a world-class city committed to fostering urban sustainability. Besides being firmly aligned with our mission, the intellectual benefits stemming from CRETAU will inspire researchers from here and elsewhere in the world.”

In the Québec government 2017-2018 budget speech, urban faming was referred to as an innovative farming method. And according to Éric Duchemin, Scientific Director and Head of Training at AU/LAB: “The advent of CRETAU will help further consolidate AU/LAB’s research, training and interventions, and also enable Québec to shine as a world leader on urban farming issues. In addition, CRETAU will make it possible to build on the ideas and measures undertaken in recent years on how municipalities could integrate urban farming into their urban planning as a means of dealing with climate change, social cohesion and economic development.”

The projects the Palais des congrès de Montréal Urban Agriculture Lab works on are primarily focused on helping reduce urban heat islands and improve air quality in the Montréal downtown area, encourage the real estate industry and property owners to adopt concrete steps toward greening their rooftops, and promote Montréal’s reputation as a world-class city firmly committed to fostering urban sustainability. The Palais’ Urban Agriculture Lab includes:

  • Culti-VERT, a technological showcase for green roofs and container gardening (flowers, plants, fruit, vegetables);
  • Three (3) pollinating beehives; and

VERTical, an urban agriculture project driven by new vertical farming technology that is based on free-standing structures equipped with experimental wall tarps.

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Wanted: Researchers to attract conventions – Palais des congrès and Fonds de recherche du Québec strengthen their partnership

The Palais des congrès de Montréal, its Ambassadors Club and the Fonds de recherche du Québec further bolstered their partnership, whose aim is to promote Québec scientific research by attracting international conventions to Montréal. The agreement, which runs until 2019, fosters closer cooperation between the scientific community and the Palais des congrès in order to bring more major conferences to Montréal – events that will generate both intellectual wealth and tourism revenue that will benefit the entire community.

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Annual grants
Among the terms of the partnership is the awarding of the Prix du Club des Ambassadeurs du Palais des congrès de Montréal et des Fonds de recherche du Québec, grants recognizing the work of researchers invested in organizing international scientific conventions. The first recipients were announced in November 2016, during the Fonds de recherche du Québec forum organized annually by the partners. They are:

  • Gaétan Laroche and Diego Mantovani of Université Laval, in collaboration with Sophie Lerouge of the ETS school of engineering, for the 10th World Biomaterials Congress
    Grant presented by the Fonds de recherche – Nature et technologies
  • Jean-Marie Dufour of McGill University, for the 11th World Congress of the Econometric Society
    Grant presented by the Fonds de recherche – Société et culture
  • Pierre Talbot of INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier, for the International Congress of Microbiology
    Grant presented by the Fonds de recherche – Santé

Promoting science by hosting international conferences

The three-year agreement is also focused on actions aimed at shining the spotlight on the research of those who invest themselves in winning and organizing an international convention in their field. Through their cooperation, the Fonds de recherche du Québec and the Palais des congrès de Montréal make sure the economic and intellectual benefits for Montréal and the province are maximized.

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Montréal tops 2016 North American rankings of most popular cities for international conventions

Montréal is back on top as the city having hosted the most international conventions in all of North America, according to the Country and City 2016 rankings released by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). Montréal finished ahead of destinations like Toronto, Vancouver New York, Chicago and Washington with 76 events held at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, the universities and the city’s hotels. These events attracted nearly 37,000 business travelers and delegates to the city – 21% more than the runner-up destination. The last time Montréal finished atop the North American rankings was 2013.900$/2 ans d'utilisation (en date du 19 septembre 2014)

“The excellent work performed by the Palais des congrès and its Ambassadors, by Tourisme Montréal and all the tourism and institutional partners, is generating remarkable results, including a top spot in international rankings like the ICCA’s,” indicated Raymond Larivée, President and CEO of the Palais des congrès de Montréal.

“It’s easy to do business in Montréal. There’s a synergy among the city partners, the quality of the services offered by local experts is outstanding, as is the opportunity to interact with influencers from various industry sectors, not to mention the increase in number of flights, which makes the city even more accessible. I would like to point out the excellent of everyone involved,” said Yves Lalumière, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal.

“I salute the collective effort that continues to nurture Montréal’s international standing. Business tourism is of capital importance for the city’s hospitality community,” declared Eve Paré, President and CEO of the Hotels Association of Greater Montreal.

Satisfied attendees

Furthermore, once conventions are confirmed, Montréal and the Palais have an outstanding track record of meeting the needs and requirements of convention organizers and delegates. In fact, in a poll conducted by the Ipsos research firm for Tourisme Montréal, 95% of leisure and business tourists responded they were satisfied with their experience during their stay in Montréal in 2016. Also, 97% of business tourists would recommend Montréal to work colleagues and business contacts. “We provide an infrastructure that meets the needs of major international associations, and we are proud of our role in nurturing Montréal’s reputation as a premier destination,” said Chrystine Loriaux, Director of Marketing and Communications at the Palais des congrès.

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Montréal’s heritage preserved and reflected in the walls of the Palais

Most Montréalers recognize the Palais because of its colourful glass façade. A walk-around reveals each side has its own personality allowing it to integrate naturally with the area it is facing.

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The Saint-Antoine façade interfaces with the city’s historic district. Its design borrows from the architectural tradition of Old Montréal, with the predominant use of Québec greystone contrasting with the glass. It incorporates three heritage buildings, whose façades were restored in 2015 and 2016 to preserve their integrity:

  • Built in 1885, the Rogers and King building has a brick and stone façade. As a model of late Victorian architecture, its distinct façade is elaborate and ornate, owing to the mixed use of brick and the inclusion of cast iron. The Rogers and King company was famous for the Daisy boiler, a prototype of the hot water central heating system. Once a foundry, the building was converted in the 1940s, and in 2002, its façade was integrated into the expansion project of the Palais.
  • Fire Station no 20 was constructed in 1908 by Louis-Roch Montbriand. With its clay brick and limestone façade, it is a fine example of the new architecture adopted by fire stations in the early 20th century.
  • The Tramways building has been preserved in its entirety and integrated within the Palais expansion project. Built in 1928, the art deco building formerly housed the head office of the Montréal Urban Community Transit Commission. It is the work of architects Ross & MacDonald, regarded as one of Canada’s leading architecture firms at the time.

Modern yet inextricably linked to Montréal’s glorious past, the Palais des congrès de Montréal draws upon two centuries of architectural heritage timelining the various eras of the city’s rich history. It is the foundation upon which it looks to the future, by hosting major international meetings that are helping shape the world of tomorrow.

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Palais des congrès de Montréal: host of major aerospace events

The Montréal aerospace industry contributes to the city’s reputation as a premier business destination through major events held at the Palais des congrès de Montréal. In the last five years, the Palais has hosted 16 regional, national and international aerospace events. These gatherings translated into 38,500 room nights in Montréal hotels, and generated an estimated $34,000,000 in tourism income for the city and Québec.

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To help the city maintain its status as a leading host of aerospace events, in 2011, the Palais des congrès assembled a group of experts from the industry’s key players in Montréal. The Aerospace Committee was entrusted with promoting Montréal’s immense potential worldwide, and to also provide all the necessary support required to organize international aerospace events. The taskforce is co-chaired by Suzanne M. Benoit, CEO of Aéro Montréal (Québec’s aerospace cluster), and by Professor Wagdi Habashi, Director of the McGill Department of Mechanical Engineering’s CFD Lab.

The taskforce’s achievements include organizing and hosting large-scale conferences like the ASME Turbo Expo, which chose Montréal and the Palais as their venue not just once, but twice. The Palais also recently earmarked a $45,000 fund to help Aerospace Committee members and members of the local aerospace community create business ties with international convention decision-makers.

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Montréal is among the world’s Top 3 aerospace centres1 and also one of the few places in the world where virtually every aircraft component can be obtained within a 30 km radius. Greater Montréal handles 70% of the aerospace R&D conducted in Canada. The Québec aerospace industry employs over 40,000 people and generates annual sales of $15.5 billion2.

Some of the aerospace events that have chosen Montréal and the Palais des congrès:

  • ASME Turbo Expo 2015, 2600 delegates
  • Innovation Aerospace Forum and CRIAQ Research Forum 2016, 1900 delegates
  • Airports Council International World and North America Conference & Exhibition 2016, 2000 delegates
  • Aeromart Montréal 2017, 1000 delegates

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1 Montréal International
2 Ministère de l’Économie, de la Science et de l’Innovation – Gouvernement du Québec (2015 figures)

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New coffee shop at Galeries du Palais

A new Van Houtte coffee shop has opened at the Galeries du Palais, where exhibition visitors and convention-goers passing through will find a variety of coffees and meals to go.

van-HoutteThe Van Houtte coffee shop is located on the east side of the Galeries du Palais, near the Place-d’Armes metro station entrance. It’s the perfect spot for a coffee break with friends or a snack between meetings!

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Hany Moustapha takes over presidency of Ambassadors Club

Dr. Pavel Hamet’s successor at the helm of the Ambassadors Club will be Professor Hany Moustapha. The Club’s Vice-President since July 2015 and an active member for several years, Prof. Moustapha is an Emeritus Ambassador and a founding member of the Aerospace Major Events Committee.

H.MoustaphaFull professor and director of AÉROÉTS, the branch of the ÉTS school of engineering responsible for aerospace education and research, Prof. Moustapha helped bring two ASME Turbo Expo conventions to Montréal, in addition to being instrumental in the creation of the Aerospace Major Events Committee, which groups together experts from the industry’s key players in Montréal tasked with promoting the city’s immense potential worldwide, and to also provide all the necessary support required to organize international aerospace events.

The winner of multiple prestigious awards, including the James C. Floyd Award for his exceptional contribution to aerospace research, technology and policy in Canada, Prof. Moustapha is a Knight of the National Order of Québec and the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Ryerson University.

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The 2017 Recognition Award Gala: a memorable evening

The Palais des congrès de Montréal 2017 Recognition Award Gala, held in the presence of Québec Minister of Tourism Julie Boulet, was once again a success. In this the year of the city’s 375th anniversary, the evening attracted 450 guests from the tourism, university and business communities in attendance to mark the remarkable contribution of the new Ambassadors, the recipient of the Ambassador Achievement Award, and emerging researchers.

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Hosted by Ève-Marie Lortie, the event and its gastronomic symphony also featured the kitchens of:

Produced by the Palais des congrès, the 2017 Recognition Award Gala was made possible with the support of Freeman Audio Visual Canada, Idées au cube, CGI, GES Canada, the Montréal International Auto Show, and Tourisme Montréal.

A photo album of the event is posted on Flickr.

 

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