Creation of the Multisector Strategic Taskforce

We can never stress this enough, but hosting international conventions enables Québec’s entire scientific community to shine internationally. Over 30 years ago, the Palais introduced its Ambassadors Club to help attract and hold these events in Montréal. Your involvement is vital so that Montréal may continue to be the Number One host city in North America for international conventions. You make a difference.

We recently announced the rollout of a Multisector Strategic Taskforce, whose members will represent eight of the city’s economic sectors:

  • Health and life sciences;
  • Natural and engineering sciences;
  • Energy and the environment;
  • IT and AI;
  • Transportation and logistics;
  • Aerospace; and
  • Workplace health and safety.



A new image

When Andrée-Anne, Marc-André or Marie-France from the Palais’ business development team meet with prospective Ambassadors, first impressions are crucial. They need to quickly pitch the importance of their involvement and the quality of the support from the Palais they can look forward to every step of the process. During that crucial introduction, the prestige associated with attracting a conference to Montréal needs to be conveyed in the bat of an eye.


The Club recently gave its visual brand a makeover, with a new logo and an updated version of its explanatory leaflet. Cleaner, prestigious, distinctive and contemporary, the new image projects the powerful strength of those proudly involved in the Club.

The Ambassadors Club page on the Palais website has also been redesigned to include new content, like a videoclip featuring an Ambassador delivering a firsthand account of his experience.


A dynamic club at the service of its members

In addition to advocating for its members, the Ambassadors Club schedules activities aimed at strengthening the bond between the Club and its membership, recruiting and supporting new members, and making the most of existing networks to foster strategic alliances and continue to support Québec’s key sectors.

Now midway through the current action plan, the Palais team is proud to have surpassed its objectives, especially by giving Ambassadors increasingly more visibility. The list of achievements includes:

  • Advertorials in Le Devoir and Boardroom, and ads in various general and trade media
  • A total of 5 advertisements showcasing the work of Ambassadors Ferri Hassani, Fabrice Brunet, Wagdi Habashi, Sylvain Lanthier, Alexander Thiel and Fabrice Labeau
  • An awareness-raising campaign on LinkedIn
  • The Exchange Forum hosted jointly with the Fonds de recherche du Québec
  • The Ambassadors Club’s networking cocktail held during the Auto Show
  • The ongoing work of the Aerospace Taskforce and its succession subcommittee
  • Hosting the 2017 Recognition Award Gala where we introduced xx new ambassadors and 4 star researchers
  • Partnerships developed with the FRQ, IRSST and CNRC

By joining forces to attract major international conferences, the Palais and the Ambassadors continue to generate significant economic and intellectual wealth for Montréal and the province. Together, we are taking part in the scientific development of Montréal and promoting it internationally.


Solidly positioned globally

In addition to welcoming over 11 million leisure and business tourists every year, Montréal has been topping the list of North American host cities for international conferences since 2011. A knowledge and innovation hub, Montréal continues to be a premier gathering place for scientific fields and economic sectors such life sciences, AI and aerospace.

As the main venue for these large-scale events, the Palais des congrès de Montréal has been enjoying record-breaking numbers in terms of attendance and square footage used. Between 2012 and 2018, there has been an overall increase of 30% in the number of people participating in the various events. Nearly 105,000 convention-goers have attended the various conventions held, accounting for economic benefits estimated at nearly $133.5 M for Montréal and Québec.

Both certified under the AIPC Quality Standards program for management excellence and ASTM certified as a green convention site, the Palais is also shortlisted for the AIPC APEX World’s Best Congress Centre award.


The Palais’ clients help reduce the climate footprint of events

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.

51,1 tons of CO2e were offset in 2017-2018. The 5 minutes required to complete the survey was time well spent! Since 2012, the CO2e offset made possible by the Palais’ clients exceeds 227 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 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!



The Salon du livre de Montréal comes to the Palais des congrès

The province’s biggest book fair recently announced it will be moving to the Palais des congrès de Montréal in 2019. Our team looks forward to providing the organizers with all the support they need so they can make the most of their new venue and offer their visitors an experience that will rise to the occasion! The Salon du livre de Montréal in numbers:

  • 40 editions
  • 119,000 visitors in 2017
  • 2,000 authors
  • 1,000 publishers

Big event, no problem
Fifteen loading docks, high capacity freight elevators, vast multipurpose rooms, and extensive experience hosting major exhibitions—it all adds up to having what it takes to hold this staple Montréal event.


5 interesting facts about the Palais des congrès de Montréal for show promoters

Show organizers have to deal with very specific issues and consider tons of factors when picking the venue for their next event. Since we’re always here to help, here are some key things you can automatically cross off your to-do list when you host your event at the Palais.

  1. The Palais is located in the heart of the city and is easy to get to. The nearby metro and train stations, and the 1,600 parking spaces, make attending a show here a breeze!
  2. Our event spaces are truly versatile. Need to display a helicopter, stage an angling pool or install a kitchen in a booth? Just ask our event managers — they’ve seen it all! With a little creativity, the possibilities are endless!
  3. Our Palais team and their official and exclusive suppliers thrive on successful events. Each step is meticulously planned and executed to ensure each event exceeds its objectives. Which explains why we enjoy a 93% customer satisfaction rate for the quality of our event support.
  4. Our event technologies are designed to incorporate sponsorship and advertising opportunities. Your partners enjoy added recognition, and you get to balance your budget!
  5. The client portal allows exhibitors to order their services online, anytime. Say goodbye to faxing forms, and hello to a simpler and more productive way of doing things!



Putting on a show for 35 years

The Palais des congrès de Montréal turns 35 in May 2018. Over the years, it has hosted over 1,400 consumer and trade shows, adding up to 163,000+ exhibitors and over 10 million visitors. This has helped generate over $1.8 billion for the Québec economy! Virtually every subject has been tackled, from serious issues to more unusual fare, including horse auctions, a gardening show, a sanitation fair, and the “Palais des merveilles” exhibition.

The first exhibitions happened the month after the Palais opened in June 1983. They were “Sous-traitance Transport 1983” and “Festival de la Photo 1983,” a trade show and a consumer show, respectively. Many are those that have amassed a very long track record of hosting their event at the Palais:

  • The most impressive is the Motorcycle Show: 36 editions between May 1983 and May 2018
  • Let’s Get Married: 34 annual shows at the Palais
  • Salon du timbre et de la monnaie: 36 times
  • Expo-Prestige: 31 editions

Consumer shows and trade shows are deeply entrenched in the history of the Palais and have provided visitors with many unforgettable moments.


A summer abounding in milestone editions

Cheers to the 25th Mondial de la Bière de Montréal!
From June 6 to 9, 2018, the Palais des congrès de Montréal will host the 25th edition of the Mondial de la Bière, an international beer festival. A Palais regular for the last 5 years, this unique event kicks off the summer season by attracting an average of 85,000 visitors each year.

Tastings, workshops and tours are among the activities on the menu, some of which are held outdoors on the Palais Esplanade. The nearby Place-d’Armes metro station is also a big advantage, allowing festival-goers to commute safely.

Let’s all raise a glass to the Mondial de la Bière!

Comiccon: 10 years already!
It started as a meeting of comic book collectors in a small room of the Palais, and evolved into a Comiccon that draws 50,000 people each year. What a remarkable journey for the Montréal Comiccon team!

The 2018 edition will mark the 10th year of this incredible achievement. Over the years, the Comiccon and Palais teams have developed a level of cooperation that has allowed the event to grow with each passing year and realize its full potential. Indeed, the event has occupied the Palais in its entirety since 2015.

To celebrate, guests appearing for the 10th anniversary will include legends such as Chuck Norris and David Duchovny.


Big names, big crowds

The Palais des congrès de Montréal recently hosted some big names, which in turn drew big crowds. When the likes of Barack or Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton or the Aga Khan are in town, you can count on a sizeable audience!

Michelle Obama’s speech in February drew the biggest crowd ever assembled in one room at the Palais: 10,200 people. Nearly 12,000 people gathered to hear the Aga Khan in November.Foule_003 light

Strategic security measures
Ensuring the safety of such high-profile speakers is naturally a top priority. The key to doing it successfully resides in the different police forces and the event organizers working together. When everyone’s needs are attended to and operations are coordinated accordingly, things unfold as planned logistically.

Crowd management
The other challenge for events like these is managing the crowd. Everyone attending must go through a security screening, have their tickets validated, and find their seats – all within a very short time span. Good communication and attentive service are essential here for the experience to be a memorable one for all participants.

The U.S. Secret Service saluted the work of the Palais security team for the security plan they drafted and deployed when the American dignitaries visited.

Each event, big or small, needs to be meticulously planned and deserves our attention so that it can live up to the expectations of those organizing it, and participating in it.

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