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.


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.


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.



New Ambassadors help Montréal shine

The Palais des congrès de Montréal welcomed new members to its Ambassadors Club during a ceremony on March 16, 2017 attended by Québec Minister of Tourism Julie Boulet. These new Ambassadors were honoured for their active role in bringing each an international convention to Montréal. These events will contribute over $45 M to the city’s and province’s economy by attracting 18,000+ business tourists who will be booking more than 50,000 room nights in hotels across Montréal.

The Recognition Award Gala salutes the exceptional contribution of influential and dynamic individuals from Montréal’s various segments of excellence who step outside of their usual professions to actively bring international conventions to the city, and thus help generate economic and intellectual benefits for the city and province.


aa-app-mobile-2017_0011_Archambault Philippe Archambault
4th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity, May 13 to 16, 2018
1500 delegates, 4200 room nights, $2.5 M in economic benefits
aa-app-mobile-2017_0006_brown Francis Brown
Conference of the Americas on International Education (CAIE), October 11 to 13, 2017
700 delegates, 1960 room nights, $1.35 M in economic benefits
aa-app-mobile-2017_Coderre Denis Coderre, Emeritus Ambassador
XII Metropolis World Congress, June 19 to 23, 2017
1000 delegates, 2800 room nights, $2.1 M in economic benefits
aa-app-mobile-2017_0010_Desgagne Pierre-Luc Desgagné
EVS29 – 29th Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exhibition, June 19 to 22, 2016
1800 delegates, 5000 room nights, $3.9 M in economic benefits
aa-app-mobile-2017_0007_Iatauro Sara Iatauro
22nd Annual RoboCup International Symposium, June 18 to 22, 2018
4000 delegates, 11 200 room nights, $10 M in economic benefits
aa-app-mobile-2017_0002_Labeau Fabrice Labeau
URSI XXXII General Assembly and Scientific Symposium, August 19 to 26, 2017
1200 delegates, 3360 room nights, $5.4 M in economic benefits
aa-app-mobile-2017_0009_Roy Denis-Claude Roy
International Society for Cellular Therapy 2018 Annual Meeting, May 2 to 5, 2018
2000 delegates, 5600 room nights, $5.9 M in economic benefits
aa-app-mobile-2017_0000_Sasson Jonathan Sasson
Harvard World Model United Nations – WorldMUN 2017, March 13 to 17, 2017
2500 delegates, 7000 room nights, $6.2 M in economic benefits
aa-app-mobile-2017_0008_Tanguay Simon Tanguay
40th Congress of the Société Internationale d’Urologie, October 8 to 11, 2020
3500 delegates, 9800 room nights, $8 M in economic benefits

Denis Coderre presented with Ambassador Achievement Award

aa-app-mobile-2017_CoderreThe Palais des congrès de Montréal presented its Ambassador Achievement Award to Mr. Denis Coderre during its 2017 Recognition Award Gala, for significantly contributing to Montréal’s international reputation through his dedication and leadership.

After a long career as a member of Parliament and federal minister, Denis Coderre was elected mayor of Montréal in 2013. Already an ardent Montréal promoter, it is as mayor that he elevated the city to the international stage by adopting a global, outward-looking worldview.

In addition to creating the Office of International Relations, he reached out to the world’s major cities. He has taken part in a number of trade missions and joined numerous international organizations, including the Strong Cities Network, a network of mayors and municipal-level policy makers united in countering extremism, and Metropolis, the world’s leading association of big cities, whose presidency he took over in 2015.


His determination to make Montréal a smart city – namely by establishing a Smart and Digital City Office and playing a role in the creation of MTL WiFi, in collaboration with the Palais des congrès – earned our city the title of Intelligent Community of the Year in 2016.

In 2017, Denis Coderre’s love of Montréal’s continues unabated. He has contributed to the organization of celebrations surrounding the city’s 375th anniversary and invited citizens from all over the world to discover or rediscover this city we are all so proud of.

Denis Coderre has also been appointed Emeritus Ambassador, as a result of his active involvement in the process of attracting and hosting two major conventions, i.e. the Global Social Economic Forum – GSEF2016 and the XII Metropolis World Congress.



Club president Pavel Hamet passes torch

PavelHametPresident of the Ambassadors Club since 2010 and a member since Day One, Dr. Pavel Hamet is stepping down as head of the prestigious group of now 300+ Ambassadors.

Focused on youth
Throughout his term, Dr. Hamet actively worked to position Montréal as a prime host city for international conventions, mostly by setting in motion two Club-driven action plans and developing a partnership between the Palais and the Fonds de recherche du Québec. Tirelessly committed to the Ambassadors of tomorrow, Pavel Hamet is the brainchild behind the Rendez-Vous du Savoir knowledge forums that ran from 2010 to 2012, and its star student researcher competition.

Emeritus Ambassador
Dr. Hamet was appointed Ambassador in the Club’s first year, in 1985, after bringing the 13th annual meeting of the International Society of Hypertension to Montréal. In 2010, he was also on the organizing committee of the 6th International Congress of the Society of Pathophysiology. And in 2016, he helped put in place the world’s very first International Congress on Personalized Health Care, which earned him the appointment of Emeritus Ambassador.

World renowned researcher
Pavel Hamet is recognized worldwide for his contribution to hypertension treatments, diabetes research and personalized health care in Québec. His research gained widespread recognition and earned him numerous prestigious awards, including being named an Officer of the National Order of Québec and winning the International Okamoto Award, a Japanese prize given to researchers for their remarkable contribution to cardiovascular diseases, like hypertension, atherosclerosis and diabetes.

Dr. Hamet founded and headed the research centre of the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) from 1990 to 2006. Full professor at the Université de Montréal’s faculty of medicine, he is also the Director of the Ecogenomic Platform for Complex Diseases and Chief of Gene Medicine at the CHUM, and the Canada Research Chair in Predictive Genomics.



Emerging researchers honoured at the 2017 Recognition Award Gala

Once again this year, emerging researchers were recognized by the Gala, in collaboration with the Fonds de recherche du Québec and the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST).

First, Prof. Rémi Quirion, Québec’s Chief Scientist, seized the event to honour the Fonds de recherche du Québec’s three star student researchers for the month of March 2017. The competition makes it possible to recognize the excellent research being conducted by students and to foster research careers within Québec.

aa-app-mobile-2017_0003_BelzileFonds Nature et technologies (Fund supporting the natural sciences and engineering)
Bruno Belzile,
PhD student in Mechanical Engineering, Polytechnique Montréal

Award-winning paper: “Stiffness Analysis of Underactuated Fingers and Its Application to Proprioceptive Tactile Sensing,” published in IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics



Fonds Santé (Fund supporting the health sciences)
Said Izreig, PhD student in Physiology, McGill University
Award-winning paper: “The miR-17~92 microRNA Cluster Is a Global Regulator of Tumor Metabolism,” published in Cell Reports

Fonds société et culture (Fund supporting the social sciences and humanities, arts and letters)
Isabelle Bouchard, PhD student in History, Université du Québec à Montréal
Award-winning paper: “Les chefs autochtones comme “seigneurs” : gestion des terres et de leurs revenus, 1760-1820,” published in Nouveaux regards en histoire seigneuriale au Québec, Septentrion

Afterwards, Marie Larue, IRSST President and CEO, announced the winner of the IRSST award for best scientific article.


IRSST award for best scientific article

Laeticia Bonifait
, Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre de recherche de l’Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie de Québec
Award-winning article: “Detection and Quantification of Airborne Transmission of Norovirus in the Health-Care Setting,” published in Clinical Infectious Diseases

On a related note, the Palais des congrès de Montréal, the Ambassadors Club and the IRSST have set up a joint scholarship fund aimed at promoting research in occupational health and safety through major national and international conferences hosted here in Montréal, at the Palais. The IRSST – Ambassadors Club fund will launch in 2018.


Expo Manger Santé et Vivre Vert: 20th edition being marked at the Palais!

From March 24 to 26, 2017, the Palais des congrès de Montréal will host the 20th annual Expo Manger Santé et Vivre Vert. In addition to promoting healthy and natural eating, the organizers of this consumer show also focus on making it a greener event year after year.

IMG_5395Green all the way!
Environmental measures are applied at every phase of the planning process, but the biggest challenge for the Expo’s team remains managing residual waste. All the dishware used in the booths has to be compostable and waste must be sorted and supervised by a team to ensure that recycling and composting are done optimally. In 2016 alone, over 2 tons of tasting containers were diverted from landfills, that’s on top of the cardboard, plastic and metal that were carefully sorted thanks to the cooperation of the Expo’s visitors and employees.

For years, the Expo’s organizers have made communicating with exhibitors and raising their awareness a priority. By working together with the Palais’ team, measures that were deemed special or extraordinary 10 years ago have now become commonplace with this event!

A sustainable Expo
Since 2002, when Expo Manger Santé switched to the Palais as their venue, the event’s success has been growing unabated. Nearly 195,000 visitors have attended the show to discover new food, recipes or products to improve the quality of their overall health.

IMG_5421The Palais, green and accessible
Located in the downtown core, the Palais des congrès is readily accessible via public transit or on foot, especially since it is directly linked to the metro network and Montréal’s underground city. The Palais is also ASTM and BOMA Best certified, making it the perfect venue for Expo Manger Santé, thanks to the tangible environmental and social practices the convention and exhibition centre rolls out in keeping with its sustainability action plan.

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Sustainable development and the Palais, an unshakeable union!

Sustainability at the Palais is a process that is at once rigorous yet straightforward. We are meticulous about the action plans and policies we draft to preserve and perpetuate our commitment, but we also make sure we focus on actions that are in line with our operations and that our employees can get passionate about!

PrintOur Sustainable Development Policy and Sustainability Action Plan constitute the cornerstones of our process. Responsible, determined and engaged, the Palais des congrès de Montréal team shares the concerns of citizens who recognize the importance of getting involved personally and collectively. We must fundamentally behave sustainably, now more than ever, and this is something that is clearly reflected in our action plan. Green events, employee training, energy-saving measures, recycled waste management, certifications, urban agriculture, social and community involvement – just some of the areas the Palais and its employees are involved in.

In 2016, the Palais adopted a new Responsible Procurement Policy, aimed at rendering the Palais’ staff, partners and suppliers increasingly aware of the importance of consuming, producing and purchasing responsibly. That same year, we were certified a Level 1 ASTM 2015 Venue by iCompli Sustainability. The ASTM standard is the first in North America to establish performance criteria for sustainable practices and responsible management systems for tourism stakeholders in the meetings sector.


Flagship project: Urban Agriculture Lab
In 2016, the Palais des congrès de Montréal unveiled its Urban Agriculture Lab, thus becoming the main showcase in Québec for experimenting with and advocating for urban farming technologies and techniques. This innovative project, focused on greening the rooftops of the Palais while experimenting with sustainability initiatives, has given a second vocation to our 31,500 sf of rooftops. The Palais Urban Agriculture Lab includes:

  • Culti-VERT, our technological showcase for green roofs and container gardening;
  • Three (3) pollinating beehives; and
  • VERTical, our most recent urban agriculture project, driven by new vertical farming technology that is based on free-standing structures equipped with experimental wall tarps.

The Palais active in the community
The social component of our process is predicated on tangible actions and community support, such as donating surplus food to Maison du Père, “Journée Coup de pouce” wherein our employees devote one IMG_0996workday to helping local organizations, or Action Médiation, an outreach program that fosters a system of cohabitation between downtown Montréal tourists and the homeless. The Palais also helps promote Québec culture, especially via the Montréal Public Art portal and the “Art souterrain” festival.

The momentum we began generating nearly 15 years ago is paying dividends. From how we design them to how they’re executed, our new methods are thriving and the Palais continues to implement innovative initiatives that significantly contribute to sustainable development.


Long live Montréal!

The festivities surrounding Montréal’s 375th anniversary are underway, with the city already swinging to Les Hivernales, a series of activities created to celebrate our northern character. All year, a wide-ranging calendar of events will spotlight the history and creativity of Montréal. Be sure to check them out!


At the Palais, we’ll be hosting numerous major events of our own that will no doubt take full advantage of the city’s energy this year:

  • Harvard World Model United Nations – WorldMUN 2017
  • 2017 Annual Conference of the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology ASPHO
  • Global Public Transport Summit of the International Association of Public Transport
  • XII Metropolis World Congress
  • Society of Toxicologic Pathology 36th Annual Symposium
  • 26th World Youth and Student Travel Conference
  • World Design Summit – Montréal
  • 24th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems

A total of 750,000+ participants will take part in around 210 events currently scheduled for 2017 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal. They’ll have the opportunity to join us in celebrating the qualities that have made Montréal the top host city in the Americas for international events five years running!


Palais des congrès de Montréal Agriculture Lab: A review of the first summer of operations

2016 just ended and the time has already come to assess how the Palais’ Urban Agriculture Lab fared in its inaugural year.

The September 30, 2016 press conference was a well-attended affair, drawing nearly 100 people who came to hear lab officials discuss their various projects! The summer was marked by the introduction of the VERTical Green Garden, the laboratory’s third phase, an urban farming project based on a scaffold structure, a first in North America, developed by AU/Lab and La ligne verte.


Elsewhere, despite the aging soil used in Culti-VERT’s plant culture containers and the low temperatures of early summer, the harvest still yielded 580 kg of fruits, vegetables and fine herbs – food that Capital Catering uses in the dishes it prepares for the Palais’ guests. Some of the crops are also donated to la Maison du Père. In addition to benefitting from a portion of the crops, the community organization is working with the Palais and its partners to start a horticultural-based work reintegration program.

Our bees also experienced a bad year after a virus killed several thousand bees from our 3 hives in winter Ruches_Toit - Copie2015-2016. Nevertheless, thanks to honey plants and the expert care they received from the team at Miel Montréal, our foraging bees produced 75 jars of honey – an appreciable harvest!

With its 31,500 sf of farmed roof space, including 11,900 sf earmarked for greening endeavours and as a showcase for experimentation, the Palais des congrès is actively pursuing its commitment to reducing urban heat islands and turning property owners and managers onto the benefits of green roofs. Although the entire staff of the Palais is involved in the Urban Agriculture Lab, the property management deserves a special mention for the key role it plays in coordinating rooftop gardening activities and operations.