Société du Palais des congrès de Montréal is pleased to welcome the three new directors who were appointed to the Board in July.
Mr. Sofiane Benyouci is an aerospace engineer, a development manager as well as a specialized consultant in Innovation, Technology and Commercialization Management. He is currently the Head of Innovation of the consulting firm Innovitech where he leads the entire Innovation practice. Innovitech creates and operates ecosystems that foster technological innovation by gathering companies and institutions around business opportunities generating economic and social impact.
Louis Dubé, LL.L, ENG., ASC
Louis Dubé holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Université Laval and a Bachelor of Civil Laws from the University of Ottawa. Most recently, he pursued an education in governance and completed the Chartered Director Program at Université Laval. Mr. Dubé has always worked in intellectual property and technology transfer, first as a Federal Court litigation attorney and then as in-house counsel with major corporations including Bombardier, Alcan and Rio Tinto. Over the years, he has helped run the legal and IT departments for major projects, handling everything from hiring and training employees to supervising them. He has also overseen numerous projects pertaining to litigation, outsourcing, IT and large-scale technology development.
Josée Gravel, B.C.L., MBA
Josée Gravel is a partner at Hansell L.L.P., an advisory firm specializing in governance. Prior to joining Hansell, she successively served as Vice-President and General Counsel of GE Capital, a financial services firm, and Export and Development Canada (EDC), a federal Crown corporation. During her tenures with these two organizations dedicated to growing Canadian businesses and their international reach, Ms. Gravel acquired a vast wealth of experience in risk management, operational performance, and strategic planning. Earlier in her career, she practised banking and real estate law at a national law firm. Ms. Gravel is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors and McGill University (B.C.L. and M.B.A.), and a member of the Québec Bar.
We are pleased to salute the recognitions and appointments earned by our Ambassadors Club members.
Dr. Joelle Pineau
Dr. Joelle Pineau won a Governor General’s Innovation Award for her work in applying artificial intelligence and machine learning to healthcare.
Dr. Pineau joined the Ambassadors Club last November for bringing, together with her colleague Doina Precup, the 30th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence — IJCAI 2021 to the Palais. The conference will attract 3,000 delegates and generate significant intellectual wealth for the city and Québec, along with economic benefits estimated at $4.5 million.
Me Pierre-Luc Desgagné
Pierre-Luc Desgagné has been appointed Québec’s Delegate General to Brussels. Mr. Desgagné will be entrusted with promoting Québec and growing its reach, while building ties with European countries.
Mr. Desgagné has been a member of the Ambassadors Club since 2017, after attracting one of the leading international conferences on electric vehicles, i.e. the 29th World Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exhibition, to the Palais in 2016. The event drew 2,000 delegates and generated almost $4 million in economic benefits.
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Our public spaces are blooming with new vibes thanks to Les Printemps du Palais. This 100% local lineup of cultural, art- and design-driven experiences is the Palais’ way of inviting Montréalers to come rediscover their iconic convention centre through a number of initiatives strictly by artists from here.
Montréal is a city of design, and this is amply reflected in the lineup put together in tandem with MASSIVart. The Palais now houses numerous public living spaces that are serving to energize our common areas.
Îlot vert – A coworking space
It begins with a coworking space designed by Aire Commune and occupying a portion of Place Riopelle Hall, where professionals or students can meet and work. This innovatively designed area furnished with swing tables is meant to foster creativity and productivity, in a friendly lounge-like atmosphere. Equipped with power outlets, this unusual workspace will fit your needs perfectly for hosting fruitful meetings.
Stimulating ping-pong tables
Labodeco created these custom made stimulating ping-pong tables specifically for the Palais, so visitors could let loose during their coffee break. A ping-pong match among coworkers or friends is a great way to get your mind off things. You’ll find the glowing yellow tables in Place Riopelle Hall and the box office area.
Contemporary lounge furniture
And finally, the design studio Machine expertly put together this Palais-inspired multicoloured furniture in Viger Hall where the public can come relax. The small colourful compartments allow you to kick back for a spell, while interacting with others or meeting new people.
All of these public living spaces are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Creating unforgettable moments and experiences is at the core of the Palais des congrès de Montréal’s new vision. Les Printemps du Palais, this lineup of all-local art-and design-driven experiences jointly put together with MASSIVart, meets this objective 100%.
Alongside the ephemeral works and public living spaces being presented, the Palais has also added a series of new installations intended to stir interaction and energize its common areas.
Public pianos with a Montréal touch
In order to add a touch of ambiance to the shopping mall, the Palais has installed public pianos that everyone is free to use. Whether you play professionally or for fun, you can pull up a piano bench and entertain passersby, who will welcome the experience of shopping to the sounds of local musicians.
Committed to showcasing local creatives, the Palais asked three Montréal artists to personalize the appearance of the pianos with something unique. Despite pianos making for an unusual canvas, artists La Charbonne, Cyndie Belhumeur and Maylee Keo let their imaginations roam free, resulting in an impressively symbiotic interplay between the visual arts and music.
Inspiring self-serve libraries
You can now share your love of books with thousands of local and foreign visitors via our self-serve libraries. The premise is simple, and it is growing increasingly popular: you simply bring in any book and swap it for another. Since the Palais hosts tourists from all over the world, you can be sure the books will be travelling quite a bit! The libraries act like a trading floor of ideas and discoveries, helping to fulfill the Palais’ mission on a daily basis. These fun facilities tailor built for the Palais by Labodeco can be found as you exit the Place-d’Armes metro station and inside Place Riopelle Hall.
Pedal-powered charging stations
Rounding out the new additions at the Palais are the pedal-powered charging stations that enable visitors to charge their mobile phones while working out. These stations designed by the Montréal firm DIX au carré are a great way to promote a healthy and active lifestyle, while making sure your phone never dies. Try them out at Viger Hall!
The Palais attracts nearly 850,000 visitors annually, and its shopping mall is passed through 13,000 times a day, making it a perfect venue for putting the talent of our local artists on display.
As part of Les Printemps du Palais, a 100% local lineup of art- and design-driven experiences put together in collaboration with MASSIVart, the convention centre is giving Montréalers and international visitors unique access to the works of local creatives. As a bonus, this large-scale initiative will also help beautify our public spaces.
RAYON – An impressive log structure
The brainchild of design workshop EN TEMPS ET LIEU, and adorning the street corner of Viger west and Saint-Urbain, this immense illuminated structure built with logs recalls the long winters we know so well and the promise that warmer spring weather inevitably follows. The materials used are going to be repurposed once the exhibition is over – a worthy green deed.
The Galeries du Palais Bear – Recycled cardboard art
If you enter the Palais from the Place-d’Armes metro station, you’ll be greeted by the Galeries du Palais Bear, setting the tone for the rest of the lineup we have in store for you. Crafted by artist Laurence Vallières from recycled cardboard, this animal sculpture evocative of the province’s wildlife will no doubt capture the imagination of young and old alike.
Maple Syrup Cans – An ode to sugaring off season
Place Riopelle Hall is where you’ll find the display of massive maple syrup cans created by Montréal artist Whatisadam, aka WIA. Set up at the edge of Claude Cormier’s Lipstick Forest permanent installation, these iconic symbols of Québec culture are here just in time for sugaring off season!
Art Souterrain: The festival is extended at the Palais
And finally, the popular Montréal underground art festival will be enjoying an extended run at the Palais. Which means the public will have the chance to enjoy a range of works, including Stéphanie Morissette’s Volière, Justin Langlois’ Decisions, decisions, Francisco de la Barra’s Musée de carton, and Philippe Ramette’s Prothèses-sculptures.
The Palais des congrès will double as a bona fide art gallery during Les Printemps du Palais, and in the process also put on display its new vision: advocating for Montréal creativity and creating unforgettable experiences.
Les Printemps du Palais’ lineup of works and installations created entirely by local artists also includes many springtime activities!
Sugaring off at the Palais
A must every spring in Québec, sugaring off is a seasonal tradition we all eagerly await. Visitors can indulge their sweet tooth at Place Riopelle Hall, where we are serving maple taffy on a stick. The first 350 sticks are free, and only $2 after that.
Our charming maple taffy stand is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays to Fridays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, until April 13, 2019.
A great way to offer international visitors a taste of Québec!
To welcome spring and stay in shape, the Palais and Cardio Plein air are inviting the public to take part in the Palais workouts: jogging cardio classes with the convention centre as your running trail. It’s a fine way to train while rediscovering this iconic venue! Four beginner classes and four high-intensity classes are available for first-timers and seasoned exercisers, respectively. Since spots are limited to 35 participants per class, you must sign up quickly.
1) Go to this: cardiopleinair.ca/inscription
2) Create a Cardio Plein account or log in if you already have an account
3) In the Company field, enter the code: congresmtl
4) Under “Book a session,” select “Palais des congrès de Montréal – Printemps 2019”
5) Pick how many classes you would like
6) Pick a date and the type of class you would like
7) Click on “Payment (Free)”
8) Click “Confirm”
The Palais presents
The NFB and Tourisme Montréal have taken over the Palais’s screens with a series of short films and videos that bring their unique perspective to the city’s attractions and Québec culture. International visitors will get a glimpse of the wonders the city has in store for them, while Montréalers will have the opportunity to see their city from a different angle.
Les Printemps du Palais mean spring is here, and the celebrations are on at the Palais.
Did you know the Palais des congrès de Montréal has two EV charging stations located inside its indoor carpark at 1025 Chenneville? The Palais actually joined the Electric Circuit in 2014 in order to grow the green services it offers and also pursue its commitment toward sustainability.
In addition to these two charging stations, there are 12 public charging stations on Saint-Antoine street, just steps from the Palais, and 12 other stations less than a 5-minute walk from one of our entrances. See this interactive map for all the locations!
Electric mobility is a trending topic these days, as evidenced during the recent Montreal International Auto Show. You can be sure your electric car won’t run out of power in and around the Palais.
…And should the owners of these vehicles need to recharge their batteries, they’ll find everything at the Galeries du Palais!
The Montreal International Auto Show at Palais des congrès de Montréal is just days away, and the 200,000-odd visitors expected from January 18 to 27 will be able to attend free science presentations for the general public at the Hydro-Québec Stage within The Generator, a new zone dedicated to electric mobility.
Among the variety of general audience presentations offered by FLO, CAA-Québec, and Équiterre, there are those organized by the new Centre Déclic. In plain language that everyone can understand, the sessions will cover various facets of electric mobility, explaining concepts and fostering dialogue between scientists and the public.
See the program of events put together and facilitated by science journalist and communicator Valérie Borde, who founded Centre Déclic.
January 19 and 27, 2019, at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
The cars of tomorrow will be autonomous, connected, and intelligent. But what exactly does that mean? Is it true that we’re on the verge of a new era in transportation? Which technologies are on the starting line? Join our researchers for a ride into the future!
Batteries limit the range of electric cars as much as they limit how much time we can spend on our cell phones. Why is it so hard to produce high-performance batteries? What’s the outlook for progress? How does a battery actually work?
About 200,000 visitors are expected at Palais des congrès de Montréal for the 76th Montreal International Auto Show, the biggest consumer show in the province! From January 18 to 27, automobile enthusiasts will flock to this year’s event, where the spotlight is on electric mobility.
New, high-voltage zone: The Generator
New for 2019 is The Generator, a zone dedicated to electric mobility. Here visitors will be able to learn more about electric products and services.
At the Hydro-Québec stage within The Generator, visitors will be able to attend a variety of general audience presentations on different facets of electric mobility. Auto Show ticket holders can attend science talks offered free of charge by Centre Délic, FLO, CAA-Québec, and Équiterre.
This new zone is a great add-on to this year’s record of 42 electric cars on display!
What’s inside the Black Box?
The mysterious Black Box is another new attraction where attendees can enter a mesmerizing immersive space to admire two of the three fastest cars in the world and an exotic car designed entirely in Québec! You won’t want to leave!
A jam-packed program for car fans
With so many new attractions in store, this year’s event is one you won’t want to miss. Regular visitors will be pleased to know that the Auto Show is once again offering the chance to test-drive electric, hybrid, and hydrogen vehicles—a one-of-a-kind experience. This opportunity is offered free of charge to visitors, in partnership with CAA-Québec. The Garage, an updated version of The Performance Zone, is also sure to be popular among modified car fans.
The Palais des congrès de Montréal invited the executive directors and sales and marketing managers from member hotels of the Hotel Association of Greater Montréal (AHGM), as well as management personnel from Tourisme Montréal and the Palais, to the very first Convention Industry Round Table ever organized in Montréal. Held on December 11, the purpose of the meeting was to demystify what the Palais does and how it operates, and also to give the various tourism industry partners an opportunity to share information in order to optimize cooperation.
We surveyed these high-level players from the business tourism sector after the meeting, and the response shows they are committed to working together to attract even more major events, which will benefit both Montréal and the province. The feedback also indicates they truly valued the inaugural meeting of the Round Table and the content that was shared. So much so, they will be meeting again in the spring. The Round Table will convene quarterly.
Among the many comments and ideas we received, here are some aimed at facilitating attracting more conferences:
Preparing for the positive repercussions of the Palais expansion project, should it go ahead;
Continuing to expand on the customer experience in order to remain competitive;
Continuing to spotlight Montréal’s attractions in a coordinated effort with other key industry players;
Firmly pursuing innovation, creativity and experience creation as a means of standing out;
Consistently touching base with the hotel and hospitality community and other partners, and involving them in the strategies and tactics being rolled out;
Rethinking some of the Palais’ venues to render them even friendlier, more welcoming.
Over and above these, the Palais is also working on a host of innovative projects we’ll be telling you about soon. Stay tuned, our new CEO’s vision is taking shape quickly!