The Palais Board of Directors has three new members

Société du Palais des congrès de Montréal is pleased to welcome the three new directors who were appointed to the Board in July.

Sofiane Benyouci

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.

Read their full biographies here!

We’d like to express our utmost gratitude to outgoing board members Suzanne Landry and Claude Guay for their hard work and commitment over the years.


A word from the President and CEO – Robert Mercure

It is with great pleasure that I return to Montréal after 11 years at the helm of a Québec crown jewel, the Château Frontenac. First and foremost, let me say that I absolutely love Montréal and its energy. Our city is known for its joie de vivre and I come to the Palais with a headful of new ideas.

Montréal is recognized worldwide for being dynamic, multicultural and creative. We brim with incredible talent, and I believe the Palais des congrès has a major role to play in widening the influence of our creatives and scientists. We need to be a showcase for our city. This is the vision of the Palais des congrès of tomorrow that I would like to offer Montréal.

The ingenuity and effervescence of the local community are the catalysts that will help the city assert its leadership on the international stage and the Palais be a key player among the convention centres of the future.

During the course of my first fall season at the Palais, I saw the energy that permeates our event spaces and how professionally the events themselves are handled by our teams. Just think back on NeurIPS 2018, that big AI conference everyone is still talking about, or even our prestigious Recognition Award Gala, a spectacular affair celebrating the work and dedication of 18 Ambassadors. I can assure you the Palais’ vitality is palpable.

The various initiatives our teams at the Palais will engage in will enable our convention centre to take a major leap forward. We rank 2nd in the world in terms of customer satisfaction, and we are located in the heart of the city that hosts more international events than any other city in the Americas. We can all be proud of this, and I feel confident we have everything we need to succeed.

I am thrilled to be actively participating in our city’s dynamism.

I look forward to sharing more on this with you!


2018 Recognition Award Gala salutes emerging researchers

Emerging researchers were honoured at the 2018 Recognition Gala, in collaboration with the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ) and the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST).

Winners of The Relève Étoile Awards honoured at the Gala

The “Relève étoile” competition is organized by the three research branches of the Fonds de recherche du Québec. It recognizes the excellent research being conducted by young researchers and helps foster research careers within Québec universities. At the Gala, Serge Marchand, Scientific Director of the FRQ, paid tribute to this year’s three award recipients:


Kha-Han-Lisa-DangPrix Relève étoile Louis-Berlinguet, Fonds Nature et technologies (Fund supporting the natural sciences and engineering)

Kha Han Lisa Dang, PhD student in Physics, McGill University

Award-winning paper: “Detection of a westward hotspot offset in the atmosphere of hot gas giant CoRoT-2b,” published in Nature Astronomy


Catherine-BelangerPrix Relève étoile Jacques-Genest, Fonds Santé (Fund supporting the health sciences)

Catherine Bélanger, PhD student in Biochemistry, UQAM

Award-winning paper: “Dysregulation of cotranscriptional alternative splicing underlies CHARGE syndrome,” published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences


Maude-BrunetPrix Relève étoile Paul-Gérin-Lajoie, Fonds société et culture (Fund supporting the social sciences and humanities, arts and letters)

Maude Brunet, Postdoctoral intern in Construction Engineering

Award-winning paper: “The governance of major public infrastructure projects: the process of translation,” published in the International Journal of Managing Projects in Business


Winners of the 2018 IRSST – Ambassadors Club Award

The Palais des congrès de Montréal and the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) have decided to coordinate their actions and resources in order to help promote OHS research by attracting major national and international conferences to Montréal.

Together, they introduced the IRSST – Ambassadors Club award in 2018, and the very first recipients of the award were presented at the Gala by IRSST President and CEO Marie Larue, in recognition for bringing the 26th International Congress on Sound and Vibration (ICSV26) to Montréal. Congratulations to:

Jeremie-VoixJérémie Voix, ETS school of engineering






Franck Sgard, IRSST