A Palais des congrès de Montréal marketing campaign earns international distinction

The meetings and conventions world recognized the work of the Palais des congrès de Montréal at the Meeting Industry Marketing Awards (MIMA) recently presented in London. The “Numbers 1-5-52” relationship marketing and communications campaign intended for the international, U.S. and national convention markets earned the Palais the prestigious award for Best Integrated Marketing Campaign. The Palais was also shortlisted in the Best Use of Budget and Marketing Team of the Year categories.

“There’s a promotional component in our approach strategies that people notice, which this international recognition speaks to, and we are honoured. We have a magnificent convention centre and a vibrant city known for its creativity, and it is our duty to show them in the best possible light,” states Chrystine Loriaux, Palais des congrès de Montréal Director of Marketing and Communications. “This campaign, which branches out to reach several geographic markets, enabled us to convey three essential messages to potential customers looking for a venue for their next international convention,” concludes Loriaux.

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1-5-52: Three numbers that speak volumes
This relationship marketing campaign was rolled out by the Palais in international, U.S. and national convention markets and was aimed at associations in the final stages of deciding which city would host their next event. With a limited campaign budget, the Palais set out to attract the attention of decision-makers with a creative message and design to secure a premium spot for Montréal and its main convention centre on the shortlist of host destinations under consideration. The campaign revolved around three numbers that are undisputedly Montréal, figures that contribute to the city’s brand within the convention market, i.e.:

  • 1: Montréal is the #1 host city in the Americas for international events (according to the International Union of Associations);
  • 5: Montréal has retained that top spot for five straight years (2011-2015);
  • 52: Montréal accounts for 52% of all the international events held in major Canadian cities.

The “Numbers 1-5-52” campaign was a joint effort between the Palais’ marketing and communications, business development, and research teams, and the Samarkand Design+Communication firm.

A year filled with accolades
The Meetings + Incentive Travel trade magazine recently announced the winners of their Readers’ Choice Awards. The Palais des congrès was on the list, having earned an honourable mention in the Best Venue – Central Canada category. Palais partner Tourisme Montréal was also among the readers’ favourites, with an honourable mention in the Best Destination Marketing Organization category. These recognitions are on top of the Palais winning the AIPC Innovation Award earlier this year for its Urban Agriculture Lab – a prestigious international award given by the International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC).

Three researchers rewarded for their work on international scientific conferences

The Palais des congrès de Montréal and Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ), along with Québec’s Chief Scientist, Rémi Quirion, seized their annual exchange forum to announce the winners of the Palais des congrès de Montréal Ambassadors Club – Fonds de recherche du Québec Awards, which recognize the work of researchers actively involved in organizing international scientific conferences. The three $10,000 awards went to:

  • Pierre Giovenazzo of Université Laval
    46th Apimondia International Apicultural Congress 2019
    8,000 delegates and $20.5 M in tourism revenues
  • Fiona Darbyshire of UQÀM
    27th IUGG General Assembly 2019 - International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics
    4,000 delegates and $16.3 M in tourism revenues
  • Philippe Archambault of Université Laval
    World Conference on Marine Biodiversity
    800 delegates and $1.5 M in tourism revenues

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Rémi Quirion, Chief Scientist of Québec, with Philippe Archambault, Fiona Darbyshire, Pierre Giovenazzo and Hany Moustapha, President of the Ambassadors Club.

“Winning a bid to host a major conference helps generate significant intellectual wealth, and also contributes to promoting the field of science as well as the reputations of those associated with the event. Montréal hosts more international conventions than any other city in North America, and the Palais is proud to play an active role in putting together the bids in order to support the work of these professionals looking to welcome their peers to Montréal,” says Raymond Larivée, President and CEO of the Palais des congrès de Montréal, a Québec government corporation.

“Conventions are an important part of researchers’ scientific communication. They allow for peer-to-peer discussion on progress in a specific field, but can also be an opportunity to raise awareness of a disciplinary field and the research findings outside the academic community, toward the general public. At the Fonds de recherche du Québec, we strive/intend to pursue our efforts to support researchers who take this path”, reinforces Rémi Quirion, Chief Scientist of Québec.

Titled Talking about science in 2017: Challenges and outlook, the third edition of the forum brought together more than 100 researchers, research centre managers, university administrators and members of the Ambassadors Club, who engaged in dynamic discussions and workshops in order to come up with possible actions on how to best communicate science. The forum is a joint effort between the Palais des congrès de Montréal and Fonds de recherche du Québec, organized within the scope of a partnership agreement in place since 2014.

The Palais des congrès de Montréal and McGill University’s James Clark bring a major AI conference to the city

Thanks to the hard work and determination of James J. Clark, a professor at the McGill Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Director of its Centre for Intelligent Machines, and of Marc-André Gemme, a member of the Palais des congrès de Montréal’s business development team, 6,000 delegates will be converging in Montréal in October 2021 for the IEEE Computer Society’s International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV). This major international conference, which is expected to translate into 16,800 room nights for the city’s hotels, will generate an estimated $12.7 million in tourism revenues for Montréal and Québec. This large-scale high-tech event is the 3rd artificial intelligence (AI) conference the Palais des congrès has announced in the last 3 months, news that confirms the city’s expertise and global standing in the field of AI.

ProfClark_02Proud of the outcome after more than a year of hard work, Professor Clark said: “Winning the bid speaks to the importance of making clear the added value of hosting this major international event in Montréal. I’d like to thank Marc-André Gemme who played an active role in bringing this conference to our city, by talking to and persuading many of the people who participated in the voting and selection process. I look forward to working with the members of the Palais team these next 4 years on putting together a high-quality conference. Montréal is known for its advanced technological expertise, and this represents an opportunity for the city to showcase its active AI industry and excellent research centres.” Professor Clark will continue to enjoy the support of the Palais des congrès de Montréal and Tourisme Montréal, as well as that of the local organizing committee, for matters related to the planning, promotion and hosting of the conference.

A committee packed with luminaries
What tilted the balance in Montréal’s favour is without a doubt the quality of the organizing committee put together by Professor Clark, whose presence helped clinch the bid. This shows the importance of having a rich scientific program for a conference in a field as specialized as computer vision.

“Montréal hosts more international events than any other city in North America, and artificial intelligence features in numerous major conventions focused on the future. We have the privilege of hosting these world experts and playing an active role in bringing them together in the heart of our city, which will translate into significant intellectual benefits for the city and the province,” stated Raymond Larivée, President and CEO of the Palais des congrès de Montréal. This bid was made possible thanks to the support of numerous partners, including funding from Tourisme Montréal.

City emerging as an AI and ICT hub
With its world-renowned speakers, luminaries and advanced research centres, Montréal has become fertile ground and the quintessential setting for developing a topnotch scientific and professional program for ICCV delegates. In fact, the city enjoys the support of four major universities and is home to numerous centres specializing in fundamental and applied research in computer vision and machine learning, and is shaping the next generation of engineers and scientists in the field. These include the McGill University Centre for Intelligent Machines, an inter-departmental group formed in 1985 to facilitate and promote research on intelligent systems. The city can also count on the reputable expertise of the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (MILA) and the Institute for Data Valorization (Ivado), both associated with Université de Montréal, the Laboratory for Imagery, Vision and Artificial Intelligence (LIVIA) of the ÉTS school of engineering, Concordia University’s Centre for Pattern Recognition and Machine Intelligence (CENPARMI), and the Computer Research Institute of Montréal (CRIM).

Convention city
Montréal hosts more international events than any other city in North America, according to the rankings released by the International Congress and Convention Association. Shortlisted for the World’s Best Congress Centre award (AIPC) and the recipient of the highest quality standards certification in the industry, the Palais des congrès de Montréal enjoys the collaboration of leaders from various sectors, who in turn can count on the Palais’ experience and support, in order to foster the international reputation of industries that are continually evolving.

Montréal continuing to emerge as major AI player with two conventions coming to Palais des congrès de Montréal

The Palais des congrès de Montréal will be hosting two artificial intelligence (AI) conventions, more evidence of just how dynamically this scientific field is developing in the city. The 30th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) will be coming in 2021 and attract nearly 3,000 experts from all over the world. This means a total of nearly 8,400 room nights booked in Montréal hotels and over $4.5 million in tourism revenue for Québec.

Montréal was awarded the international convention, whose bid was coordinated by Marie-France Polidori of the Palais de congrès de Montréal business development team, during the 2017 edition of the event in Melbourne last August. The remarkable support from Joëlle Pineau and Doina Precup proved a determining factor in attracting this major event, made possible thanks to the committed work of the organizing committee, which consisted of representatives from Université du Québec à Montréal, McGill University – including Professor Gregory Dudek, a member of the Ambassadors Club – Université de Montréal, HEC Montréal, Polytechnique, Concordia University, and funding from Tourisme Montréal.

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Renowned academics
Professor Joëlle Pineau, who teaches computer science at McGill University, specializes in robotics and machine learning. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently announced she will head Facebook’s new AI research lab in Montréal. Doina Precup, also a professor of computer science at McGill, will lead the Montréal office of DeepMind, a leading artificial intelligence company bought by Google in 2014.

New innovative conference announced
Determined to position Québec as an AI hub, and in order to continue to foster their respective missions, the Université de Montréal, Fonds de recherche du Québec and Palais des congrès de Montréal joined forces to create the new Forum on the Socially Responsible Development of Artificial Intelligence, which will take place November 2 and 3 at the Palais. By bringing together experts from fields ranging from pure science to the humanities and social sciences, the Forum will provide a platform for a collective discussion on the ethical and socially responsible development of AI.

Prominent luminaries expected
Keynote speakers will include Yoshua Bengio, leading world figure in deep learning, Canada Research Chair in Statistical Learning Algorithms, and author of three books and over 300 scientific articles, Joëlle Pineau, Yochai Benkler, Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School, Hugo Larochelle, Google Brain Researcher, and Bryn Williams-Jones, Director of the Bioethics Program at the Université de Montréal School of Public Health.

The forum will also provide the backdrop for the drafting of the guiding principles of the Montréal Declaration on the Ethical Development of AI.

“Montréal hosts more international events than any other city in North America, and artificial intelligence features in numerous major conventions focused on the future. We have the privilege of hosting these world experts and playing an active role in bringing them together in the heart of our city, which will translate into significant intellectual benefits for the city and the province,” stated Raymond Larivée, President and CEO of the Palais des congrès de Montréal.

Convention city
Montréal hosts more international events than any other city in North America, according to the rankings released by the International Congress and Convention Association. Shortlisted for the World’s Best Congress Centre award (AIPC) and the recipient of the highest quality standards certification in the industry, the Palais des congrès de Montréal enjoys the collaboration of leaders from various sectors, who in turn can count on the Palais’ experience and support, in order to foster the international reputation of industries that are continually evolving.

Palais des congrès de Montréal wins prestigious international innovation award for its Urban Agriculture Lab

The Palais des congrès de Montréal was presented with the prestigious AIPC Innovation Award on July 4, 2017 at the AIPC International Association of Convention Centres Annual Conference in Sydney, Australia. The Palais was recognized for its Urban Agriculture Lab and its innovations in sustainable development. The Lab was among the 16 convention centre entries shortlisted for the award. “We are proud of the sustainability leadership role we play within the industry through our tangible actions. By opening the Urban Agriculture Lab in tandem with partners like the Laboratoire sur l’agriculture urbaine (AU/LAB) and Ligne Verte, the Palais is fostering experimentation with new rooftop urban farming technologies and practices, and in the process, is also reducing heat islands in the city’s downtown core,” declared Raymond Larivée, President and CEO of the Palais des congrès de Montréal.

The AIPC Innovation Award recognizes excellence in convention centre management by showcasing initiatives that represent innovation, namely through the development of a new, more creative or more effective approach to any aspect of convention centre management, operations or marketing. The Palais des congrès was the Overall Innovation Award Winner as selected by the committee, while the Cairns Convention Center was the Innovation Award Delegates’ Choice – it won for a promotional item made from steel recovered from their old roof.

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Raymond Larivée (right), President and CEO of the Palais des congrès de Montréal, at the July 4 AIPC Annual Awards Dinner, in Sydney, Australia.

“We have an immense rooftop surface right in the heart of the city, and we knew that by working with environmental experts, we could make a positive contribution by repurposing this vast space. Scientists, engineers, crop farmers, bee farmers, managers and a host of other specialists worked together with the Palais’ building management team to make this project happen, which we believe will inspire other property owners to do the same,” mentioned Chrystine Loriaux, the Palais des congrès Director of Marketing and Communications.

According to Eric Duchemin, AU/LAB’s Scientific Director: “Partnering with the Palais des congrès on the Laboratory initiative will make it possible to broaden our knowledge of the challenges and constraints associated with rooftop farming, but it will also serve to build rooftop farms, in Montréal and abroad.” The project is part of CRETAU, a network created in collaboration with the Québec Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, which focuses on urban farming research and expertise, and the transfer of urban farming best practices.

img-labIn 2016, the Palais des congrès de Montréal became the main showcase in Québec for experimenting with and advocating for urban farming technologies and techniques, when it opened its Urban Agriculture Lab jointly with AU/LAB, an organization associated with the faculty of science and institute of environmental studies at Université du Québec à Montréal. The Urban Agriculture Lab includes:

  • Culti-VERT, a technological showcase for green roofs and container gardening;
  • Three 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.

The various components of the Palais Urban Agriculture Lab are primarily tasked with:

  • Helping reduce urban heat islands and improving air quality in the Montréal downtown area;
  • Encouraging the real estate industry and property owners to adopt concrete steps toward greening their rooftops;
  • Promoting Montréal’s reputation as a world-class city firmly committed to fostering urban sustainability; and
  • Enabling convention participants and the Maison du Père homeless shelter to benefit from the crops grown, with the help of Capital Catering, the Palais’ exclusive caterer.

About the AIPC
The International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC) represents convention and exhibition centre professionals and managers worldwide. In addition to recognizing convention centre management excellence, the AIPC also provides resources and programs that foster striving for the highest industry standards through research, networking and education.

About the Laboratoire sur l'agriculture urbaine
The Laboratoire sur l'agriculture urbaine (AU/LAB) is a centre for urban agriculture research, training, innovation and activities designed to serve the community and act as a rallying hub for organizations and individuals devoted to urban farming. A non-profit, AU/LAB is also a national and international discussion and action forum for issues related to urbanism and food. With its extensive expertise, AU/LAB fosters emerging ideas, initiatives and businesses focused on the production, processing, distribution and marketing of urban agriculture. AU/LAB is actively involved in the development of urban food systems, viable urbanism and circular economies in cities.

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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Montréal is known globally as a knowledge hub thanks its world class researchers, universities and research centres. “Their involvement is invaluable to the process of bringing an international convention to Montréal. It shows international decision-makers the dynamic spirit and support that exists within the city’s key economic sectors,” says Raymond Larivée, President and CEO of the Palais des congrès de Montréal, a Québec government corporation. “Conventions represent a privileged opportunity to exchange with our peers from all over the world, and they help push the boundaries of knowledge for our industries. These intellectual benefits greatly contribute to Montréal’s international reputation,” adds Professor Hany Moustapha, President of the Ambassadors Club.

“It is important for researchers to get involved in organizing international scientific conferences. Those who’ve done it know that although it demands a lot of time, the benefits to their research career is invaluable. Which is why the Fonds de recherche du Québec are proud of this partnership, and also that the competition recognizing the work of researchers in organizing big scientific conferences will continue to thrive,” points out Rémi Quirion, Québec’s Chief Scientist.

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.

Montréal to host world-class pharmaceutical sciences conference as part of the centennial celebrations of the Faculty of Pharmacy at Université de Montréal

Yesterday, the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), which is currently holding its 6th FIP Pharmaceutical Sciences World Congress in Stockholm, Sweden, announced that Montréal and the Palais des congrès have been selected to host the 7th FIP Pharmaceutical Sciences World Congress (PSWC). It will run from May 22 to 27, 2020 as part of the centennial celebrations of the Faculty of Pharmacy at Université de Montréal, and will be organized jointly with the Annual Symposium of the Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences. The events will draw 2,500 participants from all over the world and generate a total of 7,000 room nights in hotels across the city, and ultimately an estimated $5,300,000 in tourism revenue for Montréal and the province.

“Montréal is the top host city1 in the Americas for international events, and the life sciences sector is a key reason why the city enjoys such an enviable worldwide standing. By joining forces to bring these conferences to Montréal, our universities, the leaders of the life sciences sector, and the Palais des congrès make it possible for Montréal to maintain its role as a leading host of large-scale scientific gatherings,” stated Raymond Larivée, President and CEO of the Palais des congrès de Montréal. The Palais des congrès and Université de Montréal collaborated together on the bid.

The remarkable work of professors of the Faculty of Pharmacy at Université de Montréal, Denis deBlois and Michelle Savoie, who were actively involved in the development and presentation of the bid, will enable Montréal to shine internationally, and also generate significant intellectual wealth for this key segment of the life sciences sector. “This congress will examine the rapid emergence of precision medicine, with medication better adapted to individual patients and being made more accessible to communities that need them all over the world,” emphasized Denis deBlois, Chair of the PSWC 2020 congress.

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Denis deBlois, PhD
A Université de Montréal Professor and member of the Faculty of Pharmacy, Mr. deBlois specializes in experimental medicine and applied pharmacology. He is the Director of the B.Sc. Program in Biopharmaceutical Sciences, and Co-Director of the Groupe de recherche universitaire sur le médicament (GRUM), whose mission is to develop and support interdisciplinary research, training and technology transfer for the discovery, evaluation and optimal use of drugs.

Michelle Savoie, PhD, MBA, MPH, LLM, IAS.A
An Associate Professor, Practical Training, at the Faculty of Pharmacy st Université de Montréal, Ms. Savoie is an expert in: pharmaceuticals and public health, strategic analysis, drug development, pharmacoeconomics, and evaluative research. She was also actively involved in organizing the 1st International Congress on Personalized Health Care, held at the Palais des congrès de Montréal in June 2016.

Life science and health technologies
Over 600 pharma and healthcare organizations operate in Greater Montréal, making it Canada’s biggest laboratory. Ranked 7th among North America’s Top 20 cities for life sciences and health technology employment concentration, it is home to 600 establishments and institutions, including 150 public and university research centres2. In 2016-2017, the Palais hosted nearly 30 life science events, which generated $67.5 M in tourism revenue.

Montréal, convention city
Since 2011, Montréal has been hosting more international events than any other city in the Americas, according to the rankings released by the Union of International Associations. Recipient of the highest quality standards certification in the industry and shortlisted for the World’s Best Congress Centre award (AIPC), the Palais des congrès de Montréal enjoys the collaboration of life science industry leaders, who in turn can count on the Palais’ experience and support, in order to foster the international reputation of an industry that is continually evolving.

About The Faculty of Pharmacy at Université de Montréal
With over 50 professors, all leaders in their respective fields of expertise, actively involved in research, and also a member of various national and international committees, the Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Pharmacy is the largest faculty of pharmacy in Canada, with a student body of 1,300+ students. A leading centre for the pharmaceutical sciences, as demonstrated by the influence of its researchers, it ranks 48th among faculties of pharmacy and pharmacology according to the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) world rankings. In 2019, the Faculty will celebrate 100 years of avant-garde pharmaceutical education and research. The Université de Montréal Faculty of Pharmacy’s mission is to provide leadership in pharmaceutical education and research as well as pharmaceutical care, through an interdisciplinary and innovative approach designed to meet the healthcare challenges of our society. www.pharm.umontreal.ca

About FIP
The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) is the global federation of national associations of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists. It is a non-governmental organization in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO). Through its 139 member organizations, it represents over three million practitioners and scientists around the world. The FIP’s mission is to improve global health by advancing pharmaceutical education, pharmaceutical sciences and pharmaceutical practice thus encouraging, promoting and enabling better discovery, development, access to and responsible use of appropriate, cost-effective, quality medicines worldwide.

About the Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences (CSPS)
The mission of the Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences is to establish a network of pharmaceutical scientists in Canada, in pursuit of excellence in research, development, and training. The CSPS is the leading organization in Canada that brings together researchers and interns from universities, industry and regulatory bodies for the purpose of facilitating the discovery and development of pharmaceuticals as well as the effective management of pharmaceutical products in Canada.

About the Palais des congrès de Montréal
The Palais des congrès de Montréal attracts and hosts conventions, exhibitions, conferences, meetings and other events, and generates major tourism revenues and intellectual wealth for Montréal and Québec, while also contributing to Montréal’s international reputation as a premier host city. congresmtl.com

 

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Montréal and Palais des congrès host one of world’s leading public transportation conferences

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From May 15 to 17, 2017, Montréal will become public-transportation-central as it welcomes the UITP Global Public Transport Summit at the Palais des congrès de Montréal. The event is expected to draw nearly 11,000 participants and visitors to Montréal, and thus generate significant tourism revenues for the city and Québec.

“The Palais des congrès de Montréal holds the highest quality standards certification in the industry, and our team has all the necessary assets to host a major convention with the level of professionalism and creativity Montréal is known for,” declared Raymond Larivée, President and CEO of the Palais des congrès de Montréal. “We’ve had teams working and collaborating together since 2010 to persuade the International Association of Public Transport to pick Montréal as their host city for their 2017 summit,” he added.

Winning the bid was made possible thanks to the concerted efforts of the Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT), the Société de transport de Montréal (STM), the City of Montréal, Tourisme Montréal and the Palais des congrès de Montréal. To this day, the teams involved are joining forces to prepare for this convention, during which Montréal’s dynamism will be front and centre.

A smooth operation
Thanks to its 15 loading docks, oversized freight elevators, vast multipurpose rooms, and extensive experience hosting large-scale shows, the Palais des congrès de Montréal is the perfect venue for this event. The exhibition component of the Summit will require moving and showcasing transportation equipment like subway cars or other sizeable vehicles, and the Palais’ facilities can handle the complexity such an undertaking commands. Some 300 exhibitors are expected in total.

Public event
To enable the public to also share in this global scale event, the AMT and STM created “Place au transport,” an event for the Greater Montréal population that will run alongside the Summit. This event, which will take place on May 15 and 16 from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., will be an opportunity to discover the past, present and future of active and public transportation in Montréal, through history, art and sensory experiences. Food trucks, live musical performances and other surprises will be in store at Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle, i.e. the city block bordered by Viger west, Saint-Antoine west, Bleury and Jean-Paul-Riopelle. Free admission. For information: placeautransport.org

A year rich in celebrations
“Festive” is the only way to describe 2017, with Montréal marking its 375thanniversary, Canada turning 150, the Montréal metro system and Expo67celebrating 50 years.

Montréal, convention city
Since 2011, Montréal has been hosting more international events than any other city in the Americas, according to the rankings released by the Union of International Associations. Recipient of the highest quality standards certification in the industry and shortlisted for the World’s Best Congress Centre award (AIPC), the Palais des congrès de Montréal enjoys the collaboration of public transportation industry leaders, who in turn can count on the Palais’ experience and support, in order to foster the international reputation of an industry that is continually evolving.

Montréal tops 2016 North American rankings of most popular cities for international conventions, reports the ICCA

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.

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“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.

 

Palais des congrès de Montréal partners with a world leader in live event services

The Palais des congrès is pleased to announce the selection of GES as its official supplier of event decorating services following a call for tenders. “We welcome our new partner, and are pleased with this agreement, which will add to the full-service offering we will be able to deliver to our customers. The Palais’ business development teams look forward to telling our customers about GES’ long track record and the role they can play in the success of their event,” mentioned Raymond Larivée, President and CEO of the Palais des congrès de Montréal.

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GES is a leading full-service provider of products and services for exhibitions, special events, conventions, fairs, corporate events, and promoters and allowing exhibitors to get everything they need via a single point of contact. “Our team focuses on quality and innovation to provide solutions that meet the needs of event organizers, and they do it by delivering incomparable customer service. We take great pride in contributing to the success of the events held at the Palais,” indicated Alain Canuel, General Manager for Québec, GES Canada.

Actively involved with the Palais des congrès de Montréal for many years, GES will act as a business partner offering products and services that will complement those supplied by the Palais. GES meets the high standards and requirements of the Palais des congrès, which holds the industry’s highest distinction for quality.

About GES
As Canada’s leading service provider for special events, trade shows, conventions, consumer shows and corporate events, GES provides complete decorating services, custom exhibits, rental furniture, accessories, carpets, signage, material handling, and logistics. ges.com/ca