Science talks for the general public at the Montreal International Auto Show

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.

The Future for Intelligent Cars (in French only)

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!


The Battery Challenge  (in French only)

January 20, 2019, at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

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?


An all-electric future? (in French only)

January 26, 2019, at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

There’s more and more talk about electric cars, but what about buses, trucks, and other big vehicles? Can we make everything electric? What new charging technologies are in the pipeline?


See the full schedule of events for the Montreal Auto Show.

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This year’s Montréal International Auto Show is sure to be electrifying!

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 full schedule can be found on the Montreal Auto Show website.

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A rewarding meeting with the hotel and hospitality community

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!


Three consumer shows first-timers at the Palais

This fall, three new consumer shows joined the roster of exhibitions at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, thus contributing to the city’s rich calendar of events! Together, they attracted over 22,000 Montréalers eager to learn more about various topics.

A thriving success for the Montreal Vegan Festival

Although in its 5th year, this was the Montreal Vegan Festival’s first time at the Palais. It was attended by thousands of vegans, vegetarians, foodies and visitors simply curious about veganism. Last October 20 and 21, the consumer show drew more visitors than expected, who were treated to 100+ exhibitors on hand to showcase their products. Congratulations to the volunteers behind this amazing success!

The Sailing Fair drops anchor at the Palais

On November 3, various sailboat masts brushed past the ceilings of the Palais for the first time while sailing enthusiasts watched in amazement. For its 3rd edition, the event invited a number of renowned keynote speakers, and held informative and interactive workshops for the avid boaters who assembled at the Palais.

The death expo that sparked a conversation

The idea was to break taboos and facilitate discussions about subject matters related to death. It would appear the Salon de la mort succeeded on both counts on November 3 and 4. The organizers chose to host their very first show at the Palais, and the colourful and reassuring environment did not disappoint in fostering conversations with the many exhibitors, who fielded sensitive questions from thousands of visitors.


Do you know the Palais’ official suppliers?

Palais des congrès de Montréal customers can count on the expertise of two official suppliers and one exclusive supplier for their major events. Doing business with service providers we collaborate with daily translates into numerous benefits for event organizers, starting with the impeccable synergy that exists between these providers and the Palais team.

Capital Catering: an unforgettable culinary experience

Thanks to Simon Devost-Dulude and his team of seasoned professionals, Capital Catering, our exclusive food provider, is able to craft creative, succulent menus for all group types in the city’s largest institutional kitchen. The expert kitchen staff loves using local products when designing menus, and they are masters at tailoring the menus based on your food preferences and  diet restrictions.

Freeman Audio Visual: a Canadian leader right here in the Palais

An official supplier of the Palais, Freeman can assist you with all of your audiovisual needs, including equipment rental and technical support, for events of all sizes. Their specialists thrive on innovating in order to impress your guests and providing you with unbeatable service. Choosing Freeman means partnering with someone that works at the Palais daily and therefore has intimate knowledge of the facilities. Also, they have an office onsite and maintain equipment on the premises, so you always enjoy having state-of-the-art equipment readily available when time is of the essence!

GES: the WOW makers

Because an event’s personality only truly comes alive after you decorate and configure the room hosting it, GES Canada will work their magic to transform your event space according to your minutest requirement. This official supplier of the Palais is widely reputed for the quality of their services. GES have lent their creativity to some of the world’s biggest events. They are knowledgeable, they are bold, and they will wow you.


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!


Hany Moustapha at helm of Innovation 4.0 Hub

Ambassadors Club President Prof. Hany Moustapha was recently promoted to lead the Innovation 4.0 Hub and awarded the Siemens Research Chair of Industry 4.0 Technology Integration, two initiatives inaugurated by the ÉTS school of engineering last November.

These new functions will provide the Emeritus Ambassador with opportunities to position  Montréal as a global leader in Industry 4.0 technology research, and Industry 4.0 education thanks to the 50+ professors associated with the Innovation 4.0 Hub.

Timelier than ever, the Hub, aimed at better meeting Industry 4.0 requirements in five key sectors – aerospace, energy, health and safety, construction and ground transportation – will enable our businesses to remain competitive through technological advancements.  The Hub will focus on seven major research areas:

  • the internet of things
  • big data
  • systems integration
  • additive and intelligent manufacturing
  • augmented and virtual reality
  • autonomous systems
  • computer security

The Siemens Research Chair of Industry 4.0 Technology Integration is the first major project of the Innovation 4.0 Hub. Co-funded by the NSERC and Mitacs, it is Canada’s first industrial chair dedicated to Industry 4.0, bringing together the expertise of 20 professors from ÉTS, Concordia University and McGill University.

With Hany Moustapha heading both of these initiatives, Montréal and Québec are very likely to shine on the world stage!


Palais attracts major nursing conference

Great news to close out 2018 with a bang: the Palais des congrès de Montréal just confirmed the International Council of Nurses Congress is coming to Montréal in 2023!

Over 8,000 nursing specialists from all over the world are expected for this event, which will add an estimated almost $21.4 million to the Montréal and Québec economy, not to mention significant intellectual wealth. The Congress will generate nearly 22,400 room nights in hotels across the city.

We congratulate Nancy Feely of McGill University as well as Sylvie Cossette and Jacinthe Pépin of Université de Montréal for their efforts in securing this major event, and salute the remarkable work  of the Canadian Nurses Association, and the teams from the Palais des congrès de Montréal and Tourisme Montréal.


Three researchers awarded at FRQ’s annual forum

The names of the three researchers who won the International Conference Organization Support Funding Competition conducted by the Palais des congrès de Montréal Ambassadors Club and the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ) were unveiled on November 20, at the recent FRQ exchange forum, jointly organized with the Palais.

The Chief Scientist of Québec, Rémi Quirion, and the President of the Palais des congrès de Montréal Ambassadors Club, Hany Moustapha, awarded the researchers for their role in the organization of an international conference in Montréal.

This year’s winning researchers are:


Denis deBlois
 of Université de Montréal

7th FIP Pharmaceutical Sciences World Congress

Prof. DeBlois was also appointed an Ambassador of the Palais des congrès de Montréal at the November 8 Recognition Award Gala, for helping to bring this congress to Montréal.




Pierrette Gaudreau of Université de Montréal

12e Congrès International Francophone de Gériatrie et Gérontologie






François Mathieu-Potvin
 of Université Laval

25th IIR International Congress of Refrigeration

*Ted Kantrowitz, appearing in the picture, accepted the award of his behalf




The fourth edition of the FRQ annual exchange forum, titled Diverse voices: An added value for scientific conferences, brought together nearly 70 participants, who tackled equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and finding ways of applying these principles to the international conference organizing process.

Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to the participants.


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