What’s new with our Ambassadors

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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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!

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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

Franck Sgard, IRSST

 

 

 

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The Palais Ambassadors Club acquires new members

The Ambassadors Club added to their ranks at the 2018 Recognition Award Gala, a lively evening attended by Québec Minister of Tourism Caroline Proulx. The 18 newly minted members honoured on November 8 were appointed as Ambassadors for their active involvement in bringing an international conference to the Palais. The 12 major events these Ambassadors helped secure will generate over $73 million in economic benefits for Montréal and Québec thanks to the 32,000 business tourists they will attract and who will book 88,000+ room nights in the city’s hotels. The Ambassadors Club’s membership has now grown to 327 inspiring women and men.

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

The Ambassadors appointed in 2018

Shirley-Lehnert

 

Professor Shirley Lehnert
17th International Congress on Radiation Research – ICRR 2023, August 29 to September 1, 2023

 

 

Jan-Seuntjens

 

Professor Jan Seuntjens
17th International Congress on Radiation Research – ICRR 2023, August 29 to September 1, 2023

 

 

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Professor James J. Clark
18th International Conference on Computer Vision – ICCV 2021, October 10 to 17, 2021

 

 

Joelle-Pineau

 

Professor Joelle Pineau
30th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence – IJCAI 2021, July 27 to 30, 2021

 

 

Doina-Precup

 

Professor Doina Precup
30th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence – IJCAI 2021, July 27 to 30, 2021

 

 

Yola-Moride

 

Professor Yola Moride
33rd International Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology & Therapeutic Risk Management, August 26 to 30, 2017

 

 

Wahab-Almuhtadi

 

Professor Wahab Almuhtadi
42nd IEEE International Conference on Communications – ICC 2021, June 14 to 18, 2021

 

 

Ibrahim-Gedeon

 

Mr. Ibrahim J. Gedeon
42nd IEEE International Conference on Communications – ICC 2021, June 14 to 18, 2021

 

 

Denis-deBlois

 

Professor Denis deBlois
7th FIP Pharmaceutical Sciences World Congress, May 24 to 27, 2020

 

 

Lyne-Lalonde

 

Professor Lyne Lalonde
7th FIP Pharmaceutical Sciences World Congress, May 24 to 27, 2020

 

 

Ali-Hafez

 

Professor Ali Hafez
9th International Congress on Glaucoma Surgery – ICGS 2018, September 6 to 8, 2018

 

 

Hany-Moustapha

 

Professor Hany Moustapha, Emeritus Ambassador
Global Power & Propulsion Society Conference, GPPS 2018, May 7 to 9, 2018

 

 

Karim-Benyekhlef

 

Professor Karim Benyekhlef
21st Annual General Meeting – Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers – ICANN66, November 2 to 8, 2019

 

 

Fabien-Gelinas

 

Professor Fabien Gélinas
21st Annual General Meeting – Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers – ICANN66, November 2 to 8, 2019

 

 

Fabrice-Labeau

 

Professor Fabrice Labeau, Emeritus Ambassador
IEEE SENSORS 2019 – The 18th IEEE Conference on Sensors, October 28 to 30, 2019

 

 

Dominic Bruneau

 

Mr. Dominic Bruneau
World Robot Olympiad – WRO 2020, November 13 to 15, 2020

 

 

Susan-Kahn

 

Dr. Susan Kahn
XXXI ISTH Congress with 69th Annual SSC Meeting – International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis, June 24 to 27, 2023

 

 

Marc-Rodger

 

Dr. Marc Rodger
XXXI ISTH Congress with 69th Annual SSC Meeting – International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis, June 24 to 27, 2023

 

 

 

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The 2018 Recognition Award Gala: A festive affair!

The Palais des congrès de Montréal held its 2018 Recognition Award Gala on November 8, and it was among its most festive, given the Palais’ 35th anniversary. The event was attended by Québec Minister of Tourism Caroline Proulx, Côte-Des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Borough Mayor Sue Montgomery, also in attendance as acting mayor of Montréal for the occasion, and nearly 450 guests from the tourism, university and business communities, who all came to celebrate the work and dedication of 18 Ambassadors and 5 emerging researchers.

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Hosted by Pierre Chastenay, the event and its gastronomic symphony also featured the kitchens of:

Produced by the Palais des congrès, the 2018 Recognition Award Gala was made possible with the support of Tourisme QuébecFreeman Audio Visual Canada, Idées au cube, GES Canada, the Montréal International Auto ShowTourisme Montréal, and Aéroports de Montréal.

A photo album of the event is posted on Flickr.

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Multisector Strategic Taskforce holds its first meeting

The prestigious Multisector Strategic Taskforce made up of leaders from eight of Montréal’s key economic sectors held its first meeting on October 10. On the agenda for these seasoned executives were the strategies that need to be implemented to abet the process of bringing international conferences to Montréal, as well as topics specifically related to their respective fields. Ambassadors Club President Professor Hany Moustapha opened the meeting, during which the participants elaborated on the reasons behind the need for a taskforce that groups together representatives from Montréal’s key research hubs and main industry clusters.

The purpose of this recently formed committee of well-known influencers is to further entrench Montréal’s leadership in the eight sectors of the economy represented on the taskforce. The taskforce will also play a role in supporting the Palais in its efforts to sway international associations in the process of considering where to hold their next conference.

Our thanks, once again, to the members of this prestigious taskforce:

  • Suzanne Benoît, President of Aéro Montréal
  • Frank Béraud, Chief Executive Officer of Montréal InVivo
  • Mathieu Charbonneau, Executive Director of CargoM
  • James J. Clark, Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of McGill University
  • Fabrice Labeau, Interim Deputy Provost, Student Life and Learning, at McGill University
  • Marie Larue, Chief Executive Officer of the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail
  • Gilles Savard, Chief Executive Officer of IVADO
  • Serge Marchand, Scientific Director of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé
  • Louise Poissant, Scientific Director of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture
  • Rémi Quirion, Chief Scientist of Québec and Interim Scientific Director of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies

 

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Prestigious multisector strategic taskforce set up to attract even more international conferences to Montréal

The Palais des congrès de Montréal has assembled a group of leaders representing eight of the city’s key economic sectors to form a new Multisector Strategic Taskforce. Their mission will be to establish ties with influencers who will actively contribute to attracting major international conferences to Montréal and the Palais des congrès.

Among the members sitting on this prestigious taskforce are:

Louise M. Benoît, president of Aéro Montréal Frank Béraud, Chief Executive Officer of Montréal InVivo
Mathieu Charbonneau, Executive Director of CargoM James J. Clark, Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of McGill University
Fabrice Labeau, Interim Deputy Provost, Student Life and Learning, at McGill University Marie Larue, Chief Executive Officer of the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail
Maryse Lassonde, Scientific Director of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies Serge Marchand, Scientific Director of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé
Louise Poissant, Scientific Director of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture Gilles Savard, Chief Executive Officer of IVADO

 
The role of the vastly experienced leaders who make up the new Multisector Strategic Taskforce will be to develop and nurture ties with researchers, scientists and business executives who might be inclined to actively participate in the process of bringing large-scale international gatherings to Montréal. They will be able to mine their networks for topnotch collaborators and match them with specific conferences.

Conferences advance science
Montréal is widely recognized as a knowledge hub. The city attracts international conferences that enable local researchers and experts to interact with peers who have travelled here from every continent. The Palais des congrès de Montréal works very closely with its Ambassadors and partners to advocate for the major sectors driving the Montréal and Québec economy.

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Creation of the Multisector Strategic Taskforce

We can never stress this enough, but hosting international conventions enables Québec’s entire scientific community to shine internationally. Over 30 years ago, the Palais introduced its Ambassadors Club to help attract and hold these events in Montréal. Your involvement is vital so that Montréal may continue to be the Number One host city in North America for international conventions. You make a difference.

We recently announced the rollout of a Multisector Strategic Taskforce, whose members will represent eight of the city’s economic sectors:

  • Health and life sciences;
  • Natural and engineering sciences;
  • Energy and the environment;
  • IT and AI;
  • Transportation and logistics;
  • Aerospace; and
  • Workplace health and safety.

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A new image

When Andrée-Anne, Marc-André or Marie-France from the Palais’ business development team meet with prospective Ambassadors, first impressions are crucial. They need to quickly pitch the importance of their involvement and the quality of the support from the Palais they can look forward to every step of the process. During that crucial introduction, the prestige associated with attracting a conference to Montréal needs to be conveyed in the bat of an eye.

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The Club recently gave its visual brand a makeover, with a new logo and an updated version of its explanatory leaflet. Cleaner, prestigious, distinctive and contemporary, the new image projects the powerful strength of those proudly involved in the Club.

The Ambassadors Club page on the Palais website has also been redesigned to include new content, like a videoclip featuring Ambassador Fabrice Labeau delivering a firsthand account of his experience.

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A dynamic club that showcases its members

In addition to advocating for its members, the Ambassadors Club schedules activities aimed at strengthening the bond between the Club and its membership, recruiting and supporting new members, and making the most of existing networks to foster strategic alliances and continue to support Québec’s key sectors.

Now midway through the current action plan, the Palais team is proud to have surpassed its objectives, especially by giving Ambassadors increasingly more visibility. The list of achievements includes:

  • Advertorials in Le Devoir and Boardroom, and ads in various general and trade media
  • A total of 5 advertisements showcasing the work of Ambassadors Ferri Hassani, Fabrice Brunet, Wagdi Habashi, Sylvain Lanthier, Alexander Thiel and Fabrice Labeau
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  • An awareness-raising campaign on LinkedIn
  • The Exchange Forum hosted jointly with the Fonds de recherche du Québec
  • The Ambassadors Club’s networking cocktail held during the Auto Show
  • The ongoing work of the Aerospace Taskforce and its succession subcommittee
  • Hosting the 2017 Recognition Award Gala where we introduced 9 new ambassadors and 4 star researchers
  • Partnerships developed with the FRQ and IRSST

By joining forces to attract major international conferences, the Palais and the Ambassadors continue to generate significant economic and intellectual wealth for Montréal and the province. Together, we are taking part in the scientific development of Montréal and promoting it internationally.

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