Springtime events at Les Printemps du Palais

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!


Palais workouts

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.

Signup procedure:
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.

Check out the complete lineup of Les Printemps du Palais !


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.


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



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





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





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





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





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





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





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





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





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





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





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





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





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





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





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





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





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





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.


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.


Robert Mercure named President and CEO of Palais des congrès

Robert Mercure assumed his new position as President and CEO of the Palais on September 4. A well-known figure in the international tourism community, Mr. Mercure has extensive experience in the hospitality industry.

“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 as a place where any idea can spark something big to be added to an already rich slate of events, exhibitions and festivals. Montréal is a city of opportunities, and we are fortunate to be able to count on the creativity and drive of passionate people like you to make it such an exciting spot.

I come to the Palais with a headful of new ideas. As you know, the exhibition market is in the midst of a transformation, and staking your claim now requires the ability to generate surprise, think outside the box, and provide visitors with a genuine experience. Let’s be bold together! Our seasoned staff is eager to hear your daring ideas, and they will work alongside you doing everything they can to make them happen. Creativity is a gem that helps events grow, and we are ready to contribute to your success.”


Changes at the Palais: Renée Langlois takes over from Catherine Paul!

Renée LangloisThe Palais team would like to congratulate Renée Langlois, recently named Associate Director for Business Development. Ms. Langlois has worked at the Palais for the last six years and has plenty of experience in event management. She is now responsible for exhibition accounts.

“We have the tremendous privilege of working with loyal customers who are well known for their creativity and drive. Helping them succeed is a pleasure for me and my team,” said Langlois.

The exhibition market alone generated $47 million in tourism dollars for Montreal and the province in 2017–2018!

After serving as Associate Director for Business Development for eight years and a total of 15 years at the Palais, Catherine Paul has decided to take on new challenges in her career. We wish her every success in her future endeavors. During her time at the Palais, she saw 729 public and private exhibitions come and go and impressed her co-workers with her ability to bring people together and her can-do approach. Thank you for everything!


Experient Supplier of the Year Nominee

The Palais’ event managers work as suppliers to numerous professional convention organizers (PCO) throughout the year to set up their events at the Palais. They develop working relationships and form one-off teams to contribute to the success of the event.

To recognize the outstanding job done by their suppliers who continually goes above and beyond, Experient, a global meeting and events management company, has developed the Supplier of the Year award process. The Experient Supplier of the Year Awards are based on several criteria:

  • Making an extraordinary contribution to Experient and their clients’ success
  • Displaying outstanding character and integrity
  • Displaying ongoing excellence in their job—responsiveness, problem‑solving skills, etc.
  • Sharing in our vision of continuing to perfect the event experience by demonstrating continued excellence in their job

In 2017, our very own Karine Plamondon was nominated for the title. Here is what an Experient team member had to say about Karine’s work:

“I have had the pleasure of working with Karine three different times over the last 10 years. Each experience has been exceptional, she is more than willing to go above and beyond for you and your group. She completely understands who Experient is and respects the relationship we have with our clients. Every convention center has their own unique rules and regulations and the Palais des congrès is no different. What makes them different is having a convention service manager like Karine to personally walk you through these regulations and help find ways to make them work for your individual groups. She makes sure all departments are giving high levels of customer service, helps negotiate internal costs in order to stay within the client’s budget, and is a great resource when contracting external suppliers. It is very rare to work with the same individual each time you return to a location (especially over a period of 10 years) but that is what I have had the pleasure of doing. I love knowing that when I return to Montreal, I’ll be working once again with a great partner and dear friend!” – Kim Rhodes, Senior Meeting and Event Manager

Congratulations Karine and keep up the good work!



Big names, big crowds

The Palais des congrès de Montréal recently hosted some big names, which in turn drew big crowds. When the likes of Barack or Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton or the Aga Khan are in town, you can count on a sizeable audience!

Michelle Obama’s speech in February drew the biggest crowd ever assembled in one room at the Palais: 10,200 people. Nearly 12,000 people gathered to hear the Aga Khan in November.Foule_003 light

Strategic security measures
Ensuring the safety of such high-profile speakers is naturally a top priority. The key to doing it successfully resides in the different police forces and the event organizers working together. When everyone’s needs are attended to and operations are coordinated accordingly, things unfold as planned logistically.

Crowd management
The other challenge for events like these is managing the crowd. Everyone attending must go through a security screening, have their tickets validated, and find their seats – all within a very short time span. Good communication and attentive service are essential here for the experience to be a memorable one for all participants.

The U.S. Secret Service saluted the work of the Palais security team for the security plan they drafted and deployed when the American dignitaries visited.

Each event, big or small, needs to be meticulously planned and deserves our attention so that it can live up to the expectations of those organizing it, and participating in it.

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It’s about furnishing an experience

A convention centre’s entrance halls and atria, pre-function spaces and corridors are an integral part of the event spaces, but sometimes they just look and feel… rudimentary. Not at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, where we dress and configure them to enrich the experience for participants and also optimize the flow and productivity of the event.

In February 2018, we outfitted the various common areas spanning levels 5 and 7 of the Palais with new furnishings to foster interaction, networking and comfort during breaks for both the delegates and organizers of the event.

Modern, colourful and functional, the items include communal tables equipped with power outlets, privacy armchairs, ottomans and benches to promote wellbeing, meetings or teleworking.

Take a few minutes to rest and use the solar energy to refuel before your next conference!