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





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.


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