UITP 2017: A city on the move!

The Palais des congrès de Montréal is among the city’s key players mobilizing to advance public transit. It will be hosting the 2017 UITP Global Public Transport Summit.

After being actively involved in the bid to bring the congress to Montréal, the Palais is now busy planning the event, and also sitting on the honorary committee chaired by Montréal Mayor Denis Coderre.


The honorary committee is made up of VIP members of the community:

  • Daniel Beauchamp, General Manager, Association du transport urbain du Québec
  • Pierre Bélanger, Director General, Association québécoise du transport intermunicipal et municipal
  • France Chrétien Desmarais, President and Executive Committee member, Committee for Montréal’s 375th anniversary
  • Steven Guilbault, Cofounder and Senior Director of Équiterre
  • Florence Junca-Adenot, Associate Professor at UQAM and Director of the FORUM Urba 2015
  • Dominique Lacoste, President and CEO, Association québécoise du transport et des routes
  • Yves Lalumière, President and CEO, Tourisme Montréal
  • Raymond Larivée, President and CEO, Palais des congrès de Montréal
  • Michel Leblanc, President and CEO, Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal
  • André Leclerc, President and CEO, Kéroul
  • Patrick Leclerc, President and CEO, Canadian Urban Transit Association
  • Éric Martel, President and CEO, Hydro-Québec
  • Catherine Morency, Associate Professor and Chairholder of the MOBILITÉ Chair, Polytechnique Montréal
  • Ève Paré, President and CEO, Hotels Association of Greater Montréal
  • Michael Sabia, President and CEO, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

UITP Montréal 2017

A must event for all stakeholders involved in developing public transportation, it will run from May 13 to 17, 2017 and will attract over 9,500 delegates and 350 exhibitors. The economic benefits are estimated at more than $13.5 M.

Montréal was chosen as the event’s host city after a long bid process, and beat out other major cities in the running like Seoul, South Korea and Brisbane, Australia. The Palais des congrès appointed 3 new Ambassadors to its Club who were instrumental in securing the congress: Carl Desrosiers, Nicolas Girard and Michel Labrecque.

Between now and 2017, the Palais des congrès will host 6 major transportation-related events, which will draw over 26,000 delegates and participants to Montréal, and will result in nearly 51,000 room nights being booked in hotels across the city and almost $48 M in economic benefits for the province.