Palais des congrès de Montréal unveils key points of forthcoming health measures program

As it prepares to reopen, once the public health authorities greenlight the restart of operations, the Palais des congrès de Montréal is working diligently on the final touches of its health measures guide, which will make it possible to host events in compliance with the standards in effect and in accordance with social distancing rules to ensure a safe environment. PROGRESS, the Palais Reopening Operating Guide to Running Events with Safety Standards, addresses different facets of a conference or exhibition, which have been retooled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The main pillars of this new approach to health and safety include:

  • Redefining the participant greeting process to ensure traffic flow and facilitate crowd management
  • Running a contactless environment to foster safer transactions
  • Adopting a considerate approach to communicating with event organizers and participants predicated on preparation, guidance and reassurance
  • Stepping up housekeeping standards and upgrading the cleaning products used
  • Developing new event concepts and digital solutions designed around practicing 2-metre distancing every time and everywhere
  • Adapting our caterer’s food and beverage offering with safe, responsible solutions, without compromising delicious taste

The program’s new measures are based on the directives already issued by the government of Québec, namely the recommendations by the Québec public health institute regarding work and public places, and  by the Québec council on tourism human resources. Both bodies will have to approve the measures before the Palais reopens.

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Masks and personal protective equipment

As part of the new measures, event participants will be strongly encouraged to wear a mask. Also, Palais employees whose roles and duties require them to be in contact with participants, will wear personal protective equipment (PPE), as per the directives of the province’s public health agency and workplace safety board. These employees will receive mandatory training on recommended PPE usage.

New hybrid event solutions

Alongside this new program, the Palais also recently announced new hybrid solutions aimed at facilitating the process of organizing and hosting events. An emerging concept, hybrid events will make it possible to combine a live physical event with virtual interactions in real time thanks to affordable digital solutions. Given the current situation, hybrid events will help offset lower turnouts, especially those occasioned by travel restrictions.

Read about our integrated hybrid solutions

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“We have always made it our priority to offer participants attending events at the Palais a positive and safe experience. Our team adapted to the situation very swiftly, and we are now ready to host gatherings as soon as circumstances permit.”

– Robert Mercure, CEO of the Palais des congrès de Montréal

Palais des congrès de Montréal banking on hybrid solutions to fast-track reopening of operations

The Palais des congrès de Montréal, jointly with partners Encore and GES, and together with startups from its CITÉ Events Lab, is preparing to reopen by hosting hybrid events. In response to the safety concerns and social distancing requirements shaking up the convention industry, the Palais is retooling how it holds events by enhancing them with affordable digital components that will help offset the restrictions expected to affect speakers, exhibitors and visitors.

Integrated hybrid solutions

Hybrid events are both live and virtual. They are physical events that also incorporate virtual online components. Everything runs simultaneously in real time. The same content is shared, and interactive elements are included. They give audiences the option of participating live in-person, or online via the internet.

Ideal for events where lower turnouts are expected, these solutions replicate virtual event rooms where presenters and speakers can count on receiving support from crews of technicians and producers providing instant guidance and direction remotely at all times. Hybrid events also make it possible for participants attending in person to interact with their counterparts in remote locations in real time.

In addition, the Palais is set up to operate a studio area if needed, for recording audiovisual content for podcasts, interviews, etc. All told, it is a complete package designed to produce quality content and ensure it is delivered professionally to participants attending remotely.

Solutions for consumer and trade shows

The Palais expects to host physical consumer and trade shows the moment it is authorized to. New options are revamping how exhibitions will be organized, primarily through the integration of a virtual show platform enabling exhibitors to showcase their products and services remotely. Real-time interaction and monetization opportunities will also be possible thanks to Livescale, a CITÉ startup.

Consulting services

Because the Palais is able to tap into the expertise of its partners and a well-established business network, it can play a significant advisory role. It can shepherd clients through a range of event formats, including exclusive, full-service technological solutions developed by its partners Encore (formerly Freeman Audio Visual Canada), and GES. The Palais is also open to working with ideas proposed by event planning firms having developed their own hybrid event solutions, provided these meet new health and social distancing requirements.

Visit the Palais website for more information on the integrated hybrid solutions.

Toward a new normal

Clients looking to add virtual components to their events can now choose from an array of affordable packages. Digital trends already gaining traction in recent years have now leaped to the forefront because of the current crisis, to become the new norm for the convention industry. Although initially intended to render events COVID-ready, these hybrid solutions will make it possible moving forward to broaden the reach of events, period. Thanks to its innovative partners, the Palais is in an excellent position to perform well and thus remain on track to build the convention centre of the future.

New health protocols on the horizon 

In addition to adapting the offering, the Palais and its teams are working tirelessly on developing the health protocols and standards of tomorrow. Together with other members of the convention and tourism community, both locally and internationally, and in tandem with the government, the Palais is rigorously developing new practices focused on ensuring the health and safety of employees and visitors.

Meeting in person will make a comeback 

Although adding these new virtual options might appear to suggest physical meetings will no longer be required, the Palais remains optimistic. In the short term, a drop in attendance is to be expected for some events already scheduled. Nevertheless, history has demonstrated that the need to assemble in person has triumphed over numerous crises. These digital solutions are meant to complement the services the  Palais offers. The Palais will continue to host major events, which are sources of economic benefits and intellectual wealth for Montréal and Québec.

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“Despite the undeniable impact COVID-19 has had on the Palais’ operations, the current situation is serving as a springboard for going forward with new digital opportunities that will enable us to further make our mark globally. The convention industry is simply evolving, and the Palais and its new hybrid event solutions are at the forefront of this transformation.”

– Robert Mercure, CEO of the Palais des congrès de Montréal

New partnership between the Palais des congrès de Montréal and the Olympic Park

The RIO Olympic installations board and the Palais des congrès de Montréal are pleased to announce they have entered into a business partnership that will further broaden the city’s event offering for promoters and participants.

This partnership, initiated at the invitation of Tourism Minister Caroline Proulx, will enable the two Québec government corporations to optimize their practices, share their knowledge and expertise, as well as boost their profiles on the international stage.

More specifically, moving forward the Palais will now include the unique venues of the Olympic Park as part of its international business development operations. Adding these to the multipurpose event spaces of the Palais will make it possible to meet the needs of a broader range of events looking to be hosted in  Montréal.

A common front to help foster the reopening

This announcement is welcome news as the new collaboration looks to help facilitate the gradual reopening of the economy. In fact, in the wake of the cancellations triggered by the current global situation, many customers wish to reschedule their event as soon as circumstances permit. This renewed joint cooperation between the Palais and the Olympic Park will foster the ability of being able to maximize  the number of events that can be accommodated, as organizers can opt to relocate to one venue or the other if they choose to. This will make it possible to preserve, even maximize, the economic benefits for Montréal and Québec.

This new partnership buoyed by the synergy of the two government corporations definitely puts Montréal on track for a strong recovery over the coming years, and what’s more, in a highly competitive market.

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“I am very proud of the signing of this agreement, which makes official the remarkable collaboration that already existed between the two government corporations. Both major players in the Montréal event industry, they are now even better equipped to lay the groundwork for the impending reopening, and play an active role in spurring the strong recovery of business tourism in Montréal. I say well done to Robert Mercure, CEO of the Palais des congrès, and Michel Labrecque, CEO of the RIO Olympic installations board.”

– Caroline Proulx, Minister of Tourism

 

  “This new collaboration between the Palais and the Olympic Park will make it possible to present a unified and complementary Montréal offering, which will translate into additional economic and intellectual benefits for the city.”

– Robert Mercure, CEO, Palais des congrès de Montréal

 

“This agreement will give the Olympic Park and its many event spaces a level of visibility it has never enjoyed before, thanks in large part to the efficiency of the Palais des congrès sales team, which already has a well-established international network. Now, with our Esplanade and vast outdoor spaces, we bring added value to the city’s current offering. We are confident this agreement will grow our events calendar in the long term.”

– Michel Labrecque, CEO, RIO Olympic installations board

Palais des congrès de Montréal board welcomes Hubert Bolduc

The Société du Palais des congrès de Montréal is proud to announce Mr. Hubert Bolduc, President of Investissement Québec International, has joined its board of directors. The Québec cabinet confirmed his appointment on April 29, for a four-year term.

A longtime ambassador for the city

Mr. Bolduc was named head of Investissement Québec International in September 2019.

After working as a senior public servant with the Executive Council of Québec, he took over as President and CEO of Montréal International in 2016.

Mr. Bolduc was also Cascades’ Vice-President of Communications and Public Affairs from 2004 to 2012, served as advisor to the Québec Premier from 2001 to 2003, and worked as a consultant for the NATIONAL public relations firm from 1998 to 2000.

He holds a Bachelor of Political Science from Université du Québec à Montréal, a Master’s Degree in Communications from the University of Stirling in Scotland, and an MBA from HEC Montréal. Mr. Bolduc has chaired the boards of Manufacturiers et Exportateurs du Québec and Earth Day. He currently sits on the boards of the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations, Montréal International, Scale AI, and La Capitale Civil Service Mutual.

 

Two other board member terms renewed

In addition to Mr. Bolduc’s arrival, the Québec cabinet also recognized the contribution of two other board members by renewing their terms for four more years. Ms. Céline Gamache, who until recently managed the consulting services of Prud’homme Groupe-conseil, and Ms. Annie Tremblay, President of the firm ESSENCE conseil stratégique, joined the board in November 2015. Their renewals reaffirm their commitment to the Palais.

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“It is with deep respect for his drive to make Montréal and Québec shine on the world stage that I welcome Mr. Hubert Bolduc to our board of directors. His experience and input will be invaluable as we build the  Palais des congrès of tomorrow, and as we tackle the changes that will stem from these uncertain times for our industry.”

– Robert Mercure, CEO of the Palais des congrès de Montréal

 

“I wish to congratulate Mr. Bolduc this well-deserved appointment. His involvement will add fresh expertise to the board of the Société du Palais des congrès de Montréal.”

– Claude Liboiron, Chairman of the Palais des congrès de Montréal

 

“I am grateful for this opportunity and excited about being able to work alongside the different teams of the  Palais and my fellow board members. This new vision that is energizing the Palais is encouraging, and I am proud to take part in this effervescence and take on the challenges that come with it.”

– Hubert Bolduc, President of Investissement Québec International and now a member of the Board of Directors of the Palais des congrès de Montréal

Palais des congrès de Montréal and MASSIVart expand partnership by launching the Palais Seasons

Palais des congrès de Montréal and MASSIVart are joining forces once again for the Palais Seasons, a series of art installation projects inviting Montrealers to rediscover their convention centre. The new initiative will get started in the month of love, with many bold ideas to be implemented throughout the year to bring a creative buzz to the downtown venue.

This ongoing project is building on Les Printemps du Palais, which featured a variety of creations by local artists and artisans. Highlights of the spring 2019 event included public pianos, collaborative workspaces, ping-pong tables, and self-service libraries. The Palais Seasons is being introduced in an effort to keep this excitement going throughout the year. MASSIVart has put together an outstanding program that will once again showcase Montréal ingenuity.

Spotlight on Michel de Broin

The highlight of the program is without a doubt Thresholds by internationally renowned Montréal artist Michel de Broin. Comprising a series of Montréal subway car doors, the art installation forms a path for people to follow. The experience recalls the digestive tract’s ingestion process—the installation breathes and swells to the rhythm of the traffic passing through it, creating a contrast between mechanical structure and organic movement. The work repurposes the door-opening components of the city’s original subway cars, first introduced for the Expo 67 world fair. Recently replaced by newer models, the now obsolete MR-63 subway cars have become an iconic part of Montréal’s public transit history. Thresholds will give Palais visitors from all over the world a glimpse into that past.

Seasonal programming

Themes and installations will change as time goes on to reflect current events. For the launch period, we are celebrating the month of love. Visitors are invited to take a break at the new romance lounge and watch romantic movies selected by the NFB. In exchange for a voluntary donation to the Old Brewery Mission, visitors can also write loves wishes on a ribbon and hang them on a communal arch.

These new additions complement our existing winter lineup:

  • Carousel

This playful installation by Labodeco allows young and old alike to enjoy a magical and immersive experience before continuing on their way.

  • Paysages divers

Paysages divers is a luminous installation by design studio EN TEMPS ET LIEU that showcases the desire path, especially visible in winter, created by daily foot traffic to and from Palais des congrès. Along the way, you encounter the scent of conifer trees, the warm glow of myriad tree species, and the intriguing sounds of birds of prey perched overhead.

An enhanced partnership with Art Souterrain

Palais des congrès’ annual participation in the Art Souterrain festival, which runs from February 29 to March 22, will also bring in many new creations. As part of the Palais Seasons, three such works have been specially commissioned for the Palais for an extended period:

  • Dédales d’almanachs

This installation by Marc-Antoine K. Phaneuf is a book in the form of a maze. Made up of 1,024 pages spread across the four sides of a cube, it tells a post-apocalyptic story illustrated by royalty-free historical photographs. It is a new dimension in time and space, full of déjà-vus and constantly changing expectations.

  • Undream

Montréal artist Sabrina Ratté’s video projection depicts an imaginary future where utopia and dystopia collapse. This work is inspired by the photomontages of Superstudio—a major force in the radical architecture and design movement of the late 1960s.

  • La Chorale

This movable and easily dismantled, handcrafted piece of furniture was created by arkadi lavoie lachapelle in collaboration with woodworker Gilles Rivard. Since 2012, it has been showcased in various places. This work is about sharing experiences and creating bonds with others to promote a future based on solidarity.

A home for the next generation of artists

This program was launched at the same time as art students from Université du Québec à Montréal set up shop in Palais des congrès’ commercial mall. Areas have been converted into art studios so emerging artists can create and showcase their work before curious onlookers.

See the installations at congresmtl.com/en/seasons.

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“After the resounding success of last spring’s program, I am pleased to offer the Palais Seasons year-round to Montrealers and visitors alike. The artwork had an immediate impact on the atmosphere in our creative spaces and this second phase designed by MASSIVart promises to be just as exciting.”

– Robert Mercure, President and CEO of Palais des congrès de Montréal

 

“At MASSIVart, we have always believed that art and culture have the power to revitalize public spaces. We are therefore thrilled to have been given the opportunity to help Palais des congrès de Montréal bring more creativity to its premises. This iconic institution is a perfect showcase for the city’s creative talent, a wide open window into Montréal’s culture. In a place where the future of our society is constantly being reshaped, it is important to bring in local artists and creators to reimagine these public spaces as meeting places where surprise and the unexpected are the order of the day. Just one more example of how art and culture can be compatible with public and commercial spaces!”

– Philippe Demers, Creative Director of MASSIVart

 

Thresholds is made from parts of old Montréal subway cars that are getting a new lease on life for Palais des congrès de Montréal’s diverse audiences. Created for the city’s 375th anniversary, the installation invites visitors to a dance that’s part organic, part mechanical.”

– Michel de Broin, creator and director of Thresholds

Full credits for Thresholds

Thresholds (2017)

Created and staged by: Michel de Broin

In collaboration with: Samuel Saint-Aubin, Alexis Gosselin, Paul Duchaine, Pierre Fournier, Fred Monast, MDL Énergie, M.O., Generique Design, HMB Controls, and Concept Paradesign.

Produced by: The Quartier des Spectacles Partnership in collaboration with Société de transport de Montréal.

Thresholds was created and presented in 2017 for KM3, a temporary public art event held in Quartier des Spectacles. The brainchild of the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, KM3 was among the Québec government’s legacy projects marking the City of Montréal’s 375th anniversary. The event was made possible in part by funding from the Government of Québec and the City of Montréal as part of the Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal.

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Palais des congrès de Montréal honours its Ambassadors and thanks 17 personalities

At the Recognition Awards Gala for its Ambassadors Club, Palais des congrès de Montréal celebrated 17 luminaries for their active involvement in bringing 11 international conferences to Montréal. These signature events will generate an estimated $83 million in tourism revenues and attract 30,000 delegates from around the world who will book more than 83,000 nights in Greater Montréal hotels.

These new members of the prestigious Ambassadors Club join a community of influential and dynamic figures from the leading sectors of the Montréal economy. They have taken time out of their busy schedules to actively work to attract international conventions to Montréal, thereby generating significant economic and intellectual benefits for the city and province.

In founding the Ambassadors Club in 1985, Palais des congrès de Montréal positioned itself as a pioneer. Today, destinations around the world have emulated its international market development strategy of drawing on the repute of local influencers. The Club now has close to 340 members.

Québec’s Chief Scientist named Grand Ambassador

At the Gala, Professor Rémi Quirion, Chief Scientist of Québec, had the great honour of being decorated Grand Ambassador, the highest distinction awarded to a member of the Club. He received this title for his leading role in promoting scientific culture, providing international exposure for Québec researchers, and galvanizing the research community. Thanks to his work, numerous scientific events have been held in Montréal.

Ambassadors honoured in 2020

  • Prof. Kim M. Baines

51st IUPAC General Assembly and 48th World Chemistry Congress – August 2021

  • Hon. Denis Coderre

ICLEI World Congress 2018 – June 2018

  • Prof. Sylvie Cossette, Dr. Nancy Feeley, Prof. Jacinthe Pépin

International Council of Nurses – July 2023

  • Prof. Fiona Darbyshire

27th IUGG General Assembly – July 2019

  • Dr. Josée Fillion, Dr. Marie-Pierre Thibodeau

12th Congrès International Francophone de Gérontologie et Gériatrie – September 2022

  • Prof. Réjean Hébert, Prof. Louise Potvin

24th IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion – May 2022

  • Dr. Mélanie Henderson, Dr. Julia von Oettingen

ISPAD 2023 – 49th Annual Conference – October 2023

  • Dr. Kirsten Johnson

24th International Conference on Emergency Medicine – May 2025

  • Prof. Catherine Morency, Prof. Martin Trépanier

16th World Conference on Transport Research – July 2022

  •  Prof. Rémi Quirion

4th International Conference on Science Advice to Government – September 2020

  • Dr. Tomoko Takano

World Congress of Nephrology – April 2021

Partnerships celebrating new research talent

The Palais recently renewed two strategic partnership agreements aimed at forging ties with Québec’s research community while promoting large-scale events. Renewed collaborations with FRQ (Fonds de recherche du Québec) and IRSST (Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail) were underlined at the Gala.

The four recipients of FRQ’s Relève étoile award were announced at the event. Étienne Boulais, Pierre-Alexandre Goyette, Anne-Julie Tessier, and Cyndi Boisjoli were recognized for research excellence. The award was created to promote research careers at Québec universities.

Also at the Gala, IRSST conferred the IRSST/Ambassadors Club joint award on France Labrèche and Marie-Élise Parent for securing the 28th International Symposium on Epidemiology in Occupational Health, to be held in Montréal.

Partnerships celebrating new research talent

Thanks to Isabelle Racicot, guests had an opportunity to celebrate these business tourism success stories while enjoying culinary masterpieces from Capital Traiteur and seven of the city’s leading hotels: Le Centre Sheraton Montréal, the InterContinental Montréal, Delta Hotels by Marriott Montreal, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, the Marriott Château Champlain, Le Westin Montréal, and the DoubleTree by Hilton Montréal. Produced by Palais des congrès, the 2020 Recognition Awards Gala was made possible in part thanks to Freeman Audio Visual and Idées au cube.

For full details, go to congresmtl.com/gala.

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“I wholeheartedly salute the exceptional work of these men and women of action who have turned an international spotlight on our destination. Their role in bringing high-calibre events to Palais des congrès de Montréal makes them truly outstanding allies. They help generate major economic and intellectual spinoffs for Montréal and for Québec as a whole. Their commitment makes the Palais a business tourism leader. Hats off to the new Ambassadors, the Palais des congrès managers, and all their partners!”
– Caroline Proulx, Minister of Tourism

 

“The Recognition Awards Gala celebrates the dedication of our Ambassadors, who volunteer their time to securing major events. I thank them and I salute their determination and contribution to making Montréal the city in the Americas hosting the most international conventions. The Palais was a pioneer with its Ambassadors Club. The results have been very compelling, so we will keep building on the concept—one with tremendous benefits for our economy!”
– Robert Mercure, President and CEO, Palais des congrès de Montréal

 

“It’s an honour to welcome new members to the Ambassadors Club of Palais des congrès de Montréal. They play a crucial role in securing international conventions and in positioning Montréal and the key economic sectors we are known for.”
– Hany Moustapha, President, Ambassadors Club, Palais des congrès de Montréal

 

“I am very proud indeed to receive the title of Grand Ambassador, as it recognizes the research community’s pivotal role in securing and organizing scientific conferences at Palais des congrès de Montréal. These conferences serve to disseminate knowledge, promote interaction among researchers from all disciplines, and spur scientific tourism. I am also pleased with the partnership between Fonds de recherche du Québec and the Palais des congrès Ambassadors Club, which in recent years has commended the scientific community’s involvement in organizing scientific conferences.”
– Rémi Quirion, Chief Scientist of Québec

 

“I congratulate researchers France Labrèche and Marie-Élise Parent, who brought this prestigious international symposium to Montréal under the aegis of the Scientific Committee on Epidemiology in Occupational Health, one of 37 scientific committees of the ICOH (International Commission on Occupational Health). The IRSST/Ambassadors Club award aims to encourage Institute scientists and the many researchers who receive IRSST funding to bring more scientific events to Montréal focused on occupational health and safety.”
– Lyne Sauvageau, President and CEO, Institut de Recherche Robert-Sauvé en Santé et en Sécurité du Travail

 

“We are proud to be a part of the Ambassadors Club Recognition Awards Gala again this year as a major partner. For nearly 20 years, Freeman Audio Visual has contributed its creativity and expertise to this exceptional event that celebrates the leaders who help position Palais des congrès de Montréal as a choice destination for business tourism.”
– Bernard Carignan, Regional Director, Eastern Canada, Freeman Audio Visual Canada

 

“Idées au cube has been central to Montréal’s creative ecosystem for over 30 years. The theme of this year’s Gala inspired our creators, who again put their talent and ingenuity to work bringing to life the content of the Ambassadors, remarkable people who turn a global spotlight on the city!”
– Nathalie Gélinas, Producer, Idées au cube

Palais des congrès de Montréal becomes copartner of an international study on the social impact of business events

#MEET4IMPACT-led project looking to compile the best practices on the subject

The Palais des congrès de Montréal will join forces with the Montréal not-for-profit #MEET4IMPACT in conducting a major worldwide study that will run throughout 2020. The study will round up the most promising initiatives business events can tap into to measure their social legacy and impact.

By working with #MEET4IMPACT, which is striving to change the professional events industry and shepherd organizers toward practices that are more in line with the sustainability initiatives of the United Nations, the Palais is joining a revolution focused on boosting the social value of the conferences it hosts.

This trailblazing project will help position the Palais as an expert in assessing the impact of events on the community and questioning how we can improve the value proposition of said events. Driving this exercise will be sharing the research findings with the rest of the industry, so that ultimately we will be able to maximize the positive social benefits generated by international events all over the world.

Measuring the social impact of events is appearing worldwide as an emerging business tourism trends. It is an undertaking international associations appreciate because it helps them retain members, add more appeal to their events, and facilitate accountability reporting to financial partners. As for host cities and convention centres, measuring the social impact contributes to understanding and ascertaining the real value of the events more effectively, over and above the economic benefits.

An international research project initiated in Montréal

The research project led by #MEET4IMPACT aims to create a collective knowledge bank on the positive impact of business events and the best strategies for boosting said impact. The initiatives will be culled from associations, tourism offices and convention centres from all over the planet. As copartner, the Palais des congrès de Montréal will contribute its vision and industry expertise to the process of setting the study guidelines.

The project research partners include the École des sciences de la gestion de l’Université du Québec à Montréal (ESG-UQAM), and Mitacs, a national not-for-profit organization that has been designing and delivering research and training programs in Canada for 20 years.

For more information about the project, visit the website.

Left to right: #MEET4IMPACT officials Jacques Blanchet, VP and Associate, Research and Policy, and CEO Geneviève Leclerc, who will work closely on this study with Professor Mohamed Reda Khomsi of the ESG UQAM School of Management’s faculty of urban and tourism studies, and his Research Assistant, Lyla Fernandez Aubin, in partnership with the Palais des congrès de Montréal, represented here by Sara Bergevin, Corporate Secretary and Manager of Legal Affairs, and Robert Mercure, CEO.

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“The business tourism industry is in the midst of a transformation and we are looking to improve the value proposition of events that now want to have a lasting impact on their host community. This collaboration between the Palais and #MEET4IMPACT will enable us to measure and optimize the positive impact on the host city’s ecosystem. With this research project, the Palais des congrès de Montréal is taking the reins of this paradigm shift and will inspire other industry players through best practices.”

– Robert Mercure, CEO of the Palais des congrès de Montréal

 

“This research project will generate key new knowledge for the business events industry. By making these results widely available, we aim to empower associations and destinations to develop new collaboration models and experience-based practices that will create wider value for their participants, their members and host communities.”

– Geneviève Leclerc, President and CEO of #MEET4IMPACT

 

About #MEET4IMPACT

#MEET4IMPACT groups together people driven by a common desire to change the world of business events by sharing the massive amount of knowledge found at these events.

About the Palais des congrès de Montréal

Recipient of the highest quality standards certification in the industry, the Palais des congrès de Montréal convention centre stands in the heart of the top host city in the Americas for international events. In 2018-2019, it generated $215 million in economic benefits along with an invaluable amount of intellectual wealth via the 353 events it hosted. A trailblazer, it operates its own events lab, CITÉ, which houses Montréal startups that are helping redefine how conferences are held. The Palais is a carbon neutral building, and also BOMA BEST certified. Its suite of sustainability initiatives, which it runs under the name Palais Boréal, includes an innovative program that shepherds event organizers and participants through the process of offsetting their GHG emissions locally. Actively immersed in the community, the Palais opens its spaces to visitors and stages art-driven experiences for the public, like the Palais Seasons, showcasing Québec creatives. A leader and visionary, the Palais is at the forefront of the Convention Industry 4.0 transformation. Visit congresmtl.com.

A Canadian first: Montreal International Auto Show unveilings to be streamed live online thanks to Livescale

The Palais des congrès de Montréal paves the way for innovation at Québec’s biggest consumer show

 

The Palais des congrès de Montréal will be hosting the Montreal International Auto Show January 17 to 26, 2020. The popular consumer show is expected to draw around 200,000 visitors. The Auto Show and carmakers will be present on social media, thanks to Montréal firm Livescale, which will live stream and simultaneously webcast key moments of the 77th edition of the Show, including one of the highlights of the event, Media Day, for a Canadian first. This will render the Show more accessible than ever, as the new technology will make it possible for automotive enthusiasts worldwide to virtually attend unveilings of new models, and to also express their interest in said models using a prospect generating feature available only in America.

It should be noted that Livescale’s offices are located inside the Palais des congrès, which enables the firm to deliver its services flexibly and reliably.

 CITÉ: An Events Lab

Livescale is among the Québec startups whose services are offered by the Palais through CITÉ, its Events Lab. The purpose of this group of startups created by and housed inside the Palais is to find innovative solutions for the current and future needs of event organizers, while also serving as an international showcase for local entrepreneurs. It is an initiative that is at the heart of the Palais des congrès of tomorrow, and one that also helps drive Montréal’s brand as a global leader in the world of events.

“This first-ever live streaming and webcasting with Livescale and the Montreal International Auto Show is a source of pride for the Palais and something that’s never been done before. We are thrilled about bringing the biggest consumer show in Québec to various platforms in real time. This initiative enables us to promote the city’s startups and stay competitive in the events market.”

– Robert Mercure, CEO of the Palais des congrès de Montréal

“We are delighted to be able to contribute to this new edition of the Montreal International Auto Show with our live streaming and webcasting solutions, making it possible for the entire world to attend and interact with the unveilings of Media Day, and express their interest online in the new models being presented by the world’s biggest carmakers!”

– Virgile Ollivier, CEO of Livescale

“We are pleased to be collaborating with Livescale alongside the Palais des congrès de Montréal on broadcasting our Media Day to everyone live. Our goal is to create a showcase for our carmakers and provide a public stage for their latest innovations. This 77th edition of the Montreal Auto Show brims with new and innovative technologies really worth discovering, including 37 Canadian premieres, 3 North American premieres, and numerous concept cars!”

– Denis Dessureault, Executive Vice-President of Montreal International Auto Show

 

About the Palais des congrès de Montréal

Recipient of the highest quality standards certification in the industry, the Palais des congrès de Montréal convention centre stands in the heart of the top host city in the Americas for international events. In 2018-2019, it generated $215 million in economic benefits along with an invaluable amount of intellectual wealth via the 353 events it hosted. A trailblazer, it operates its own events lab, CITÉ, which houses Montréal startups that are helping redefine how conferences are held. The Palais is a carbon neutral building, and also BOMA BEST certified. Its suite of sustainability initiatives, which it runs under the name Palais Boréal, includes an innovative program that shepherds event organizers and participants through the process of offsetting their GHG emissions locally. Actively immersed in the community, the Palais opens its spaces to visitors and stages art-driven experiences for the public, like the Palais Seasons, showcasing Québec creatives. A leader and visionary, the Palais is at the forefront of the Convention Industry 4.0 transformation. Visit congresmtl.com.

About Livescale

Livescale enriches and transforms the experience associated with live streaming and webcasting events. Livescale solutions simplify the simultaneous distribution of content across all of the client’s social media platforms and websites, to help them reach, engage and monetize their audience, and to also accurately ascertain user behaviours and interactions thanks to real-time analytics.

Palais des congrès de Montréal and the Quartier de l’innovation join forces to expand reach of Montréal knowhow

The Palais des congrès de Montréal and the Quartier de l’innovation (Qi) have signed a partnership agreement acknowledging the areas they will collaborate on to stimulate a culture of innovation and drive local innovation-related initiatives forward. The two organizations have agreed to combine their respective expertise and develop groundbreaking projects, together with the city’s community of creatives.

A unique venue located in the heart of Montréal, the Palais welcomes visitors from all over the world. Its shopping mall is passed through almost 25,000 times each day. A point of convergence and a trading floor of knowledge, it is tailor made for giving the projects and events that will stem from this partnership an enviable level of visibility, and for positioning Montréal as a hub of innovation internationally.

The Qi’s rich entrepreneurial and creative ecosystem will provide the Palais with a gateway into the knowhow of myriad firms that will be able to offer innovative solutions for the needs of the business tourism industry. This natural alliance between the two entities will also help propel the Palais forward with its drive to build the convention centre of the future, and in the process provide the Qi with yet another opportunity to fulfill its mission of cultivating a unique ecosystem of innovation in the heart of Montréal.

Quotes

 

“Our partnership with the innovation district is a natural next step for us as the Palais moves forward with its transformation. The district plays a central role within Montréal’s innovation community, making it a prime ally and a gateway to projects that will set us apart from the other convention centres around the world.”

– Robert Mercure, CEO of the Palais des congrès de Montréal

 

“Montréal enjoys a reputation for being a highly attractive and efficient world-class centre for innovation. Needless to say, this collaboration will be very beneficial for society. The expertise of the Qi and the Palais des congrès complement each other, which will definitely propel Montréal’s knowhow in terms of innovation.”

– Damien Silès, Executive Director of the Quartier de l’innovation de Montréal

 

About the Quartier de l’innovation de Montréal

The Quartier de l'innovation (QI) is a 3.5 km²  world-class experimental area in the heart of Montréal. Its mission is to foster a one-of-a-kind innovation ecosystem where experimentation and collaboration between academics, entrepreneurs and residents generate benefits for society. Its territory stretches from René-Lévesque boulevard to the Lachine Canal north to south, and from McGill street to Atwater avenue east to west. The Quartier de l’innovation is supported by the Government of Canada, the Government of Québec, the City of Montréal, four universities (École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), McGill University, Concordia University and Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)), and close to 30 private partners. For more information, visit quartierinnovationmontreal.com.

About the Palais des congrès de Montréal

Recipient of the highest quality standards certification in the industry, the Palais des congrès de Montréal convention centre stands in the heart of the top host city in the Americas for international events. In 2018-2019, it generated $215 million in economic benefits along with an invaluable amount of intellectual wealth via the 353 events it hosted. A trailblazer, it operates its own events lab, CITÉ, which houses Montréal startups that are helping redefine how conferences are held. The Palais is a carbon neutral building, and also BOMA BEST certified. Its suite of sustainability initiatives, which it runs under the name Palais Boréal, includes an innovative program that shepherds event organizers and participants through the process of offsetting their GHG emissions locally. Actively immersed in the community, the Palais opens its spaces to visitors and stages art-driven experiences for the public, like the Palais Seasons, showcasing Québec creatives. A leader and visionary, the Palais is at the forefront of the Convention Industry 4.0 transformation. Visit congresmtl.com.

Three researchers awarded $10,000 each for organizing international conferences in Montréal

Yesterday, the Scientific Director of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et Culture, Louise Poissant, and the President of the Palais des congrès de Montréal Ambassadors Club, Prof. Hany Moustapha, announced the winners of the Soutien à l’organisation de congrès internationaux awards, a competition jointly organized by the Ambassadors Club and the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ) recognizing the work of researchers involved in organizing international scientific conferences. The recipients of the three $10,000 prize are:

  • Thierry Karsenti of Université de Montréal
    7e Colloque international en education: Current and future challenges of teacher training and the teaching profession
  • Louise Potvin of Université de Montréal
    24th IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion and Education: Policies for health, well-being and equity
  • Naglaa Shoukry of Université de Montréal
    27th International Symposium on Hepatitis C Virus and Related Viruses (HCV2020)

 

From left to right: Louise Poissant, Thierry Karsenti, Naglaa Shoukry, Louise Potvin, Prof. Hany Moustapha

The ceremony took place during the annual exchange forum the FRQ jointly organizes with the Palais des congrès de Montréal. This fifth edition of the forum, whose focus was “the conferences of tomorrow,” drew nearly 120 participants, who explored the most promising trends pertaining to the organization, activities, and communication and marketing of scientific conferences.

Quotes

 

“Scientific conferences play a determining role in the dissemination and exchange of knowledge, and they evolve in lockstep with technology and societal values. It is important that we address new practices and trends, in order to maximize the experience for those organizing and attending these events.”

Louise Poissant, Scientific Director of the FRQSC

 

“It matters that we recognize the colossal effort of researchers who choose to get involved in the process of bringing scientific conferences to their city, and also acknowledge the present-day expectations of those attending them. By making the conferences of tomorrow the theme of this year’s annual forum, the FRQ is showing that it is in sync with the Palais, which is currently focused on creating the convention centre of the future.”

Robert Mercure, CEO of the Palais des congrès de Montréal