Montréal to host world-class pharmaceutical sciences conference as part of the centennial celebrations of the Faculty of Pharmacy at Université de Montréal

Yesterday, the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), which is currently holding its 6th FIP Pharmaceutical Sciences World Congress in Stockholm, Sweden, announced that Montréal and the Palais des congrès have been selected to host the 7th FIP Pharmaceutical Sciences World Congress (PSWC). It will run from May 22 to 27, 2020 as part of the centennial celebrations of the Faculty of Pharmacy at Université de Montréal, and will be organized jointly with the Annual Symposium of the Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences. The events will draw 2,500 participants from all over the world and generate a total of 7,000 room nights in hotels across the city, and ultimately an estimated $5,300,000 in tourism revenue for Montréal and the province.

“Montréal is the top host city1 in the Americas for international events, and the life sciences sector is a key reason why the city enjoys such an enviable worldwide standing. By joining forces to bring these conferences to Montréal, our universities, the leaders of the life sciences sector, and the Palais des congrès make it possible for Montréal to maintain its role as a leading host of large-scale scientific gatherings,” stated Raymond Larivée, President and CEO of the Palais des congrès de Montréal. The Palais des congrès and Université de Montréal collaborated together on the bid.

The remarkable work of professors of the Faculty of Pharmacy at Université de Montréal, Denis deBlois and Michelle Savoie, who were actively involved in the development and presentation of the bid, will enable Montréal to shine internationally, and also generate significant intellectual wealth for this key segment of the life sciences sector. “This congress will examine the rapid emergence of precision medicine, with medication better adapted to individual patients and being made more accessible to communities that need them all over the world,” emphasized Denis deBlois, Chair of the PSWC 2020 congress.

Denis deBlois, PhD
A Université de Montréal Professor and member of the Faculty of Pharmacy, Mr. deBlois specializes in experimental medicine and applied pharmacology. He is the Director of the B.Sc. Program in Biopharmaceutical Sciences, and Co-Director of the Groupe de recherche universitaire sur le médicament (GRUM), whose mission is to develop and support interdisciplinary research, training and technology transfer for the discovery, evaluation and optimal use of drugs.

Michelle Savoie, PhD, MBA, MPH, LLM, IAS.A
An Associate Professor, Practical Training, at the Faculty of Pharmacy st Université de Montréal, Ms. Savoie is an expert in: pharmaceuticals and public health, strategic analysis, drug development, pharmacoeconomics, and evaluative research. She was also actively involved in organizing the 1st International Congress on Personalized Health Care, held at the Palais des congrès de Montréal in June 2016.

Life science and health technologies
Over 600 pharma and healthcare organizations operate in Greater Montréal, making it Canada’s biggest laboratory. Ranked 7th among North America’s Top 20 cities for life sciences and health technology employment concentration, it is home to 600 establishments and institutions, including 150 public and university research centres2. In 2016-2017, the Palais hosted nearly 30 life science events, which generated $67.5 M in tourism revenue.

Montréal, convention city
Since 2011, Montréal has been hosting more international events than any other city in the Americas, according to the rankings released by the Union of International Associations. Recipient of the highest quality standards certification in the industry and shortlisted for the World’s Best Congress Centre award (AIPC), the Palais des congrès de Montréal enjoys the collaboration of life science industry leaders, who in turn can count on the Palais’ experience and support, in order to foster the international reputation of an industry that is continually evolving.

About The Faculty of Pharmacy at Université de Montréal
With over 50 professors, all leaders in their respective fields of expertise, actively involved in research, and also a member of various national and international committees, the Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Pharmacy is the largest faculty of pharmacy in Canada, with a student body of 1,300+ students. A leading centre for the pharmaceutical sciences, as demonstrated by the influence of its researchers, it ranks 48th among faculties of pharmacy and pharmacology according to the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) world rankings. In 2019, the Faculty will celebrate 100 years of avant-garde pharmaceutical education and research. The Université de Montréal Faculty of Pharmacy’s mission is to provide leadership in pharmaceutical education and research as well as pharmaceutical care, through an interdisciplinary and innovative approach designed to meet the healthcare challenges of our society.

About FIP
The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) is the global federation of national associations of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists. It is a non-governmental organization in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO). Through its 139 member organizations, it represents over three million practitioners and scientists around the world. The FIP’s mission is to improve global health by advancing pharmaceutical education, pharmaceutical sciences and pharmaceutical practice thus encouraging, promoting and enabling better discovery, development, access to and responsible use of appropriate, cost-effective, quality medicines worldwide.

About the Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences (CSPS)
The mission of the Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences is to establish a network of pharmaceutical scientists in Canada, in pursuit of excellence in research, development, and training. The CSPS is the leading organization in Canada that brings together researchers and interns from universities, industry and regulatory bodies for the purpose of facilitating the discovery and development of pharmaceuticals as well as the effective management of pharmaceutical products in Canada.

About the Palais des congrès de Montréal
The Palais des congrès de Montréal attracts and hosts conventions, exhibitions, conferences, meetings and other events, and generates major tourism revenues and intellectual wealth for Montréal and Québec, while also contributing to Montréal’s international reputation as a premier host city.

1 Union of International Associations
2 Montréal international