The Palais des congrès de Montréal honours 18 Ambassadors who generated $73M for the economy

During their Recognition Award Gala of November 8, the Palais des congrès de Montréal marked the invaluable collaboration of 18 Ambassadors who helped bring 12 international conferences to Montréal. These major events represent over $73 million in economic benefits for Montréal and Québec, and will draw more than 32,000 delegates to the city. “Montréal hosts more international events than any other city in the Americas, an honour vastly attributable to our Ambassadors and their commitment to advocating for their city and their scientific fields all over the world,” mentioned Robert Mercure, President and CEO of the Palais des congrès de Montréal. “The Recognition Award Gala recognizes the undeniable contribution and leadership of these Ambassadors, but also the role played by our industry partners, especially Tourisme Montréal and the Hotel Association of Greater Montréal,” he added.

“For over 30 years, the Club’s Ambassadors have helped to make Montréal the city that hosts the greatest number of international events in North America. They include dedicated individuals who, through their efforts to attract thousands of convention delegates to Montréal, are enabling Québec to take advantage of a striking showcase among international clienteles”, noted Minister of Tourism Caroline Proulx.

The Recognition Award Gala shines the spotlight on the exceptional work of these dynamic and influential women and men who, on top of their regular careers, actively involve themselves in the process of attracting international conferences to Montréal, and the Palais. This year, 16 new well-known figures joined the Ambassadors Club, while two existing members confirmed their Emeritus Ambassador status for delivering a second international conference in the case of Professor Fabrice Labeau, and a third conference for Professor Hany Moustapha, who is also the Club’s President. “Since 1985, the passion that drives the 327 members of the Club has helped attract nearly 250 major events, which have contributed $1.1 billion to the city’s and province’s economy, plus significant intellectual wealth,” said an enthusiastic Professor Hany Moustapha, President of the Ambassadors Club.

Ambassadors APPOINTED IN 2018

  • Professor Shirley Lehnert and Professor Jan Seuntjens
    17th International Congress on Radiation Research – ICRR 2023, September 2023
  • Professor James J. Clark
    18th International Conference on Computer Vision – ICCV 2021, October 2021
  • Professor Joelle Pineau and Professor Doina Precup
    30th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence – IJCAI 2021, July 2021
  • Professor Yola Moride
    33rd International Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology & Therapeutic Risk Management, August 2017
  • Professor Wahab Almuhtadi and Mr. Ibrahim J. Gedeon
    42nd IEEE International Conference on Communications – ICC 2021, June 2021
  • Professor Denis deBlois and Professor Lyne Lalonde
    7th FIP Pharmaceutical Sciences World Congress, May 2020
  • Professor Ali Hafez
    9th International Congress on Glaucoma Surgery – ICGS 2018, September 2018
  • Professor Hany Moustapha, Emeritus Ambassador
    Global Power & Propulsion Society Conference, GPPS 2018, May 2018
  • Professor Karim Benyekhlef and Professor Fabien Gélinas
    21st Annual General Meeting – Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers – ICANN66, November 2019
  • Professor Fabrice Labeau, Emeritus Ambassador
    IEEE SENSORS 2019 – The 18th IEEE Conference on Sensors, October 2019
  • Mr. Dominic Bruneau
    World Robot Olympiad – WRO 2020, November 2020
  • Dr. Susan Kahn and Dr. Marc Rodger
    XXXI ISTH Congress with 69th Annual SSC Meeting – International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis, June 2023

During the evening, tribute was also paid to three winners of the Fonds de recherche du Québec Relève étoile award for emerging researchers. They are Catherine Bélanger, Maude Brunet and Kha Han Lisa Dang. This competition makes it possible to recognize the excellent research being conducted by young researchers and to foster research careers within Québec universities.

Also, the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail saluted the work of Franck Sgard and Jérémie Voix, recipients of the very first IRSST – Ambassadors Club award, for bringing The 26th International Congress on Sound and Vibration – ICSV26 to Montréal.

Hosted by Pierre Chastenay, the evening also showcased the culinary talents of Capital Catering and the city’s seven major hotels: the Delta Hotel by Marriot Montréal, Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, Marriott Château Champlain, Westin Montréal, Sheraton Centre Montréal, InterContinental Montréal and Hyatt Regency Montréal. Produced by the Palais des congrès, the 2018 Recognition Award Gala was made possible thanks to some outstanding support, especially from Freeman Audio Visual Canada:

“A Canadian leader in high-tech innovation, Freeman Audio Visual Canada is proud to once again this year be the major sponsor of this remarkable event saluting the significant role the Ambassadors play,” mentioned Bernard Carignan, Regional Director – Eastern Region.

The Palais’ production partner, Idées au cube, also had a hand in the evening’s success:

“Idées au cube was proud to lend its creativity and knowhow to this prominent event. This year, we challenged ourselves to showcase the architectural elements of the Palais as a way of staging the content in a lively and inventive manner, and ultimately create an exceptional event,” explained Nathalie Gélinas, Producer.

Together with GDI, the Palais des congrès once again proudly gave the flowers from the event a second life by donating them to the residents of the Centre d’hébergement Manoir-de-l’Âge-d’Or. An original way to spread happiness while fostering the social aspect of the Palais’ longstanding sustainability plan!

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