Three members of the scientific community awarded for their involvement in the organization of an international conference

The Chief Scientist of Québec, Rémi Quirion, and the President of the Palais des congrès de Montréal Ambassadors Club, Hany Moustapha, unveiled the winners of the Palais des congrès de Montréal Ambassadors Club and Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ) International Conference Organization Support Funding Competition, which recognizes the work of researchers who lend their support to the process of organizing an international scientific conference. They are:

  • Denis deBlois of Université de Montréal
    7th FIP Pharmaceutical Sciences World Congress
  • 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
Left to right: Hany Moustapha, Ted Kantrowitz (accepting on behalf of François Mathieu-Potvin), Pierrette Gaudreau, Denis deBlois, Rémi Quirion

“Partnering with the FRQ enables Montréal to take advantage of major economic and intellectual benefits. By combining our efforts and recognizing the work of people who actively contribute to the organization of international scientific conferences in our city, we are ensuring Montréal will continue to be at the top of the list of cities in the Americas that host the most international conferences,” stated Robert Mercure, President and CEO of the Palais des congrès de Montréal.

A forum on equity, diversity and inclusion

The ceremony took place during the annual exchange forum the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ) jointly organizes with the Palais des congrès de Montréal. Titled Diverse voices: An added value for scientific conferences, the fourth edition of the forum 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.

“Bringing the principles of EDI across the entire research ecosystem, including how we disseminate findings, is something we’re focusing on at the FRQ. Scientific conferences are important activities for researchers, because they foster networking, the sharing of ideas, science careers and the spread of knowledge and skills. They also provide an opportunity to present and discuss best research practices,” added Rémi Quirion, the Chief Scientist of Québec.

About the Palais des congrès de Montréal

Recipient of the highest quality standards certification in the industry, the Palais des congrès de Montréal attracts and hosts conventions, exhibitions, conferences, meetings and other events. It generates major tourism revenues and intellectual wealth for Montréal and Québec, while also contributing to the international reputation of Montréal, the top host city in the Americas for international events. To learn more, visit

About the Fonds de recherche du Québec

Reporting to the Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation, the Fonds de recherche du Québec are tasked with nurturing the strategic and coherent development of research in Québec, funding Québec research and researcher training, creating partnerships that will enable them to fulfill their mission, and promoting and supporting knowledge mobilization. Visit our websites: FRQSC, FRQS, FRQNT.