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Montréal: alive with the international

The city's more innovative, more creative and more competitive economy Events The activity will be held in French and English

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Take part in the Strategic Forum on April 27 to understand how internationalization plays a crucial role in Montréal's economy. 

Learn about the contribution of the international to the metropolitan region's economic growth and discover business opportunities generated by subsidiaries of foreign companies for local businesses.

Just last year, foreign companies invested more than $2 billion in Greater Montréal, making up 15% of economic growth in Quebec. This is an increase of 50% compared to 2016 and of 100% compared to 2015. As a result, more than 5,000 direct, high-quality jobs were created and maintained.[1]

Several of our domestic companies are attracting attention internationally and seizing business opportunities in foreign markets. They play an essential role in Quebec’s economic development, exports making up 46.7% of the GDP. Nearly 30% of jobs in the province result from foreign trade.[2]

[1]Source : Montréal International.

[2]Ministère de l’Économie, de la Science et de l’Innovation (2016), Stratégie québécoise de l’exportation 2016-2020.

Participate in this forum and:

  • To learn how local SMEs bolstered their growth through international expansion;
  • To learn how the subsidiaries of foreign companies can benefit businesses like yours through unprecedented collaborations;
  • To understand how to make the most of agreements and the global context to grow your business in international markets;
  • To discover how international talent and investment support the dynamism of companies like yours;
  • To be the first to discover the findings and recommendations from the study led by the Chamber, Montréal International and the Ministère de l'Économie, de la Science et de l'Innovation (MESI) on the strategic importance of international markets to the city’s economy;
  • To network and find business opportunities.

Learn the importance of internationalization to your business prosperity!

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Overview of the program

7 a.m.: Registration, breakfast and networking
7:30 a.m.: Talks
12:15 p.m. to 2 p.m.: Business luncheon

Opening remarks and introduction

  • Michel LeblancPresident and CEO
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal
  • Hubert BolducPresident and Chief Executive Officer
    Montréal International
  • Pierre Gabriel CôtéPresident and CEO
    Investissement Québec
  • Valérie PlanteMayor of Montréal President
    Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal

Bloc I – The key role of international markets for our businesses’ growth and the prosperity of Greater Montréal

Three local champions who export Montreal creativity worldwide

  • Annie DeromeCEO and Executive Producer
    GSM Project
  • Suzanne BertrandChief Financial Officer
    Rodeo FX
  • Dominique LebelSenior Vice-President, Business Solutions
    Behaviour Interactif

How foreign subsidiaries support the growth of our companies: the case of Bonduelle

  • Daniel CaumartinVice President, Business Development Americas, Information Technology and FFG
  • Simon LarrivéeGeneral Manager
    Mitchel-Lincoln Packaging
  • Emmanuelle ToussaintVice President, Legal, Regulatory & Public Affairs and External communications
    Nova Bus and Prevost, divisions of Volvo Group
  • François DemersPresident, General Manager
    B3CG Interconnect Inc.

Lightspeed a growth model supported by international expansion

  • Dax DasilvaFounder & CEO

Bloc II – Attract international talents and investments to keep Greater Montréal thriving

The economic vitality of the metropolis strengthened by FDI

  • Alan VespriniManaging Director, Technology and Data
    Morgan Stanley

The contribution of multinationals to the development of the local ecosystem: the case of Ubisoft and Dialogue Technologies

  • Yannis MallatCEO, Ubisoft Canadian Studios
  • Anna ChifChief Operating Officer
    Dialogue Technologies

Bloc III – Increase the competitiveness and appeal of the city on the international stage

Innovation and talent consolidated by international investment

  • Steve O'BrienChairman and Chief Executive Officer
    Reel FX
  • Siegfried UsalVice President Strategy, Marketing and Technology

Consolidating the metropolis' international competitiveness: capital, taxation and openness to the world

  • Paul BuronSenior Vice-President, Government Mandate and Program Management
    Investissement Québec
  • Anne-Marie HubertQuébec Managing Partner
  • David VincentDirector – Business Development, Québec
    Hydro-Québec Distribution
  • Raymond BachandQuebec’s Chief Negotiator for NAFTA
    Strategic Advisor, Norton Rose Fulbright

Strengthening our companies' competitiveness in external markets through strategic consortia

  • Suzanne Benoit President
    Aéro Montréal
  • Jean BlondinPresident
    Abipa Canada

Connecting the metropolis to world markets through state-of-the-art infrastructure

  • Serge AuclairVice-President, Strategy and Human Resources
    Port of Montreal
  • Sébastien LabbéAssistant Vice-President, Business Transformation

Closing Remarks

  • Christine St-PierreMinister of International Relations and La Francophonie

Who should participate in this forum:

  • Decision makers from big businesses and SMEs
  • Anyone interested in developing their business
  • Leaders looking for innovation, financing and qualified labour
  • The business and institutional community of Greater Montréal
  • Political decision makers
Participation in this forum includes a business luncheon right after the talks.


Members Non members

Contact et informations

By phone:

514 871-4001

For more info on the program:

Alexandre Genest
Special Projects Manager
514 871-4000, ext. 4056

Registration deadline: April 25, 2018
No reservations, cancellations or refunds after the registration deadline. Participant substitutions are accepted at no extra charge until the event is held. Please note that only cancellation notices sent by email at will be accepted.


Palais des congrès de Montréal

1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle
Montréal, QC
H2Z 1H5


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