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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

Ask your questions to the speakers

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


7 am - Registration

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

7:55 am

  • Philippe CouillardPremier of Québec
  • Valérie BécaertDirector, Research Groups
    Element AI
  • Siegfried UsalcortAIx Managing Director & Vice-president, Strategy, Marketing and Technology
    Thales Canada Inc.
Panel moderator:
  • Céline HuotVice-president, Strategy and Public Affairs
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

8:15 - Greater Montreal, connected internationally for greater collective wealth

Presentation (2 Mb)
  • Hubert BolducPresident and Chief Executive Officer
    Montréal International
  • Michel LeblancPresident and CEO
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

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

8:30 am - Three local champions who export Montreal creativity worldwide

Panel moderator:
  • Céline HuotVice-president, Strategy and Public Affairs
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal
  • Annie DeromeCEO and Executive Producer
    GSM Project
  • Suzanne BertrandChief Financial Officer
    Rodeo FX
  • Dominique LebelSenior Vice-President, Business Solutions
    Behaviour Interactif

8:45 am - How foreign subsidiaries support the growth of our companies: the case of Bonduelle

Panel moderator:
  • Stéphane PaquetVice President, Foreign Investments and International Organizations
    Montréal International
  • Daniel CaumartinVice President, Business Development Americas, Information Technology and FFG
    Bonduelle
  • 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.

9 am - Lightspeed a growth model supported by international expansion

Panel moderator:
  • Sylvie PinsonnaultVice-President, Venture Capital, Innovation and Innovative Manufacturing
    Investissement Québec
  • Dax DasilvaFounder & CEO
    Lightspeed

9:15 am Question period

9:25 am Break and networking

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

9:55 am - The economic vitality of the metropolis strengthened by FDI

Panel moderator:
  • Éric DequenneVice-President, International Affairs
    Investissement Québec
  • Alan VespriniManaging Director, Technology and Data
    Morgan Stanley

10:10 am - The contribution of multinationals to the development of the local ecosystem

Panel moderator:
  • Céline HuotVice-president, Strategy and Public Affairs
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal
  • Yannis MallatCEO, Ubisoft Canadian Studios
    Ubisoft
  • Anna ChifChief Operating Officer
    Dialogue Technologies

10:25 am Question period

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

10:35 am - Innovation and talent consolidated by international investment

Panel moderator:
  • Louise ThiboutotSenior Director - Americas
    Montréal International
  • Steve O'BrienChairman and Chief Executive Officer
    Reel FX
  • Siegfried UsalcortAIx Managing Director & Vice-president, Strategy, Marketing and Technology
    Thales Canada Inc.

10:50 am - Consolidating the metropolis' international competitiveness: capital, taxation and openness to the world

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

11:05 am - Strengthening our companies' competitiveness in external markets through strategic consortia

  • Suzanne Benoit President
    Aéro Montréal
  • Jean BlondinPresident
    Abipa Canada

11:15 am - Connecting the metropolis to world markets through state-of-the-art infrastructure

Panel moderator:
  • Céline HuotVice-president, Strategy and Public Affairs
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal
  • Serge AuclairVice-President, Strategy and Human Resources
    Port of Montreal
  • Sébastien LabbéAssistant Vice-President, Business Transformation
    CN

11:30 am Question period

11:40 am End of the Forum


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.

Prices

Members Non members
TICKET(S) - FORUM AND BUSINESS LUNCHEON TICKET(S) - FORUM AND BUSINESS LUNCHEON $195 * $295 *
TABLE(S) OF 10 - FORUM AND BUSINESS LUNCHEON TABLE(S) OF 10 - FORUM AND BUSINESS LUNCHEON $1755 * $2950 *

Contact et informations

By phone:

514 871-4001

For more info on the program:

Alexandre Genest
Special Projects Manager
514 871-4000, ext. 4056
agenest@ccmm.qc.ca

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 reservations@ccmm.ca will be accepted.

Location

Palais des congrès de Montréal

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

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