The Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal


“Our members are at the heart of what we do and our raison d’être. Hand in hand with them, and on their behalf, the Chamber participates in the development of Montréal businesses and the economic vitality of the city. We thank them for their continued trust and commitment, which have enabled us to pursue our mission for 200 years.” – Michel Leblanc, President and CEO



200 light-years

Join us to celebrate 200 years of mobilization at an exclusive gala attended by the pillars of the business community who make Montréal shine and who have been part of a two-century effort to propel the city into the future!

 
 
 
 

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A few important dates in our history

1822

THOMAS BLACKWOOD, first president - Montreal Board of Trade, 1822 (HEC Montréal Archives)

City merchants found the Committee of Trade. 54 merchants meet in a tavern on Saint-Sulpice Street, the Exchange Coffee House, and draw up the founding act.

1857

The organization sets about dredging the St. Lawrence River and building port facilities able to handle ships with a large tonnage.

1863

The Board of Trade founds the Port Warden's Office and the Corn Exchange.

1887

Joseph-Xavier Perrault founds the Chambre de commerce du district de Montréal to represent the French-speaking business community.

1992

(HEC Montréal Archives)

The Board of Trade and the Chambre de commerce du Montréal métropolitain merge to create a bilingual association. The Chamber contributes to the creation of Aéroports de Montréal to support the air transport sector in Quebec and the province's international attractiveness.

1986

(HEC Montréal Archives)

Manon Vennat becomes the first woman to head up the organization. 

1960

The Chambre and the Board of Trade jointly create the Œuvres de la santé, one of the organizations that would later found Centraide.

1892

(HEC Montréal Archives)

The Chambre proposes the creation of the École des hautes études commerciales (HEC).

2011

The Board of Trade creates the Bell International Leaders series, welcoming such internationally renowned figures as Biz Stone, Larry King, Hillary Clinton, and Chris Hadfield.

2020

The Chamber launches the Relaunch MTL movement in response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, with 11 sector-based action plans developed in cooperation with 17 clusters and mobilization platforms. 

2021

The Chamber, supported by Quebec's Ministère de l'Économie et de l'Innovation, launches the "I love working downtown" initiative, designed to kick off a positive cycle of revitalizing downtown and create the conditions for the lasting relaunch of the area after the COVID-19 pandemic. 

2022

The Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal celebrates its 200th anniversary. 

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The Chamber is:

+ 8,000
Members

+ 3,000
Businesses

+ 200
Major Partners

+ 100
Sponsors


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