Commitments from the business community

200 light-years

The Chamber held on November 3 its exclusive gala to celebrate 200 years of mobilization from the business community to the city’s vitality and development. Here are a few pictures from this memorable event. Visit the complete photo gallery.

This photo gallery is made possible through our Diamond partners:

  • Desjardins
  • Molson
  • YUL Aéroport international Montréal-Trudeau

A few important dates in our history


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.


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


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


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


(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.


(HEC Montréal Archives)

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


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


(HEC Montréal Archives)

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


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.


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. 


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. 


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

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