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



CCMM 200th anniversary gala

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A few important dates in our history

1822
1822

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.

1842

The Committee of Trade becomes the Board of Trade and is recognized by the Crown.

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.

1892
1892

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

1898

The Chambre creates Commerce magazine, a newsletter for business people.

1909

The Chambre creates the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec to mobilize the Quebec business community.

1960

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

1969

The Board of Trade participates in the establishment of Montréal’s first Anglophone CEGEP, Dawson College.

1986
1986

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

1992
1992

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.

2003

The Board of Trade consolidates its subsidiaries—including Info entrepreneurs and the World Trade Centre Montréal, which become branches of the Board of Trade offering specialized services to the greater Quebec business community.

2011
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.

2014

The Board of Trade launches the I see mtl movement in collaboration with BMO to restore confidence and pride in the city and its economy.

2016

To continue to further its influence and consolidate its business services, the Board of Trade updates its image and rebrands itself the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal.

2020
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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Members

+ 3,000
Businesses

+ 200
Major Partners

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Sponsors

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