The Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

Selection of noteworthy quotes from 2018

Relive 2018 with quotes from business community figures who shared their experiences at the Chamber.

Creativity

"The only tool we have to defend ourselves is our creativity.” For this defender of the francophone culture and identity, original content is crucial for taking on giants like Amazon, Netflix, and Apple."

Reading recommendation: The challenges of the digital age: Informing, enlightening and entertaining

Education

"We strongly believe we have to educate young people at an early age to help them discover a passion for science and technology"

Reading recommendation: Ubisoft: How to reach 200 million active gamers a month, according to Yannis Mallat

Infrastructures

"The biggest challenge facing Aéroports de Montréal is not how to grow, but how to manage this growth and ensure its success."

- Philippe Rainville, President and CEO, Aéroports de Montréal
Grow successfully – April 2018

"We have everything we need to innovate and develop a model of integrated urban mobility that will reduce the use of solo cars and make it easier to travel throughout Greater Montreal. We’re already working on it!"

"The St. Lawrence River is our highway to the world."

Reading recommendation: Three ways to pursue the expansion of the Port of Montreal

Innovation

"65% of jobs that elementary school kids will have do not currently exist. We need vision to explore, clear, conquer, and regulate these new territories."

Reading recommendation: Three things to take away from Magda Fusaro’s first speech to the CCMM

"For us, Montreal is a technology lab and it’s where all the networks begin"

Leadership

"There are people who dedicate their lives to work. That is not me. In my opinion, you need to find a balance between the time you spend working and the time you spend with your loved ones, doing whatever makes you happy, whatever makes you laugh, makes you feel relaxed. These moments are essential for me, they give me the energy I need to succeed in my projects."

Reading recommendations: A memorable evening with Guy Laliberté
Guy Laliberté's three tips for success as a creative entrepreneur

"Treat others as you wish to be treated."

- Prem Watsa, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited
Business as a calling – October 2018

Reading recommendation: Prem Watsa’s 7 guiding principles for business success


Sources: Sylvie Vachon, Philippe Rainville, , Philippe Schnobb, Madga Fusaro, François Gratton, Yannis Mallat, Michel Bissonnette, Prem Watsa, Guy Laliberté

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