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International business at the heart of our companies' growth

Enhance local potential and stand out internationally Events The speech will be presented mainly in French.


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The economic recovery is clearly underway. Borders are reopening and businesses are once again conquering new markets. However, supply chains remain fragile, protectionism is gaining ground and inflation is high. Attracting talent is more crucial than ever. Sustainable development and corporate social responsibility are becoming increasingly important in order to do business in Quebec and elsewhere.

The environment is changing, but the goal of promoting Montréal on the international stage remains a key priority for ensuring sustainable growth.

How can we adjust our business strategy in this context and take advantage of existing resources to boost our exports? How can we position the city to make it more attractive to potential talent and investors?

This edition of the Forum will once again bring together experts to provide a deeper understanding of the dynamics of international markets and better equip businesses of all sizes that are looking to expand or attract capital and talent.

It will be an opportunity to learn about successful businesses that are paving the way and inspiring others. You will also hear from key players whose mission is to support you in your internationalization projects and position Greater Montréal and Quebec advantageously on the international stage.

By participating in this forum, you will:

  • Expand your network by meeting local businesses and foreign subsidiaries
  • Learn how to break into new markets and boost your exports in the current context
  • Be able to attract and retain new talent
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  • Be inspired by real-life examples of subsidiaries that have recently established themselves in Montréal

This forum will give you the tools you need to promote your business internationally. You won’t want to miss it!

Join us in person!

We will warmly welcome you with breakfast.

Each participant in attendance will be given a gourmet boxed meal.

Experience this truly live event and meet the speakers.

Take advantage of our smart networking tool to make new business contacts.


8:00 a.m. Master of ceremonies:
  • Anaïs Légaré Morasse Director, Public Affairs and Content Strategy
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

8:05 a.m. Introduction :

  • Hubert Bolduc President
    Investissement Québec International
  • Michel Leblanc President and CEO
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal
  • Stéphane Paquet President and Chief Executive Officer
    Montréal International

8:20 a.m. Discussion – Immigration: A key solution to labour shortages

  • Jean Boulet Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity and Minister of Immigration, Francization and Integration
  • Michel Leblanc President and CEO
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

Block I – Issues and challenges of internationalization

8:35 a.m. Panel – Major global issues and their impact on companies

  • Stéphane Drouin Vice-President, Québec Purchasing Strategy and Economic Development
    Investissement Québec
  • Louis J. DuhamelStrategic Advisor
  • Julien Martin Holder of the UQAM Research Chair on the Local Impact of Multinationals
  • Diane Langlois Vice-President, Public Affairs and Government Relations
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

9:00 a.m. Panel – Innovating to remain competitive in an uncertain environment

  • Sophia Bennaceur Regional Head
    Morgan Stanley Montréal
  • Naomi Goldapple Vice-President, AlayaLabs
  • Genevieve Lefebvre Director, Digital Transformation
    Investissement Québec


9:20 a.m. Panel – The race for talent: Attraction and retention

  • Christian Bernard Vice-President, International Talent, Business Intelligence and Communications
    Montréal International
  • Stéphanie Dupas Senior IT Recruitment Advisor
    Astek Canada
  • Nicolaas Loerakker Vice President, Talent Acquisition
    Astek Canada
  • Claire Manhes IT Recruitment Lead
    Astek Canada
  • Elise Le Dref Director, Talent and Diversity – Acclr
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

9:45 a.m. Panel – Building on the potential of international students

  • Neko Likongo Director, Office of International and Diplomatic Relations
  • Lysiane van der Knaap General Director
    Éducation internationale
  • Caroline Roy President of the Campus of Higher Education Technology of Montréal
    General Director of Collège de Rosemont
  • Mathieu Lefort Senior Director, International Talent
    Montréal International

10:05 a.m. Networking break


10:30 a.m. Panel – International development support resources

  • Marie-Eve Jean Vice-President, Export
    Investissement Québec International
  • Alexandre Faria Vice-President, Quebec Region
    Export Development Canada
  • Jean-Philippe Pépin Vice President, Client Delivery
  • Ghislain Robichaud Regional Director and Senior Trade Commissioner
    Regional Office (Quebec and Nunavut)
    Canadian Trade Commissioner Service
  • Erandi Motte Cortés Senior Director, International Markets, Entrepreneurship and Business Information
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

11:00 a.m. Political speech

  • Éric Dequenne Assistant Deputy Minister, Economic and Interdepartmental Relations
    Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie du Québec

11:05 a.m. Panel – Taking advantage of the high potential markets of North America and the Indo-Pacific

  • Stéphanie Allard-Gomez Delegate General of Québec in Mexico
  • David Brulotte Delegate General of Québec in Los Angeles
  • Geneviève Rolland Director of the Québec Office in Seoul
  • Anne Toussaint Export Manager – Latin America and Caribbean Markets
    Investissement Québec

11:25 p.m. Export practices: Lessons learned from Quebec champions

  • Alain Courchesne President & Founder
  • Emmanuel Duchesne President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Éloïse Harvey CEO
    EPIQ Machinery
  • Robert Presser Vice President
    ACME Engineering Products Ltd.
  • Marie-Eve Jean Vice-President, Export
    Investissement Québec International


11:55 p.m. Panel – Testimonials from foreign subsidiaries established in Montréal

  • Estelle Azemard Vice-president, Canada and LATAM
  • Sylvain Boisvert General Manager
    Safran Canada
  • Émilie Dussault Country Head
    Technicolor Canada
  • Stevens Murray Site Director
  • Alexandre Lagarde Vice-President, Foreign Investments
    Montréal International

12:20 p.m. Closing remarks from the co-developers

  • Hubert Bolduc President
    Investissement Québec International
  • Michel Leblanc President and CEO
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal
  • Stéphane Paquet President and Chief Executive Officer
    Montréal International

12:35 p.m. Networking lunch


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