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Strategic Forum on Information Technology

Come and listen to sector experts and discuss the priority actions to be implemented as part of the Relaunch MTL movement. Events The speeches will be delivered mainly in French.

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The pandemic has given a serious boost to the need for the digital transformation of society and businesses. The strong growth of e-commerce, teleworking on an unprecedented scale and the increased use of telemedicine are just a few examples of the acceleration of ICT trends. To increase productivity, companies have no choice but to adopt even more digital technology. Artificial intelligence is increasingly affecting the economy and the issue of cybersecurity is more critical than ever. Effective smart infrastructure and a qualified workforce are needed throughout the territory. Clearly, the ICT sector contains many business opportunities and is at the heart of the city’s recovery.

Event format in a nutshell

  • Starting at 7 a.m., log on, join the movement and take part in a networking session (optional)
  • Conferences starting at 8 a.m.
  • Around 12:30 p.m., end of conferences
  • Discussions between all participants until 2 p.m. (optional)
  • Virtual booths throughout the activity

Complete programming to come

7:00 a.m. Access to the platform and networking period

8:00 a.m. Opening remarks

  • Michel LeblancPresident and CEO
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal
  • Diane LangloisVice-President, Public Affairs and Government Relations
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal
    Master of Ceremonies

8:15 a.m. Talk – Presentation of current conditions and the Action Plan to Strengthen the Information Technology Sector

  • Michel LeblancPresident and CEO
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal
  • François BorrelliPresident and CEO

8:40 a.m. KPMG Group brainstorming session to enhance the action plan to strengthen the sector

  • Benoit Lacoste BienvenueRegional Managing Partner, Province of Québec

9:00 a.m. Talk – The strategic importance of technology during the crisis

  • Michael GodinSenior Vice-President, Greater Montréal

9:20 a.m. Panel discussion: Collaboration between research and enterprise: key success factor of a relaunch

  • Nancy Laramée Director of Partnerships
  • Olena VasylchenkoDirector, Business Systems and Performance
    International Air Transport Association (IATA)
  • Pape Wade, M.Sc. Co-Founder and CEO

9:50 a.m. Panel discussion: How can we now support the development of the skills needed for the jobs of tomorrow?

  • Charles DespinsDirector, Industry Innovation and Professor, Electrical Engineering
    École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS)
  • France DufresneCanada Region Leader – Talent Advisory Business
    Willis Towers Watson
  • Josée LanoueGeneral Manager
  • Ravy PorExecutive Director, Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technologies


  • Julie DesjardinsDirector, Public Affairs
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

10:25 a.m. Panel discussion: Cybersecurity: new risks and opportunities

  • Dr. Karim Ganame Founder and Cybersecurity Expert
    StreamScan Cybersecurity
  • Vanessa HenriAssociate
  • Lise Lapointe President


  • Yassir Bellout Associate - Advisory Service, Cybersecurity

10:50 a.m. Panel discussion: How IT stimulates the vitality of the retail industry

  • Étienne MérineauCofounder
  • Geoffroy RobinChief Sales & Marketing Officer, Partner
    Livescale – Live Shopping
  • Alexandre ThouinVice-President, Operations
    Dialog Insight


  • Carl Boutet Chief Strategist & Executive Advisor
    Founder, Studio Rx
    General Manager, CQIC

11:20 a.m. Talk – Digital infrastructures that live up to our ambitions

  • Paul Baptista, Eng.Head of ENCQOR and Ericsson Montréal Site Leader
    Ericsson Canada Inc.
  • Viet NguyenHead of Government & Industry Relations
    Ericsson Canada Inc.

11:35 a.m. Talk – 5G at the service of recovery

  • Tony BuuDirector, Mobility Network & Technology Strategy
  • Guillaume ThérienGeneral Manager

12:00 p.m. Closing remarks and presentation of working session highlights

  • Michel LeblancPresident and CEO
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal
  • Éric CaireMinister for Government Digital Transformation
    Deputy Government House Leader

12:05 p.m. Networking

2:00 p.m. End of the Forum


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Contact et informations

By phone:

514 871-4001

For more information

Véronique Lauzon
Special Projects Manager
514 871-4000, ext. 4006

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