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International trade at the heart of economic growth

A global metropolis. Events The activity will be held in French and English

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Attend the second Forum on Internationalization.

The objective of this gathering is to promote the internationalization of Montréal, whose influence is largely attributable to its economic fabric.

This edition of the Forum will unveil the highlights of the study currently being conducted by Chamber experts who are comparing Greater Montréal to the top cities in the world.

You will have the opportunity to learn about companies’ success stories and promising strategies to strengthen the internationalization of Greater Montréal and Québec.

The day’s four pillars:

  • Increase and diversify exports of goods and services
  • Capitalize on the contribution of foreign investment
  • Attract, integrate and retain international talent
  • Strengthen cybersecurity in data exports

This day will also be an opportunity to highlight the foreign subsidiaries that have established themselves in Montréal in recent years.

By participating in the Forum, you will be able to:

  • Expand your network by meeting with local companies and foreign subsidiaries;
  • Learn how to enter new markets and increase your exports;
  • Attract and retain new talent;
  • Be inspired by various cases of subsidiaries that have recently set up in Montréal.

This forum will give you the keys to promote your company on an international level. So don't miss this must-see event!

The program for the day will be announced shortly. Reserve your spot now!

7:30 a.m. – Welcome, networking breakfast

8:10 a.m. Opening remarks and introduction

  • Michel LeblancPresident and CEO
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal
  • Valérie PlanteMayor of Montréal
    President of the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal

8:32 a.m. Presentation - Collaboration between the economic powers of Quebec and Montréal

  • Hubert Bolduc President and Chief Executive Officer
    Investissement Québec International
  • Mitch GarberChairman
    Invest in Canada
  • Michel LeblancPresident and CEO
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal
  • Stéphane Paquet President-General Manager
    Montréal International


  • Michelle Llambias MeunierVice-President, Corporate and Public Affairs
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

8:54 a.m. How to integrate and retain foreign workers once they're here

  • Christian BernardChief Economist and Vice President, Economic Affairs and Marketing Communication
    Montréal International
  • Michelle Llambias MeunierVice-President, Corporate and Public Affairs
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

9:11 a.m. Panel – The new economic mission of Quebec’s international delegates

  • David BrulotteDelegate General of Quebec in Tokyo
  • Marie-Ève JeanDelegate General of Quebec in Munich
  • Catherine LoubierQuebec General Delegation in New York


  • Guy JobinVice-President, Business Services – Acclr
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal


Increasing export volumes and diversifying markets

Joint presentation – Taking advantage of the new free trade agreements

  • Yves Dandurand CEO
  • Jean-François Prince Regional VP, Business Financial Services – Quebec Headquarters
    RBC Royal Bank

9:50 a.m. Pecha kucha – Strengthening strategic markets and exploring emerging markets

  • David Arsenault CEO, Effenco Development
  • Christelle Fasano Senior Director, Business Development, Pharma & Biotech
  • Ernest Yale President

Presentation – Montréal, a world-class centre

10:12 a.m.

  • Mark Galardo Vice President, Network Planning
    Air Canada


Highlighting the contribution of foreign subsidiaries and investments

10:24 a.m Panel – Why head offices choose Montréal

  • Francis BailletVice-President, Corporate Affairs
  • Donna Henry COO/Chief Financial Officer
    Reel FX
  • Alain Vallée General Manager
    Blue Solutions


  • Alexandre Lagarde Vice President, Foreign Investments
    Montréal International

10:46 a.m. Presentation – The arrival of a new player in the city

  • Jean-David Scott Vice-President, SpaceJet Montreal Center Inc.
    Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation

Business luncheon from 11:30 am to 1:30pm

The 2020 Montréal International Awards : Celebrate the companies that contribute to the promotion and growth of Greater Montréal here and abroad.

Four awards will be presented to companies that have distinguished themselves in the following categories:

1. Best Export Strategy
2 Best Foreign Investment Strategy
3. Best International Talent Attraction and Retention Strategy
4. Best Digital Data Management Strategy



Attracting, integrating and retaining international talent

1:45 p.m. Panel – Attracting the world’s skilled workers to Montréal

  • Lise LaforceExecutive Vice-President and Co-founder
    OPAL-RT Technologies Inc.
  • Annie Loiselle Vice-President, Talent Attraction
    Larochelle Groupe Conseil
  • Eve Rivard Recruitment Manager – Canada
    Unity Technologies

Moderator :

  • Martin GouletVice-President, International Talent
    Montréal International

2:07 p.m. Presentation – How to integrate and retain foreign workers once they’re here

  • Nicolas ClusiaultVice-President, HR and Special Projects
    Momentum Technologies


Leveraging data to create wealth

2:19 p.m. Presentation – Processing, monetizing and securing data

  • Nathalie Akakpo, Ph. D. Senior Data Scientist – Advanced Analytics and Artificial Intelligence, Digital and Technology Consulting
    Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton

2:31 p.m. Presentation – Ownership of open data: Capitalizing on Montréal’s reputation as a tech leader

  • Éliane Ubalijoro, Ph.D.Deputy Executive Director (Programmes)
    Global Open Data initiative for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN)

2:43 p.m. Panel – Montréal’s potential to become a cybersecurity hub

  • Béatrice CoutureCo-Chair
  • Benoit DupontProfessor of criminology and Holder of the Canada Research Chair in Cybersecurity
    Université de Montréal
  • Masarah Paquet-CloustonCybersecurity Researcher


  • Gwenaelle ThibaultProject Director, Americas - Foreign Investments
    Montréal International

3 p.m. Fireside chat

  • Alexandre TailleferManaging Partner
    XPND Capital
  • Michel LeblancPresident and CEO
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

3:17 p.m. Closing message

  • Pierre FitzgibbonMinister of Economy and Innovation
    Minister Responsible for the Lanaudière Region

Who should participate in this forum?

  • Decision makers in large companies and SMEs
  • Anyone wishing to develop their business
  • Any manager looking for innovation, financing or skilled labour
  • Business people and institutional players in Greater Montréal
  • Decision makers of foreign subsidiaries located in the metropolitan area, especially those that have settled here in the past two years
  • Executives of Québec companies operating internationally or wishing to do so


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Contact et informations

By phone:

514 871-4001

For more info on the program:

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

No cancellations or refunds as of 48 business hours before the event. Participant substitutions are accepted until the event is held. Please send cancellation notices by email at


Palais des congrès de Montréal

1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle
Montréal, QC
H2Z 1H5


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Discover our finalists for The 2020 Montréal International Awards :

1. Best Export Strategy

  • BRP
  • CAE
  • CMA CGM Canada Inc.
  • GIRO inc.
  • NoviFlow Inc.

2. Best Foreign Investment Strategy

  • Epic Games
  • Framestore
  • Maltem Consulting
  • Mino Games
  • ReDefine

3. Best International Talent Attraction and Retention Strategy

  • Cofomo
  • Framestore
  • Larochelle Groupe Conseil
  • Université de Montréal
  • Uzinakod

4. Best Digital Data Management Strategy

  • AlayaCare
  • Hotel Monville
  • imagia
  • Logiciels Etiya Canada inc.
  • Sollio Agriculture

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