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Press release: The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal launches its 2004-2005 season of public activities

Press release

 The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal launches its
2004-2005 season of public activities

Montreal, September 7, 2004 – The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal has announced its public activities for the 2004-2005 season. The Board of Trade's primary objective is to promote the economic development of the metropolitan area and the establishment of optimal conditions for creating new wealth and realizing the full potential of the companies and initiatives of its members. It is from this perspective that guest speakers at the Board of Trade's public forums address its members as well as those of the metropolitan Montreal business community.

During the 2004-2005 season, the ten speakers in the Board of Trade's “Desjardins” business luncheon series will share with participants their vision of the economic development of metropolitan Montreal, the economic engine of Quebec . The speakers will also explain how their sector of activity will contribute to this vision. This prestigious Board of Trade forum has built an excellent reputation over the past several years.

September 21, 2004
Mr. Kent Nagano
Music director designate
Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
Theme: “The OSM and Montreal : A symbiosis to nurture”
Location: Hyatt Regency Montreal

October 19, 2004
Mr. Alban D'Amours
President and CEO
Desjardins Group
Theme: “The challenges facing modern Quebec : major responsibilities for leaders and company heads”
Location: Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth

November 23, 2004
Dr. Frederick H. Lowy
President and vice-chancellor
Concordia University
Theme: “Universities face the future: Is the ivory tower dead?”
Location: Delta Centre-Ville

December 7, 2004
Mr. Martin Tremblay
President and chief operating officer
Theme: “Digital entertainment: A new sector of excellence in Montreal !”
Location: Le Centre Sheraton

January 25, 2005
Dr. Arthur T. Porter
Executive director general and chief executive officer
McGill University Health Centre
Theme: “Healthcare in Montreal : The MUHC Experience
Location: Hilton Montreal Bonaventure

February 8, 2005
Mr. Alain Batty
President and CEO
Ford of Canada
Theme: “One Hundred and One years… well prepared for the Next Century!”
Location: Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth

February 22, 2005
Mr. Pierre Curzi
Union des artistes
Theme: “Equity”
Location: Hilton Montreal Bonaventure

March 15, 2005
Dr. Denis R. Roy
Chief executive officer
Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM)
Theme: “Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal: Adrenalin for Montreal”
Location: Palais des congrès de Montréal

April 19, 2005
Mr. Dominic J. Taddeo
President and chief executive officer
Montreal Port Authority
Theme: “The Montreal Port Authority: 175 years of experience building the future!”
Location: Le Centre Sheraton

May 17, 2005
Mr. Robert Tessier
President and CEO
Gaz Métro
Theme: “ Quebec at crossroads”
Presentation of the Outstanding Student Awards for secondary V and vocational education programs
Location: Hilton Montreal Bonaventure

The “Desjardins” business luncheons are produced in collaboration with Air Canada, Alcoa Canada, Aon Inc., Bell Canada, Bombardier Inc., Diners Club International, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. and Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

The following public activities have also been added to the 2004-2005 schedule of events:

The “RBC Financial Group” special business luncheons are one-time events, where players on the municipal, provincial, and federal political scenes present their vision of the development of metropolitan Montreal . These special business luncheons are produced in collaboration with  RSM Richter and TELUS.

The “Alcan” Hot issues@lunch events present topical issues of burning interest for in-depth discussion. These events are produced in collaboration with  Aéroports de Montréal , Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, CN, Dessau-Soprin and Sun Life Financial . The first confirmed Hot issues@lunch :

October 7, 2004
Mr. Gérard Collomb
Senator-mayor of Lyon and president of Greater Lyon
Theme: “Greater Lyon and the Entrepreneurial Spirit: an example of economic governance on a metropolitan scale”
Presented within the forum of
XVII e entretiens Jacques Cartier
Location: Hyatt Regency Montreal

The early morning Perspectives breakfast meetings facilitate direct discussion between participants and guest speakers.

The “Allstream” Technology Perspectives series offers guest speakers a chance to share their vision of the capacity and need for adaptation and innovation in their sector of activity to best position metropolitan Montreal as a global technology hub. This series is produced in collaboration with  Canada Economic Development , DMR Consulting, Pratt & Whitney Canada , Robic Léger Richard and SITQ Immobilier. Have already confirmed:

October 21, 2004
Ms. Isabelle Bettez
President and CEO
8D Technologies Inc.
Theme: “ Montreal techno: For success in real time”
Location: Omni Mont-Royal

November 4, 2004
Mr. Jean Laporte
President, Eastern region
Rogers Wireless Inc.
Location: InterContinental Montreal

December 2, 2004
Ms. Rosemonde Mandeville
President and CEO
Biophage Pharma Inc.
Location: Delta Centre-Ville

January 20, 2005
Mr. Alain Tascan
Vice-president – General manager
Electronic Arts
Theme: “Interactive Entertainment is to this century what broadcast TV was to the last – Why this trend will be confirmed by 2015”
Location: Hilton Montreal Bonaventure

February 17, 2005
Mr. Bernard Brun
Senior counsel, Commercial and Technology
Desjardins Financial Security Life Assurance Company
Theme: “Junk mail vs. legitimate e-marketing”
Location: InterContinental Montréal

April 28, 2005
Mr. Claude Bismuth
Senior partner
Ernst & Young LLP
Theme: “How to ensure the viability and economic development of the jewels of the new economy?”
Location: Omni Mont-Royal

The Trends Perspectives series deals with new ways of doing things, from an economic, political, and social perspective, that can often guide us toward new standards of quality and success. On October 26, 2004, the first breakfast meeting of this series will be presented in the form of panel with:

Ms. Diane Bérard, Chief editor, Revue Commerce
(formerly resident in Shanghai )

Ms. Marie Quinty, Chief editor, Magazine PME
(recently returned from Hong Kong and Canton )

Ms. Kathy Noël, reporter, Revue Commerce
(who has examined the case of Beijing )
Theme: “ China : a mirage or a miracle?”
Location: Hilton Montreal Bonaventure

In addition to our public events, the Board of Trade will offer its members and the business community many networking and training opportunities. The Board of Trade will also present events in international trade.

Changes to our program may occur during the season and new activities added. We invite you to consult the Board of Trade's Web site frequently ( ) to learn more about our various activities. Media representatives are welcome to attend all of our public forums.

The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal has some 7,000 members. Its primary mission is to represent the interests of the business community of the Greater Montreal and to provide individuals, merchants, and businesses of all sizes with a variety of specialized services to help them achieve their full potential in terms of innovation, productivity and competitiveness. The Board of Trade is Quebec 's leading private economic development organization.


Sylvie Paquette
Coordinator, Media relations
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal
Tel.: (514) 871-4000, ext. 4015

Rina Bevilacqua
Tel.: (514) 871-4000, ext. 4001

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