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Press release: The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal launches its program for the 2002-2003 season

Press release

The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal launches its program for the 2002-2003 season

Montreal, September 12, 2002 - The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal has announced its list of guest speakers for the 2002-2003 season. They will address members of the Board of Trade and the Montreal urban agglomeration's business community. 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.

"Desjardins" business luncheons, in association with Air Canada, Bell Canada, Bombardier Inc., Diners Club International, Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP, Ministère d'État à l'Éducation et à l'Emploi du Québec, Pfizer Canada, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Samson Bélair / Deloitte & Touche and
SSQ Financial Group.

This prestigious Board of Trade forum has built an excellent reputation over the past several years. This season, speakers will share with participants their vision of the economic development that metropolitan Montreal, the economic engine of Quebec, will experience in the coming years. The speakers will also explain how their sector of activity will contribute to this vision. Our ten speakers for the season ahead include:

October 29, 2002
Mr. Gilles Vaillancourt
Mayor of Laval
Vice-chair of the council, Montreal Metropolitan Community

November 12, 2002
Ms. Judith Maxwell
Canadian Policy Research Networks

November 26, 2002
Mr. Jacques Olivier
Mayor of Longueuil
Vice-president of the executive committee, Montreal Metropolitan Community

December 10, 2002
Mr. Alain Simard
President and chief executive officer
L'Équipe Spectra Inc.

January 21, 2003
Mr. Paul Delage Roberge
President and chief executive officer
Les Boutiques San Francisco et Les Ailes de la Mode

February 11, 2003
Mr. Travis Engen
President and chief executive officer
Alcan Inc.

February 25, 2003
Mr. Paul M. Tellier
President and chief executive officer
Canadian National

March 18, 2003
Mr. Derek H. Burney
President and chief executive officer

April 29, 2003
Mr. Henri-Paul Rousseau
Chairman and chief executive officer
Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDP)
Chairman, CDP Capital

May 13, 2003
Dr. Heather Munroe-Blum
Principal et vice-chancellor elect
McGill University
Presentation of the Outstanding student awards -
Secondary V and vocational Education programs

"RBC Royal Bank" Special business luncheons, in association with Alcan Inc. and Richter, Usher, Vineberg.

This series of ad hoc luncheons will generally focus on political themes, with elected representatives from all levels of government presenting their vision for the development of the Montreal's urban agglomeration. Speakers who have already confirmed their involvement include:

October 8, 2002
Mr. Jean Charest
Leader of the Quebec Liberal Party

November 21, 2002
Mr. Mario Dumont
Leader of the Action démocratique du Québec Party

December 9, 2002
Mr. Bernard Landry
Leader of the Parti Québécois

Our morning "Perspectives" series opens the floor to direct discussions between the audience and speakers.

"Hydro-Québec" New Leaders Perspectives, in association with de Grandpré Chait, Groupe CGI Inc. and Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton.

This series allows participants to hear firsthand and better understand why and how innovation can help them carve out a superior position in today's economy. Featured speakers include:

December 12, 2002
Mr. Bernard Faucher
Managing editor

January 23, 2003
Mr. Bruno-Marie Béchard
Université de Sherbrooke

February 6, 2003
Ms. Dominique Anglade
Jeune Chambre de Commerce de Montréal

April 10, 2003
Ms. Isabelle Courville
President and chief executive officer
Bell Nordiq Group Inc.

Medias Perspectives, in association with CN.

The issues and challenges facing the media are the basis for discussion by the following speakers featured in this series:

February 13, 2003
Mr. Pierre Francoeur
President and chief executive officer, Sun Media Corporation
Publisher, Le Journal de Montréal

March 20, 2003
Mr. Robert Rabinovitch
President and chief executive officer
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

April 24, 2003
Mr. André Préfontaine
Transcontinental Media Inc.

"LGS Group" Technology Perspectives, in association with Bell Canada, Connexim, Economic Development Canada, Hewlett-Packard, Hydro-Québec and Ogilvy Renault.

During this series, the following speakers will share their views on the ability and need for their own sectors to adapt and innovate in order to remain abreast of today's rapid technological developments and in doing so help Montreal take its place among the world's technopoles.

October 17, 2002
Mr. Jean Guilbault
Héroux-Devtek Inc. - Landing gear division

November 28, 2002
Mr. Lorne Trottier
Co-founder, Matrox Electronic Systems Ltd.
President, Matrox Graphics Inc.

January 30, 2003
Dr. Jacques Gagné
Chairman of the Board
Laval Technopole

February 20, 2003
Mr. Reginald Weiser
President and chief executive officer
Positron Inc.

March 27, 2003
Ms. Micheline Bouchard
President and chief executive officer
ART Advanced Research Technologies Inc.

Trends Perspectives, in association with de Grandpré Chait and
TD Bank Financial Group.

This series will focus on cutting-edge economic, social and political approaches that often lead to new standards of quality and success. Our first breakfast meeting will feature a panel of three recently elected members of the National Assembly who represent the new generation of politicians.

November 20, 2002
Ms. Marie Grégoire, M.N.A. for Berthier, Action démocratique du Québec
Ms. Nathalie Rochefort, M.N.A. for Mercier, Quebec Liberal Party
and Mr. Stéphan Tremblay, M.N.A. for Lac-Saint-Jean, Parti Québécois

January 15, 2003
Mr. Don Drummond
Senior vice-president and chief economist
TD Bank Financial Group

March 12, 2003
Mr. Charles Lapointe
President and chief executive officer
Tourisme Montréal

May 7, 2003
Mr. Simon Prévost
Manager securization
Caisse Centrale Desjardins

Moreover, the Board of Trade is offering its members a new feature, "ALSTOM Canada" Hot issues@lunch, in association with the Laurentian Bank. With themes that reflect the latest front page news, this forum will present speakers discussing the day's hottest topics.

In addition to our more than 40 public events, the Board of Trade will offer over 50 networking and training opportunities.

Activities of the Businesswomen in Action committee, in association with Bell Canada, Ernst & Young, Hydro-Québec and Scotia Bank.

The Businesswomen in Action committee is made up of members of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal in all sectors of economic activity. Its mission is to promote the advancement of women in the business community. Although the committee is composed only of women, its activities are open to all Board of Trade members. In line with its mission, the committee offers a variety of activities focused on professional development, information sharing, networking, and the discussion of timely issues.

October 10, 2002
Conference dinner - The art of power
Ms. Micheline Bouchard
President and chief executive officer
ART Advanced Research Technologies Inc.

November 6, 2002
Forum - Round table on trends
Mr. Jean-Paul Gagné, editor, journal Les Affaires
Mr. Peter R. Johnson, professor, Faculty of management, McGill University
Ms. Estelle Métayer, president, Competia
Ms. Dominique Vachon, senior manager, La Financière du Québec

December 5, 2002
Christmas networking cocktail

March 19, 2003
Forum - Mentoring

May 15, 2003
Networking dinner

Networking à la carte "Ordre des CGA du Québec"

Fully aware of the importance of networking to its members, this season the Board of Trade is organizing breakfast and luncheon meetings whose primary goal is to facilitate encounters with a view to forging business ties. These activities are designed specifically for SMBs and self-employed workers : each participant takes turns introducing his or her company to the seven other people at the table. An excellent way to reach new clients at a very low cost.

For the early birds: five breakfast meetings
November 13, 2002
December 11, 2002
February 26, 2003
April 23, 2003
May 28, 2003

For the rest of us: five luncheon meetings
October 23, 2002
November 27, 2002
January 22, 2003
March 25, 2003
May 14, 2003

The Business Rendez-vous "Option Fortune", in association with Ordre des CGA du Québec and Voyages ISO Travel.

For the past two years, the Board of Trade has organized monthly cocktail parties to promote business networking. An exceptional opportunity to forge new ties and meet potential partners.

October 16, 2002
November 5, 2002
December 3, 2002
February 4, 2003
March 4, 2003
April 1, 2003
May 6, 2003
June 3, 2003
July 8, 2003

New members' reception

During the course of the year, the Board of Trade welcomes its new members to ensure a proper integration and to permit them to better understand its mandate and objectives. These receptions will give them the opportunity to meet and exchange with the directors of the Board of Trade and its permanent staff.

October 30, 2002
February 12, 2003
April 30, 2003

We invite you to consult the Board of Trade's Web site frequently at to learn more about our various activities. Changes to our program may be made during the season and new activities added.

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

The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal has more than 7 000 members. Its mission is to be the leading group representing the interests of the Greater Montreal business community. The objectives are to maintain, at all times, relevance to its membership, credibility towards the media and influence towards government and decision-makers.


Isabelle Hudon, director, Communications
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal
Tel.: (514) 871-4000, ext. 4010


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