Media invitation - The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal presents a Strategic Forum on the presence of head offices in the city

MONTREAL, Nov. 29, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Mr. Michel Leblanc, President and CEO of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, is pleased to invite media representatives to a Strategic Forum on the presence of head offices in the metropolitan area, on Friday, November 30, 2012, at 7:30 a.m., at Palais des congrès de Montréal.

In a context where the great metropolitan centres of the world are fiercely competing to attract and retain the head offices of multinational corporations, this event will focus on the strategies that the metropolitan area must adopt to position itself to take on this key challenge.

This Forum will be the occasion to discover how important the presence of head offices is to ensure the prosperity of the metropolitan area and to learn more about the challenges in attracting and retaining large companies, both in terms of taxation and qualified labour availability. It will also help to understand the reasons why leading organizations chose the city for their headquarters and to see the positive spin-offs of their presence.

GUEST SPEAKERS:

INTRODUCTION

Welcome and insights on the study "Competitiveness of Greater Montréal Business Environment"
Michel Leblanc, President and CEO, Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal

THE IMPACT AND SPIN-OFFS OF THE PRESENCE OF HEAD OFFICES IN THE CITY -
THE POINT OF VIEW OF SERVICE PROVIDERS

Éric Bédard, Managing Partner, Québec Region, Fasken Martineau
Emilio Imbriglio, Partner in charge of the Corporate Finance Consulting Group and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton
Andrew T. Molson, Chairman, RES PUBLICA
Martin Gauthier, President, Sid Lee Montréal, Sid Lee

THE CHALLENGES IN ATTRACTING AND RETAINING LEADING COMPANIES IN THE METROPOLITAN AREA

Head offices: close-up on Greater Montréal's attractiveness
Jacques St-Laurent, President and CEO, Montréal International
Montréal - Through the eyes of others
Jean-François Dumas, President, Influence Communication
Tax issues relating to the city's appeal
Robert Gagné, Director, Center for Productivity and Prosperity, HEC Montréal
Talent on the move
Brigitte Simard, Office Managing Director, Montréal, Korn/Ferry International

WHY CHOOSE MONTRÉAL? THE PERSPECTIVE OF MAJOR OFFICE CHIEF EXECUTIVES

Barry F. Lorenzetti, Founder, President and CEO, BFL Canada
Pierre Boivin, President and CEO, Claridge Inc.
Charles Guay, President and CEO, Standard Life Canada
Javier San Juan, President and CEO, L'Oréal Canada

WRAP-UP

Michel Leblanc, President and CEO, Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal

AIDE-MÉMOIRE
   
Date: Friday, November 30, 2012
   
What: Strategic Forum - From 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
   
Where:

Palais des congrès de Montréal
1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle
Room 710
   
Time:
7 a.m. - Registration for media accreditation
7:30 a.m. - Beginning of the Forum

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 Greater Montréal 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.

 

SOURCE: Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal

For further information:

RSVP with Sylvie Paquette, Advisor, Media Relations, by phone at 514 871-4000, ext. 4015, or by email at sylvie.paquette@ccmm.qc.ca