MONTREAL, Nov. 14, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - At a tribute reception this
evening, the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal will honour four
luminaries who are joining the academy of Great Montrealers this year.
"Montréal is brimming with talented people, sometimes unfamiliar to the
general public, who have helped make a name for our city well beyond
its borders," said Michel Leblanc, President and CEO of the Board of
Trade of Metropolitan Montreal. "Joining a long line of predecessors,
the Great Montrealers we honour this year have enriched the economic,
cultural, scientific and social life of our city through their vision
and community involvement."
This year, in the economic sector, the academy chose to recognize the
exceptional career of Lise Watier, Founder of Lise Watier Cosmétiques
and President of the Lise Watier Foundation. A pioneer of Quebec
entrepreneurship ‒ predominantly a man's world for far too long ‒, she
built the largest cosmetics company Quebec has ever known, in a highly
competitive industry where international giants do battle. Throughout
her career, this business woman and great philanthropist has channelled
her convictions and generosity into helping women and girls in need.
Lise Watier is an inspiration for a new generation of entrepreneurs.
In the cultural sector, internationally renowned Music Director Kent
Nagano has made the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal a powerful
cultural emblem of the city. The wealth of his experience and his
repertoire have made a major contribution to Montréal's prestige and
musical reputation. It is testimony to the Orchestre symphonique de
Montréal's excellence under his stewardship that Montréal can finally
boast the Maison symphonique de Montréal, a universally recognized
masterpiece of acoustics.
Astronaut Julie Payette, Chief Operating Officer of the Montréal Science
Centre and Vice President of the Canada Lands Company, is honoured in
the scientific sector for having helped re-establish the vital
importance of the sciences in Quebec society. As the first Canadian to
take part in an International Space Station mission, she consolidated
Montréal's reputation in astronomy and pointed the way to the stars for
thousands of young Quebecers.
Finally, in the social sector, philanthropist Pierre Bourgie has raised
awareness among Montrealers and Quebecers of the importance of
increasing funding to social and cultural organizations. Combined with
his passion for the visual arts and music, his great philanthropy
allowed the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts to add a musical dimension to
its mission with the construction of Bourgie Hall, named in honour of
his family. Pierre Bourgie embodies a new generation of francophone
business people who care about sharing the benefits of their success
with the entire community.
"Montréal was built on the talent, vision, knowledge, creativity and
generosity of these exemplary leaders," Michel Leblanc said. "Their
commitment has made our city one we can all be proud of."
The names of the 2013 Great Montrealers will be engraved on the
Constellation of Great Montrealers. Inaugurated last year for the Board
of Trade's 190th anniversary, this interactive work is located in the Palais des congrès
de Montréal's Hall Place Riopelle.
Since 1978, the academy of Great Montrealers has honoured 127
luminaries, including those this year. For photos and bios of the
recipients for 2013, visit www.greatmontrealers.ca.
The 2013 Tribute to Great Montrealers reception is presented by Hydro-Québec and produced in cooperation with Le Devoir and The Gazette.
About the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal
The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal is made up of some 7,000
members. Its mission is to represent the interests of the business
community of Greater Montréal and to provide individuals, merchants,
and local 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:
Michelle LLambias Meunier
Advisor, Media Relations
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal
Tel.: 514 871-4000, ext. 4042
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