MONTREAL, Sept. 22, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Invited to take part in a
Science, Technology and Innovation Council press conference to discuss the state of innovation in Canada (www.csti-stic.ca), Michel Leblanc, President and CEO of the Board of Trade of
Metropolitan Montreal, said: "The Board of Trade is constantly
reiterating the economic importance of innovation, particularly for
"We have made the choice to better fund our universities, which can now
train more graduates and researchers who can hold their own against
those from around the world," Michel Leblanc said. "We can do better,
in particular when it comes to cooperation between research centres and
small business. Plus, we can draw inspiration from successes in local
sectors such as aerospace, which invests massively in R&D and is the
leader in its field."
"Plenty of work remains to be done, in particular by small and
medium-sized businesses," Michel Leblanc added. "To conquer new
markets, small businesses have to be bolder, develop partnerships with
universities and integrate new technologies to their processes."
The Board of Trade is holding, with partners, the Rendez-Vous du Savoir on October 5 and 6. This event is meant to drive home the importance of
collaboration between universities and businesses.
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 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.
SOURCE BOARD OF TRADE OF METROPOLITAN MONTREAL
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