Extension of the agreement between WADA and Montréal International - The World Anti-Doping Agency Headquarters will stay in Montréal until 2021



    MONTREAL, May 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Montréal International (MI) and the World
Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) signed the formal agreement extending the presence
of the international organization's headquarters in Montréal, until December
31, 2021. The document was signed by WADA President, the Honourable John
Fahey, WADA Director General, Mr. David Howman and MI President and CEO, Mr.
André Gamache. The signature ceremony took place today in Montréal, in the
presence of the Canadian Minister of State for Sport, the Honourable Gary
Lunn, the Minister of State for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for
the Regions of Québec, the Honourable Denis Lebel and the Québec Minister of
International Relations and Minister responsible for the Francophonie, Mr.
Pierre Arcand.
    "Montréal International is very pleased that its agreement with WADA has
been extended for ten additional years. WADA's decision to prolong its
headquarters arrangements in Montréal is a reflection of the very strong value
proposition of our city," declared André Gamache. "In addition to the
financial contributions that we manage on behalf of governmental partners, we
are also committing our services to the WADA team, whose international staff
represent a leading force in the science, legal, communication and technical
aspects of anti-doping in sport."
    According to John Fahey, "WADA is pleased at this clear commitment of
long-term support from the Governments of Canada and Québec, through their
partnership in Montréal International. Montréal has proved to be a successful
headquarters location for us and we are happy to continue it. Our staff
members enjoy Montréal's unique characteristics as an international,
multicultural and enjoyable place to work and to live."
    Montréal International led the preparation of the Montréal bid for the
WADA headquarters in 2000-2001, with the collaboration of the Governments of
Canada and Québec. Montréal put forward a very strong case for WADA
headquarters, building on its reputation as an Olympic city as well as a
preferred location for international organizations. WADA established and
inaugurated its Montréal headquarters in early 2002. MI is mandated by its
governmental partners to expand the presence of international organizations
(IOs) in Montréal. Nearly 70 IOs have chosen Montréal to establish their
secretariats, 25 of which were directly attracted by MI.

    About World Anti-Doping Agency

    The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is the international independent
organization created in 1999 to promote, coordinate and monitor the fight
against doping in sport in all its forms. The Agency is composed and funded
equally by the sports movement and governments of the world. Its key
activities include scientific research, education, development of anti-doping
capacities and monitoring of the World Anti-Doping Code - the document
harmonizing regulations regarding anti-doping in all sports and all countries.

    About Montréal International

    Montréal International (MI) was created in 1996 as a result of a
private/public partnership. Its mission is to contribute to the economic
development of Greater Montréal and to enhance its international status. Its
mandates include attracting foreign investment, international organizations
and qualified workforce, and supporting the development of innovation and
metropolitan clusters. Montréal International is financed by the private
sector, the Governments of Canada and Québec, the Communauté métropolitaine de
Montréal and the City of Montréal. For more information, visit
www.montrealinternational.com.




For further information:

For further information: Benoît Lefèvre, Communications Advisor,
Montréal International, (514) 987 9323, Cell: (514) 677-2498,
benoit.lefevre@montrealinternational.com; Frédéric Donzé, Senior Manager,
Media Relations and Communications, World Anti-Doping Agency, (514) 904-8820,
Cell: (514) 979-8820, frederic.donze@wada-ama.org


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