Montréal delegation to Rimouski: To develop, stimulate, and consolidate the complementarity of the two cities



    MONTREAL, Sept. 4 /CNW Telbec/ - On the initiative of the Board of Trade
of Metropolitan Montreal, Isabelle Hudon, president and CEO of the Board of
Trade, and Gérald Tremblay, mayor of Montréal, accompanied by a delegation of
Montréal leaders and business people, head to Rimouski today to generate
business opportunities between the two cities. They believe the
complementarity of Rimouski and Montréal will ensure the success of their
efforts. The delegation is composed primarily of companies active in the
maritime and ICT (information and communication technologies) sectors.
    "I firmly believe that the economic development of our metropolis has
everything to gain from taking fuller advantage of the potential and vitality
of Quebec's regions. And I am equally certain that metropolitan Montréal, a
powerful wealth-generating tool, has much to offer the regions. I therefore
believe we should start creating more opportunities to associate the regions
and the metropolis in working toward a common objective: the economic
prosperity of all Quebec," declared Hudon.
    "Between the two cities of Rimouski and Montréal, there is a real
economic and industrial complementarity, and it is in our interest - as well
as in that of the entire province - to lay the groundwork for developing,
stimulating, and consolidating this complementarity and taking fuller
advantage of it," added Hudon.
    "Our two cities share niches of excellence that are specific to them and
for which they are renowned. It would thus be to our mutual advantage to pool
our knowledge and expertise to develop opportunities for more fruitful
collaboration. I hope that these working meetings between Montréal and
Rimouski will lead to long-term partnerships and projects between the
companies in these two cities. In an age of globalized markets, we face many
common challenges, and that is why we need to strengthen these ties," noted
Tremblay.
    This delegation also benefits from the participation of Patrice
Pelletier, CEO of the Montreal Port Authority, Karen Radford, executive
vice-president and president of TELUS Québec and TELUS Partner Solutions,
Bernard Voyer, the famous explorer, and some twenty business people.
    "I would like to take this opportunity to thank Eric Forest, mayor of
Rimouski, his team, and all the players at the Society for the Economic
Promotion of Rimouski (SEPOR), who spared no effort in welcoming us and
ensuring that new ties could be forged between our two communities," concluded
Hudon.

    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 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.




For further information:

For further information: Sylvie Paquette, Coordinator, Media Relations,
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, (514) 871-4000, extension 4015,
sylvie.paquette@ccmm.qc.ca


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