Montréal International invites the business community to a major conference on innovation - Innovation Montréal takes centre stage October 6 and 7, 2008



    MONTREAL, Oct. 2 /CNW Telbec/ - This Monday, October 6, at Centre
Mont-Royal, will mark the opening of Innovation Montréal 2008, an
international conference on innovation and business development. This event,
which offers a rich program of lectures, luncheon conferences and round
tables, will feature more than 30 speakers from Europe, Asia and North
America.
    Over 300 participants have already confirmed their attendance at the
luncheon conference that will host Mr. Charles Sirois, President and Chief
Executive Officer of Telesystem and Enablis Réseau Entrepreneurial, on October
6 at 12:30 pm., as well as the address of the Mayor of Montréal and President
of the Montréal Metropolitan Community, Mr. Gérald Tremblay, on October 7 at
7:30 a.m.
    "We aim to position Montréal as a key location for innovation on the
world scene," declared Pierre Brunet, Chairman of the Board of Directors of
Montréal International. "This event, which is at the very core of our mandate
to support the development of innovation in the metropolitan region, will
allow Montréal companies to discover daring models of innovation in human
capital, funding, collaboration with universities, and competitive clusters.
Innovation is an increasingly strategic factor for business at all levels," he
added.
    Among the program's highlights, the Minister of Economic Development,
Innovation and Export Trade, Minister of Tourism and Minister responsible for
the Montréal region, Raymond Bachand, will deliver an address on the strategic
orientations of the Government of Québec in innovation and research.
"Innovation is the key to the knowledge economy. It makes us more competitive
and equips us better to face global competition. This is a matter of corporate
culture," Mr. Bachand pointed out. "Innovation Montréal 2008 is the ideal
opportunity to benefit from the experience of world leaders and implement new
business practices. I am convinced that this event will help stimulate the
innovative capacity and creative power of our businesses," he added.
    The Mayor of Montréal and Chairman of the Montréal Metropolitan
Community, Gérald Tremblay, will also participate in the event and deliver an
address on the theme of clusters, innovation and creativity, in the presence
of representatives of Montréal and Lyon industrial clusters. "The Montréal
model of industrial clusters is a catalyst for the metropolitan area's
creative capital. The clusters help to fuel and accelerate the innovation
process, while improving the productivity and competitiveness of our economy,"
Mayor Tremblay explained.
    Innovation Montréal 2008 will also feature Louis Carbonneau, General
Manager, IP Licensing, Intellectual Property and Licensing Group at Microsoft
(Redmond, Washington); Joel Moskowitz, Chairman of the Board and Chief
Executive Officer of Ceradyne (Costa Mesa, California); Philippe Vanrie,
Manager Director of European Business and Innovation Centre Network (Brussels,
Belgium); and Dr. Ryoji Yano, Senior Director, Pro-Cluster Kobe, of the
Foundation for Biomedical Research and Innovation (Kobe, Japan).
    "Montréal International thanks Lyon Science Transfert and the Chambre de
commerce et d'industrie de Lyon, which collaborated in organizing this
conference, and all of the partners associated with the project, including
Centre Jacques Cartier, the Government of Québec, Rio Tinto Alcan,
AstraZeneca, Deloitte, Industry Canada and Journal Les Affaires," said André
Gamache, President and Chief Executive Officer of Montréal International. "We
appreciate their support for such a promising initiative for Greater
Montréal," he added.
    Innovation Montréal 2008, held as part of the 21st Entretiens du Centre
Jacques Cartier, is intended for professionals in the business community,
executives responsible for innovation and economic development,
representatives of the research and development community, and everyone
interested in innovation.
    For additional information and to register, visit the event's Website at:
www.innovationmontreal.com

    About Montréal International (www.montrealinternational.com)

    Montréal International 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 strategic workers, and supporting the development of innovation and
high-technology clusters in the metropolitan region. Montréal International is
financed by the private sector, the Montréal Metropolitan Community, the City
of Montréal and the governments of Canada and Québec.
    Since 2000, Montréal International has been involved in 422 direct
foreign investment projects totalling $6.3 billion. These investments have
helped create over 31,500 jobs and maintain more than 5,500.

    
    INNOVATION MONTREAL 2008 -PROGRAM

    Monday October 6, 2008

    7:30 AM -   REGISTRATION
    8:15 AM     Breakfast

    8:15 AM -   OPENING REMARKS
    8:30 AM
                Mr. Pierre Brunet
                -----------------
                Chairman of the Board
                Montréal International

                Mr. Guy Mathiolon
                -----------------
                President
                Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de Lyon (France)

    8:30 AM -   KEYNOTE SPEECHES
    12:00 PM    New models for the development and exploitation of innovation
                in companies as well as in different regions of the world.

                Mr. Louis Carbonneau
                --------------------
                General Manager, IP Licensing, Intellectual Property and
                Licensing Group, Legal and Corporate Affairs, Microsoft
                (Redmond, Washington)

                Mr. Joel Moskowitz
                ------------------
                Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, Ceradyne
                (Costa Mesa, California)

                Mr. Philippe Vanrie
                -------------------
                Managing Director, European Business and Innovation Centre
                Network (EBN) (Brussels, Belgium)

                Dr. Ryoji Yano
                --------------
                Senior Director, Pro-Cluster Kobe, Foundation for Biomedical
                Research and Innovation (FBRI) (Kobe, Japan)

                Session Chair:
                Mr. André Gamache
                -----------------
                President and Chief Executive Officer
                Montréal International

    12:30 PM -  LUNCHEON CONFERENCE
    2:00 PM
                Mr.Charles Sirois
                Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Telesystem and Enablis
                Réseau Entrepreneurial (Montréal)

    2:30 PM -   ROUND TABLES ON INNOVATION (simultaneous)
    5:00 PM     An opportunity for discussion among participants inspired by
                "best practices".

                1. Innovative Human Capital and Creativity Management
                2. Best Practices in Innovation Management
                3. Seed Funding for Innovative Projects
                4. Business/University Collaboration: How to Concretize
                   Productive Marriages

    5:30 PM -   CLOSING REMARKS
    6:00 PM
                Address by Mr. Raymond Bachand, Minister of Economic
                Development, Innovation and Export Trade and Minister of
                Tourism, Government of Québec

    6:00 PM -   COCKTAIL RECEPTION
    7:00 PM
    N.B.: Monday's speeches and the round table on Seed Funding for Innovative
Projects will be translated in both French and English.

    Tuesday October 7, 2008

    7:30 AM -   BREAKFAST CONFERENCE: "INNOVATION AND CLUSTER DEVELOPMENT"
    9:30 AM
                Mr. Gérald Tremblay
                -------------------
                Mayor of Montréal

                Mr. Gérard Collomb
                ------------------
                Mayor of Lyon (France)

    10:00 AM -  INTER-CLUSTER COLLABORATION AND THE CLUSTERS' POTENTIAL
    12:00 PM    FOR BUSINESS AND INNOVATION DEVELOPMENT
                Exchange between executives of the Montréal and Lyon clusters
                on ways to implement innovation, based on the development of
                bilateral and intersectorial relations between the clusters
                and the role of the clusters in the development of innovation
                in companies.

    12:00 PM    CLOSING REMARKS

                Mr. André Gamache
                -----------------
                President and Chief Executive Officer
                Montréal International
    




For further information:

For further information: Céline Clément, Communications Advisor,
Montréal International, (514) 987-9390, Cell.: (514) 892-4030,
celine.clement@montrealinternational.com


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