New General Manager for the Greater Montréal Information and Communications Technology cluster - Appointment of Pierre Root to Head TechnoMontréal



    MONTREAL, Nov. 2 /CNW Telbec/ - The Acting President and CEO of Montréal
International, André Gamache, and President of the TechnoMontréal Board of
Directors, Michel Guay, announce the appointment, effective immediately, of
Pierre Root as General Manager of the Greater Montréal Information and
Communications Technology (ICT) cluster.
    Well known among ICT industry players, Mr. Root was until recently
President and CEO of Labcal Technologies, a firm that specializes in
developing identification and authentication solutions based on biometry,
smart cards and cryptography. He also spent some 15 years at Bell Canada and
Bell Sigma.
    "Building a business network like TechnoMontréal requires strategic
mobilization on a very large scale. The expansion of these networks eventually
leads the various clusters to incorporate," said Mr. Gamache. "With this step
being completed in the case of TechnoMontréal, it is now up to Mr. Root to
ensure the implementation of future phases in the development of the Greater
Montréal Information and Communications Technology cluster," he added.
    "We can be proud of what TechnoMontréal has achieved so far, particularly
the significant rallying of the business community, teaching institutions,
associations and the public sector around major issues in this industry," said
Mr. Guay. "Pierre Root has solid experience and in-depth knowledge regarding
information and communication technologies, which are major assets he will be
able to draw on in supporting businesses in this sector and growing their
competitiveness," he added.
    Montréal International has been commissioned to initiate the
implementation of high-technology clusters, such as TechnoMontréal and
Montréal InVivo, as part of the Montréal region economic development plan.
These initiatives were undertaken as other clusters, such as moviemaking and
aerospace, were being deployed.
    "Montréal International will continue to cooperate actively with
TechnoMontréal and the other clusters in order to make our high-tech sectors
more attractive and promote them throughout the world. It is, moreover, this
productive complementarity of developmental players that characterizes the
most prosperous urban areas and gives them their strength," concluded
Mr. Gamache.

    The Greater Montréal ICT cluster (www.technomontreal.com)

    The Greater Montréal Information and Communications Technology cluster
comprises 2,700 companies and close to 120,000 jobs. It contributes to the
prosperity of the Montréal area with exportations valued at over $4 billion in
2004.

    About the ICT cluster's Secretariat

    The mission of the ICT cluster's Secretariat is to contribute to the
economic development of the ICT sector in Greater Montréal and grow its
international reach. This initiative is funded by the Canadian government, the
Québec government and the Montréal Metropolitan Community.

    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 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 379 direct
foreign investment projects totaling $5.6 billion. From these investments,
28,186 jobs have been created and 5,459 jobs have been maintained.




For further information:

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


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