Positive Results for Montréal Mayor's California Mission



    MONTREAL, June 20 /CNW Telbec/ - At the end of a mission he led in
California, June 17 to 20, 2008, the Mayor of Montréal and Chairman of the
Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal, Gérald Tremblay, gave a positive
account of a series of meetings that were held with business leaders involved
in the fields of biotechnology, motion picture production, and information and
communication technologies (ICT). This economic and scientific mission by some
20 participants was held in association with Montréal International. Over the
course of this visit, the Mayor met both with stakeholders in the
pharmaceutical industry, in an effort to accelerate development projects in
the metropolitan region, and Hollywood producers who plan film projects in
Montréal over the next few months.
    "This mission gave us the opportunity to promote the Montréal
metropolitan area's economic assets with business executives, with an eye to
developing partnerships, attracting new investors and strengthening Montréal's
international leadership role in the fields of biotechnology, information and
communication technologies, as well as motion picture production," said
Mayor Tremblay.
    This mission gave Mayor Tremblay a number of opportunities to promote the
excellent record of the Montréal life sciences cluster at the BIO 2008
Convention, in San Diego, which was also attended by the Québec Minister of
Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, Raymond Bachand. At the
world's largest biotechnology convention, Mayor Tremblay met with a number of
executives with major pharmaceutical companies, including Draxis, Merck
Frosst, Pfizer, Novartis, Schering-Plough, Quintiles, AstraZeneca and
Bristol-Myers Squibb.
    Mayor Tremblay also visited major research institutions, such as the
Moores Cancer Center, one of the most reputable cancer research complexes in
the United States. As a result of these visits with the mayor, representatives
of Montréal InVivo, the life sciences cluster in the metropolitan region, had
an opportunity to meet with the directors of these institutions. It's worth
noting that as part of Bio 2008, Montréal InVivo is now a member of the
international Global Connect network, yet another tool to encourage
partnerships and entrepreneurial initiatives in the life sciences field.
    Moreover, Mayor Tremblay took advantage of this mission to travel to
Orange County to meet with three potential investors in the ICT field, another
sector where Montréal excels.
    The mayor, along with representatives of the Montréal academic community,
also met with Deborah L. Clayton, Economic Development Commissioner for the
State of Kentucky, and James Ramsey, President of the University of
Louisville, with a view to starting up scientific co-operation projects in the
field of ageing. Following this meeting, Commissioner Clayton informed the
mayor that the Governor of Kentucky, Mr. Steve Beshear, has plans to continue
the discussion during a projected visit to Montréal.
    He also met with US film producers, to highlight Montréal's position as a
city of cinema and promote Montréal as a potential site for future film
productions. These meetings resulted in encouraging signs regarding the
possibility that three film projects could be coming to Montréal (two
feature-length productions and one television series) over the next nine
months, generating some $60 million for the city economy.
    "Montréal is a choice location for businesses involved in the fields of
cinema and information and communication technologies. It boasts quality
infrastructures, such as studios suited for major productions, vibrant
multimedia and business enterprises, a bilingual and highly qualified
workforce, proximity to the United States and available support from the
Montréal administration," said Mayor Tremblay.
    During his Los Angeles visit, Mayor Tremblay gave interviews to four
publications, the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles
Weekly, as well as one of the film industry's most influential magazines, The
Hollywood Reporter.
    Mayor Tremblay was also the guest of honour at a reception hosted by the
Québec delegation in Los Angeles to mark both the Fête nationale du Québec and
the 400th anniversary of Québec City.




For further information:

For further information: François Goneau, Division des relations avec
les médias, (514) 868-5859; Source: Renée Sauriol, Cabinet du maire et du
comité exécutif, (514) 872-4894


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