Renewal of the agreement between the WADA and the Governments of Canada and Québec



    
         MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL APPLAUDS THE GOVERNMENTS DECISION AND
           REITERATES ITS SUPPORT FOR THE WORLD ANTI-DOPING AGENCY
    

    MONTREAL, Nov. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - Montréal International (MI) applauds the
Canadian and Québec government's decision to renew their agreement with the
World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for a further 10 years, thereby enabling the
Agency to keep its secretariat in Montréal until 2021.
    Montréal International, which has a mandate to attract and support the
development of international organizations in Montréal, acts as a
representative of the two pillars of government with the WADA, whose mission
is to promote the fight against doping in sport.
    "We welcome this excellent news and its spin-offs for the Montréal
metropolitan region. The presence of the World Anti-Doping Agency
significantly strengthens the City's international reach and prestige, and
showcases Montréal's leadership in the fight against doping," said Pierre
Brunet, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Montréal International.
    Pierre Brunet also said he was very pleased to be able to continue his
collaboration with government representatives concerning the WADA "Montréal
International would like to stress the efforts and financial support invested
by the Economic Development Agency of Canada and Québec's Ministère des
Relations internationales as part of this agreement," he added.
    Montréal offers international organizations a stimulating, dynamic
environment, one that is characterized by a strong knowledge economy, high
innovation potential and unequalled creativity. The renewed agreement with the
governments will specifically enable the WADA to pursue its partnerships with
local universities, research centres, Canadian and Québec government
departments and agencies, and various multilateral institutions.
    The WADA decided to set up in Montréal following a rigorous selection
process that placed Montréal in competition with four other cities, namely
Vienna (Austria), Lausanne (Switzerland), Bonn (Germany), and Stockholm
(Sweden).
    The City's bid for the World Anti-Doping Agency was prepared by Montréal
International. Also, the organization facilitated every aspect relating to
WADA's installation in Montréal by coordinating the financial and
accreditation procedures with the various government bodies, assisting
employees and their families in their transfer, and helping in the search for
new premises.
    Currently, there are some 65 international organizations on the Greater
Montréal territory. The direct spin-offs from international organizations in
Montréal stands at $300 million per year. Moreover, it is estimated their
presence accounts for over 4,000 jobs, including 1,650 direct jobs.

    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 379 direct
foreign investment projects totalling $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, Cell: (514) 892-4030,
celine.clement@montrealinternational.com


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