Signing of a strategic partnership between Montréal International and Paris-Ile de France Capitale Economique



    To promote foreign investment and the economic development of Greater
    Montréal and the Ile-de-France region

    MONTREAL, Feb. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Pierre Brunet, Chairman of the Board of
Directors of Montréal International, and Thierry Jacquillat, President of
Paris-Ile de France Capitale Economique, are pleased to announce the signing
of a strategic partnership to support the promotion of foreign investment in
Ile-de-France and Greater Montréal, thereby contributing to the economic
development of both regions.
    This agreement, which took effect yesterday, will foster business and
partnership opportunities between the respective members of both organizations
and companies in both regions.
    Its prime goals are to:

    
    - share information and best practices and thus enhance the
      attractiveness of both regions;
    - develop joint projects and events;
    - build close relationships between the competition clusters in Greater
      Montréal and the Ile-de-France region;
    - support the promotion of new French investment in the Montréal area and
      Canadian investment in Ile-de-France;
    - implement a system to facilitate the process of receiving and hosting
      strategic workers, academic researchers and university students from
      the respective regions.

    "Greater Montréal and the Ile-de-France region have many assets in common,
including a highly skilled labour force, centres of excellence in R&D, and
recognized competition clusters in information and communications
technologies, life sciences and aerospace," asserted Pierre Brunet, Chairman
of the Board of Directors of Montréal International. "The partnership that now
binds our two organizations will lead us to work even more closely together
and share our respective expertise for the greater good of both our regions,"
continued Pierre Brunet.
    "In a situation of increasingly fierce international competition to
attract investment, it is very important to be able to count on a strong
transatlantic alliance with whom we share common ambitions and values," stated
Thierry Jacquillat, President of Paris-Ile de France Capitale Economique.
    This agreement was signed in Paris at the conclusion of a Paris-Ile de
France Capitale Economique strategic committee meeting in the presence of the
following French business leaders:

    - Antoine Bernheim, President, Générali;
    - Claude Blanchet, Ile-de-France Regional Manager, Caisse des Dépôts;
    - Yves de Chaisemartin, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Altran
      Technologies;
    - Chiara Corazza, Director General, Paris-Ile de France Capitale
      Economique;
    - Georges Desvaux, Senior Partner and Director, McKinsey & Cie;
    - Alain Dinin, President and CEO, Nexity;
    - Pierre Graff, President, Aéroports de Paris;
    - Didier Lombard, President and CEO, France Télécom;
    - Pierre Mongin, President and CEO, RATP;
    - Yves de Pelet, Director, Parisian branches, BNP Paribas.

    Several representatives from Québec also attended:

    - Raymond Bachand, Québec's Minister of Economic Development, Innovation
      and Export Trade and Minister responsible for the Montréal region;
    - Françoise Bertrand, President and CEO, Fédération des chambres de
      commerce du Québec;
    - Pierre Brunet, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Montréal
      International;
    - André Gamache, President and CEO, Montréal International;
    - Mireille Mathieu, Vice-Rector, International Relations, Université de
      Montréal;
    - Yves Roy, CEO, SECOR Consulting;
    - Joe Saliba, President, CGI-Europe.
    

    About Paris-Ile de France Capitale Economique

    Paris-Ile de France Capitale Economique is an independent grouping of
about a hundred of the most productive French and international companies.
Founded over 15 years ago by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry
(CCIP), the organization's mission is to attract foreign investors to the
Ile-de-France region and enhance its attractiveness by way of lobbying the
public authorities. For more information, visit
www.greater-paris-investment-agency.com.

    About Montréal International

    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
competition clusters. Montréal International is financed by the private
sector, the Montréal Metropolitan Community, the City of Montréal and the
governments of Canada and Québec. For more information, visit
www.montrealinternational.com.




For further information:

For further information: Benoît Lefèvre, Communications Advisor,
Montréal International, (514) 987-9323, Cell: (514) 677-2498,
benoit.lefevre@montrealinternational.com; Gwénaelle Delzongle, Communication
manager, Paris-Ile de France Capitale Economique, Tel.: +33 1 55 65 74 29,
gdelzongle@ccip.fr


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