MONTREAL, Nov. 22, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The Board of Trade of
Metropolitan Montreal is proud to pay tribute to five luminaries being
inducted into the academy of Great Montrealers this evening at a
reception held in their honour.
"For over 30 years, the Board of Trade has been proud to recognize the
men and women who serve as examples of commitment and success for the
benefit of our city," says Michel Leblanc, president and CEO of the
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal. "In addition to this year's
tribute to five new Great Montrealers, the Board of Trade will
immortalize the remarkable accomplishments of Great Montrealers of
yesterday, today and tomorrow by unveiling a public work this evening,
the Constellation of Great Montrealers."
As part of the closing celebrations for its 190th anniversary, the Board of Trade will unveil this permanent monument
that features the names of all members of the academy who have marked
the economic, cultural, scientific and social history of Greater
Montréal. Installed in the colourful shadow of the large stained glass
window at the Palais des congrès facing Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle, the
Constellation of Great Montrealers will testify to the accomplishments
of academy members and allow Montrealers and visitors to get to know
the people who have shaped our great city.
This year, the academy has chosen to recognize, in the economic sector,
Emanuele (Lino) Saputo, chairman of Saputo and outstanding
entrepreneur. From a simple block of cheese on a kitchen table, Mr.
Saputo built one of the leading dairy product companies and cheese
makers in North America. In the cultural sector, Michal and Renata
Hornstein, well-known philanthropists, are honoured for their
commitment to the city, notably the donation of their collection of
works by old masters to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the largest
private modern history donation to Québec museums. Georges Brossard,
self-taught entomologist and founder of the Montréal Insectarium,
receives the honour in the scientific sector, for making Montréal THE
city for entomology. Finally, the recipient of the honour in the social
sector is Pierre Legault, CEO of Renaissance Montréal. With great
humanity, Mr. Legault pioneered in helping the most disadvantaged
become self-sufficient and introduced innovative, effective solutions
"The outstanding contribution of people like these exemplary leaders is
what makes our city shine here and beyond our borders and what makes us
proud to be Montrealers," Michel Leblanc says.
Since 1978, the academy of Great Montrealers has honoured 123 luminaries, including those honoured this year. To see the photos and presentation
notes for the 2012 recipients, click here.
The 2012 Tribute to Great Montrealers reception is made possible through the support of Hydro-Québec, in
cooperation with Le Devoir, The Gazette and BMO Financial Group.
The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal is made up of some 7,000
members. Its mission is to represent the interests of the business
community of Greater Montréal and to provide individuals, merchants,
and local businesses of all sizes with a variety of specialized
services to help them achieve their full potential in terms of
innovation, productivity, and competitiveness. The Board of Trade is
Quebec's leading private economic development organization.
Image with caption: "The Constellation of Great Montrealers (CNW Group/BOARD OF TRADE OF METROPOLITAN MONTREAL)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121122_C2884_PHOTO_EN_21096.jpg
SOURCE: BOARD OF TRADE OF METROPOLITAN MONTREAL
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Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal
Phone: 514 871-4000, extension 4015
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