Transition at Palais des congrès spells continuity



    MONTREAL, Jan. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - The Société du Palais des congrès is
pleased with the Members of the Cabinet's appointment of former Executive
Director of Operations & Finance André Saucier as Interim President & CEO of
the Palais and member of the board of directors. The Cabinet members also
named Claude Liboiron as Interim Chairman of the Société's board. The
appointments come after Paul Saint-Jacques stepped down on January 9.

    André Saucier, Interim President & CEO

    André Saucier joined the Palais' executive management team in 1997, where
he served as Director of Finance & Administration, and then as Executive
Director of Operations & Finance. Formerly with Provigo inc., Mr. Saucier is a
graduate of the Hautes Etudes Commerciales de Montréal business school and a
member the OCGLQ Québec order of CGAs. "I am very honoured by the position I
have been entrusted with," says Mr. Saucier. "Assuming the interim leadership
of the Palais will allow me to pursue the Palais' business in the spirit of
continuity and to pave the way for the next President & CEO."

    Claude Liboiron, Interim Chairman of the Board

    Appointed to the Palais' board in June 2004, Claude Liboiron is a
graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal engineering school and a
member of the OIQ Québec order of engineers. He is a former Engineer, Business
Development, for Groupe HBA experts-conseils, now Groupe Teknika - HBA, where
he continues to act as a consultant. Mr. Liboiron also operated his own firm
for more than 23 years.

    About the Palais des congrès de Montréal

    The mission of the Palais des congrès de Montréal, which is celebrating
its 25th anniversary this year, is to attract and host conventions,
exhibitions, consumer/trade shows, conferences, meetings and other events. A
public institution with a commercial vocation, the Palais generates important
economic spin-offs for Québec, and proudly contributes to the sharing and
transfer of knowledge and to the enhancement of Montréal's international
reputation as a first-class destination. For more information on the Palais
des congrès de Montréal, visit our website at: www.congresmtl.com.
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For further information:

For further information: Amélie Asselin, Advisor, Communications and
Public Affairs, Société du Palais des congrès de Montréal, (514) 871-5897,
amelie.asselin@congresmtl.com; Source: Chrystine Loriaux, Adm. A., B.A.A.,
Director, Marketing and Communications, Société du Palais des Congrès de
Montréal, (514) 871-3108


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