Within the framework of an economic mission promoting the metropolitan region - Greater Montréal welcomes a delegation of over 20 foreign diplomats



    MONTREAL, Feb. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - Between February 20 and 22, 2008,
Montréal International (MI), in cooperation with Foreign Affairs and
International Trade Canada (DFAIT), welcomed a group of over twenty
ambassadors and general consuls serving in Ottawa and Montréal respectively.
The purpose of the visit was to familiarise the delegation with Greater
Montréal's strengths in knowledge-based industries and particularly
Environmental Technology and Information and Communications Technology (ICT).
    "This event lies at the heart of Montréal International's mission to
promote the area's assets and increase its visibility on the world stage",
said Mr. Pierre Brunet, Chairman of the Board of Montréal International and
Chairman of the Board of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. "Through
the participation of MI's members and partners, the program of activities
allowed the visiting diplomats to become familiar with the expertise and
potential for innovation and creativity that the Montréal area has to offer.
It also made it possible for them to develop contacts with key players among
global industry leaders," he added.
    The program consisted of visits to several of the Montréal area's leading
Environmental Technology and ICT companies and institutions, such as
Hydro-Québec's Research Institute, the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec,
the Centre d'expertise sur les matières résiduelles (Centre for Waste
Expertise), Gazmont's landfill gas power plant, Sanmina-SCI, Ericsson, CGI and
Autodesk.
    The delegation of diplomatic heads of mission and general consuls also
had the opportunity to meet the Premier of Québec, Mr. Jean Charest, the
Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, Mr. Raymond
Bachand, as well as the Mayor of Montréal and President of the Communauté
métropolitaine de Montréal, Mr. Gérald Tremblay.
    "All of these high-level meetings contribute to the development of
business relations between the metropolitan region, Québec and the countries
represented during the visit and could lay the groundwork for future economic
partnerships," added Mr. Brunet.

    This is the second time that this promotional activity has been held. A
first group of foreign diplomats participated in a 2007 visit that focused on
Greater Montréal's Life Sciences and Aerospace sectors.

    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 enhance its international status. Its
mandates include attracting foreign investment, international organisations
and strategic workers as well as supporting the development of innovation and
high-technology clusters in the metropolitan area. Montréal International is
financed by the private sector, the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal, the
City of Montréal and the governments of Canada and Québec.

    Since 2000, Montréal International has been involved in 379 direct
foreign investment projects totaling $5.6 billion. These investments have
generated 28,186 new jobs and saved 5,459 others.




For further information:

For further information: Céline Clément, Montréal International, (514)
987-9390, celine.clement@montrealinternational.com


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