MONTREAL, May 6, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The directors of Greater Montréal's
eight industrial clusters are pleased by the success of the first-ever Strategic Forum on Industrial Clusters. The event brought together more than 600 business people, decision
makers, and influential figures at Palais des Congrès de Montréal for
presentations on the notable contribution industrial clusters make to
the Greater Montréal by spurring innovation, growth and building a
The Forum was also the opportunity for cluster leaders to make the point
that sustained development of industrial clusters is crucial to
supporting Greater Montréal's economic performance as well as keeping
its competitive edge in both domestic and overseas markets. Industrial
clusters help structure a wide range of industries, which in turn gives
Greater Montréal a competitive advantage and maintains a strong
economy, even in uncertain economic times. And Greater Montréal alone
represents half of the GDP, jobs, and population of the province of
Industrial clusters: boosting and strengthening the economy
The Forum was an opportunity for the business community to get a clearer
sense of the competitive advantages industrial clusters confer on
Greater Montréal. Clusters provide assistance, support, and direction
to industries, helping them better meet the many challenges they face
and grasp the opportunities to strengthen Greater Montréal's position
as the engine driving Québec's economy forward.
By spearheading innovative projects, clusters build synergy between
various Greater Montréal stakeholders and boost competitiveness. They
play a number of roles, including:
Increasing the sector's international awareness level and creating
opportunities for its members.
Improving the ability to innovate (creativity, learning) and industry
productivity by facilitating interactions and shared interests between
Ensuring the availability of qualified workforce and future talent by
establishing programs that meet the sector's needs.
Building healthy industries that develop social capital.
Stimulating entrepreneurship within their industry by fostering
relationships and complementary ties, as well as the transfer of
knowledge, essential to start up new businesses.
The leaders of Québec's eight industrial clusters wish to thank the
government of Québec, Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal, and the
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montréal for organizing this exciting
event that brings together Greater Montréal's business community to
discuss a subject of capital importance: industrial clusters.
Greater Montréal's industrial clusters are aerospace (Aéro Montréal), audiovisual (ACTIONMTL), logistics and transportation (CargoM), life sciences and health technologies (Montréal InVivo), financial services (Finance Montréal), information technology and communications (TechnoMontréal), and clean technologies (Écotech Québec). The Québec aluminum industrial cluster (GIAQ) has been under
development for several months.
An official photo of the event will be released on the press wire after
Image with caption: "The Ministers Élaine Zakaïb and Jean-François Lisée, the mayor of Montréal and president of the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal, Michael Applebaum, and the President and CEO of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, Michel Leblanc, joined by the leaders of Greater Montreal's eight industrial clusters (CNW Group/CASACOM)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130506_C4087_PHOTO_EN_26437.jpg
SOURCE: La grappe audiovisuelle de Montréal - ACTIONMTL
For further information:
or to arrange an interview with Forum partners or speakers:
David BARRETT, CASACOM
514-286-2145, extension 224
Mylène DEMERS, CASACOM
514-286-2145, extension 232