Palais des congrès de Montréal's hosting of world congress on treating obesity to generate $4,000,000 for the province's economy

MONTREAL, Jan. 20, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - The Palais des congrès de Montréal will host the 19th World Congress of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO), August 26 to 30, 2014. The 2,000 delegates expected to attend and meet on what is a highly topical public health issue, will be generating 3,800 room nights in the city and nearly $4 million in economic spinoffs for the province.

"This is yet another example of the Palais building on the strength of its partnerships, namely with Tourisme Montréal and the city of Montréal," declares Marc Tremblay, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Palais. "Combining Euro charm and North American efficiency, Montréal also enjoys an exceptional pool of research centres, one of the reasons we are the Number One city in North America for international associative events, according to the International Convention and Congress Association's 2009 rankings."

Adds the Honourable Michel Gagner, Professor of Surgery, "As the future President of the IFSO 2014 World Congress, and being from Montréal, I believe Canadian and Montréal surgeons have been particularly innovative and successful in weight loss surgery, developing new procedures such as the Cleator procedure (Vancouver, UBC), open duodenal switches (Québec, Université Laval), laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, duodenal switch and ileal transpositions (Montréal, Université de Montréal), and also pioneering body composition, randomized and longitudinal studies (Montréal, McGill University), among other achievements. Over and above these excellent medical contributions, the quality of the Palais (convention centre) and the attractiveness of the city in August were also factors in the IFSO executive committee's decision to award the 2014 congress to Montréal."

Current IFSO President Dr. Karl Miller, who worked with Dr. Michel Gagner on many international events over the past 15 years, says "I am confident Dr. Gagner will put together an unparalleled scientific program that will attract healthcare professionals from all over the world. The city of Montréal is considered one of the finest international cities in North America, a hub of higher learning with four universities and over 200 research centres. Its joie de vivre and incredible line-up of cultural activities are also big plusses." According to Dr. Miller, Canada has a health system that favours the development of bariatric surgery. "Forty years ago, the McGill Centre and Dr. Loyd Maclean were recognized internationally as pioneers in bariatric surgery. Université Laval enjoyed similar recognition shortly thereafter. This was all made possible because the health system facilitated the follow-up of patients and favoured the development of joint research teams."

The International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders is a federation composed of 46 national associations of bariatric surgeons whose main objective is optimizing the treatment of morbidly obese patients. The IFSO will be holding their annual world congress for the first time in Canada in 2014. Montréal was chosen over such prestigious host cities as Santiago (Chile), Salvador de Bahia (Brazil) and Johannesburg (South Africa).

About the Palais des congrès de Montréal

The mission of the Palais des congrès de Montréal is to attract and host conventions, exhibitions, conferences, meetings and other events. A public institution with a commercial vocation, the Palais generates major economic spinoffs for Québec and has contributed proudly for more than 25 years to sharing knowledge and enhancing Montréal's international reputation as a first-rate destination. For more information on the Palais des congrès de Montréal, visit our website at

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Chrystine Loriaux, Adm.A., B.A.A.
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Société du Palais des congrès de Montréal
Phone: 514 871-3108
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Amélie Asselin
Advisor, Communications and Public Affairs
Société du Palais des congrès de Montréal
Phone: 514 871-5897


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