The most important congress for Québec in 2012 - 10,000 visitors in Montréal for the IEEE MTT International Microwave Symposium

MONTREAL, June 13, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) MTT International Microwave Symposium will take place in Montréal from June 17 to 22. This important event will bring in town more than 10,000 visitors from 32 countries, just in time to kick off the summer season. Congress activities will take place at the Palais des congrès de Montréal (Montréal Convention Centre) and will generate approximately $28 million in economic spinoffs.

The IEEE MTT International Microwave Symposium is the premier annual international meeting for technologists involved in all aspects of microwave theory and practice. It consists of a full week of events, including technical paper presentations, workshops, and tutorials, as well as a full set of social events. The symposium also hosts a huge commercial exhibition, with more than 560 exhibitors in attendance, organized by MP Associates.

Since its inception, 60 years ago, it is only the second time that this symposium has been held outside the United States, namely thanks to Palais Appointed Ambassador Ke Wu, Professor of Electrical Engineering at École Polytechnique, who helped bring the event to Montréal.

"The prestige of this international convention and its economic impact make it the most significant event of its kind for Québec in 2012. We are proud to welcome participants in Montréal at a time when the city is alive with activity and the festival season is about to take off," said the Honourable Charles Lapointe, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tourisme Montréal.

Mr. Marc Tremblay, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Palais des congrès de Montréal, added: "We are thrilled to welcome the 10,000 IEEE's delegates in our versatile and efficient installations for an optimal technological experience. The only North American convention centre among the finalists for the 2010 APEX Award for the World's Best Congress Centre, the Palais is ideally located for this event in the heart of Montréal."

A non-profit organization, IEEE is the world's leading professional association for the advancement of technology. Through its global membership, IEEE is a leading authority on areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics.

About the Palais des congrès de Montréal
The mission of the Palais des congrès de Montréal 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 has proudly contributed, for 27 years, to knowledge sharing and enhancing Montréal's international reputation as a first-class destination. For more information, please visit

About Tourisme Montréal
Tourisme Montréal is responsible for providing leadership in the concerted efforts of hospitality and promotion in order to position the destination on leisure and business travel markets. It is also responsible for developing Montréal's tourism product in accordance with the ever-changing conditions of the market. For more information, please visit


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Alexandra Graveline
Manager - Corporate Public Relations
Tourisme Montréal
514 844-3558

Amélie Asselin
Advisor, Communications and Public Affairs
Société du Palais des congrès de Montréal
514 871-5897

Prof. Ke WU
École Polytechnique
General Chair, IEEE
514 476-7658

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