$129 M in economic benefits thanks to 14 new Ambassadors

MONTRÉAL, Feb. 5, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - This evening, the Palais des congrès de Montréal marked the 30th Anniversary of its Ambassadors Club by inducting 14 new members who were actively involved in securing 10 international conventions for Montréal. These major events will generate nearly $128 M in economic benefits for the city and the province, and attract 40,000 business tourists to Montréal. "Montréal has been hosting more international conventions than any other city in the Americas for the last three years, and that is namely due to the efforts of our Ambassadors in promoting our city to major international associations," declared Raymond Larivée, President and CEO of the Palais des congrès. "The tourism, business and academic communities work passionately to ensure Montréal maintains this prestigious standing," added Larivée.

"Tourism spurs wealth. The proof is in the excellent economic forecast for business tourism in Montréal for the coming years. I am therefore proud to be associated with the Palais des congrès de Montréal Recognition Award Gala and the light it shines on the exemplary work of its Ambassadors. I congratulate them warmly for their remarkable contribution to the economic development of our city, but also for what this influx of tourists means for Québec as a whole. Between now and 2020, the tourism industry has set an annual objective of 5% growth in tourism expenditures. Business tourism will certainly play a key role in meeting that target," remarked Québec's Minister of Tourism, Dominique Vien.

Fourteen new Ambassadors join the Club
The Recognition Award Gala salutes the exceptional contribution of influential and dynamic individuals from Montréal's various segments of excellence who step outside of their usual professions to actively bring international conventions to the city, and thus help generate economic and intellectual benefits for the city and province. "The Ambassadors Club has been growing year after year since 1985, and it now has nearly 300 members united in their efforts to make Montréal a hub for higher learning and knowledge-sharing," added Dr. Pavel Hamet, President and Ambassador of the Ambassadors Club.

Ambassadors Appointed in 2015

  • Dr. Fabrice Brunet
    International Forum on Health, October 22 to 24, 2013
  • Prof. Jean-Marie Dufour
    11th World Congress of the Econometric Society, May 15 to 21, 2015
  • Dr. Jacques Corcos
    45th Annual Meeting of the International Continence Society, October 7 to 9, 2015
  • Prof. Roger Nkambou
    25th World Wide Web Conference – WWW2016 – General Chair, April 11 to 15, 2016
  • Dr. Jerzy Maciej Floryan
    24th International Congress of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics – ICTAM 2016, August 21 to 26, 2016
  • Dr. Karen R. Cohen
    29th International Congress of Applied Psychology 2018, June 24 to 29, 2018
  • Dr. Vasile Minea
    25e IIF – IIR Congrès international du Froid/International Congress of Refrigeration – ICR 2019, August 24 to 30, 2019
  • Mr. Carl Desrosiers, Mr. Nicolas Girard and Mr. Michel Labrecque
    UITP Montréal 2017 – International Association of Public Transport World Congress, May 13 to 17, 2017
  • Mr. Marc Parent and Mr. Serge Tremblay
    2017 Montréal World Police and Fire Games, July 28 to August 6, 2017
  • Mr. Claude Carette and Mr. Michael de Santis
    24th World Congress on Intelligent Transportation Systems – ITS 2017, October 28 to November 2, 2017

Emerging star researchers honoured
Dr. Rémi Quirion, Chief Scientist of Québec, also seized the event to honour the four Star Student Researchers for February 2015 as selected by the Fonds de recherche du Québec: Gabriel Éthier-Majcher, Leora Witkowski, Jian Carrot-Zhang and Katarina Mihailovic. The competition makes it possible to recognize the excellent research being conducted by students and to foster research careers with Québec universities.

An exceptional gala
Hosted by Marius Brisson, the evening also featured Capital Catering and the city's major hotels: the Sheraton Centre Montréal, the InterContinental Montréal, the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, the Hyatt Regency Montréal, the Marriott Château Champlain, the Westin Montréal and the Hilton Montréal Bonaventure. Produced by the Palais des congrès, the 2015 Recognition Award Gala was made possible with the support of the Québec Department of Tourism, Freeman Audio Visual and Idées au cube.

Indispensable partners
"We are proud to be partnering in this remarkable event aimed at recognizing the Palais des congrès de Montréal's Ambassadors and their important contribution, as well as all the key players involved in advocating for Montréal as a first-rate destination," indicated Bernard Carignan, Regional Director, Eastern Canada for Freeman Audio Visual. For her part, Nathalie Gélinas, Vice-President of Idées au cube, added: "As the associate producer of the Recognition Award Gala for the last many years, our firm is pleased to contribute to the promotion of local creativity and excellence. We congratulate the Palais Ambassadors and star researchers honoured tonight."

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 benefits for Québec and has contributed proudly for over 30 years to sharing knowledge and enhancing Montréal's international reputation as a first-rate destination. To learn more about the Palais des congrès de Montréal, visit www.congresmtl.com.

N.B. Photos of the event will be posted online February 6 on the Palais des congrès-Montreal Convention Center Flickr page. High resolution versions may also be requested.


SOURCE Palais des congrès de Montréal

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

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