Celebrating 25 years together - Twelve new conventions confirmed - Charles Lapointe named Grand Ambassador - International Recognition Award presented to Gil Rémillard

    MONTREAL, March 19 /CNW Telbec/ - The 2008 Recognition Award Gala was
held yesterday at the Palais des congrès de Montréal in the presence of
Jacques Chagnon, Second Vice-President of the National Assembly, Member for
Westmount_Saint-Louis, and Gérald Tremblay, Mayor of Montréal. This year, the
event marked 25 years of collaboration between the Palais and its influential
partners who have contributed to its success as a veritable catalyst for the
Québec economy and the enhancement of Montréal's international reputation.
    Palais President and CEO, Paul Saint-Jacques, used the occasion to
underscore the importance of this collaboration in its positioning:
"Montréal's enviable positioning in the convention industry is a result of the
teamwork of various partners in the tourism industry. This evening, we are
delighted to celebrate this enduring 25-year alliance." Combined, the twelve
conventions obtained by Ambassadors and other partners, will attract
24,000 delegates who will spend more than 53, 000 room nights in the city. The
economic spin-offs from these events are estimated at more than $55 million.

    Four new Ambassadors by Appointment

    In an evening that celebrated success and excellence, four new
Ambassadors were honored for their voluntary contribution in securing
international conventions for the Palais des congrès de Montréal. The
Ambassadors by Appointment who join the 202 members of the Club this year are:

    Lucie Sauvé - 5th World Environmental Educational Congress, May 2009;
    René Walling - Anticipation, 67th World Science Fiction Convention,
    August 2009;
    Jean St-Gelais - 35th Annual Conference of the International Organization
    of Securities Commissions, June 2010;
    Michael Stinson - 21st International Congress on Acoustics, June 2013.

    Ambassadors' Club President, Dr. Jacques Corcos, pointed to the importance
of their contribution: "The dynamism and dedication of Ambassadors are
essential to the cultural, scientific and economic vitality of Montréal. It is
important to recognize and support their efforts in the spirit of openness
that is so characteristic of the Palais."

    Conventions secured by the Palais

    - 19th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that
      Deplete the Ozone Layer, September 2007
    - ICAAM - Intercontinental Conference on Anti-Aging Medecine, June 2008
    - Joint Annual Meeting of the American Society of Plant Biologists and
      the Canadian Society of Plant Physiologists, July 2010
    - Annual Scientific Assembly of the American College of Chest Physicians,
      October 2015
    - 2008 Annual Conference of the International Coach Federation,
      November 2008
    - 219th Electrochemical Society Meeting, April 2011
    - 17th International Congress on Palliative Care, September 2008
    - American Society of Neuroradiology: 52nd Annual Meeting, May 2014

    Charles Lapointe named Grand Ambassador

    The 2008 Gala also featured a special tribute with the Grand Ambassador
Award, an honor bestowed by the Palais upon an individual in the tourism
milieu who has demonstrated excellence. The first recipient of this award is
none other than Charles Lapointe , President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal
since 1989 and Chairman of the Canadian Tourism Commission since December
2002. This distinction underscores his significant contribution in promoting
Montréal as a convention city.

    International Recognition Award presented to Gil Rémillard

    Created in 2005, the International Recognition Award honors an individual
whose achievements project a positive image of Montréal around the world. The
work of this year's honoree, Gil Rémillard, has put Montréal at the forefront
of leading economic thinking. In 1995, Mr. Rémillard founded the International
Economic Forum of the Americas/Conference of Montréal, a non-profit
organization whose primary mission is to facilitate the exchange of
information and promote open discussion on major economic issues. With this
outstanding achievement, Mr. Rémillard has been instrumental in advancing
Montréal's reputation on the world stage, like Normand Legault (Grand prix de
F1 de Montréal), Assad Kotaite (International Civil Aviation Organization) and
Alain Simard (Festival International de Jazz de Montréal), who all have
received the award since 2005.

    The Palais des congrès de Montréal marks its 25th anniversary

    Celebrating 25 years together... The 2008 Recognition Award Gala was the
ideal occasion to mark the 25th anniversary of the Palais and to look to the
future with the key players involved in its development: members of its
Ambassadors' Club. Since its inception in 1983, the Palais des congrès de
Montréal has hosted millions of visitors from around the world and has been
centre stage for some historic and significant events like large corporate
gatherings, important exhibitions and international congresses. These moments
contributed to the advancement of several areas of activities, such as medical
research, environment awareness and industrial development. The complete
program of anniversary activities will be unveiled later in the year.
    The Société du Palais des congrès de Montréal also took advantage of the
occasion to present a donation to the Fondation Gérard-Delage, whose mission
is to promote the advancement of competencies and knowledge in the Québec
tourism industry by supporting students with professional development

    Invaluable Partners

    The 2008 Recognition Award Gala is made possible thanks to the
participation of its principal partner, Tourisme Québec, and of its major
partners, AVW-TELAV, the Kloda Focus Group and the Salon international de
l'auto de Montréal.

    About the Palais des congrès de Montréal

    The mission of the Palais des congrès de Montréal is to attract and host
conventions, exhibitions/trade shows, conferences, meetings and other events.
A public institution with a commercial vocation, the Palais des congrès
generates important economic spin-offs for Québec and proudly contributes to
the sharing and transfer of knowledge and to the enhancement of Montréal's
international reputation as a first-class destination.

    For more information on the Palais des congrès de Montréal, visit our Web
site at: www.congresmtl.com.

    An official photo of the event will be available upon request on
    March 20.
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For further information:

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

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