Civil society to hold world assemblies in Montréal

    MONTREAL, Sept. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - The Palais des congrès de Montréal,
which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, is proud to announce that
CIVICUS, World Alliance for Citizen Participation will be holding its 9th and
10th World Assemblies in Montréal. The estimated $4 million in economic
spinoffs could increase to $6 million, thanks to the option planned for the
11th edition in 2011. "More than ever, the Palais' personalized client-centred
approach and flexibility have proven to be the determining factors in
attracting major events to Montréal," said Paul Saint-Jacques, President and
CEO of Palais des congrès de Montréal. "Given the exceptional relationship we
have with our partners, we are well-positioned to tackle the challenges facing
the tourism industry worldwide".

    Civil societies around the world unite

    Each year, the international assembly will bring together approximately
1,000 member delegates of the alliance, which is a network of influential
organizations spanning the spectrum of civil society: networks and
organizations, trade unions, faith-based networks, professional associations,
NGOs, capacity building organizations, philanthropic foundations or other
funding bodies, businesses and social responsibility programs.
    The World Assemblies will be hosted by the Institut du Nouveau Monde
(INM). "The mandate that CIVICUS has given us is perfectly in keeping with the
values of social justice and democracy that are central to the INM's work,"
said Michel Venne, Executive Director of the INM. "The INM is pleased that
civil society in Quebec and the rest of Canada will have the opportunity to
welcome the world's civil society during these events."

    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 PCM generates significant
economic spinoffs for Quebec and, for the past 25 years, has been contributing
proudly 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 website at:
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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,; Source: Chrystine Loriaux, Director, Marketing
and Communications, Société du Palais des congrès de Montréal, (514) 871-3108

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