Inaugural Annual Meeting of the New Champions - Montréal one of the nine featured cities at the World Economic Forum in Dalian, China

    MONTREAL, Aug. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - The Mayor of Montréal and President of
the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal, Mr. Gérald Tremblay, the Minister
of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, Minister of Tourism and
Minister responsible for the Montréal region, Mr. Raymond Bachand, and
numerous business leaders from the metropolitan area will be on hand in
Dalian, China from September 6 to 9, 2007 to promote the creativity,
innovative spirit, competitiveness and vitality of Greater Montréal.
    They will travel to China to take part in the Inaugural Annual Meeting of
the New Champions, an event that will bring together global growth companies
that distinguish themselves by their technological leadership, business model
and markets served. Organized by the World Economic Forum (WEF), which is
responsible for the major annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, this
high-calibre gathering will draw some 1,500 participants, among them hundreds
of CEOs of multinational companies, heads of state and leaders of
international organizations.
    "To ensure that Montréal develops to its full potential, we must take
advantage of this opportunity to implement our Montréal 2025 game plan.
Economic globalization also impels us to be where our competitors are, notably
in China, if we wish to gain entry to these major markets and promote our
specific strengths in areas such as Aerospace, Life Sciences, Information and
Communications Technology, and university research. I am particularly proud
Montréal was chosen as one of nine cities front and centre in Dalian. Not only
is this a great honour, but it is also an exceptional opportunity to showcase
Montréal's attributes in a highly competitive market," stated Gérald Tremblay,
who will be the WEF's guest in Dalian.

    A distinct creativity, culture and knowledge

    The Inaugural Annual Meeting of the New Champions will represent an
opportunity for Montréal-selected by the WEF as one of nine featured cities
attending the Dalian forum in the quality of creative and innovative
regions-to emphasize the distinct elements of its creativity, culture and
knowledge. The Mayor of Montréal will notably take part in a panel as part of
a workshop on cities and sustainable development. He will also preside over
the "Montréal" dinner, where economic decision-makers from the world over will
be able to learn more about the metropolis. The gala evening, also featuring
an appearance by pianist François Bourassa, will enable invited leaders to
build new business relationships with champion companies from the metropolitan
area in a decidedly Montréal-like ambiance.
    Québec's participation in this major international event stems from a
partnership between the Ministère du Développement économique, de l'Innovation
et de l'Exportation du Québec (MDEIE), the Ville de Montréal, Investissement
Québec, the Société générale de financement du Québec, the Caisse de dépôt et
placement du Québec and Montréal International (MI), all of which banded
together to ensure that Québec and its metropolis would have a lasting impact
on this prestigious and influential event. "In 2006, China became Québec's
second largest economic partner in terms of trading volume. This mission aims
to position Québec and the Montréal region as international hubs of excellence
and privileged locations for investment. We wish to support the creation of
strategic partnerships that will benefit the economies of Québec and China. I
specifically hope that Montréal takes its rightful place among the world
leaders at the meeting organized by the World Economic Forum in Dalian," said
Minister Bachand.
    On its part, Montréal International will notably organize a series of
meetings to allow Mr. Tremblay to promote the Montréal region's advantages to
individual international business leaders. MI's participation in this forum
supports the implementation of its prospecting and promotion strategy
vis-à-vis Chinese investments. MI representatives will take advantage of their
presence in China to participate in Minister Bachand's economic and
technological mission in Beijing, from August 31 to September 5, just prior to
the start of the Dalian forum. Over the course of the next week, they will
hold a series of private meetings with Chinese CEOs to increase their
awareness of the multiple advantages of doing business with the Communauté
métropolitaine de Montréal.

    About Montréal International

    Montréal International was created in 1996, and is a private/public
partnership whose mission is to contribute to the economic development of
Metropolitan Montréal and to enhance its international status. Its mandates
include attracting foreign investment, international organizations and
strategic workers, as well as developing competitive clusters. Montréal
International is financed by the private sector, the Communauté métropolitaine
de Montréal, the City of Montréal, and the Governments of Canada and Québec.

For further information:

For further information: Louis Arseneault, Director of Communications,
Montréal International, (514) 987-8191,; Renée Sauriol, Press Officer,
Office of the Mayor of Montréal, (514) 872-4894

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