Innovation Montréal 2008 - Montréal International launches major conference on innovation

    MONTREAL, Sept. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Montréal International (MI) today
announced that an international conference on innovation and business
development, Innovation Montréal 2008, will be held October 6 and 7 at Centre
Mont-Royal. This first edition, which offers a rich program of lectures,
luncheon discussions, round tables and business meetings, will feature more
than 30 speakers from Europe, Asia and North America.
    "We aim to position Montréal as a key location for innovation on the
world scene," declared Pierre Brunet, Chairman of the Board of Directors of
Montréal International. "This event, which is at the very core of our mandate
to support the development of innovation in the metropolitan region, will
allow Montréal companies to discover daring models of innovation in human
capital, funding, collaboration with universities, and competitive clusters.
Innovation is an increasingly strategic factor for business at all levels," he
    Among the program's highlights, the Minister of Economic Development,
Innovation and Export Trade, Minister of Tourism and Minister responsible for
the Montréal region, Raymond Bachand, will deliver an address on the strategic
orientations of the Government of Québec in innovation and research.
"Innovation is the key to the knowledge economy. It makes us more competitive
and equips us better to face global competition. This is a matter of corporate
culture," Mr. Bachand pointed out. "Innovation Montréal 2008 is the ideal
opportunity to benefit from the experience of world leaders and implement new
business practices. I am convinced that this event will help stimulate the
innovative capacity and creative power of our businesses," he added.
    The Mayor of Montréal and Chairman of the Montréal Metropolitan
Community, Gérald Tremblay, will also participate in the event and deliver an
address on the theme of clusters, innovation and creativity, in the presence
of the Mayor of Lyon, Gérard Collomb, and representatives of Montréal and Lyon
industrial clusters. "The Montréal model of industrial clusters is a catalyst
for the metropolitan area's creative capital. The clusters help to fuel and
accelerate the innovation process, while improving the productivity and
competitiveness of our economy," Mayor Tremblay explained.
    Innovation Montréal 2008 will also feature Louis Carbonneau, General
Manager, IP Licensing, Intellectual Property and Licensing Group at Microsoft
(Redmond, Washington); Joel Moskowitz, Chairman of the Board and Chief
Executive Officer of Ceradyne (Costa Mesa, California); Charles Sirois,
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Telesystem and Enablis Réseau
Entrepreneurial (Montréal), Philippe Vanrie, Manager Director of European
Business and Innovation Centre Network (Brussels, Belgium); and Dr. Ryoji
Yano, Senior Director, Pro-Cluster Kobe, of the Foundation for Biomedical
Research and Innovation (Kobe, Japan).
    "Montréal International thanks Lyon Science Transfert and the Chambre de
commerce et d'industrie de Lyon, which collaborated in organizing this
conference, and all of the partners associated with the project, including
Centre Jacques Cartier, the Government of Québec, Rio Tinto Alcan,
AstraZeneca, Deloitte, Industry Canada and Journal Les Affaires," said André
Gamache, President and Chief Executive Officer of Montréal International. "We
appreciate their support for such a promising initiative for Greater
Montréal," he added.
    This event, held as part of the 21st Entretiens du Centre Jacques
Cartier, is intended for professionals in the business community, executives
responsible for innovation and economic development, representatives of the
research and development community, and everyone interested in innovation.

    For additional information and to register, visit the event's Website at:

    About Montréal International (

    Montréal International was created in 1996 as a result of a
private/public partnership. Its mission is to contribute to the economic
development of Greater Montréal and to enhance its international status. Its
mandates include attracting foreign investment, international organizations
and strategic workers, and supporting the development of innovation and
high-technology clusters in the metropolitan region. Montréal International is
financed by the private sector, the Montréal Metropolitan Community, the City
of Montréal and the governments of Canada and Québec.
    Since 2000, Montréal International has been involved in 422 direct
foreign investment projects totalling $6.3 billion. These investments have
helped create over 31,500 jobs and maintain more than 5,500.


    Monday October 6, 2008

    8:15 AM    Breakfast

    8:30 AM
               Mr. Pierre Brunet
               Chairman of the Board
               Montréal International

               Mr. Guy Mathiolon
               Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de Lyon (France)

    12:00 PM   New models for the development and exploitation of innovation
               in companies as well as in different regions of the world.

               Mr. Louis Carbonneau
               General Manager, IP Licensing, Intellectual Property and
               Licensing Group, Legal and Corporate Affairs, Microsoft
               (Redmond, Washington)

               Mr. Joel Moskowitz
               Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, Ceradyne
               (Costa Mesa, California)

               Mr. Philippe Vanrie
               Managing Director, European Business and Innovation Centre
               Network (EBN) (Brussels, Belgium)

               Dr. Ryoji Yano
               Senior Director, Pro-Cluster Kobe, Foundation for Biomedical
               Research and Innovation (FBRI) (Kobe, Japan)

               Session Chair:
               Mr. André Gamache
               President and Chief Executive Officer
               Montréal International

    2:00 PM

               Mr. Charles Sirois
               Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Telesystem and Enablis
               Réseau Entrepreneurial (Montréal)

    2:30 PM -  ROUND TABLES ON INNOVATION (simultaneous)
    5:00 PM    An opportunity for discussion among participants inspired by
               "best practices".

               1. Innovative Human Capital and Creativity Management
               2. Best Practices in Innovation Management
               3. Seed Funding for Innovative Projects
               4. Business/University Collaboration: How to Concretize
                  Productive Marriages

    6:00 PM
               Address by Mr. Raymond Bachand, Minister of Economic
               Development, Innovation and Export Trade and Minister of
               Tourism, Government of Québec

    7:00 PM
    N.B.: Monday's speeches and the round table on Seed Funding for
    Innovative Projects will be translated in both French and English.

    Tuesday October 7, 2008

    9:30 AM

               Mr. Gérald Tremblay
               Mayor of Montréal

               Mr. Gérard Collomb
               Mayor of Lyon (France)

    12:00 PM   Exchange between executives of the Montréal and Lyon clusters
               on ways to implement innovation, based on the development of
               bilateral and intersectorial relations between the clusters
               and the role of the clusters in the development of innovation
               in companies.


               Mr. André Gamache
               President and Chief Executive Officer
               Montréal International

For further information:

For further information: Céline Clément, Communications Advisor,
Montréal International, (514) 987-9390, Cell.: (514) 892-4030,

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