Mayor of Montréal to take part in the BIO 2008 international conference and lead an economic and scientific mission in California

    MONTREAL, June 17 /CNW Telbec/ - The Mayor of Montréal and Chairman of
the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal, Gérald Tremblay, will take part in
the BIO 2008 Convention and lead an economic and scientific mission in
California. This mission will bring together some twenty delegates and will be
held June 17 to 20, 2008.
    "The goal of the mission is to promote the Montréal metropolitan area's
economic assets with business leaders involved in the fields of life sciences,
cinema, information technologies and communications, with an eye to developing
partnerships, attracting new investments and increasing the presence of
businesses that are already established in the metropolitan area. In the past,
missions such as this have enabled participants to set up high-profile
strategic meetings with potential investors, position Montréal with
decision-makers, support local firms and organizations in their quest for
partnerships and accelerate agreement negotiation and signing," said Mayor
    For example, in 2007, biopharmaceutical firms announced investments
valued at more than $75 million on the Island of Montréal. Economic missions,
and especially those that are held as part of an event such as BIO 2008, can
only increase foreign investment in the metropolis and help to establish new
networks between Québec researchers and businesses as well as their
counterparts around the world.

    BIO 2008: The Largest International Convention in the Field of

    For the third consecutive year, Mayor Tremblay will take part in the BIO
International Convention, to be held in San Diego, California, along with
Raymond Bachand, Québec Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and
Export Trade.
    BIO 2008, which brings together more than 20,000 delegates representing
2,200 companies and 70 countries, including foreign economic delegations as
well as several premiers and Canadian federal and provincial ministers, is by
all means the world's largest biotech event. Mayor Tremblay will take part in
several meetings, which have been scheduled in association with Montréal
International, and with representatives of major pharmaceutical companies with
plans to expand or invest in Montréal.
    Mayor Tremblay will accompany members of the Montréal InVivo metropolitan
Montréal life sciences cluster as they meet with executives from major
research institutes, including the Moores Cancer Center and Salk Institute for
Biological Studies, to support them in their search for partnerships.
    "The Montréal InVivo cluster is a pillar for the metropolitan Montréal
area economy with annual sales of $4 billion, more than 41,000 jobs, and
600 businesses and private and paragovernmental research organizations, making
our metropolis one of the world leaders in the field. To remain among the top
leaders, Montréal and its partners must mobilize to create an environment that
is increasingly conducive to developing business opportunities in the field of
life sciences, thus proving the importance of taking part in
international-scale events such as the BIO 2008 Convention," said Mayor
    The Montréal delegation taking part in the life sciences segment will
include members of the following organizations: Centre hospitalier de
l'Université de Montréal (CHUM), McGill University Health Centre (MUHC),
Génome Québec, Valeo Management L.P., Research Institute of the McGill
University Health Centre (RI MUHC), Biotechnology Research Institute (NRC
BRI), Montréal International, Montréal InVivo, Quartier de la santé de
Montréal, Société générale de financement du Québec (SGF), Technoparc de
Montréal, Univalor, Université de Montréal and McGill University.
    The mission will take Mayor Tremblay to the City of Irvine, near Los
Angeles, where he will meet with executives from three companies involved in
the fields of information technology and communications, in hopes of
attracting investors to Montréal. "Because the international market is
becoming more and more competitive, especially with the emerging economies, we
have to work harder to attract investors and funds to Montréal," added
Mayor Tremblay.

    Motion Picture Production: An Important Economic Lever for Montréal

    The Mayor of Montréal's mission will end in Los Angeles, where he will
meet with US producers, along with representatives of the Société générale de
financement du Québec (SGF), of the Bureau du cinéma et de la télévision du
Québec and of the Bureau du cinéma et de la télévision de Montréal, to
highlight the support given by the city to foreign productions and market
Montréal as a potential site for future motion picture productions.
    "Foreign productions have injected $250 million into the Montréal economy
in 2007. Therefore, we can say that motion picture production represents a
major economic lever for Montréal. In fact, our city is a major international
hub for motion picture production. Competition is fierce, and if US actors do
hold a strike in 2008, US producers must be aware of the assets Montréal has
to offer for future film productions," added Mayor Tremblay.

For further information:

For further information: François Goneau, Relations avec les médias,
(514) 868-5859; Source: Renée Sauriol, Cabinet du maire et du comité exécutif,
(514) 872-4894

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