Montréal prepares to host the World Energy Congress in 2010

    ROME, Italy, Nov. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - At the closing ceremony in Rome of
the World Energy Congress, the torch was passed to the next Congress Host.
Canada will have the privilege of organizing this major event in Montréal from
September 12-16, 2010, the 21st Congress. This is the second time Montreal has
hosted the World Energy Congress, previously the 14th Congress in 1989.
    The World Energy Council convenes a World Energy Congress every three
years. This is the premier global energy forum and exhibition to forge a
better understanding of energy issues and solutions on a global basis. It
includes energy production and use in all its forms - oil, coal, natural gas,
nuclear, hydroelectric, and renewable energy. It brings together global energy
leaders from industry, governments, international organizations, academia, and
    "Canada is a key player on the world energy scene. The Organizing
Committee of the 21st World Energy Congress is already at work, and is
mobilizing all its partners to make this event a success," commented Richard
Drouin, Chair of the MONTREAL 2010 Organizing Committee.
    More than 3500 delegates are expected from around the world. Canada was
awarded the 21st Congress at the Executive Assembly of the World Energy
Council held in Kiev in 2003. The sustained efforts of the Energy Council of
Canada and Hydro-Québec played a large part in the WEC decision to select
Canada, Quebec, and Montreal to hold the 2010 triennial forum.
    "In a context where the environment, sustainable development, and
energy-related strategic issues have a high profile in all countries, the
hosts of the 21st World Energy Congress-MONTREAL 2010 face the challenge of
bringing together the world's leaders and experts in the energy sector, so
that they can conduct open dialogue on energy issues under the best possible
conditions. The countdown has started," noted Stéphane Bertrand, Executive
Director of the 21st World Energy Congress-Montreal 2010.
    Stéphane Bertrand also acknowledges the support of the Host Sponsor,
Hydro-Quebec, and other major sponsors including Petro-Canada, Hatch, Gaz
Métro, and KPMG.

    Founded in 1923, the World Energy Council is a United Nations 
(UN)-accredited, nongovernmental organization with Member Committees in close
to 100 countries, including most of the largest energy-producing and energy
consuming countries. Its mission is to promote the sustainable supply and use
of energy for the greatest benefit of all people in a framework of peaceful,
sustainable economic development. At the Rome Congress, the President of
Electricité de France (EDF), Pierre Gadonneix, succeeded André Caillé as Chair
of the World Energy Council.

For further information:

For further information: Stéphane Bertrand, Executive Director, World
Energy Congress - MONTREAL 2010, (514) 237-4319

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