The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal pays homage to the four 2007 Great Montrealers: Jacques Lamarre, Denise Filiatrault, Hubert Reeves, and Paul Gérin-Lajoie

    MONTREAL, Oct. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - Tonight, the Board of Trade of
Metropolitan Montreal pays homage to the four new Great Montrealers at a
reception in the Hall of Honour of Montréal City Hall in the presence of
Isabelle Hudon, president and CEO of the Board of Trade, and Gérald Tremblay,
mayor of Montréal.
    This year, the four new Great Montrealers are as follows: in the economic
sector, Jacques Lamarre, president and chief executive officer, SNC-Lavalin
Group Inc.; in the cultural sector, Denise Filiatrault, director in the fields
of cinema, television and theater; in the scientific sector, Hubert Reeves,
astrophysicist; and, in the social sector, Paul Gérin-Lajoie, founding
president and chairman of the board of directors, Paul Gérin-Lajoie
    "These figureheads of our society dare to believe in their dreams, pursue
their passions, and promote the development - both individually and
collectively - of those around them. Montréal can be proud of these devoted
ambassadors, whose talent, generosity, and boldness are universally
recognized. If winners attract winners, there is no doubt that these
individuals - along with all those who have preceded them in earning this
prestigious acknowledgment - are excellent role models, both for developing
the talents of Montrealers and for attracting foreign talent. Great
Montrealers are stars who shine with exceptional brilliance. Their example
inspires us to reach the highest performance objectives, and, for that, they
deserve our deep admiration," declared Isabelle Hudon, president and CEO of
the Board of Trade.
    "Thanks to the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, we have an
opportunity to celebrate the merits of the women and men who make remarkable
contributions to the development and reputation of Montréal. On behalf of my
fellow citizens, I warmly congratulate the new members of the Academy of Great
Montrealers. You do honour to our metropolis and inspire a taste for
excellence in our young generations," added Gérald Tremblay, mayor of
    The Academy of Great Montrealers was created in 1988 by the Board of
Trade of Metropolitan Montreal. It now has 102 members, including the four
inducted this year.
    Each year, the Academy of Great Montrealers of the Board of Trade of
Metropolitan Montreal takes advantage of this opportunity to present Awards of
Excellence for outstanding research to three students who completed their
doctoral dissertations at one of Montréal's four universities or their
affiliated schools. The 2007 winners are as follows: in the humanities and
social sciences/fine arts category, Nathalie Fontaine, Department of
criminology, Université de Montréal; in the natural sciences and engineering
category, John-Christopher Boyer, Department of chemistry and biochemistry,
Concordia University; and, in the health sciences category, Desiree Fong,
Department of biochemistry, McGill University.
    This annual Board of Trade event is made possible in collaboration with
the CN and the SITQ, and offers a unique opportunity to meet and personally
congratulate the new Great Montrealers. Biographical notes and photographs of
the 2007 recipients may be found on the Board of Trade's Web site at the
following address:

    The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal has some 7,000 members. Its
mission is to represent the interests of the business community of Greater
Montréal and to provide individuals, merchants and businesses of all sizes
with a variety of specialized services to help them achieve their full
potential in terms of innovation, productivity and competitiveness. The Board
of Trade is the largest private organization in Quebec dedicated to economic

For further information:

For further information: Sylvie Paquette, Coordinator, Media relations,
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, (514) 871-4000, ext. 4015,

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