The Board of Trade salutes Quebec's "New Champions" of economic development



    MONTREAL, Aug. 31 /CNW Telbec/ - As they depart for the Inaugural Annual
Meeting of the New Champions in Dalian, China, from September 6 to 8, the
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal salutes the ten new Quebec champions
of economic development selected by the World Economic Forum (WEF) to
participate in this event. The delegation will be lead by Raymond Bachand,
Minister of Economic Development, Innovation, and Export Trade, and Gérald
Tremblay, mayor of Montréal.
    "More often than not, our champions are well known outside Quebec, but
their accomplishments and achievements are not always recognized and
acknowledged here at home. These companies, which are our pride and joy, are
undisputed leaders in their respective fields and deserve our whole-hearted
admiration and encouragement since their successes reflect well on our entire
community," declared Isabelle Hudon, president and CEO of the Board of Trade
of Metropolitan Montreal.
    "Companies as successful as these new champions can only spur on other
entrepreneurs. Their constant quest for innovation and their ability to
implement ambitious projects are a source of inspiration to many others, and
that is key to stimulating the economic development of Quebec and Montréal. I
would therefore like to take this opportunity to celebrate their achievements
once again," concluded Hudon.
    The ten new champions selected by the WEF are Aluminerie Alouette, Atrium
Innovations, CAE, Cirque du Soleil, Exfo Electrical-Optical Engineering,
Fruits & Passion, Groupe Soucy, Cossette Communication Group, Multina, and
Pratt & Whitney Canada. The new champions were selected by the WEF based on
the following criteria: strong growth, revenues of between US$100 million and
US$5 billion, steady development outside their traditional market, industry
leadership, and remarkable management.

    The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal has some 7,000 members. Its
primary mission is to represent the interests of the business community of the
Greater Montreal and to provide individuals, merchants, and local 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 Quebec's leading private economic development organization.




For further information:

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


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