The major development projects: Montréal keeps up the pace despite the crisis

    MONTREAL, May 22 /CNW Telbec/ - Today the Board of Trade of Metropolitan
Montreal held its annual seminar on Montréal's major projects. Under the theme
"Keeping up the pace despite the crisis," some three hundred high-level
managers and decision makers met to discuss the implementation and advancement
of ten major projects in the metropolitan area. The Honourable Christian
Paradis, Canada's Minister of Public Works and Government Services; Raymond
Bachand, Quebec's Minister of Finance and Minister of Economic Development,
Innovation, and Export Trade; and Gérald Tremblay, Mayor of Montréal, were in
    "If there's one thing that was clearly demonstrated this morning, it's
that the major projects are advancing well despite the current economic
instability. The participants were in clear agreement: financing is tough, but
it's important to keep up the pace. Some projects, such as the Quartier des
spectacles, will begin highlighting the distinctive character of the
metropolis this year. Others, including the university hospital centres, the
redevelopment of the Bonaventure expressway, and the Outremont Campus, should
take key steps forward. We are thus confident that these major projects will
help us emerge from the crisis and generate significant economic spinoffs that
will benefit all of Quebec," declared Michel Leblanc, President and CEO of the
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal.
    "Like many metropolises around the world, Montréal must innovate not only
to maintain a high level of economic activity here at home, but also to set
itself apart on the international stage. Our image must reflect what we are: a
metropolis of creators. That's why we are launching a challenge to all the
developers and decision-makers who took part in today's debate: let us make a
collective commitment to employ creativity in the design and implementation of
all our development projects, whatever they may be," continued Leblanc.
    "Just as we now require an environmental analysis of all our major
projects, let us also insist that, over time, creativity become an evaluation
criterion and a distinctive trademark of our city, firmly anchored in
reality," concluded Leblanc.

    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
Greater Montréal 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,

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