Montréal International : Economic Driver for Greater Montréal

Our Mission

Montréal International acts as an economic driver for Greater Montréal to attract foreign wealth while accelerating the success of its partners and clients.

Our Mandates

Created in 1996, Montréal International (MI) is the result of a private-public partnership. Its mission is to contribute to the economic development of Greater Montréal and enhance its international status. Its mandates include attracting foreign direct investments, international organizations and international strategic workers as well as promoting the competitive and international environment of Greater Montréal. Montréal International—a non-profit organization—is funded by the private sector, the governments of Canada and Québec, the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (Montréal Metropolitan Community) and the City of Montréal.

Since its creation, Montréal International has helped to attract $10.6 billion in foreign direct investments to Greater Montréal. From these investments, 52,000 jobs have been created or maintained. To date, MI’s activities have also allowed almost half of some 60 international organizations to establish themselves in the city and attract and retain more than 9,000 international strategic workers.

Board of Directors

Members of the Montréal International Board of Directors

L. Jacques Ménard, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Montréal International and Chairman, BMO Nesbitt Burns and President, BMO Financial Group, Quebec
Jean Laurin, Vice Chairman of the Board, Montréal International and President and Chief Executive Officer, NKF Devencore
Tony Loffreda, Treasurer of the Board, Montréal International and Regional Vice President, Commercial financial services, Western Quebec, RBC Royal Bank

Private Sector Representatives

Francis Baillet, Vice President Corporate Affairs, Ubisoft
Éric Bédard, Managing Partner for the Québec region, Fasken Martineau
André Boulanger, President, Hydro-Québec TransÉnergie
Renaud Caron, Senior Vice President – Strategic Development, CGI Group
Suzanne Fortier, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, McGill University
Marie-Josée Gagnon, CEO and Founder, Casacom
Peter Kruyt, Vice President, Power Corporation of Canada
Yves Lalumière, President and Chief Executive Officer, Tourisme Montréal
Jean Laurin, Vice Chairman of the Board, Montréal International and President and Chief Executive Officer, NKF Devencore
Guy LeBlanc, Managing Partner, Montréal Office, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Tony Loffreda, Treasurer of the Board, Montréal International and Regional Vice President, Commercial financial services, Western Québec, RBC Royal Bank
L. Jacques Ménard, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Montréal International and Chairman, BMO Nesbitt Burns and President, BMO Financial Group, Quebec
Jean-Luc Monfort, General Manager, BatHium Canada
John Parisella, Executive Director, Campus Montréal
Pierre Pilote, Leader – Government Affairs Industry Group and Partner, Gowlings
Philippe Rainville, Chief Financial Officer, Aéroports de Montréal
Louise Roy, Chancellor and Chairman of the Board, Université de Montréal and President of the Board, CIRANO
Jean-Pierre Sablé, Executive Vice President Marketing, Strategy & Innovation, Fédération des caisses Desjardins du Québec
Jean Wilhelmy, Senior Vice President Aerospace, Construction, Services and Transportation, Solidarity Fund QFL

Public Sector Representatives

Harout Chitilian, Vice President of the Executive Committee, City of Montréal
Denis Coderre, Mayor, City of Montréal and President, Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal
Richard Deschamps, Councillor of the City of Montréal, LaSalle Borough
Virginie Dufour, Member of the Executive Committee, City of Laval
Manon Gauthier, Member of the Executive Committee, City of Montréal
Claude Haineault, Mayor, City of Beauharnois
Caroline St-Hilaire, Mayor, City of Longueuil


Marie-Chantal Girard, Vice President, Policy and Communications, Canada Economic Development for Québec regions
Yves Guérin, Vice President Administration and Corporate Secretary, Montréal International
Céline Haytayan, Assistant Corporate Secretary, Montréal International

Management Committee

Élie Farah, Vice President, Investment Greater Montréal
Stéphane Paquet, Vice President-elect, Investment Greater Montréal
Stéphanie Allard, Vice President, International Organizations
Louis Arseneault, Vice President, Talent Attraction, Promotion and Communications
Yves Guérin, Vice President Administration and Corporate Secretary
Christine Fréchette, Director, External and Institutionnal Relations
Martin Goulet, Director, International Mobility Services
Valérie Vézina, Director of Human Resources
Michelle Alie, Director, Private Funding and Partnerships
Christian Bernard, Chief Economist
Danielle Gosselin, Assistant to the President and Chief Executive Officer (observer)

Our Successes

Some of the successes achieved in the greater Montréal region with help from Montréal International (2012-2013)

  •, Europe’s top web hosting company, set up a data centre in Beauharnois, on Montréal’s South Shore ($127M and 120 new jobs).
  • Medtronic, the largest medical technologies company in the world, continued to expand its research activities and increases its production capacity in Greater Montréal ($50M and 205 new jobs).
  • Aerolia, the French leader in aerostructures and a specialist in the design and production of nose fuselage sub-assemblies, announced the opening of its new plant in Mirabel, on Montréal’s North Shore ($82.4M and 150 new jobs).
  • Cicame Énergie, specializing in the manufacturing of transmission line and electrical distribution accessories, continued its expansion and opened a new facility in Greater Montréal ($8.7M and 30 new jobs).
  • The International Federation of Airline Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA), representing 100,000 pilots worldwide, moved its headquarters from London to Montréal.
  • Framestore, a world-leading visual effects and animation studio serving the film and television industries, set up in Greater Montréal (200 new jobs).
  • The Alten Group, a European leader in technology consulting and engineering (TCE), set up its Canadian head office in Greater Montréal (200 new jobs).
  • Adetel Group, a French firm specializing in the design of onboard electronic equipment, opened a subsidiary in Longueuil, in the Saint-Hubert borough (100 new jobs).
  • Le groupe Sogeclair, an international high-tech leader, announced the opening of a Canadian subsidiary in Greater Montréal (50 new jobs).
  • Ericsson, a leading provider of communication technologies and services around the world, announced the construction of a 40,000-m2 global ICT centre in Vaudreuil-Dorion, on Montréal’s South Shore ($1.2B and 60 new jobs).
  • Zimmer CAS, a world leader in computer-assisted surgery solutions for arthroplasty, opened a new production unit in Montréal and presented two new technologies that offer surgeons around the world an unparalleled degree of precision and simplicity for knee and shoulder implant surgery.
  • Ankama Group a European leader in multimedia authoring and production opened its first North American studio in Greater Montréal (40 new jobs).
  • Technicolor Canada opened a special effects studio in Greater Montréal under the Moving Picture Company (MPC) brand (200 new jobs).
  • Ubisoft, a leading global producer, publisher and distributor of interactive games, announced a new online infrastructure and gaming hub in Greater Montréal ($373M and 500 new jobs).
  • Servier Canada, the Canadian subsidiary of Servier Research Group, the second largest French pharmaceutical laboratory, opened a new clinical research centre of excellence in Laval, on Montréal’s North Shore ($16.3M and 40 new jobs).
  • Danone consolidated production of its OIKOS yoghurt at its Boucherville plant, located on Montréal’s South Shore ($40M and 10 new jobs).
  • WB Games Montréal, a subsidiary of US-based Warner Bros Home Entertainment Group, which specializes in developing interactive video games and digital animation, expanded its studio in Montréal (100 new jobs).
  • Bank of China opened its first branch in downtown Montréal. Its goal is to become the preferred partner for Chinese companies investing in Québec and for Québec companies doing business in China.


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