Montréal International (MI) held a reception on November 28 in honour of the 60-some international organizations (IOs) established in Montréal. The event drew more than 130 attendees—a record! Normand Legault, Chairman of the MI Board of Directors, Dominique Anglade, President and CEO of MI, and Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montréal, were all on hand to highlight the valuable contribution that IOs make to the city’s economic growth and international profile.
Numerous IO representatives attended the event, including the Secretary General of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Raymond Benjamin, the Executive Director of UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), Hendrik van der Pol, and the Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias.
This networking opportunity also served to reiterate the commitment of Montréal International and its government partners to support Montréal’s IO community. “We know just how strategic international organizations are for Montréal and we are determined to see them grow and develop in our city. We also plan to step up our efforts to welcome more of them! Fifteen years ago, we had 30 IOs—today, we have 60. And tomorrow, how many?” said Dominique Anglade.
“Montréal is a prime location for IO secretariats, thanks in large part to our diversity, culture and openness—and there is a political will to make a difference!” added Denis Coderre.
In closing, Ms. Anglade gave special thanks to Canada Economic Development, Québec’s Ministère des Relations internationales, de la Francophonie et du Commerce extérieur, the City of Montréal for their trust and financial support
Normand Legault, Chairman of the Montréal International Board of Directors; Dominique Anglade, President and CEO of Montréal International; Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montréal.