Montréal, December 13, 2016 – On December 1, Montréal International (MI) held a reception to honour the 65 international organizations (IOs) established in Montréal. Close to 130 participants attended the event hosted by Royal Bank, a partner of Montréal International and a partner of choice for international organizations. The reception was also an opportunity to announce two new key IO projects for Montréal—the expansion of Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade (FAST) and the creation of the International Centre for Innovation and Knowledge Transfer on the Social and Solidarity Economy (C.I.T.I.E.S.).
Manon Gauthier, member of Montréal’s executive council, responsible for culture, heritage, design, space for life and the status of women; Martin Thibodeau, President, Quebec Headquarters, Royal Bank of Canada; Hubert Bolduc, President and CEO, Montréal International; and IO representatives including Noemi Perez, President and CEO, FAST, and Nancy Neamtan, C.I.T.I.E.S., were in attendance to recognize the central role IOs have played in driving growth in Greater Montréal and shining a global spotlight on the region.
The reception was not only an opportunity for networking and discussion, but also a chance for Montréal International and its partners to support the IO community in Montréal. “We understand just how strategic international organizations are to Montréal. This event gives us the opportunity to learn more about IOs, exchange ideas and explore new avenues for collaboration in our unique ecosystem,” said Hubert Bolduc.
“We can’t say this enough, but international organizations have a major impact on the quality of life of Montrealers and on our city’s outstanding reputation,” added Martin Thibodeau.
Through its dedicated IO program, Montréal provides strategic, logistical and financial assistance to international organizations with the support of the City of Montréal, Québec’s Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie, Québec’s Ministère de l’Économie, de l’Innovation et des Exportations and Canada Economic Development.