Greater Montréal’s economic promotion agency

For more than 20 years, Montréal International (MI) has contributed to building Greater Montréal’s international reputation and prosperity by acting as a driving force for economic development.



Its mandate is to attract direct foreign investment, international organizations, entrepreneurs, talented workers and international students to the region. Our team consists of 80 professionals with specialized expertise, including in the divisions of Talent Montréal (attracting international talent) and I choose Montréal (attracting and retaining international students). Montréal International also leads the Contact MTL initiative, a network of ambassadors for Greater Montréal that aims to spread the word around the world about what’s going on in the region’s economy.

A public-private partnership

Created in 1996, Montréal International is a non-profit organization that is financed by the private sector, the governments of Canada and Québec, the Montréal Metropolitan Community and the City of Montréal.

Record-breaking results

Since its founding, MI has contributed to attracting direct foreign investment projects valued at $18 billion, leading to the creation or maintenance of 71,000 jobs. We have also played a key role in the decisions of half of the city’s 66 international organizations to establish themselves here, as well as in attracting and retaining more than 11,000 strategic international workers.

An award-winning strategy for attracting FDI

At a time of growing competition among large cities, Montréal International is succeeding in promoting the city’s key sectors. In recognition of these efforts, Greater Montréal was crowned by FDI Magazine (Financial Times) as the winner of the 2018 award for best foreign direct investment strategy in the Digital Economies of the Future ranking.

“Now more than ever, the growth of an open economy like Greater Montréal’s depends on looking beyond national borders to attract capital and talent. This is precisely why Montréal International targets leading-edge sectors and priority regions to attract the most innovative companies and the most influential international organizations as well as the most skilled and creative international talent.”

Stéphane Paquet

President and Chief Executive Officer, Montréal International

Board of Directors

Leaders of the Board of Directors

Jean Laurin, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Montréal International and President and Chief Executive Officer, Devencore

Stéphane Paquet, Chief Executive Officer, Montréal International

Anne-Marie Hubert, Treasurer of the Board of Directors, Montréal International and Managing Partner, Québec, EY

Private Sector Representatives

Francis Baillet, Vice President Corporate Affairs, Ubisoft

Éric Bédard, Managing Partner for the Québec region, Fasken

Alain Denis, Senior Vice-President Investments – Venture Capital, Fonds de solidarité FTQ

Suzanne Fortier, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, McGill University

Claude Gagnon, President, BMO Financial Group, Québec

Sylvain Gascon, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Corporate and Investment Banking, National Bank Financial Inc.

Stéphanie Grandperret, Chief Operating Officer, NewCities Foundation

Frank Kollmar, Chief Executive Officer, L’Oréal Canada

Peter Kruyt, Senior Advisor, Power Corporation of Canada

Frédéric Martel, Chief Investment Officer, Claridge

John Parisella, Senior Advisor, Business Outreach, NATIONAL

Pierre Pilote, Managing Partner, Gowling WLG

Jean-François Prince, MBA, CFA, Regional Vice President, Business Financial Services Québec, RBC Royal Bank, Royal Bank of Canada

Élise Proulx, Vice President, Communications and Government Affairs, Hydro-Québec

Philippe Rainville, President and CEO, Aéroports de Montréal

Louise Roy, O.C., O.Q., Chancellor and Chairman of the Board, Université de Montréal and President of the Board, CIRANO

Public Sector Representatives

Robert Beaudry, Member of the executive committee responsible for economic and commercial development, housing, design, City of Montréal

Richard Deschamps, City Councillor, City of Montréal, LaSalle Borough

Julie Ethier, Director, Développement économique de l’agglomération de Longueuil

Guy Pilon , Mayor, City of Vaudreuil-Dorion

Valérie Plante, Mayor, City of Montréal and President of the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal

Sylvie Surprenant, Mayor, City of Sainte-Thérèse

Philipe Tomlinson, Mayor of the Borough of Outremont and City Councillor, City of Montréal

Christiane Yoakim, President of the City Council, City of Laval


Jean-Frédéric Lafaille, Vice President, Policy and Communications, Canada Economic Development for Québec regions

Manon Lecours, Assistant Deputy Minister, ministère des Affaires municipales et de l'Habitation

Valérie Vézina, Corporate Secretariat, Vice President and Deputy Chief Executive officer, Montréal International

Management Committee

List of members

Stéphane Paquet, President and Chief Executive Officer

Valérie Vézina, Vice President and Deputy Chief Executive officer

Alexandre Lagarde, Interim Vice-President, Foreign Investments

France Brosseau, Interim Vice-President, International Organizations

Martin Goulet, Vice President, International Talent

Christian Bernard, Chief Economist and Vice President Marketing Communication

Michelle Alie, Vice President, Private Funding and Partnerships

Mélanie Hébert, Assistant to the President and Chief Executive Officer (observer)

Our team

Our organization counts on the expertise of more than 80 professionals who are specialists in their field.

Contact our team


Activity report

Montréal International achieved record results for all of its mandates.