Greater Montréal’s economic promotion agency

For 25 years, Montréal International (MI) has been contributing to Greater Montréal’s international reputation and its prosperity by acting as a driving force for economic development.

 

Mandates

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 through its initiatives 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 recognized as the best economic development agency in the world, a prestigious award from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), in 2020.

“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 Principal, President and Managing Director, Québec, Avison Young

Stéphane Paquet, President and 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, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors, Montréal International, and Managing Partner, Québec Region, Fasken

Hubert Bolduc, President, Investissement Québec International

Pierre Cardin, Senior Vice-President, Head of Public Affairs, Airbus

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

Magda Fusaro, Rector, Université du Québec à Montréal

Claude Gagnon, President, BMO Financial Group, Québec

Manon Genest, Founding Partner, General Manager, Montréal Office, TACT Conseil

Stéphanie Grandperret, Chief Operating Officer, NewCities

Mario Lapierre, Senior Vice-President, Direct Sales and Distribution, Desjardins

Frédéric Martel, Chief Investment Officer, Claridge

Elaine Morissette, Vice-President, Commercial Banking, Specialty Groups, National Bank of Canada

Danielle Nguyen, Plant Manager, Kraft Heinz

Pierre Piché, Vice-President, Power Corporation of Canada

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, Executive Vice-President, Public Affairs and Communications and Chief of Staff, Ivanhoé Cambridge

Philippe Rainville, President and CEO, Aéroports de Montréal

Public Sector Representatives

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

Luc Rabouin, Executive Committee member of the City of Montréal & Borough mayor of Le Plateau-Mont-Royal

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

Observers

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

France Brosseau, Corporate Secretariat and Vice President, International Organizations, Human Resources and Corporate Affairs, Montréal International

Management Committee

List of members

Stéphane Paquet, President and Chief Executive Officer

France Brosseau, Vice President, International Organizations, Human Resources and Corporate Affairs

Alexandre Lagarde, Vice President, Foreign Investments

Christian Bernard, Vice President, International Talent, Business Intelligence and Communications

Michelle Alie, Vice President, Private Funding and Partnerships

Audrey-Anne Boudreault, Vice President, Finance & Operations

Francis Bouchard, Head, Strategy and Business Intelligence

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

Strategic Attractiveness Council of Greater Montréal

List of members

Raymond Bachand, Strategic Advisor, Norton Rose Fulbright, President, IdQ and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Tourisme Montréal

Francis Baillet, Vice-President of Corporate Affairs, Ubisoft

David Beauchemin, Data & AI Lead, Microsoft Azure Canada

Andrew Bissett, Executive Vice-President, Tenant Representation, JLL Montréal

Sylvain Boisvert, General Manager Canada, Safran Engineering Service

Tony Burkart, Manager, Economic Development Public Policy, Amazon Web Services

William Cheaib, Chief of Staff, Office of the President and Associate VP - International, Office of the Vice-President Research & Graduate Studies, Concordia University

Ben Marc Diendéré, Chief Public Affairs and Communications Officer, VIA Rail

Émilie Dussault, Country Head – Canada, Technicolor

Robert Gagné, Director, Center for Productivity and Prosperity, and Professor, HEC Montréal

Claude Gagnon, President, BMO Financial Group, Québec

Mathieu Grignon, Chief administrative officer, GoSecure

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

Stéphane Létourneau, Vice-President, Partnership and Corporate Affairs, Mila

Stéphane Paquet, Chief Executive Officer, Montréal International

Michel Péladeau, Head of Group R&D Incentives Programs, Ericsson Canada

Pierre Piché, Vice-President, Power Corporation of Canada

Shane Russell, Director, Health System Strategies & Government Affairs (Quebec), Medtronic

Mario Sévigny, Co-President, MSB Design (Sogeclaire)

Alain Tascan, General Manager, Epic Games Montréal

Alain Vallée, General Manager, Blue Solutions

Anna Van Acker, President and Managing Director, Merck Canada

Our team

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

Contact our team

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Activity report

Montreal International supported a record number of projects, despite the pandemic.