Montréal pays tribute to its international organizations
Montréal International helded its 11th annual reception to celebrate the city’s 65 international organizations and honour their contribution. The event was attended by 100 guests, including the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, Nadine Girault, Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie, and Sterling Downey, City Councillor and Montréal Deputy Mayor.
As Stéphane Paquet, Vice-President Foreign Investment and International Organizations of Montréal International, pointed out from the outset, “Montréal boasts the third largest IO community in North America, after New York and Washington D.C. Without them, Montréal would not be the same. With 1,700 jobs and $350 million in economic spin-offs each year, they increase our city’s international reach.”
While Montréal is positioning itself as a major hub for organizations in sustainable development, the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, an intergovernmental body that supports cooperation between Canada, Mexico and the United States, celebrated this year its 25th anniversary. Richard Morgan, recently appointed Executive Director, seized the opportunity to share his vision for the organization in Montréal.
The event also highlighted the 75th anniversary of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the United Nations specialized agency that acts as the global forum of States for international civil aviation, as well as the 25th anniversary of the International Bureau of Children’s Rights. Since its creation, the organization has worked in nearly 45 countries and has shared its expertise with more than 50,000 stakeholders, trained to better protect the rights of hundreds of thousands of children.