Montréal has established itself as a hub for occupational health and safety (OHS) research and events, thanks to an agreement between The IRSST (Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail) and convention venue The Palais des congrès de Montréal.

One of the leading OHS research centres in Canada, the IRSST actively contributes to preventing work-related accidents and illnesses and fostering worker rehabilitation. The IRSST team comprises scientific personnel spanning various disciplines such as ergonomic intervention, chemistry, sociology, engineering, demography, industrial hygiene and psychology. The new agreement will include information sharing and targeting conventions for Montréal in these specialist OHS fields, as well as developing an IRSST-Ambassadors Club award.

“This new partnership with the Palais des congrès de Montréal will make it possible for the IRSST’s scientists and the many outside researchers we collaborate with to gain more exposure locally, nationally and internationally, and to promote the IRSST’s role and influence as an OHS research centre within workplaces all across Québec,” said Marie Larue, President and CEO of the IRSST. “The IRSST is pleased to be associated with the Palais des congrès de Montréal and its partners in this joint effort to foster OHS research and contribute to the economic development of the city.”

The Palais des congrès de Montréal’s has recognised that building strategic alliances with key local knowledge hubs is a means of boosting both business tourism revenues and intellectual wealth for the city and the province of Québec. Since 2014, the Palais des congrès de Montréal has established partnerships with major research institute the Fonds de recherche du Québec, and life sciences and health technologies development organisation Montréal InVivo, in addition to setting up an Aerospace Events taskforce.

Life sciences play a major part in Montréal’s success, with an increasing number of international organisations recognising the city’s knowledge base in health sciences and technologies. In the 2015-2016 financial year, the Palais hosted 24 national and international events related to healthcare and the life sciences, generating over $70 million in tourism revenues, and attracting 31,000 convention-goers. Hosting these events is seen as a way to both showcase and advance the knowledge of Montréal’s workforce in hospitals, research centres, universities and other institutions linked to health sciences.

“Montréal hosts more international events than any other city in the Americas, (according to the Union of International Associations based in Brussels) and the health sciences are no stranger to this enviable position we enjoy worldwide,” said Raymond Larivée, President and CEO of the Palais des congrès de Montréal.

“The Palais, the city, our Ambassadors Club and our partners work closely hand-in-hand to attract major conventions for Montréal, events that help create a wealth of knowledge which scientists from here and abroad can share. We are proud to be associated with the IRSST, an institute that enjoys an enviable reputation in Canada and elsewhere, and whose research leadership actively contributes to promoting the city worldwide.”


Featured image: Dr. Pavel Hamet, President of the Ambassadors Club, Marie Larue, President and CEO of the IRSST, Raymond Larivée, President and CEO of the Palais des congrès de Montréal and Hany Moustapha, Vice-President of the Ambassadors Club, at the signing of the partnership agreement.


(via AMI and Palais des congrès de Montréal)