Montréal is creating a new life science-related convention, as the city looks to its life sciences and health technologies knowledge hub to help drive prosperity.

The Palais des congrès de Montréal is actively involved in the development of the International Congress on Personalized Health Care, which will take place June 12-14, 2016. The event is one of the 180 initiatives born out of the Je fais Montréal project, a citizen movement composed of leaders from all walks of life who want to reinvigorate the city, bringing economic and educational benefits. The President of the Palais Ambassadors Club, Dr Pavel Hamet, and the Executive Director of the Quebec Network for Personalized Health Care, Dr. Daniel Bouthillier, started the initiative, which is expected to draw more than 1,000 multidisciplinary specialists for the purpose of sharing ideas, projects and resources dedicated to the development of personalized medicine so it may occupy a frontline medical role.

The Palais des congrès de Montréal is hosting 22 national and international life science-related events in 2015, testament to the city’s increasing reputation in the field. These events will attract nearly 47,000 participants to the city this year and contribute more than $64.2m to Montréal’s and Québec’s economy.

Greater Montréal ranks sixth among the largest metropolitan regions in North America for concentration of life science and health technology jobs, according to Montréal InVivo, a cluster-based economic development organisation. This sector alone accounts for 1.5 per cent of Québec’s GDP ($5.3 billion) and has been targeted as a prime source for economic development. Some 45,000 people are employed in the sector across 600 facilities. Montréal and Québec are home to more than 12,000 researchers and specialists working in approximately 300 public research organisations, with internationally recognised areas of excellence including ageing, neuroscience and mental health, cancer, cardiovascular and metabolic disease, genetics and genomics.

Life sciences is the top sector for major events hosted at the Palais, comprising 39 per cent of the international conventions held at the venue. Raymond Larivée, President and CEO of the Société du Palais des congrès de Montréal, adds that the events “create significant economic and intellectual wealth for all of Québec”.

It is a point seconded by Dr Jacques Corcos, appointed Emeritus Ambassador for his active role in bringing 2,000 delegates to the city in October for the 45th Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Continence Society: “Organising a convention of this magnitude makes it possible to showcase the range and scope of our city’s expertise in the field of urology by scheduling activities rich in scientific content and fostering opportunities for colleagues from all over the world to share information.”

Dr François Audibert, Ambassador for the 25th World Congress of the International Society for Ultrasound In Obstetrics and Gynecology in Montréal in October, adds: “The level of personal and professional recognition that stems from convening thousands of specialists together is significant, while the event itself enables Montréal to maintain its reputation as among the best centres for specialised medicine.”


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