A tripartite agreement will aim to promote scientific research in the Canadian province of Québec by attracting international conventions to its most populous city, Montreal.
The Palais des congrès de Montréal, its Ambassadors Club, and the Fonds de recherche du Québec have signed a three-year cooperation deal to attract major conferences to the city.
The agreement pledges closer cooperation between the scientific community and the Palais des congrès to secure events that will generate both intellectual wealth and tourism revenue.
Montréal is known for its world class researchers, universities and research centres.
Raymond Larivée, President and CEO of the Palais des congrès de Montréal, said: “Their involvement is invaluable to the process of bringing an international convention to Montréal. It shows international decision-makers the dynamic spirit and support that exists within the city’s key economic sectors,”
Professor Hany Moustapha, President of the Ambassadors Club, added: “Conventions represent a privileged opportunity to exchange with our peers from all over the world, and they help push the boundaries of knowledge for our industries. These intellectual benefits greatly contribute to Montréal’s international reputation.”
Meanwhile Rémi Quirion, Québec’s Chief Scientist, said: “It is important for researchers to get involved in organizing international scientific conferences. Those who’ve done it know that although it demands a lot of time, the benefits to their research career is invaluable. Which is why the Fonds de recherche du Québec are proud of this partnership, and also that the competition recognizing the work of researchers in organizing big scientific conferences will continue to thrive,”
Among the terms of the partnership is the awarding of the Prix du Club des Ambassadeurs du Palais des congrès de Montréal et des Fonds de recherche du Québec, grants recognising the work of researchers invested in organizing international scientific conventions. The first recipients were announced in November 2016, during the Fonds de recherche du Québec forum organized annually by the partners.