Montreal-Israel economic mission a success

September 19th, 2012


Montreal mayor Gérald Tremblay said the economic mission he led to Israel and the West Bank, involving 48 business and academic representatives, was a success with many agreements being concluded.
Tremblay made the announcement with Michel Leblanc, president and CEO of the Montreal Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Jacques Saint-Laurent, president and director-general of Montreal International.
“I am particularly proud that leading Montreal institutions were able to sign agreements during this mission,” Tremblay said. “This reaffirms the relevance and the importance of our administration in continuing to help Montreal organizations and business to open their doors to the world through the organization of missions such as this. These agreements will build bridges between Montreal and Israel that will result in the sharing of expertise and the fruits of the work of their respective creators.”
Leblanc said that one result of the mission was the signing of an agreement of understanding between the Montreal Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Chambers of Commerce of Israel.
“This memorandum of understanding will facilitate the exchange of information and collaboration between our two organizations,” Leblanc explained.  "This can also benefit Quebec firms wishing to develop their business in Israel, because the federation, with more than 5,000 companies and member organizations, is the largest Israeli business association in the areas of export, import, real estate, financial services and business services.”
St-Laurent said the new collaborations enable Israeli businesses and other foreign investors to look upon Montreal as a centre of advanced knowledge, innovation and creativity.
“I would like to congratulate the signatories of these agreements and to stress the support of Mayor Tremblay who, together, have helped to promote our city in the world,” St-Laurent added.
The institutions that concluded agreements include the Montreal Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce with the Federation of the Chambers of Commerce of Israel; McGill University with the Weizmann Institute of Science, Tel Aviv University and Bar-Ilan University; Université de Montréal with Hebrew University; and the Montreal Polytechnique school with the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology.
Institutions and businesses that will explore partnership opportunities  include representatives of academia (Concordia University, Université de Montréal, McGill University, Polytechnique Montréal, Université Laval, École de technologie supérieure, Collège Lionel-Groulx), information technology and aerospace companies (Thales Canada, Centre d'excellence sur les drones, CRIAQ, IBM, Novatek, TechnoMontréal and Toon Boom), local firms (Dunton Rainville, Fasken Martineau, Heenan Blaikie, Monit), as well as Montreal International, TechnoParc Montreal and research Quebec of the provincial ministry of economic development, Innovation and export).
The mission was co-organized by international trade experts of the Montreal Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and the World Trade Centre of Montreal, and was presented by Heenan Blaikie in collaboration with Peerless Clothing, the Quebec economic development, Innovation and export ministry, Montréal International, and the federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

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