Montréal, métropole universitaire: The Montréal community comes together to
support its universities
MONTREAL, Jan. 15, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - On February 4, the city's nine
universities, in collaboration with the Board of Trade of Metropolitan
Montreal, are holding a forum leading up to the Sommet sur l'enseignement
supérieur at the Centre Mont-Royal. This is the first time that the nine
Montréal universities organize, jointly, such an event.
The goal of this reflection exercise on the role and contribution of
Montréal's university institutions is to give the community a platform to
discuss what it expects from its universities and to better understand the
contribution of these institutions to the city's socioeconomic and cultural
"Our higher education institutions play a vital role in defining our society's
identity. They are the foundations of our economy, the basis of our health and
social services system, and the expression of our culture. This is why we need
to do everything we can to give them the support they deserve and need and to
reflect on a shared vision for their future development," stated Louise Roy,
Chancellor and Chair of the Board of Directors of Université de Montréal and
co-spokesperson for the event.
"This forum will offer an opportunity to our civil society to voice its say.
This is a debate that concerns us all. Our universities are at the core of the
knowledge economy, and we need to make sure they remain accessible and
successful. High-quality training, research, creativity and community services
are essential if we are to develop a strong and competitive metropolis," added
MichelLeblanc, President and CEO of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan
Montreal and co-spokesperson for the event.
Program for the Montréal, métropole universitaire forum
The forum will begin with opening remarks from co-spokespeople Louise Roy and
Michel Leblanc. Michael Applebaum, Mayor of Montréal and President of the
Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal, will also address the participants.
The event will be divided into three discussion sessions that feature renowned
guest speakers. Each session will start with presentations from all speakers,
followed by a discussion period with the audience. Before the first session of
the day, a historical overview from 1945 to today will be given by
Paul-AndréComeau, Director of Public Policy and Globalization Research
Laboratory at the École nationale d'administration publique.
The themes for the guest speaker sessions are as follows:
Session 1: How do universities contribute to the socio-economic and cultural
development of a metropolis like Montréal?
-- Simon Brault, President of Culture Montréal
-- Marcel Côté, Founding Partner, KPMG-SECOR
-- Marc Parent, President and Chief Executive Officer of CAE
-- Dr. Hartley S. Stern, Executive Director of the Jewish General
-- Michèle Thibodeau-DeGuire, Chair of the Board of Directors of
the Corporation de l'École Polytechnique de Montréal
Session 2: What does the community expect from its universities?
-- Léopold Beaulieu, President and Chief Executive Officer,
-- Gabriel Bran Lopez, Founder and Executive Director, Youth
Fusion and Co-Founder, Robotique FIRST Québec
-- Dr. Guy A. Rouleau, Director, Montreal Neurological Institute
and Hospital and Full Professor of the Faculty of Medicine -
Neurology and Neurosurgery Department, McGill University, as
well as Wilder Penfield Chair in Neuroscience.
Session 3: What is our vision of the future for Montréal, Canada's top
-- Jacynthe Côté, President and CEO, Rio Tinto Alcan
-- Pierre Marc Johnson, Counsel for Heenan Blaikie, Chief
Negotiator for the Government of Québec for the Comprehensive
Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European
-- Jacques St-Laurent, President and Chief Executive Officer,
Moderator: MichelLeblanc, President and CEO of the Board of Trade of
Metropolitan Montreal and co-spokesperson for the forum.
Montréal's nine universities include the École de technologie supérieure,
École nationale d'administration publique, Polytechnique Montréal, HEC
Montréal, Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Concordia
University, Université de Montréal, Université du Québec à Montréal, and
Sources: Montréal's universities and the Board of Trade of Metropolitan
To schedule an interview with one of the co-spokespeople for the event or for
more information about the program, contactDavid Barrett at514-286-2145,
extension 224 firstname.lastname@example.orgMartine Venne at514-286-2145,
extension 228 email@example.com
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