20th Conference of Montreal – The Premier of Québec presents his government’s economic and political vision

QUÉBEC CITY, June 12, 2014 - At the close of the International Economic Forum of the Americas - Conference of Montreal, Québec Premier Philippe Couillard noted that the event enabled the new government to present its policies that will contribute to Québec’s prosperity.

“The program’s breadth and the quality of the speakers were instrumental in the success of this 20th edition of the Conference of Montreal, as was the case for previous editions. I had an opportunity to outline two ambitious projects that will open Québec to the world and at the same time create jobs throughout its regions. Re-launching the Plan Nord in all its economic, social and environmental aspects and implementing the Maritime Strategy form an integral part of our vision for fostering Québec’s growth,” said the Premier.

The Premier was invited to speak at the opening luncheon, whose theme was Towards the Next Era of Growth. The Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion, Kathleen Weil, and the Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie, Christine St-Pierre, also took part in the conference.

Minister St-Pierre made the introductory remarks at the forum entitled Economic Francophonie: Outlook and Challenges. “I am extremely pleased by the economic ambitions of La Francophonie. They broaden the scope of action of this great multilateral institution of which Québec is a full-fledged member. We want an economic Francophonie oriented towards sustainable and equitable development that fosters job creation for young people and women. This topic will be at the heart of the next Francophonie Summit, scheduled to take place in Dakar, Senegal, this fall,” she said.

Minister Kathleen Weil, together with the Premier, participated in a forum on international mobility as well as on diversity, innovation and productivity. “This forum afforded an occasion to reiterate how important it is in a globalized economy for Québec to attract and retain the best talent,” she stated. “Québec possesses major economic assets. As the Premier noted, this is reflected in the deployment of the Plan Nord. We also anticipate making major changes soon to our immigration system that would include actively involving businesses. This move will be decisive for Québec’s economic growth,” she added.

While at the event, Premier Couillard engaged in discussions with influential members of the economic and political communities. He met with the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, who was awarded an honorary doctorate from Université de Montréal. In the company of Minister St-Pierre, he met with the Administrator of the International Organization of La Francophonie, Clément Duhaime.

Minister St-Pierre also met with the Secretary-General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, the Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Angel Gurría, and the Secretary of Innovation, Science and Technology of the State of Jalisco, Mexico, Jaime Reyes Robles.

The theme of the 20th Conference of Montreal was The Foundation for the Next Era of Growth. The event attracted over 3,000 participants from the business, political and academic communities.

Minister’s Schedule
7th Conference of Heads of Government of Partner Regions

When Minister’s Schedule
Sunday, June 1, 2014
PM Round table with businesses
PM Meeting with Beate Merk, Bavarian Minister for European Affairs and International Relations
Evening Visit to the Upper Austria photography exhibition
Evening Networking activity between Bavarian and Québec businesses
Monday, June 2, 2014
AM Meeting with Nathan Deal, Governor of Georgia
AM Meeting with Josef Pühringer, Minister-President of Upper Austria, and signing of an agreement between the CALQ and Upper Austria on artist-in-residence exchanges
AM Meeting with Guo Shuqing, Governor of Shandong
AM Meeting with Steve Brereton, Canada’s Consul General in Atlanta
PM Meeting with Ivan Meyer, Minister of Finance of the Western Cape
PM Visit to Lockheed Martin’s facilities
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
AM Opening plenary sessions
AM Report on the expert meeting to discuss "the economic impacts of major sporting events”
AM Report on the expert meeting to discuss “global changes in logistics supply chains”
AM Opening statements by the delegation heads of every region
AM Discussions between delegation heads
AM Signing of the Final Declaration
AM Final press conference

Québec Business Schedule

When Business Schedule
Aerospace Logistics
Sunday, June 1, 2014
PM Round table with Minister St-Pierre Round table with Minister St-Pierre
PM Preparatory sessions for the meetings  
Evening Networking activity with Bavarian businesses  
Monday, June 2, 2014
AM Visit to Lockheed Martin’s facilities and meeting with its representatives Visit to the Savannah’s port facilities and meeting with port authorities
AM   Visit to Savannah manufacturers’ warehouses
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
AM Visit to BOEING’s facilities and meeting with its representatives Visit to the Dorel Distribution Center and meeting with its representatives

Participants and budget


Minister Minister’s staff MRIF MEIE Québec Government Office in Atlanta (DQA) Experts from Québec Representatives of the aeronautics and logistics sectors









Total number of participants : 37

Companies and organizations represented for the commercial component



Alta Precision Canadian National (CN)
Amrikart Cargo-M
Avior CLD Marguerite d'Youville
Delastek CLD Vaudreuil Soulanges
FDC Composites LS Distribution
Gal Aviation Port of Montréal
LG Cloutier Port of Québec City
M1 Composites Port of Trois-Rivières
Meloche City of Contrecoeur
NTS Consulting City of Montréal
PCM Innovation CLD Rousillon


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