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Montréal, March 20, 2017— The Canadian Chamber of Commerce, which was headquartered in Montréal for most of its existence and still has offices there, joined the celebrations of the City of Montréal’s 375th anniversary with an evening highlighting the city’s remarkable contribution to Canadian innovation and economic development, especially in transportation.

“The history of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce is intertwined with Montréal’s. Since our founding in 1925, we’ve always had a presence in the city. We’re glad to be part of the 375th anniversary festivities and to showcase the city to business leaders from across the country,” said the Hon. Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. “Montréal is a thriving hub of innovation and diversity and is this country’s original beating heart of business. We are happy to celebrate the long and storied past of the metropolis and look forward to an even greater future.”

The Canadian Chamber held a reception last night at Espace CDPQ, a business incubator. The reception featured distinguished guests, including Mme Dominique Anglade, Quebec Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation; M. Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montréal, and M. Alexandre Taillefer, entrepreneur and business leader. Canadian Chamber directors from across the country, as well as local chamber representatives and other business leaders, gathered to celebrate the city and listen to the speakers as they provided valuable insights on the innovative transportation projects underway in Montréal.

“Innovation in transportation is critical to our prosperity, so it was a perfect theme for highlighting the city’s contribution to Canada’s economy,” said Duncan Wilson, Vice-President of Corporate Social Responsibility for the Port of Vancouver and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. “Montréal is at the forefront of many new initiatives that will ensure the city remains a leader in making transportation more affordable and environmentally-friendly. Companies like Mr. Taillefer’s Téo Taxi or the REM light-rail train system will help to propel Montréal, and ultimately Canada, into a new era of transport efficiency.”

“Montréal is home to many of the Canadian Chamber’s staff and directors, including me, and I hope we also made it feel home for all business leaders visiting from across the country. We are pleased to host them and celebrate together this important milestone for Montréal,” said Mme Christiane Bergevin, representative for Yamana Gold and Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

The Canadian Chamber’s Board of Directors is meeting on Monday, March 20, and directors will hear from federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau on the theme of innovation in transportation.


The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is the vital connection between business and the federal government. It helps shape public policy and decision-making to the benefit of businesses, communities and families across Canada with a network of over 450 chambers of commerce and boards of trade, representing 200,000 businesses of all sizes in all sectors of the economy and in all regions. Follow us on Twitter @CdnChamberofCom.

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Guillaum W. Dubreuil
Director, Public Affairs and Media Relations
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce