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30th Edition of Conference of Montreal Sets New Horizons for Leaders in an Accelerating Era


Robert Tavares

June 3, 2024 - 11:45 am


Leading in an Accelerating World: Global Experts Convene at the 30th Conference of Montreal

MONTREAL, June 3, 2024 /PRNewswire/ - As the world hurdles towards an ever-changing horizon of economic and technological expansion, Montreal primes itself as the host for the 30th edition of the prestigious Conference of Montreal, proudly announcing this year's visionary theme, "Leading in an Accelerating World". This landmark event is scheduled to unfold from June 10-12, 2024, amidst the contemporary luxury of the Hôtel Bonaventure, strategically nestled at the heart of Montreal's vibrant metropolis. Organized by the International Economic Forum of the Americas (IEFA), the conference is set to welcome an impressive assembly of over 150 international speakers and 2,500 on-site participants to ignite discussions on global issues and shine a light on the thriving local business ecosystem. Conference of Montreal | IEFA.

A Program for an Accelerating World

At its core, the Conference zeroes in on the pivotal ways through which institutions and organizations can foresee, delineate, and initiate innovative strategies to flourish amidst the accelerated pace of global evolution. The forum is a magnet, attracting a constellation of business titans, political figureheads, intellectual pioneers from academia, civil society, and an array of international government delegations.

The event's program will delve into crucial contemporary subjects ranging from the intricacies of climate change, the convolutions of the global economy, international trade complexities, to the vulnerabilities of supply chain security. Additionally, breakthrough technological strides such as Artificial Intelligence and intricate facets of energy transition will be dissected, offering a stage ripe for robust debate and vibrant discussion. This gathering promises to be emblematic, bringing together prestigious speakers from the political realm and business vanguard, including:

  • Political leaders such as the President of the Treasury Board of Canada, Anita Anand; the Minister of Finance for the Government of Quebec, Eric Girard; Premier of New Brunswick, Blaine Higgs; Governor of Minnesota, Tim Walz; and the Governor of Illinois, JB Pritzker.
  • Financial potentates spanning the lofty echelons of the banking world with Tiff Macklem, Governor of the Bank of Canada; François Villeroy de Galhau, Governor of the Banque de France; Joachim Nagel, President of the Deutsche Bundesbank; and notable names in the private sector like Henry Kravis, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Chairman of KKR, Paul Desmarais Jr., Chairman of Power Corporation; and Jean-Guy Desjardins, Chairman of the Board and Global CEO of Fiera Capital.
  • Industry captains from powerhouse enterprises including Frédéric Oudéa, Chairman of Sanofi; Geneviève Fortier, CEO of Promutuel Insurance; Laurent Germain, CEO of Egis; Val Smith, Chief Sustainability Officer at Citi; Tamara Lundgren, Chairman, President and CEO of Radius Recycling; Matthias Rebellius, CEO, Smart Infrastructure at Siemens; and Michael McCain, Executive Chair, Maple Leaf Foods.

A Milestone for Montreal: 30 Years of Global Impact

The Conference of Montreal is not merely a gathering—it is a long-standing pedestal of discourse that, since 1994, has been instrumental in fostering a convergence of global decision-makers. The event is ingrained in the cultural fabric of Montreal, commemorating its 30-year legacy of welcoming esteemed heads of state, international influencers, and the illumination of crucial global matters. Beyond the intellectual interchange, the conference stands as a lighthouse guiding economic growth within the province and across international waters. Many entities leverage this conference to catapult into international markets or secure foreign investment.

Marking its influence and testament to its significance in the region, the Conference of Montreal boasts the patronage of the Governments of Canada and Quebec, the City of Montreal, and backs from more than 60 partners spanning the public and private sectors.


"The Government of Canada is committed to promoting innovation and creating an atmosphere for businesses and the business climate to thrive. I am keen on reforming the federal regulatory framework and easing bureaucratic burdens. We are taking decisive steps to ensure that regulations advance alongside emerging technologies and mirror the contemporary landscape of business dynamics, obstacles, and opportunities," asserted The Honourable Anita Anand, President of the Treasury Board of Canada.

"For over thirty years, the Conference of Montreal has been pivotal in tackling significant economic challenges by rallying global leaders, from preeminent businesses to international organizations. I am hopeful that this year's forum will galvanize us to forge informed decisions paving the way for a global economy with low carbon impact and a successful energy transition," remarked Pierre Fitzgibbon, Minister of Economy, Innovation and Energy; Minister Responsible for Regional Economic Development; and Minister Responsible for the Metropolis and the Montreal Region.

"The Conférence de Montréal presents us with a valuable moment to ponder, engage in dialogue, and expand our understanding of worldwide economic issues. Let's harness this forum to advance Montreal's leadership in ecological transition, resilient economic development, and in combating climate change," voiced Valérie Plante, Mayor of Montreal.

"As we commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Conference of Montreal, I stand proudly reflecting on my father's original foresight. This milestone celebrates his enduring influence and our steadfast dedication to nurturing global dialogue and progression," reflected Nicholas Rémillard, CEO, International Economic Forum of the Americas.

For more details and a full agenda of the sessions and speakers, the Conference of Montreal website invites visits and for registration inquiries, interested participants are encouraged to register here.

About The Conference of Montreal

Established in 1994 by the International Economic Forum of the Americas, the Conference of Montreal has evolved from its nascent inception into a globally acclaimed multi-day congregation. Attendees include leaders and game-changers from spheres of governance, business, and academic thought. The event provides a unique socio-political and economic window that spans insights from a North American framework seamlessly integrated with a European perspective and analyzes best practices from across the globe.

Media Accreditation

Journalists and media houses can apply for event access through the accreditation form. Those seeking exclusive speaker interviews can direct their requests to Julia Larivière at [email protected].

This groundbreaking assembly is orchestrated under the auspices of the International Economic Forum of the Americas. Their mission remains unwavering: to foster an environment ripe for dialogue and global advancements—a covenant that each edition of the Conference of Montreal upholds with prestige and anticipation.

The conference, amidst its grandeur and carefully curated dialogues, heralds another year of insightful discussions, potentially transformative decisions, and a confluence of economic, political, and intellectual powerhouses. As the Hôtel Bonaventure prepares its halls for the confluence of esteemed guests, the global community watches with keen interest. The Conference of Montreal continues to serve as a beacon of hope, a bastion of knowledge, and in its 30th year, a celebration of the relentless pursuit of economic innovation and global collaboration.

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