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Montreal's Palais des congrès Partners to Build LSHS Biz

The Palais des congrès de Montréal has partnered with a non-profit economic development organization to bring more health and life science-related conventions to the centre and the city.

The Palais has teamed up with Montréal InVivo. Dedicated to the creation of a business environment that fosters innovation and growth within organizations in the life sciences and health sector, Montréal InVivo has a membership that spans 600+ organizations, including 150 research centres and 80 world-class company affiliates.

“We firmly intend to give our city’s leading economic sectors the opportunity to take full advantage of these major international meetings,” said Raymond Larivée, president and CEO of the Palais des congrès de Montréal, which is a Quebec government corporation. “On average, 37 per cent of the events held at the Palais in the last five years have been in connection with the health and life sciences sector. This collaboration with Montréal InVivo will enable both organizations to draw from their respective strengths in order to ultimately attract even more major conventions and promote the LSHT cluster worldwide.”

“Life sciences and health represent a booming sector, not to mention their contribution to the GDP, the new small businesses and the constantly growing number of jobs they’re creating. Montreal ranks sixth in North America for concentration of LSHS jobs,” said Frank Béraud, CEO of Montréal InVivo. “This partnership is a natural fit with Montréal InVivo’s mission of bolstering the sector’s competitiveness and growth in the Greater Montréal Area and Quebec-wide.”

The new partnership will include information sharing, convention selection and continuing the work of putting together a new health-related Montréal convention for 2016, the first International Congress on Personalized Health Care.