Trade mission to Los Angeles: unprecedented mobilization to support a strategic sector of our economy

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Added on 13 June 2016 in Press releases

Montréal, June 13, 2016 – From June 14 to 16, the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal and its team of international trade experts, the World Trade Centre Montréal, in partnership with the Alliance numérique, will conduct a trade mission to the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles. Some forty participants will attend the largest annual gathering in the video game and interactive entertainment industry. The size of the delegation demonstrates the vitality of the city’s businesses and provides international visibility for this strategic, growth-generating sector for Quebec and Montréal.

This international event is a chance for companies to meet and is a source of inspiration for players in interactive entertainment. Businesses taking part in the trade mission will be able to attend conferences, networking events and new game releases. More than 1,600 products are presented at E3, and over 50,000 video game professionals take part in it, including analysts and journalists from around the world and businesses from over 100 countries.

“We want to take this opportunity to send a strong message and show the strength of the city’s video game industry,” said Michel Leblanc, President and CEO of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal. “Montréal has made a place for itself and has become one of the world leaders in video games. Its tremendous creative talent and the vitality and passion of its major players, SMEs and start-ups make the city a hub for the industry. A victim of its success, the industry is facing a shortage in qualified labour, and E3 is an excellent venue for convincing talented professionals to make the move to Montréal.”

“Taking part in E3 is a chance to size up the leadership and know-how of Quebec’s video game studios,” said Catherine Émond, General Manager of the Alliance numérique. “With more than 10,000 direct and indirect jobs in over 140 studios, highly skilled labour and forecast annual growth in the order of 7% globally, the video game industry is in a solid position, and we need to continue to support, promote and develop it both in Quebec and around the world. The industry evolves quickly, so this annual event is an excellent way to stay on top of emerging innovations and major technology trends, which, as we know, have a major impact on our lives.”
For more information about the trade mission, click here.
You can take part in the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #E32016.

 

About the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal
The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal has over 7,000 members. Its mission is to be the voice of Montréal’s business community and to promote the city’s prosperity. It is involved in key areas of economic development, advocating a philosophy of action based on engagement, credibility, proactivity, collaboration and innovation. The Board of Trade also offers a range of specialized services to individuals and to business of all sizes to support them in their growth at home and abroad.

About the World Trade Centre Montréal
With the help of its World Trade Montréal experts, the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal offers international trade services to the extended business community, with the support of Canada Economic Development.

About the Alliance numérique
Since its creation in 2001, the Alliance numérique has been the business network for the new media and interactive digital content industry in Quebec. The Alliance has over 100 active members in the video game and interactive digital entertainment sector. It supports their development by offering them an extended range of services and activities. It also increases the number of national and international partnerships, meetings and exchanges to promote the industry’s growth, competitiveness and visibility, in a spirit of respect for all of its players. The Alliance is an important point of contact for the industry with public authorities. For more information, visit www.alliancenumerique.com.

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For information or to schedule an interview:

Guillaume Bérubé
Advisor, Media Relations
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal
514 871-4000, ext. 4042
gberube@ccmm.qc.ca