In 2014-2015, the Board of Trade showed exemplary leadership. In keeping with our commitment to be the voice of the business community and front and centre for the city’s major issues, we organized close to 190 events, which were attended by over 27,400 people. Our organization also made its presence felt by taking firm positions on issues the business community considers important. Among the major issues the Board of Trade took on, a number were key for the organization and the business community:
Having three prominent figures speak as part of the International Leaders series:
- Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak;
- The Right Honourable Gordon Brown, former prime minister of the U.K.;
- and Jack Welch, former president and CEO of General Electric (GE).
Holding four Strategic Forums:
- Strategic Forum on Natural Resources (December 2014);
- Strategic Forum on Major Projects (March 2015);
- Strategic Forum on the Transportation and Logistics Industry (April 2015);
- Strategic Forum on Urban Mobility and Intelligent Transportation (May 2015).
Completing many projects and initiatives working with Board of Trade partners, including:
- The Montreal Summit on Innovation (MSI) in partnership with the Quartier de l’innovation and McGill University (November 2014);
- The RDV Relève Inc.™ (May 2015), produced in cooperation with the Fonds de solidarité FTQ, which allowed for deploying an awareness-raising strategy about business transfers and a Strategic Forum.
Holding the I see mtl initiative (November 2014):
Initiated by BMO in cooperation with the Board of Trade, this rallying event prompted leaders from different settings to commit in writing to 180 concrete initiatives to stimulate Greater Montréal’s economy. This event earned the Board of Trade and its partners public recognition, including an award of excellence from the Société québécoise des professionnels en relations publiques and four Strat awards for marketing communications strategy.
Culture in Montréal: Numbers, Trends and Innovative Practices,as well as the Study on the Real Estate Economic Benefits of the Place des Arts Area of the Quartier des Spectacles, produced in cooperation with the Quartier des spectacles Partnership and the Ville de Montréal.
The submission of briefs as part of consultations, including:
- Government of Québec pre-budget consultations;
- The new Québec policy in immigration, diversity and inclusion;
- Bill 38;
- The report of the Québec Taxation Review Committee.
In addition to these accomplishments, we should also note the indispensable services to businesses delivered by Info entrepreneurs and the World Trade Centre Montréal (WTCM). Once again, these two teams provided many entrepreneurs and business buyers the tools and support they needed for their development efforts at home and abroad, specifically through trade missions, consulting and research services, special reports in Montréal newspapers, one-on-one meetings between entrepreneurs and financial backers and programs such as Prêt à entreprendre and SME Passport. In April 2015 Info entrepreneurs renewed its agreement with Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions. This financial support will allow it to continue its support program for companies for a further five years.
The Board of Trade’s Interconnection program is also successfully pursuing its dual objective of helping recent, skilled immigrants integrate to the workforce and expanding the candidate pool for businesses by including talented immigrants. Through a wide range of activities organized in 2014-2015, the program put 1,000 recent immigrants in touch with 315 companies. After participating in the program, 70% of candidates resumed employment or training.
The Board of Trade’s Francization programs provided free French courses and grants to 730 small and medium-sized businesses and enabled them to receive their francization certificate.
We would like to thank our members and pillar sponsors for their trust and steadfast support. Uniting our voices increases the Board of Trade’s influence and allows it to keep playing a leading role in the economic prosperity of the city and its businesses.
At the annual meeting, the members will:
- receive the financial statements and auditor’s report;
- receive the list of the proposed board of directors for 2015-2016;
- elect the 2015-2016 board of directors;
- appoint the auditor;
- consider and determine any other matters which can be legally presented to the members’ meeting.
Any member who cannot attend may appoint, in writing, a proxy to vote at the meeting, provided that the proxy form be delivered to the President and CEO of the Board of Trade by Thursday, November 12, 2015, at 5 p.m. You can obtain a proxy form by contacting Nathalie Besner at 514 871-4000, ext.4002, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2014-2015 financial statements as well as the list of nominations to the 2015-2016 board of directors will be distributed at the annual meeting and can be obtained upon request to 514 871-4000, ext. 4002.