Pillar Sponsors


Martine Turcotte

Montréal plays a key role in the Québec economy and the scope of its activities has a ripple effect throughout Québec.

In this context, the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal acts as a catalyst in connecting people at the forefront of economic development. The Board of Trade’s meetings are a perfect vehicle for brainstorming new and innovative ideas as well as large-scale projects for the benefit of Québec society as a whole.

As such, Bell is delighted to participate in Québec's dynamism in partnership with and as a pillar sponsor of the Board of Trade, and to be associated with “International Leaders,” a series that offers fresh perspectives to the entire community, while contributing to the growth and visibility of Montréal.

Martine Turcotte, Vice Chair, Québec


Monique F. Leroux

When the Board of Trade suggested we be one of its pillar sponsors and work cooperatively on the development of Greater Montréal, we accepted wholeheartedly. Montréal plays a dominant role in sustainable economic and social prosperity for Quebec.

This is also why Desjardins has 223 points of service and 7 Desjardins Business Centres in the greater metropolitan area. This network alone generates around $100 billion in business volume. 

Serving 1.6 million members and over 10,000 businesses in the city, Desjardins will continue what it has started. We recently announced a development plan with a phase-one investment of $100 million over the next three years.

Related to this initiative, in September 2014, Desjardins launched the 360d, a new type of service centre for students and young workers. Located near Université de Montréal, HEC Montréal and École Polytechnique campuses, this innovative centre takes a unique approach to financial services for young people.

Desjardins’ presence and its investment plans are a clear indication of how determined we are to be part of Montréal’s development.

Our city has major strengths we can build on. By working together, through action and cooperation, we can drive its development and influence.

Monique F. Leroux, President and Chief Executive Officer

Hydro Québec

Éric Martel

Hydro-Québec is proud to be a pillar sponsor of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal. For many years, the Board of Trade has shown exemplary leadership as the voice of the Montréal business community.

Montréal is a fertile ground for creativity and innovation. The Board of Trade and its members are dedicated to the development of the metropolitan area of Montréal. Hydro-Québec salutes the contribution of the Board of Trade to Quebec’s economic vitality, and our partnership in many of the Board of Trade’s activities demonstrates our commitment and interest.

Éric Martel, President and Chief Executive Officer


Alfredo Barrios

Rio Tinto is proud to be associated with the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal as a pillar sponsor.

Our commitment to Montréal and its population is deeply rooted in the city’s history. For almost a hundred years, Montréal has played an important role in the history and growth of what is now the Aluminium product group of Rio Tinto, the global leader in the aluminium industry, and our world headquarters are located in the city.

Like the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, which plays an irreplaceable role in bringing together and stimulating the driving forces of the city’s economy, Rio Tinto has launched an array of initiatives to help create favourable conditions for the growth of Greater Montréal and the well-being of its population.

Rio Tinto’s contribution to the development of Montréal takes various shapes, ranging from our role as a major employer of highly qualified professionals to our support for cultural and social initiatives such as the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Centraide, and the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, a stunning building that connects art and science, for the pleasure of Montrealers and tourists from around the world.

In all of our host communities, our passion for excellence is our key to success. Joining forces with the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, which shares this philosophy, was hence a natural choice. Together and with the collaboration of the Board of Trade’s other pillar sponsors, we intend to make a real difference and contribute to the prosperity of Montréal, a city about which we are proud and enthusiastic, with a bright future ahead of it.

Alfredo Barrios, Chief Executive, Aluminium


Neil Bruce

SNC-Lavalin is pleased to join ranks with the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal as a pillar sponsor, to support its mission of fostering the city's economic vitality.

Firmly rooted in Montréal, SNC-Lavalin has been part of Quebec’s business landscape for more than a century. We have always taken great pride in our contribution to the construction of the emblematic works that have shaped the face of our city, and we will continue to lend our expertise to projects that are essential to the economy of Montréal and Quebec. Our 40,000 employees worldwide are proud to build what matters, creating lasting projects that bear witness to our commitment and contribution to the development of cities and the growth of countries all around the globe.

It was a natural step for us to pool our forces with the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal in order to help promote the economic development and international reputation of the city we call home.

Neil Bruce, President & Chief Executive Officer

Creating a Thriving Metropolis Together


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