Montréal, October 28, 2014 – The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal is delighted with the initial benefits announced for the city as a result of the trade mission to China led by Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, which Michel Leblanc, President and CEO of the Board of Trade, took part in.
“This trade mission is particularly important for the city’s business community,” Michel Leblanc said. “As Quebec’s second leading economic partner, China is one of the largest suppliers for local importers. Recently, this market also became the second largest for exporters. Trade missions like this help Quebec businesses more effectively penetrate the Chinese market and lead to commercial agreements.”
“We are very pleased that Greater Montréal businesses such as Enerkem, Omnia Technologies and HydroNov signed agreements at the beginning of this trade mission,” said Michel Leblanc. “This demonstrates the potential of the Chinese market for local businesses. The creation of a centre of excellence for certifying flights in icy conditions is also great news for Montréal and international recognition of our expertise.”
“To continue to develop these commercial ties, businesses need a direct flight between China and Montréal,” Michel Leblanc said. “The Board of Trade is actively involved in this issue and tabled a brief on the matter as part of Ville de Montréal consultations. We are very pleased that this trade mission was an opportunity to reiterate to Chinese authorities the importance of this direct flight for the city’s business community, and we are optimistic about the chances of seeing a direct flight established within the year.”
About the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal
The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal is made up of some 7,000 members. Its mission is to represent the interests of the business community of Greater Montréal and to provide individuals, merchants, and local businesses of all sizes with a variety of specialized services to help them achieve their full potential in terms of innovation, productivity, and competitiveness. The Board of Trade is Quebec's leading private economic development organization.
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Michelle LLambias Meunier
Advisor, Media Relations
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal
Tel.: 514 871-4000, ext. 4042
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