PRESS RELEASE - International Economic Forum of the Americas
For immediate release
June 8, 2015
Nearly 200 Global Economic Leaders Gather for the 21st Edition of the
Conference of Montreal
Montreal, QC – The 21st edition of the Conference of Montreal starts today. This year's theme is Building
a Balanced Economy. Close to 200 speakers are invited, including a number of economic leaders who
will share their thoughts on the main issues affecting global economic growth. Amongst the topics to be
discussed are the future of the energy sector, climate change, infrastructure financing, the work-retirement
transition, and investments in research and innovation, particularly in the health sector.
"In addition to providing a unique forum for networking and exchanging ideas, the Conference of
Montreal is increasingly becoming a platform that encourages economic leaders to work together to
identify potential solutions to the challenges associated with balancing economic growth in all regions of
the world," points out Nicholas Rémillard, President and Chief Executive Officer of the International
Economic Forum of the Americas.
The Conference will be co-chaired by David M. Cote, Chair and Chief Executive Officer at Honeywell,
and Patrick Pouyanné, Chair of the Executive Committee and Chief Executive Officer at TOTAL.
The conference will also feature prominent speakers who will attend the various sessions, including
Ségolène Royal, Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, France, Michäelle Jean,
Secretary General, International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF), Jeffrey R. Immelt, Chair and
Chief Executive Officer, GE, Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director, Oxfam International, Ian
Bremmer, President, Eurasia Group and Editor-at-Large, TIME magazine, and Suma Chakrabarti,
President, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), to name just a few.
More than 4,000 participants are expected at the Bonaventure Hotel, June 8 to 11, for this important event
that continues to grow every year.
For more information about the Conference of Montreal, to apply for media accreditation, or to arrange an
interview with a conference speaker, please contact Mélisa Leclerc ([email protected] or 613-447-8589).
For a copy of the program and a list of the speakers, please see the Conference Web site: http://forumamericas.org/montreal
About the Conference of Montreal
The Conference of Montreal, organized by the International Economic Forum of the Americas, is a major
international event which invites leaders from the worlds of politics and academia, the public and private
sectors, and civil society to come and discuss the major issues surrounding economic globalization, with a
particular emphasis on relations between the Americas and the other continents.
The Conference of Montreal wishes to thank its partners: Power Corporation of Canada, Caisse de dépôt
et placement du Québec (CDPQ), Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF), International Organisation of
La Francophonie (OIF), Finance Montréal, RBC Capital Markets, Hydro-Québec, Investissement Québec,
TransCanada, the City of Montreal, Sanofi Pasteur, Cogeco Cable, Dentons, ENGIE, International
Development Research Centre (IDRC), QG100 Network, Cisco Canada, Export Development Canada
(EDC), HEC Montréal, TOTAL, BNP Paribas, Desjardins, McKinsey & Company, Business
Development Bank of Canada (BDC), GardaWorld, Québec Employers Council (QEC), SNC-Lavalin,
Canadian National Railway Company (CN), Concordia University, Global Risk Institute, Rio Tinto
Alcan, Air Canada, EY, the Government of Ontario, Aluminium Association of Canada, École de
technologie supérieure (ÉTS), National Ecocredit, Global Public Affairs, VIA Rail Canada, Canadian
Association of Petroleum Producers, Tourisme Montréal, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
(UOIT), McGill University, Montréal International, and Oxygène.
The Conference of Montreal also relies on support from the Government of Canada and the Government
The Conference also wishes to thank its media partners: The Financial Times, The Globe and Mail, La
Presse, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, EFE, Business Wire, The Business Year, iPolitics, and