Montréal means business in key economic sectors

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Montréal offers the best of both worlds: charming European chic and cutting-edge North American innovation. And thanks to centuries of trade, business and finance, the city has emerged not just as cultural metropolis, but a world leader in a wide range of business sectors. Metropolitan Montréal is home to the largest concentration of research complexes in Canada, with more than 150 centres and 1,500 institutions active in research and development.

The city’s ability to attract the best and brightest minds from around the globe and industry-wide make it an ideal destination for delegates to connect with many of the business world’s leaders and key decision-makers. Our dynamic local communities are very active and always committed to excellence.

Here’s a look at some of the fields and the people, from researchers to university alumni and professionals and consultants, which compose Montréal’s economic force and veritable pool of talent:

One of three major aerospace hubs in the world, Montréal is recognized for its top-notch expertise as well as leading manufacturers of aircraft, engines, simulators, equipment and specialized subcontractors and suppliers. The International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the Airline Telecommunication and Information Services (SITA) all have their home here.

Life Sciences
Montréal’s Life Sciences sector is truly world-class and is headquarters to world leaders in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, contractual research and medical technology as well as many research institutions specialized in researching neurology, oncology, cardiology, endocrinology and immunology. Pfizer, Brystol Myers Squibb and Merck are three of the major pharmaceuticals that have set up in Montréal.

Information and Communications Technology
Montréal has garnered a global reputation as an ICT powerhouse, with businesses that encompass manufacturing, software, electronic data processing services, telecommunication services, interactive digital media/service, audiovisual/digital sound and digital arts. Big names include Ubisoft, EA Games, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE), to name but a few.

Nanotechnology and New Materials
Our nanotechnology researchers come from diverse backgrounds, such as physics, chemistry, engineering, biotechnology and medicine, while our research groups include the Centre for Biorecognition and Biosensors (CBB), the Nanotools Facilities and the Biotechnology Research Institute of the National Research Council of Canada (BRI-NRC).

A wide range of other business sectors
Montréal’s thriving business sectors prove why our city offers exceptional opportunities to meet the very best when you meet here. The following is a list of the other industries in which Montréal leads in innovation and talent, and which set this city apart from the rest:

•   Agri-Food

•   Environmental Technologies

•   Transportation and Logistics

•   Energy

•   Finance

Source: Montréal International