Background

Background

The International Economic Forum of the Americas was founded in 1994, at a time when the globalization of the economies was beginning to emerge at an increased rate. After the fall of communism and the success of the “Uruguay round” in 1989, and with the creation of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 1994, the world was ready to construct a global market that would benefit of the whole planet. In North-America, we were seeing the beginnings of NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement), with the whole array of perspectives it would bring to the development of the United States, Canada and Mexico—the latter still suffering the aftermath of its peso crisis. On the one hand, we felt we were living in a critical time in the evolution of the world, at the end of a century that had been difficult by all accounts, and on the other hand, we could feel all the uncertainties and concerns that be set new beginnings weighing upon our shoulders.

We had the idea that Montreal could be the host city for an international yearly economic conference concerned with this phenomenon of the globalization of economies. A first Conference was organized on June 20-22, 1995.


Gil Remillard
Founding Chairman

Photo Gallery

Akinwumi A. Adesina, President, African Development Bank Group (ADB); and Co-Chair, 22nd edition of the Conference of Montreal
Irina Bokova, Director-General, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); and Co-Chair, 22nd edition of the Conference of Montreal
Glenn Hutchins, Chairman, North Island; Co-Founder, Silver Lake; and Co-Chair, 22nd edition of the Conference of Montreal
Networking receptions are a great place to take advantage of business opportunities
Philippe Couillard, Premier of Québec
Denis Coderre, Mayor, City of Montréal
Joanne Liu, International President, Doctors Without Borders (MSF)
David M. Cote, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Honeywell, and Jean Lemierre, Group Chairman, BNP Paribas
Interview with Gérard Mestrallet, Chairman of the Board, ENGIE, and Éric Martel, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hydro-Québec
Paul Desmarais, Jr., Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Power Corporation of Canada (PCC); and Chair, Board of Governors, Conference of Montreal
Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Canada
Gil Rémillard, Founding Chairman, International Economic Forum of the Americas (IEFA)
Angel Gurría, Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Inaugural Session: Shaping a New Era of Prosperity (Monday, June 13)
Annette Winkler, Chief Executive Officer, Smart Automobiles, and Vice-President, Daimler
Plenary Session: Building Tomorrow’s Infrastructure (Tuesday, June 14)
Plenary Session: Facing a New Global Energy Reality (Tuesday, June 14)
Abdoul Aziz Tall, Minister to the President of the Republic of Senegal, in charge of the Suivi du Plan Sénégal Émergent