The Montreal Conference's mission is to develop knowledge of the major international issues by facilitating their free discussion in their economic, political and socio-cultural aspects. To this end, the Conference invites every year, in the second week of June, Heads of State and Government, business people, specialists, trade union leaders, academics and members of civil society to discuss and meet to facilitate the development of their business. In order to update it's mission, the Montreal Conference benefits from the advice of it's Board of Governors, which meets every year during the Conference. The Board defines the main parameters for the programming of the next conference under the recommendation of the Advisory Committee.


The objectives of the International Economic Forum of the Americas / Conference of Montreal can be outlined as follows:

  • To give its participants access to privileged information while fostering free and extensive discussions on various aspects of economy, with contributors and experts from among the best qualified;
  • To promote relations between governments, international organizations, business people, members of the civil society, workers associations and universities;
  • To allow its participants from various areas in the world to have business meetings during which they can develop their company or organization internationally;
  • To cultivate a better understanding of major international issues in order to make international development more equitable and sensitive to specific realities in designated areas of the world;
  • To develop knowledge on the major challenges faced by the Americas.

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