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Montreal

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The early days of the Montreal Chapter are lost in the mists of time….

The FMI Montreal Chapter held the first PSMW of the Financial Management Institute in 1988. It was not called the PSMW at the time, but rather the Government Directors of Finance Workshop.

DocImage2063 325pix.jpg The Montreal Chapter was officially relaunched on June 9, 1999. Launch Committe members were (l-r) Luc Gauvin, Jean Genest, Denis Pelletier (Chair), Maryse Charbonneau, Martin Santoire, Sophie de Courval, Mario B. Roy, Adriana Mastrostefano, and Josée Corbeil. Absent: Chantal Marcotte.

In 1994, the Chapter hosted a second PSMW. Although the event was a success for the FMI, it came at a high price for the Chapter, which ceased its operations for several years.

It was only in 1999 that activities resumed under the leadership of Mr. Denis Pelletier, who remained as the president until 2001.

From 2001 to 2007, the presidency was assumed by Mr. Mario Roy, whose dynamism and energy would inspire the members of the board of directors to excel.

When Mr. Roy left to take up a new challenge, Ms. Johanne Pilon took on the presidency in 2007-2008 and 2008-2009.  Mr. Guy Ménard has been president of the organization since 2009-2010.

Over the past twelve years, several significant events and milestones have helped to establish the chapter's reputation, and in particular, to ensure that it enjoys both credibility and an enviable position.

One of the important milestones was undoubtedly in 2002 when the Chapter partnered up with the National Bank of Canada, in what would be the beginning of a new era. The NBC has since become the Chapter's most loyal sponsor, which has brought a great deal of credibility to the organization. What is more, the NBC makes its private dining room available for the Chapter's luncheon conferences, thereby adding a gastronomic element to our activities.

Among the more remarkable events, we would be remiss not to mention the tenacity of André Bérard, who was then president of the National Bank of Canada.  He had agreed to be our conference speaker. On the scheduled date for his presentation, Mr. Bérard was hospitalized with heart problems, but he was intent on honouring his commitment. So his driver picked him up at the hospital to bring him to the conference.  Mr. Bérard gave his speech-with a catheter in his arm-and when his presentation was over, he returned to the hospital to continue his convalescence.

Montreal photo 325pix.jpg From left to right, Mario Roy, FMI-Montreal, Sheila Fraser, Auditor General of Canada and Serge Boisseau, FMI-Quebec at a luncheon presentation in March 2004.

We are also very proud of the fact that we hosted Sheila Fraser as a speaker in March 2004, when she was Auditor General of Canada.  She had just published her "sponsorship" report three months earlier.  This luncheon presentation was a very popular event.

In retrospect, we can be proud of our journey and have earned bragging rights for having hosted great speakers, such as a former premier of Quebec, numerous directors from our major financial institutions and large Crown corporations, and university professors from Quebec institutions that have gained an international reputation.

The current directors of the FMI Montréal Chapter are mindful of this rich legacy, and they work very hard to reinforce this feeling of pride and desire for excellence among the new members.

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