October 15, 2007 23:59 ET

The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal and the Conseil des arts de Montréal unveil the finalists of the 2007 Prix Arts-Affaires de Montréal

MONTREAL, Oct. 15 - The honourary co-chairs of the Prix
Arts-Affaires de Montréal, Isabelle Hudon, president and CEO of the Board of
Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, and Louise Roy, chair of the Conseil des arts
de Montréal, announced the names of the nine finalists in the competition's
2007 edition during a cocktail party at Théâtre du Nouveau Monde.

In the "Large enterprise" category, the finalists for the 2007 Prix
Arts-Affaires de Montréal are Power Corporation of Canada, proposed by the
CCA; the Société de transport de Montréal, proposed by the Board of Montreal
Museum Directors; and the SSQ Financial Group, proposed by TOHU.

In the "SME" category, the finalists are Fjord marketing interactif,
proposed by Festival TransAmériques; TP1, proposed by the Pont Bridge theatre,
and Vasco Design, proposed by the Groupe de la Veillée theatre.

In the "Arts/Business Personality" category, the finalists are Marcel
Côté (founding partner of Secor, chair of Compagnie Marie Chouinard), proposed
by Compagnie Marie Chouinard; Jean-Marc Eustache (president and CEO, Transat
A.T. Inc.), proposed by the Espace GO theatre, and Florence Junca-Adenot (UQAM
professor), proposed by Agora de la danse.

The candidates were nominated by organizations in the artistic milieu
wishing to thank companies and individuals who had provided them with
outstanding support. The winners will be announced on Tuesday, November 6,
2007, during a business luncheon where the guest speakers will be Lorraine
Pintal, artistic and general director of TNM, and Pierre Karl Péladeau,
president and CEO of Quebecor Inc.

The jury of the Prix Arts-Affaires de Montréal is made up of Lise
Bissonnette, president and CEO of the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du
Québec; Marie-Josée Gagnon, ARP, founding president of CASACOM; D Kimm,
artistic director of Les Filles électriques; Elliot Lifson, vice-chair of the
board of Vêtements Peerless Clothing Inc.; and Paula de Vasconcelos,
co-artistic director and general manager of the Pigeons International theatre

"At the Board of Trade, we are convinced that Montréal's development will
be propelled by the extraordinary richness of our cultural vitality. That's
why we work so hard to ensure the importance of developing the arts within
society is appreciated by our business leaders. The business and cultural
communities have complementary strengths, and their collaboration results in
stimulating and original projects, as this year's finalists have demonstrated
so clearly. These alliances yield economic spinoffs, but they also benefit the
entire community. The vision of Montréal as a cultural metropolis thus entails
not just economic prosperity but also enhanced quality of life. And, with the
great "Montréal, cultural metropolis - Rendez-vous November 2007" just a few
weeks off, I am proud of these examples, which will no doubt inspire us to do
even more and even better," declared Isabelle Hudon, president and CEO of the
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal.

"At the Conseil des arts, we feel that it is very important to highlight
the commitment of companies and individuals in the arts and culture in
Montréal. Their involvement is particularly important because it helps to
unite two sectors which are both generous, innovative, and passionate. The
Prix Arts-Affaires aim to support their participation and nurture their shared
passion for artistic creation," added Louise Roy, chair of the Conseil des
arts de Montréal.

About the Prix Arts-Affaires de Montréal

The Prix Arts-Affaires de Montréal are an initiative of the Conseil des
arts de Montréal and the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, in
partnership with Quebecor Inc., SITQ, in collaboration with daily newspaper Le
Devoir, to reward businesses and individuals who have shown their support for
Montréal arts and cultural organizations. A multidisciplinary design
collective called Rita, composed of Stéphane Halmai-Voisard, Karine Corbeil,
and Francis Rollin, created the work of art that is presented to Prix
Arts-Affaires winners.

In 2006, the winners were: Quebecor Inc. (Large enterprise category),
Caisse populaire Desjardins du Mont-Royal (SME category), and Alvin Segal,
president and CEO of Vêtements Peerless Clothing Inc. (Arts/Business
Personality category). A citation of excellence was also presented to the law
firm of Fasken Martineau.

The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal has some 7,000 members. Its
mission is to represent the interests of the business community of Greater
Montréal and to provide individuals, merchants and businesses of all sizes
with a variety of specialized services to help them achieve their full
potential in terms of innovation, productivity and competitiveness. The Board
of Trade is the largest private organization in Quebec dedicated to economic

A dynamic partner of Montréal artistic creation, the Conseil des arts de
Montréal supports and recognizes excellence in professional artistic creation,
production, and distribution through financial support, advice, and
cooperative and development actions. For over 50 years, the Conseil des arts
de Montréal is contributing to the development of "Montréal, cultural

Contact Information

  • Sylvie Paquette, Coordinator, Media relations,
    Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, (514) 871-4000, ext. 4015,; Christian O'Leary, Director, Communications and
    Development, Conseil des arts de Montréal, (514) 280-3991,