Secretariat to the Cree Nation Abitibi-Témiscamingue Economic Alliance

Secretariat to the Cree Nation Abitibi-Témiscamingue Economic Alliance

December 08, 2011 08:00 ET

Plan Nord in the Spotlight at B2B MONTREAL 2012: Business Opportunities for SMEs in Quebec and the Cree Nation

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Dec. 8, 2011) - B2B MONTREAL 2012 is proud to announce the conclusion of a partnership agreement with the Secretariat to the Cree Nation - Abitibi-Témiscamingue Economic Alliance to ensure a strong presence of Cree communities at this International Business Development Forum scheduled for March 2012. The event will offer an ideal opportunity for Quebec entrepreneurs to forge partnerships with businesses, municipalities and communities on the Plan Nord territory.

Furthermore, B2B MONTREAL 2012 is honoured that Matthew Coon Come, the Grand Chief of the Grand Council of the Crees, has accepted an invitation to be the guest speaker at the opening dinner of the forum. The Grand Chief will share his vision of the economic development of Northern Quebec and more specifically the impacts and benefits for the Cree Nation.

"B2B MONTREAL 2012 is specifically designed for small businesses looking for strategic, financial, business and technology alliances. The presence of entrepreneurs from the Cree Nation, James Bay and Abitibi-Témiscamingue will generate unique business opportunities for participating companies. This is great news for the economic development of Quebec," said Jean Maurice Duplessis, President of B2B Alliance Inc.

"By entering into a partnership with B2B MONTREAL 2012, the Secretariat is appealing to SMEs from Quebec and abroad who attend the event: we are in business and ready to work with you," added Pierre Ouellet, Coordinator of the Secretariat to the Cree Nation - Abitibi-Témiscamingue Economic Alliance. "B2B will facilitate meetings to create business partnerships on our territory."

For its part, the APDEQ (Association des professionnels en développement économique du Québec) is pleased to learn of the participation of the Plan Nord businesses, municipalities and communities, which will create unique prospects for Quebec businesses. "This is an extraordinary opportunity for Quebec SMEs seeking partnerships and strategic alliances with businesses directly involved in the development of the Plan Nord," affirmed Caroline Gagnon, President of the APDEQ.

B2B MONTREAL 2012 will also host delegations from around the world through a strategic alliance with Futurallia, a leader in SME partnerships and whose network extends to more than 30 countries. France, Morocco, Guinea and Mexico have all confirmed that SMEs from their countries will attend the March forum in Quebec.

Registration: B2B MONTREAL 2012 will be held at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel from March 14 to 16, 2012, and will bring together over 800 entrepreneurs for more than 9,000 bilateral meetings. Presented in the form of business-to-business "speed dating," the event will draw businesses from the following sectors; transport, public works, natural resources, manufacturing, and information technology. Space is limited. To register for B2B MONTREAL 2012, please visit: www.b2bmontreal2012.com.

Partners of B2B MONTREAL 2012: Secretariat to the Cree Nation - Abitibi-Témiscamingue Economic Alliance; Association des professionnels en développement économique du Québec (APDEQ); Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA); Association des manufacturiers d'équipements de transport et de véhicules spéciaux (Transportail); TechnoMontréal; and the New Brunswick Economic Council.

Contact Information

  • Marie-Christine Ethier
    HKDP Communication and public affairs
    514.395.0375, ext. 232
    Cell: 514.212.3503

    Chantal Hamelin
    Liaison officer
    Secretariat to the Cree Nation
    Nation Crie - Abitibi-Temiscamingue