Quartier International de Montréal

Quartier International de Montréal

September 12, 2005 13:30 ET

Award Presented by the Respected Project Management Institute of Philadelphia: The Quartier International de Montreal Selected as the World's Best Managed Project

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 12, 2005) - Today, the Quartier International de Montreal and the City of Montreal earned the world's highest and most prestigious award in project management, the "PMI Project of the Year 2005," presented by the respected Project Management Institute (PMI) of Philadelphia.

Equivalent to an "Oscar" in project management, this international award is the first to be given to a Canadian project by PMI, an organization of 165,000 members in 125 countries. Last year's recipient was a Saudi Arabian gas plant. This year, the two other finalists were from Puerto Rico and Grenada.

Mr. Clement Demers, General Director of the Quartier International de Montreal (QIM), and Mrs. Celine Topp, director of the Service de la mise en valeur du territoire et du patrimoine de la Ville de Montreal, also a member of the QIM board of directors, accepted the award from Mr. Kashimoto Mpinga, PMI-Montreal president, at a press conference held on the Parquet of the Centre CDP Capital, built on the QIM site. On Saturday evening, Mr. Demers and Mrs. Topp first received this award during a gala organized for the PMI Global Congress 2005-North America, which runs until tomorrow in Toronto.

This is a new honour for the QIM. The organization has earned 22 awards in 13 different fields. Without doubt, it is the most recognized urban project in Canada.

"We are very proud that a Montreal company has been selected as the project of the year on a global level. The Project Management Institute is paying tribute the project's originality and the effectiveness of the methods used by the QIM in its planning and execution. The PMI's members recognize the added value of the best practices in project management advocated by the PMI, which focuses on quality, the role of leaders and the importance of the project's expanding team. The QIM also worked well within deadlines without surpassing initial cost estimates," stressed Mr. Mpinga, who has also worked with the Aeroports de Montreal in engineering, architecture and project management.

"Our project has proven that investing in development can pay off for the community if the management and product quality is there from the start. In collaboration with our professionals at Daoust Lestage du Consortium DL-PRA as well as the Genivar group, we are especially proud of establishing a relationship based in trust and solidarity with all of the project's partners, which is a measure of success in project management," stated Mr. Demers et Mrs. Topp.

Started in 1997 by the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec, the development of the Quartier International de Montreal is the result of a new type of collaboration among governments and the private sector. The government of Canada, the government of Quebec, the City of Montreal, area waterfront property owners and private partners invested $90 million to create this new urban neighbourhood located between the business district and Old Montreal. To date, this investment has been supplemented by public and private investments of more than $800 million.

The Quartier international area is defined by Saint-Urbain Street, rue Saint-Antoine, rue Saint-Jacques (between McGill and University), University and Viger Avenue.

The QIM is now beginning to develop McGill Street, the link between the strategic sectors of the Old Port, Old Montreal, the Cite du Multimedia and the Quartier international.

Since its founding in 1969, the Project Management Institute has attracted 200,000 members in 125 countries, making it the largest non-profit professional association in project management.

The PMI sets project management standards, offers seminars, educational programs and professional certification (Project Management Professional - PMP), which is being demanded more and more by organizations for their project leaders.

The PMI-Montreal is one of the largest chapters of the Project Management Institute. Today, it includes more than 2,000 Quebec project managers, of whom 1,000 are PMP certified.

ABB, Aeroports de Montreal, Canadian Space Agency, AGTI, Alcan, National Bank of Canada, Bell Canada, Bombardier, CAE, CGI, Desjardins, Ericsson, Honeywell, Hydro-Quebec, IBM, ING, LGS, Purkinje, SNC Lavalin, Standard Life, Tecsult, Telus, Ubisoft and UQAM are some of the members of the PMI-Montreal.

Contact Information

  • Andre Bouthillier
    (514) 732-4114 or (514) 895-0127
    Lorraine Pigeon-Ivanoff
    (514) 609-3519