Jeune Chambre de Commerce de Montréal

Jeune Chambre de Commerce de Montréal

May 06, 2005 23:59 ET

The 28th ARISTA - BMO Bank of Montreal Provincial Competition crowns seven winners!

MONTREAL, May 6 - Last night, 600 business people attended the 28th ARISTA - BMO Bank of Montreal Provincial Competition awards ceremony. Organised by the Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal (JCCM), the ARISTA competition supports and encourages the future generation of Quebec. Here are the names of the seven winners who distinguished themselves through their exceptional achievements:

Young Manager in Quebec
Charles Guay, President and Chief Operating Officer, Placements BNC and
President and Chief Executive Officer, Altamira

Young Entrepreneur in Quebec - Small Business
Ricardo Poupada, President and Editor-in-Chief,

Young Socially Responsible Business Leader in Quebec
Joanne Liu, President, Doctors Without Borders (MSF), Canada

Young International Business Leader in Quebec
Steve Barakatt, President, Groupe Abaca

Young Professional in Quebec
Marc-André Blanchard, Lawyer, McCarthy Tétrault

Young Self-Employed Worker in Quebec
Nadine Filion, Automotive Journalist

Young Entrepreneur in Quebec - Large or Medium-sized Business
Pascal Pilon, President, Averna Technologies

The Provincial ARISTA Competition

Organised by the JCCM, the ARISTA competition has recognised the young professionals who have helped shape Quebec society for the past 28 years. Selected by a jury of 38 leaders from top Quebec corporations and institutions, the 2005 winners were crowned during a gala evening hosted by ARGENT journalist Lynn Saint Laurent. The 28th edition of the competition took
place under the honorary presidency of Mr. L. Jacques Ménard, Chairman of the Board of BMO Nesbitt Burns and President of BMO Financial Group, Quebec. Mr. François Hudon, Senior Vice-president, BMO Bank of Montreal, Quebec and Atlantic Divisions, acted as jury president. For further information on the competition, visit .

About the Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal

The JCCM brings together young managers, professionals, entrepreneurs and self-employed workers aged 18 to 40. Founded in 1931, it now boasts 1,400 members whose average age is 31. The JCCM is a premiere meeting place and networking vehicle for people who want to get socially involved and take an active part in decisions that will impact the future of our world. The JCCM is the largest junior chamber of commerce in North America.

Contact Information

  • Olivier Champion,
    Director of Communications,
    Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal,
    (514) 845-4951, ext. 24