Claude Liboiron, Chairman of the Board of the Société du Palais des congrès de Montréal, announced today that Marc Tremblay will be leaving the position of President and CEO of the Palais des congrès de Montréal, in order to pursue new challenges. Tremblay recently informed the Board he would not be seeking a new term.
“It is with regret that the Board accepted Marc’s decision. After taking over as CEO in September 2009 for a 4-year term, he helped generate through his leadership and management skills some impressive results despite hard economic times and fierce competition,” underlined Liboiron. “He is leaving the organization which is now in an excellent position to face the future,” added Liboiron.
Although his main mandate was to bring business performance front and centre, Tremblay quickly decided to also work on two other key issues: customer service and organizational performance. His many achievements that helped nurture the excellent reputation Montréal and its convention centre enjoy with visitors, include:
- 2010-2013 strategic plan: The plan focused on business performance and revitalizing the customer experience. The Palais posted remarkable results in 2011-12 and 2012-13, up from 2010-11. We hosted 368 events in 2011-12, thus reaching our ambitious goal of doubling the number of events hosted in 2005-06 (183). The Palais met every objective it set for itself in the last three years, and thanks to the efforts of our seasoned team, we can look forward to a full schedule of bookings for the coming years;
- Technological modernization: The Palais moved forward with its technological modernization project and embarked on a discernible shift with success. The two Meeting Industry Marketing Awards we won in London in October 2012 spoke to the creativity of the Palais’ communications and bold marketing. It was a very proud moment for everyone at the Palais;
- Sustainability: Committed more than ever to sustainability, the Palais des congrès shone nationally and internationally thanks to initiatives such as green roofing, green event programs and extensive community involvement, all of which garnered unprecedented media attention for the Palais;
- Reserving strategically located land: The decision to plan and request the reservation of some strategically located nearby land has made it possible for the Palais to safeguard its future and continue to develop in the medium to long term.
“I am very proud of the Palais’ progress since 2009,” commented Tremblay, and then added: “I would like to thank the leaders of the major national, U.S. and international associations whose dynamism helped move forward key issues of importance for the prosperity of large-scale events.” In closing, Tremblay pointed out that the Palais is in formidable shape and ready to take on the challenges of the coming years.
Marc Tremblay will be stepping down effective September 20, 2013.
About the Palais des congrès de Montréal
The mission of the Palais des congrès de Montréal is to attract and host conventions, exhibitions, conferences, meetings and other events. A public institution with a commercial vocation, the Palais generates major economic spinoffs for Québec and has contributed proudly for 30 years to sharing knowledge and enhancing Montréal’s international reputation as a first-rate destination. To learn more about the Palais des congrès de Montréal, visit our website at www.congresmtl.com