Tourisme Montréal hosts 8th annual Association Networking Forum in Paris

published on February 14, 2017
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Montréal’s spirit of innovation and creativity has earned it an international reputation as a cosmopolitan city. That’s why, once again this year, Tourisme Montréal is bringing this forward-thinking approach to doing business to its international association clients with the 8th annual Montréal Association Networking Forum in Paris. The Forum will gather together a group of international clients and peers for exchanges about the future of business. The 2017 edition will be held on March 8 and 9 at the Hôtel Bachaumont in the 2ème arrondissement, close to the epochal Paris Opéra and myriad Passage des Panoramas. Yves Lalumière, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Tourisme Montréal will be in attendance accompanied by members of Team Montréal, along with an inspiring program of speakers.


A stimulating environment requires stimulating speakers, and 2017’s theme of “Transformation Pathways” aims to tackle the need to change paradigms within our organizations and manage the change process that will be necessary to attract and manage the upcoming generation of millennials in the workplace. The landscape is shifting: the Montréal Association Networking Forum’s speakers will examine strategies that associations can apply to make the transition into the 2020s and beyond.


Thomas Reiser
Executive Director of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH)
With sought-after knowledge on professional association and conference management, Thomas Reiser’s notable CV includes specialization in fundraising, strategy, and the coordination of international programs. The medical and scientific focus of organizations he has led covers a wide net of focus areas including nephrology, psychiatry, and orthotics. Tom will host the panel discussions for this year’s Forum.


Ruedi Baur
A member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (Agi), Ruedi Baur’s design via his Paris, Zurich, and Berlin-based Intégral Ruedi Baur studios has created identity systems and signage for Paris’ Pompidou Center, the Cologne-Bonn Airport, and the Vienna Airport amongst others. His teaching work includes placements at the École des arts décoratifs in Paris, as well as the Luxun Academy in Shenjang, the Central Academy of Arts (Cafa) in Beijing, and the Percé International School. Rudy will also be a keynote speaker at the World Design Summit in Montréal in October.


Inés Arias Iglesias
Policy and Project Officer at Euroheat & Power
Having joined Euroheat & Power with the Erasmus Internship Programme in 2015, Inés Arias Iglesias previously completed studies in Communications at Spain’s University of Santiago de Compostela and also holds a Masters degree in International Affairs and European Studies from the University of Aalborg in Denmark.


Anne Berrevoets
Events Coordinator at the European Association for International Education (EAIE)
The annual EAIE Conference – taking place this September in Seville – brings 5000 professionals together to set the course for Europe’s higher education systems. As the logistics coordinator for the conference and other EAIE activities, Anne Berrevoets’ approach to event organization and international communications is an exciting example of the new school’s approach to events.


Gráinne Ní Ghiollagáin
Business Development Manager at Croke Park Meetings and Events
Following an honours degree in Pharmacy from Trinity College Dublin and a career as a pharmacist, a trek up to Machu Pichu convinced Gráinne Ní Ghiollagáin that a career change was in order. Having brought together world-leaders in the pharmaceutical and medical fields for conferences throughout the UK, Gráinne now bids for Dublin’s progressive Croke Park Meetings and Events venue.



The program kicks off on Wednesday with a panel discussion entitled, “Is your organization FIT or Unfit for Millenials?” The panel will examine the ways that associations will need to evolve to recruit and retain the upcoming generation of workers. This will be followed by a conference by Ruedi Baur, who brings a designer’s perspective to the many challenges facing international associations.

The following morning begins with a discussion led by Thomas Reiser on the theme of “Transformation Pathways” to explore managing the change process to ensure that our organizations are resilient and will thrive well into the future. The Forum wraps up with an open session during which guests can bring up issues and concerns for discussion.


The stately Hôtel Bachaumont provides the elegant location for two days of connection and roundtable discussion. Stylishly elevated by interior designer Dorothée Meilichzon, each room features distinctive handpicked décor and comfort. Originally opened in the 1920s, then closed and converted into a medical clinic in the 1970s, the Hôtel Bachaumont’s renovation and reinvigoration as a hotel has recaptured the art deco spirit of early 20th century Les Halles. Hôtel Bachaumont’s grandiose yet relaxed atmosphere is one befitting Tourisme Montréal’s dedication to providing a perfect setting for the idea exchange this annual event promises and delivers.

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