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November/December 2015

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72 | Ignitemag.ca | November | December 2015 Canada Oh Canada Montreal, Quebec by Rose Filice Montreal's identity may be entrenched in its European flair, cosmopolitan city centre and historic charm, but in the meetings community, it's revered for its cutting-edge meetings infrastructure. Montreal has ranked first in the Americas for international association events by the Union of International Associations for four straight years, host- ing 79 international events in 2014. Over 200 direct flights arrive daily at Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport, a short 20 minute drive to the down- town core where over 15,000 hotels rooms are available, more than 4,000 of which are connected via the underground pedestrian network to the Palais des congrès de Montréal. The 551,520-sq.-ft. state-of-the-art facility includes 113 rooms and venues and one of the largest column-free halls in Canada. Unique venue options reflect the diversity of the city, rang- ing from art deco cabaret clubs and the tallest inclined tower in the world (the Olympic Stadium), to lush green spaces in Parc Jean-Drapeau, site of Expo '67. In Old Montreal, troupe Cirque Éloize regale groups with an innovative combination of circus arts, music, dance and theatre that can be personalized to the theme of your event. Its location inside the historic Dalhousie Station, the city's oldest surviving railway station, accommodates 350 for banquets and 700 for cocktail recep- tions. Cirque Éloize can also customize a workshop for your team that can include juggling, trampoline activities, walking a (not so) high wire and aerial silk acrobatics. Old Port of Montreal Photo: Tourisme Montréal, Stéphan Poulin "

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