MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC--(Marketwired - Sept. 25, 2016) - Beginning today, Airports Council International (ACI) hosts some 2,000 delegates from all over the world at its annual conference, taking place at Montréal's Palais des congrès, and which, exceptionally, is being held the same week as the 39th triennial Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The official opening of the ACI Conference will be attended by the Director General of ACI World, Angela Gittens; the President and CEO of ACI-North America, Kevin Burke; the Mayor of Montréal, Denis Coderre; and the Québec Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Martin Coiteux. Taking advantage of this unique forum, the President and CEO of Aéroports de Montréal, James Cherry, will launch the inaugural edition of Montréal Civil Aviation Week, which aims to underscore the presence in the city of these major international organizations and their impact on the economy of the Greater Montréal Region.

Of note during the ACI World Conference, four themed sessions addressing current challenges faced by airports:

  • The emergence of airports as venues for showcasing cultures and communities to travellers;
  • Crisis management in the era of the citizen journalist/passenger;
  • ICAO and why it matters to the world's airports;
  • The impact of the digital technology revolution.

Montréal Civil Aviation Week 2016 takes place from September 26 to October 3, and will feature two events open to the public:

  • Lunchtime Conference with James Cherry, President and CEO of Aéroports de Montréal: a company and facilities in continuous transformation;
  • Talks, an exhibition and "Dragon's Den"-type competitions with teams of aerospace students, organized by Aéro Montréal, Saturday, October 1, at École de Technologie Supérieure;
  • The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal "International Leader" lecture with Bertrand Piccard, pilot of the record-setting Solar Impulse plane, Monday, October 3, at the Salle Pierre-Mercure of Centre Pierre-Péladeau.
What: Opening of the ACI World and ACI-NA Conference
Launch of Montréal Civil Aviation Week 2016
Who: James Cherry, President and CEO, ADM
Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI World
Kevin Burke, President and CEO, ACI-NA
Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montréal
Martin Coiteux, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy and
Minister Responsible for the Montréal Region
When: Monday, September 26, 2016, 10 a.m.
Where: ADM check-in table, 1st floor
Palais des congrès de Montréal
1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle
Room 517 BC

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