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Benoit Dorais at the Ghislain Dufour Business Forum

On June 3, the Ghislain Dufour Business ForumTM welcomed Mr. Benoit Dorais, chair of the City of Montreal's Executive Committee, responsible for finances, human resources, and legal affairs, and borough mayor of Le Sud-Ouest.

In front of an intimate crowd of business people from a variety of sectors, Mr. Dorais looked back on the work accomplished by his administration, as it approaches the midterm.

Describing himself as the “firefighter” and head planner of a pragmatic administration, he spoke about the City’s budgets and priorities.

Admitting that the 2018 budget was a transitory one, he proudly asserted that the 2019 budget was a true reflection of his administration’s vision. In preparation for the upcoming budget, the Plante administration is currently conducting pre-budgetary consultations, a new practice for the City of Montreal. These consultations, covering topics like budget balance and debt management, will lead to the first participatory budget in 2021.

Mr. Dorais also spoke about his priorities, including housing, sustainable mobility, proximity services and the ecological transition. He concluded his presentation by discussing Montreal’s first-ever economic development strategy, which aims to increase the city’s reach by leveraging its strengths and assets.

From left to right: Stéphanie Napky Couture, Consultant at NATIONAL Public Relations in Montreal; Benoit Dorais, chair of the City of Montreal's Executive Committee, responsible for finances, human resources, and legal affairs, and borough mayor of Le Sud-Ouest; Ghislain Dufour, founder of the Forum; Sabrina Duguay, Vice-President and Sector Lead, Information Industry and Technology at NATIONAL Public Relations in Montreal; and Serge Paquette, Managing Partner at NATIONAL Public Relations in Montreal.

About the Ghislain Dufour Business ForumTM

The Ghislain Dufour Business Forum allows business people to meet and exchange with political and business figures in Quebec and Canada, political advisors or high-level public administrators on a non-partisan and apolitical basis. To learn more, visit www.forumghislaindufour.com.