World Health Summit Regional Meeting - North America, Montreal 2017

Health and Healthcare Delivery in Pluralistic Societies 

Date: May 8-9, 2017
Venue: Palais des congrès de Montréal, Montréal, Québec, Canada
Hosts: Université de Montréal + Institut de recherches Cliniques de Montréal

The Université de Montréal and the Montreal Clinical Research Institute (IRCM) are proud to announce that they will be hosting the 1st World Health Summit (WHS) of the M8 Alliance to be held in North America. The world leaders in global health will be attending this prestigious event, including over 800 researchers, doctors, industry leaders, decision-makers, government members and civil society actors from around the world.

Based on the theme of “Health and Healthcare Delivery in Pluralistic Societies,” this interdisciplinary event will focus on the question of human diversity in the practice, education, research and public policy pertaining to health.

In pluralistic societies that welcome diversity, such as ours, many factors will impact health and the provision of healthcare, including globalization, immigration, social and economic inequalities, lifestyle, and culture. We believe that it is our mission, as scholars, to turn our attention to this important phenomenon and to analyze it in depth.

This event is one of the most important of its kind in Canada. It is with the utmost enthusiasm that we invite you to attend.

In order to explore the different aspects of the central theme, the conference will be divided into four subtopics:

New Frontiers in Medical Treatment
Development of precision medicine, rare and genetic diseases, viral infections, diabetes, and antibiotic resistance.

Health and Healthcare Delivery for Specific Groups
First Nations health, health and immigration, health in the workplace, healthcare quality and patient safety.

Environmental, Social and Cultural Determinants of Health
Transformation of the urban environment and its impact on the health of city dwellers, the promotion of healthy lifestyle habits and its influence on healthcare costs.

Medical Education for Optimal Healthcare
Medical education and the evolution of the physicians’ role in society, the global health curriculum and the accreditation of medical schools.


Welcome Message

As the president of the 2017 World Health Summit, I am pleased to welcome you to Montreal as it celebrates its 375th anniversary.

The Faculty of Medicine of the Université de Montréal will host the first regional WHS meeting in North America, in partnership with the École de santé publique of the Université de Montréal and the Montreal Clinical Research Institute.

As one of the most prestigious institutions in research and health education in Canada, the Faculty of Medicine of the Université de Montréal is proud to belong to the M8 Alliance, a vast network of leaders in global health that promotes collaboration and research in fields of study that will have a crucial impact on humanity's future.

We aim to train healthcare personnel and to expand the horizons of knowledge in order to improve the health and quality of life of our fellow citizens so that they may lead healthy lives and attain their fullest potential. With this goal in mind, we have thrown ourselves into the organization of this great international annual assembly on health, since we know that we need to work together in order to succeed.

The subject of the 2017 Montreal gathering, "Health and Healthcare Delivery in Pluralistic Societies," will give us the opportunity to create a forum for interdisciplinary discussion and to emphasize human diversity in the practice, education, research and public policy pertaining to healthcare.

This event is a tremendous scientific and political platform for the discussion of current issues such as immigrant and First Nations health, the appearance of new treatment-resistant viruses, the quality of life and safety of patients, health in large urban environments and the evolution of healthcare and medical education.

Happy Montreal Summit!

Hélène Boisjoly
President of the WHS
Dean, Faculty of Medicine
Université de Montréal
Canada


Program

The program will be structured by four main themes:

New Frontiers in Medical Treatment
Development of precision medicine, rare and genetic diseases, viral infections, diabetes, and antibiotic resistance.

Health and Healthcare Delivery for Specific Groups
First Nations health, health and immigration, health in the workplace, healthcare quality and patient safety.

Environmental, Social and Cultural Determinants of Health
Transformation of the urban environment and its impact on the health of city dwellers, the promotion of healthy lifestyle habits and its influence on healthcare costs.

Medical Education for Optimal Healthcare
Medical education and the evolution of the physicians’ role in society, the global health curriculum and the accreditation of medical schools.

Please note that all presentations will be given in English. Simultaneous translation will be offered for keynote presentations.

Program overview

Detailed program

All information on speakers, topics and presentations is available in our interactive program planner

 

 


Speakers

The  World Health Summit Regional Meeting brings together leading researchers, physicians, government officials and representatives from industry, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and healthcare systems worldwide.

Among the confirmed speakers are:
(in alphabetical order)

Government Keynote Speakers

Gaétan Barrette

Minister of Health and Social Services - Quebec, Canada

Dr Gaétan Barrette is Quebec’s Minister of Health and Social Services since 2014. A 1985 graduate in medicine of l’Université de Montréal, Dr Gaétan Barrette became a member of Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1989. In 1991, he pursued a Fellowship in Vascular and Surgical Radiology at the University of California, San Diego. He currently practises at Maisonneuve-Rosemont hospital where he has been an active member since 1990. Dr. Barrette has been President of the Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec between 2006 and 2014. He was also Chairman of the Board of the Financière des professionnels inc. which manages a $2 billion portfolio. He was also a member of the Boards of the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ). Dr Barrette participates regularly in various conferences and forums on the subject of specialized medicine throughout Quebec, across Canada and abroad.

Geoffrey Kelley

Minister responsible for Native Affairs - Quebec, Canada

Geoffrey Kelley holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in modern Canadian history from McGill University. He taught for 15 years before joining Alliance Québec for several years, then became a political attaché and chief of staff. He oversaw questions such as education, higher education, the Charter of the French language, municipal affairs and public security.

He was initially elected MNA for Jacques-Cartier in 1994. He subsequently chaired a number of committees, including the Committee on Public Administration, the Committee on Social Affairs, the Committee on Education, the Committee on Health and Social Services, and the Select Committee on Dying with Dignity. He served several times as official opposition critic for Aboriginal affairs, the Far North and the family and was also responsible for relations with the English-speaking community. He has achieved recognition above all for his role as Minister for Native Affairs and Minister responsible for Native Affairs, a position that he has occupied several times. He is serving his seventh consecutive mandate as MNA for Jacques-Cartier. In April 2014, he was appointed Minister responsible for Native Affairs for the third time.

Jane Philpott

Minister of Health, Canada

Prior to entering politics, Dr. Philpott led an extensive career in family medicine, public health, medical education and global advocacy for HIV/AIDS. Dr. Philpott studied medicine at the University of Western Ontario, completed a Family Medicine residency at the University of Ottawa, and a Tropical Medicine fellowship in Toronto. In 2012, she completed a Master of Public Health degree at the University of Toronto. Between 1989 and 1998, Dr. Philpott lived in Niger Republic, West Africa where she practiced general medicine and helped to develop a training program for village health workers. She practiced as a family physician at Markham Stouffville Hospital for more than 15 years and served as Chief of Family Medicine from 2008 to 2014. She also led the opening of the Health for All Family Health Team – a new primary care home for 10,000 patients in Markham-Stouffville, and the Markham Family Medicine Teaching Unit that has trained 45 new family physicians in the community since 2010. Additionally, she is an Associate Professor in the University of Toronto’s Department of Family & Community Medicine. Some of her global advocacy work includes founding Give a Day to World AIDS in 2004, which has raised over $4 million to help those affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa. Dr. Philpott was the first Family Medicine lead for the Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration, where she was instrumental in helping Addis Ababa University develop Ethiopia’s first training program for Family Medicine.

Keynote Speaker

Timothy Caulfield

Trudeau Fellow and Professor, Faculty of Law and School of Public Health Research Director, Health Law Institute, University of Alberta, Canada

Timothy Caulfield is a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, a Professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta and Research Director of the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta. Over the past several years he has been involved in a variety of interdisciplinary research endeavours that have allowed him to publish over 300 academic articles. He is a Fellow of the Trudeau Foundation and the Principal Investigator for a number of large interdisciplinary projects that explore the ethical, legal and health policy issues associated with a range of topics, including stem cell research, genetics, patient safety, the prevention of chronic disease, obesity policy, the commercialization of research, complementary and alternative medicine and access to health care. Professor Caulfield is and has been involved with a number of national and international policy and research ethics committees. He has won numerous academic awards and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.  He writes frequently for the popular press and is the author of two recent national bestsellers: The Cure for Everything: Untangling the Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness and Happiness (Penguin 2012) and Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?: When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash (Penguin 2015).

Noel Hayman

Clinical Director, Inala Indigenous Health Service, Australia

Dr Noel Hayman was one of the first two Indigenous medical students to graduate from the University of Queensland in 1990. Noel is Clinical Director of the Inala Indigenous Health Service in Brisbane. In developing this service, he has been instrumental in demonstrating how mainstream primary health care services can be made appropriate to the needs of urban Aboriginal populations. Noel’s interests include improving Indigenous access to mainstream health services and supporting medical education in Indigenous health. Professor Hayman received the 2003 Centenary Medal for his long service to primary health care in Aboriginal communities and the 2007 inaugural Close the Gap Indigenous Health Award (Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation Queensland). In 2011 he was Queensland Australian of the Year. Noel is on numerous National and State Committees.

Brian Hodges

Executive Vice-President Education, University Health Network, Canada

Brian D. Hodges MD, PhD, FRCPC is Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Education (OISE/UT) at the University of Toronto; the Richard and Elizabeth Currie Chair in Health Professions Education Research at the Wilson Centre for Research in Education and Executive Vice President Education at the University Health Network (Toronto General, Toronto Western Princess Margaret and Toronto Rehab Hospitals). He leads the AMS Phoenix Project: A Call to Caring, an initiative to rebalance the technical and compassionate dimensions of healthcare.

Joanne Liu

International President, Doctors without Borders, Switzerland

Trained at McGill University School of Medicine and specialized in pediatrics at Montreal’s Sainte-Justine hospital, she holds a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine from New York University School of Medicine, and an International Master’s in Health Leadership from McGill University. She is also an associate professor at the University of Montreal and a professor in practice at McGill University. She has worked in many conflict zones, including in Palestine, Central African Republic, DRC and Sudan’s Darfur region.

Janet Rossant

President and Scientific Director, Gairdner Foundation; Senior Scientist and Chief of Research Emeritus, Hospital for Sick Children, Canada

Janet Rossant, CC, PhD, FRS, FRSC is Senior Scientist and Chief of Research Emeritus at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and President and Scientific Director of the Gairdner Foundation. She is an internationally recognized developmental and stem cell biologist, exploring the origins of stem cells in the early embryo and their applications to understanding and treating human disease. She led the research institute at the Hospital for Sick Children from 2005 to 2015. She has received many honours and recognition for her work, including four honorary degrees, and election to the Royal Societies of London and Canada, and the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 

Speakers

Anthony D. So

Director, Center for a Livable Future, United States

Dr. Anthony So serves as Director of the Strategic Policy program of ReAct—Action on Antibiotic Resistance at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Previously, Dr. So was Professor of the Practice of Public Policy at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and was associate director of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Health Equity program. He has also served on the Lancet Infectious Diseases Commission on Antibiotic Resistance and the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Accelerating Rare Disease Research and Orphan Product Development, and was part of the Antibiotic Resistance Working Group of the U.S. President’s Council of Advisors in Science and Technology. Trained in internal medicine, Dr. So also was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of California, San Francisco/Stanford, and recently was a Robert Wood Johnson Investigator Award recipient in Health Policy Research.

Paul Spiegel

Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health, United States

Dr. Paul Spiegel is the Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health and Professor of Practise in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where he lectures and undertakes research in humanitarian emergencies. Previously, Dr. Spiegel was the Deputy Director of the Division of Programme Support and Management at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva, Switzerland. He was also Chief of the Public Health and HIV Section (2002-2012) and the Refugee Agency’s Global HIV Coordinator for UNAIDS (2004-2016).

Before UNHCR, Dr. Spiegel worked as a Medical Epidemiologist in the International Emergency and Refugee Health Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He has worked with numerous organisations including Médecins Sans Frontiéres (MSF) and Médecins du Monde (MDM) in refugee settings in Kenya and DRC, the Canadian Red Cross, the Pan American Health Organisation, and the Centre for Victims of Torture in Toronto. He received his medical degree at the University of Toronto and his Master of Public Health and specialty in Preventive Medicine at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Peter Taylor

International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Associate Director, Think Tank Initiatives, Canada

Peter Taylor leads the Think Tank Initiative, which is strengthening 43 think tanks from 20 countries. Before joining IDRC, Peter was the Leader of the Participation, Power and Social Change Team, at the Institute of Development Studies.  He has worked, published and taught on the theory and practice of capacity development in international contexts, the role of education systems and institutions in participatory and social change.

Leslee Thompson

Chief Executive Officer, Health Standards Organization (HSO) and Accreditation, Canada

Leslee is the driving force behind the People Powered Health movement ignited by Accreditation Canada and the newly created Health Standards Organization (HSO). After her appointment as CEO in 2016, she led a 12-month global consultation and business design process, and now Leslee and her team are unleashing the power and potential of people around the world who share their passion for achieving quality health services for all.

Armed with 25 years of senior executive and corporate director experience that spans multiple geographies and sectors including heath care, medical technology, government and retail, Leslee is a leader who makes things happen. Her clinical roots as a Registered Nurse continue to influence her relentless pursuit of quality and safety in health care, and Leslee has become internationally recognized for her work on partnering with patients to improve outcomes.

Christian Voirol

HES-SO // University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland, Haute Ecole Arc Santé, Neuchâtel (Switzerland) Associate professor, Department of Psychology and Department of Family Medici

Engineer, occupational psychologist, ergonomist and occupational hygienist, Christian Voirol is Swiss and Canadian. Since 2001 he shares his time between Switzerland and Quebec. He is active in adult education and organizational interventions for more than 20 years. His research focuses on the influence of psychosocial factors on the health of workers and organizations. He specialized in the early detection of risk situations and the development of intervention strategies to prevent them. Associate researcher in the Research Team on Work and Mental Health (ERTSM in French), Christian is currently associate professor in the Department of Psychology and in the Department of Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine, University of Montreal (Canada). Since 2013, he is also full professor in the Haute Ecole Arc Santé, HES-SO // University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland in Neuchâtel (Switzerland).

Gerard D. Wright

Director, Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research (IIDR), professor at the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada

Dr. Gerry Wright received his BSc in Biochemistry (1986) and his PhD in Chemistry (1990) from the University of Waterloo. He pursued his postdoctoral research at Harvard Medical School, where he spent two years working on the molecular mechanism of resistance to the antibiotic vancomycin in enterococci. In 1993, Dr. Wright joined the Department of Biochemistry at McMaster University. Currently, he holds the Michael G. DeGroote Chair in Infection and Anti-Infective Research and a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Antibiotic Biochemistry (held since 2001). From 2001-2007 Dr. Wright served as Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences at McMaster University. He is founding director of the McMaster Antimicrobial Research Centre and co-founder of the McMaster High Throughput Screening Facility.  Dr. Wright is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. He is also the recipient of a number of awards, including the Polanyi Prize (1993), Medical Research Council Scholar (1995-2000), Canadian Institutes of Health Research Scientist (2000-2005), Premier’s Research Excellence (1999), Killam Research Fellowship (2011-1012), and the R.G.E Murray Award for Career Achievement from the Canadian Society of Microbiologists (2013). Gerry has published over 225 manuscripts, trained over 50 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and is co-founder of Symbal Therapeutics.

Christine Zachary-Deom

Chief, Canada

Christine Zachary-Deom has been with the Mohawk Council of Kahnawá:ke since 2001. Her main function with the MCK has been varied.  She initially worked on subject matters arising from the proposed Canada Kahnawá:ke Relationship (Justice, Membership, and the proposed Indian Act  replacement process). She was assigned any political files that required the drafting of letters and advisory actions (e.g. Hydro and Hwy. 30 archaeological intervention, response to Conservative Party platform, Kahnawá:ke Visioning Project).  The Seigneury file required constant legal drafting and process consideration. As an elected Chief, Chief Zachary-Deom portfolios are Justice, Kahnawá:ke Legislative Coordinating Committee, Health, Seigneury of Sault St Louis land claim, Consultation Committee Chair, Tourism and Saint. Kateri Tekakwitha, the War of 1812-15 Historical Informant, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebration Coordinator.  

Previously, she was a teacher at Kahnawá:ke for eleven years, and a lawyer at Cornwall and Kahnawá:ke for twenty years.

Christina Zarowsky

Director of the Department of Social & Preventive Medicine, Université de Montréal, Canada

A medical doctor and anthropologist, she has specialised in public health. Christina Zarowsky headed the university-wide Centre for Research in HIV and AIDS at the University of the Western Cape and before that worked at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) where she led the Research for Health Equity suite of programmes where she examined public health and health systems issues from a governance perspective, emphasising civic engagement, attention to power and process, and strengthening linkages between research, policy, practice, and social change.

Philippe Zawieja

Associate research fellow, MINES ParisTech, Centre for research on Risks and Crises, France

PhD, is a associate research fellow at MINES ParisTech, Centre for research on Risks and Crises. His research mainly focuses on anthropology of fatigue and exhaustion, occupational psychological health and extreme situations. He also serves as secretary-general of the International Scientific and Ethics Council of the international healthcare company ORPEA (long and medium-term physical and psychiatric care). Awarded by the Moral and Political Sciences Academy (Institut de France) in 2014, he authored or edited several reference books in French.

Wenzhen Zuo

Medical student, Université de Montréal, Canada

Wenzhen Zuo is a medical student at the Université de Montréal. Through her different positions in IFMSA-Québec, she leaded national campaigns on Climate Change and Health, on Migrant’s Health and on Access to Essential Medicines. She also attended various international meetings such as the latest UNESCO Youth Forum where she played an active role. Currently, she is the National Officer of the Standing Committee on Immersions (SCOI) of IFMSA-Québec. This committee is responsible of preparing and overlooking the clinical immersion of medical students in a low resource setting (Bénin, China, Peru and Rwanda). SCOI has leading expertise in pre-departure training including ethics trainings for all students going abroad. The SCOI has also spread its activities outside of IFMSA-Québec, more specifically to the Québec faculties of medicine, offering the trainings to students who are going to high or low income countries.


Hosts

University of Montreal

University of Montreal and its two affiliated schools, École Polytechnique (engineering) and HEC Montréal (business) are amongst the world's top 100 universities, according to international rankings. Founded in 1878, the campus today has over 66,000 students and 2,600 professors, making University of Montreal the second largest university in Canada. Its students are drawn to the university by its deep roots in cosmopolitan Montreal and in consideration of its tenacious dedication to its international mission.

The Faculty of Medicine of the Université de Montréal has a threefold mission: the teaching, research, and improvement of healthcare in the fundamental sciences, clinical sciences, and health sciences sectors. Boasting  sixteen departments and two schools, it trains one third of doctors in Quebec, as well as a significant number of the health professionals in the province.

With its widespread hospital network, numerous affiliated institutes and the important responsibilities it has been given by the government of Quebec, the Faculty of Medicine of the Université de Montréal plays a prominent role in Canadian society.

The School of Public Health of the University of Montreal (ESPUM) is the only institution of its kind in Quebec and a leader in Canada and in the francophone world. It strives to be a locus of excellence and critical reflection in the teaching, research and promotion of knowledge pertaining to the public health fields. Fuelled by scientific innovation and excellence, the ESPUM offers widely recognized high-level graduate study programs.

Montreal Clinical Research Institute

Founded in 1967, the Montreal Clinical Research Institute (IRCM) is a non-profit organization that conducts fundamental and clinical biomedical research in addition to training high-level young scientists. With its cutting-edge technology facilities, the institute brings together 33 research teams, which work in cancer, immunology, neuroscience, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, systems biology and medicinal chemistry. The IRCM also operates a research clinic specialized in hypertension, cholesterol, diabetes and cystic fibrosis, as well as a research centre on rare and genetic diseases in adults. The IRCM is affiliated with the University of Montreal and associated with McGill University. Its clinic is affiliated with the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM). The IRCM is supported by the Ministère de l’Économie, de la Science et de l’Innovation (Quebec ministry of Economy, Science and Innovation).


Plan your stay

Montreal: a city whose passion, joie de vivre and rich cultural heritage are legendary

Marked by its past, proud of its bicultural heritage, and further enriched by immigration, Montréal turns resolutely toward the future.

Today, Montréal is home to some 3.4 million inhabitants who represent no fewer than 80 different ethnic groups. Montréal lives up to its reputation as an international city.

The second-largest French-speaking city in the world, Montréal hosted one of the most impressive world fairs of the century in 1967 as well as the 1976 Summer Olympic Games. The city donned its finest to welcome visitors and has preserved and even improved several of the attractions that it built for the two occasions. Because Montréal always loves to celebrate, it has naturally become a city of dazzling international festivals (jazz, film, comedy, fireworks, fine dining, Winter sports and so forth). The rhythm of events intensifies and visitors and Montrealers alike join in the dance. More than a few succumb to the city’s mixture of European and North American charm that both surprises and enchants.

Dynamic and modern, but respectful of its architectural heritage, Montréal successfully blends the old with the new. A trip through the past in Old Montréal and the Old Port lets you witness the origins and the growth of the colony. Museums and historical sites alternate with irresistible bistros in an atmosphere of yesteryear.

While venerating its past, Montréal also looks to the future, having earned a reputation as a world leader in leading-edge technologies such as aeronautics, information technologies and biotechnologies. Montréal is also an innovator, whether in the field of medical technology and equipment, the arts (for example, the Cirque du Soleil, modern dance and experimental theatre), information technology (software and multimedia productions) or in urban development (a unique underground city).

For those who wish to take a closer reading of Montréal’s pulse, what could be better than a stopover in some of the city’s most picturesque districts, such as the Jean-Talon Market in Little Italy, or along Saint-Denis Street in the Plateau Mont-Royal. In neighbourhood markets, boutiques, restaurants and cafés radiates the soul of Montréal, and the vitality and joie de vivre of its inhabitants.

Happy birthday Montreal

On the occasion of Montréal’s 375th anniversary celebrations, let’s celebrate Montréal’s vivacity. If the downtown core and historic Old Montréal shine year-round with international festivals and events, summer 2017 will certainly be even more special. It’s time to celebrate Montréal’s roots: its history and heritage, not to mention its identity and diversity, in high style! Festivals, tastings, church bell concerts and neighourhood tours... The list is long!

Do not hesitate to take part in Montreal's 375th anniversary

Fun facts

  • John Lennon and Yoko Ono held their legendary Bed-In in Montréal at the Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth hotel from May 26 to June 2, 1969.
  • A popular local snack is “poutine” (French fries with cheese curds topped with gravy) – absolutely delicious!
  • Our “underground city” has over 30 km (18 miles) of pedestrian walkways, indoor areas and tunnels linking 8 subway stations, 5 train stations and termini, 63 buildings, 9 major hotels, 2,000 businesses, 1,700 boutiques, 37 cinemas, theatres and exhibition halls, 10 university buildings and 43 indoor parking areas.
  • The legal drinking age in Montréal is 18. Bars and restaurants can serve beer and alcohol from 11 a.m. to 3 in the morning.
  • What others call “pastrami”, we call “smoked meat”. (By the way, our smoked meat sandwiches are to die for!)
  • An entrée here is actually an appetizer.
  • Montréal is among the 10 best cities in the world for outdoor dining, according to American travel guide publisher, Frommers.
  • In total, 80 languages are spoken in the Montréal region, including French, English, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Greek, Chinese, German, Portuguese, Creole and Vietnamese.
  • Montréal ranks second to Halifax for the number of Titanic victims buried in its cemeteries (12 in all).
  • Eye contact in Montréal differs from that in other major cities. Whereas discretion is the order of the day elsewhere, Montréalers do not shy away from making eye contact with strangers.
  • With the highest number of tango dancers and dance halls on the continent, Montréal is the tango capital of North America.
  • Greeting a French-speaking person from Montréal can be confusing for visitors. The customary way to greet friends in Montréal is to kiss them on both cheeks, starting with the right, whereas Canadians in other provinces tend to keep their distance and simply shake hands.

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