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Montréal wins WCN 2023

Montréal Wins the 2023 World Congress of Neurology

An innovation hot spot with a critical mass of industry leadership, talent and post-secondary institutions, Montréal leads research and development across the full spectrum of life sciences. Thanks to the depth of expertise in neurology, specifically, Montréal has been announced as the host location of the World Congress of Neurology (WCN), and will welcome more than 7,000 neurologists from all over the world to the city in October, 2023. The researchers and clinicians coming to the city, at the invitation of the Canadian Neurological Society, will generate 19,600 room nights in hotels across the Greater Montréal Area and an estimated almost $19 million in tourism spending for Montréal and Québec.

“Nearly 40% of the conferences we host at the Palais are in the life sciences field," says Robert Mercure, President and CEO of the Palais des congrès de Montréal. "Montréal enjoys an excellent reputation and it is an honour to have the opportunity to showcase our knowhow during a major event that will generate significant economic benefits and intellectual wealth for the city and Québec.”

Competing against Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro, Montréal’s successful bid highlighted the city’s excellent reputation, and the local research community’s longstanding history of international collaboration. Known as the research capital of Canada, Montréal is home to over 200 research centres and 1,500 institutions active in R&D. A bona fide hub for the study of neuroscience, over 240 professionals who work in the field practice in the city, and province-wide, the number jumps to over 800. These local specialists will certainly benefit from the exchange of knowledge and expertise the upcoming congress is going to make possible.

“The participation of local researchers and experts is invaluable when it comes to bringing a congress like this to Montréal,” says Yves Lalumière, President & CEO of Tourisme Montréal. “I salute the synergy and teamwork of our partners in making it happen! Montréal has everything the delegates could ask for, and they are in for a rewarding experience.”

Collaboration is at the heart of any successful bid. The dedicated work of Dr. Jodie M. Burton, President of the Canadian Neurological Society and Dr. Guy Rouleau, Director of The Neuro, one of the world’s leading neuroscience research centres, was crucial to Montréal winning the 2023 WCN. That collaboration will continue throughout the event with The Neuro making its open data platforms available to the members of the World Federation of Neurology.

“The Canadian Neurological Society and its members are thrilled for the opportunity to meet, collaborate with and learn from our colleagues from across the globe during WCN 2023 in the beautiful city of Montréal, says Dr. Jodie M. Burton, President of the Canadian Neurological Society who points out that Montréal is also the site of some of the historical contributions of Canadian neuroscientists.