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JCI Québec 2016 is proud to announce that renowned speaker Chris Hadfield will be the keynote speaker at its world congress, taking place from October 30 to November 4 at the Quebec City Convention Centre. Eight months away from the largest business congress ever to take place in Quebec City, the JCI Québec 2016 committee has already confirmed a strong attendance, with nearly 2,500 registrations. These two excellent developments will complement a number of financing agreements from larger private companies that have recently been finalized.

“Being the first Canadian to have done a space walk and commanded the international space station, Mr. Hadfield has acquired international notoriety. His talk will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of the congress for our guests who will be coming from every corner of the planet,” stated Mr. Jean-Simon Deschênes, Congress Director and Chief Executive Officer of JCI Québec 2016.

Nearly 2,400 foreign participants have confirmed their attendance so far. Countries such as Japan, India, France and Germany will be particularly well represented. More than 120 registrations from Canada will also be part of the delegation. “The response so far has been very positive. When we look at the average attendance at congresses in the last few years, we are quite confident that we will meet our goal of 4,000 congress delegates. It will be a wonderful occasion for people to discover Quebec City’s dynamic business community and to exchange with participants from around the world,” asserted the congress director.

More than $430,000 in private donations has already been confirmed. Bell, Desjardins, Industrial Alliance and Lavery have already followed suit. “We still have a goal of reaching $800,000 from the private sector. I invite the local business community to participate in this prestigious congress that will contribute to the influence of our region and that will afford participants the opportunity to learn and grow, and to connect to the international market,” insists Mr. Yvon Charest, president of the Ambassador’s Club and President and Chief Executive Officer of iA Financial Group.

Jean-Lesage International Airport, the Quebec City Convention Centre, and Quebec City’s Tourism Office have also lent their support to the event. “We are very enthusiastic about the interest this event has sparked so far, and we are continuing to work toward our goal of delivering a world congress that will live up to our organization and the previous experiences that we were fortunate to have at past editions of the congress. The numerous endorsements from the local business community are paramount to us. The trust that they have placed in us will ensure our success, and I thank them,” concluded Mr. Pierre-Yves Dubois, Deputy Congress Director and Chief Operations Officer.

For more information about the congress program, registration fees, or to get in touch with the congress organizers, please visit the congress website:

Created by the Junior Chamber of Commerce Québec (JCCQ) and Junior Chamber International (JCI)
Canada, the JCI Québec 2016 committee is responsible for JCI World Congress Québec 2016.

Founded in 1915 by Henry Giessenbier in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, JCI oversees close to 5,000 Junior Chambers around the world and brings together more than 175,000 young business people and active citizens aged 18 to 40 in nearly 125 countries.

JCI Canada is committed to being the leading development organization for youth under 40 years of age and includes all Junior Chambers from Vancouver to Halifax. The Junior Chamber of Commerce Québec joined JCI Canada in 2002. With more than 500 members, JCCQ is the world’s second largest local chapter of JCI.


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