The Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montréal (CCMM) acts as the voice of Greater Montréal's business community and serves to promote the prosperity of the city and its businesses.
Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montréal
pRESIDENT and CEO
Michel Leblanc is the current President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montréal (CCMM). In this capacity, he is the voice for the Montréal-based business community and is responsible for planning, managing, coordinating and monitoring all CCMM operations. As the representative for Montréal businesses, he is the CCMM’s representative on the Canadian Global Cities Council.
What is the CCMM?
The CCMM is the voice of Greater Montréal's business community. It promotes the prosperity of the metropolis and its businesses.
In 1992, following a merger with the Montreal Board of Trade, the CCMM became the largest bilingual association of its kind. Today, it continues to unite and defend the interests of Greater Montréal's economic, social and cultural players in both official languages.
In 2022, the CCMM celebrated its 200th anniversary, making it one of Canada's oldest organizations representing the voice of the business community.
The CCMM deploys impact initiatives linked to the key sectors of Greater Montréal’s economy.
Right from the start of the pandemic, it spearheaded the “Relançons MTL” initiative, which led to 11 sector-based action plans to get the city’s economy back on its feet after the shock.
Today, it leads the “I love working downtown” initiative, supported to the tune of $14.5 million by the Ministère de l’Économie, de l’Innovation et de l’Énergie. Since 2021, the Chamber has been producing studies, practical guides, events and surveys to accelerate the recovery of downtown Montréal, which has been particularly hardstruck by the pandemic.
In 2023, the CCMM announced the launch of an initiative codeveloped with BMO to help businesses go green in urban areas.
In 2019, as a member of the Canadian Global Cities Council (CGCC), the CCMM participated in the Canadians for Natural Resources campaign. The campaign’s mission was to bring conversations about the role energy has in our country, and what the future of energy looks like, to homes across Canada. Michel Leblanc was a key voice of this coordinated initiative.
“Canada has an opportunity to drive the world’s energy transition. Technology and innovation are amongst our country’s strengths. They are powerful tools that must be leveraged to build a long-term strategy for our natural resources while maintaining our ability to sell our resources at world prices. Today’s decisions will impact Canada’s ability to become a clean energy leader for decades to come. With our expertise, entrepreneurial culture and industrial network, we have all the assets required to take the lead.” – Michel Leblanc, President and CEO of the Chamber of commerce of Metropolitan Montreal.
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CCMM's priority is metropolitan Montréal
Over their many years of work it’s clear that the CCMM determines their priorities by by listening to their members, those that work and own businesses in Metropolitan Montréal. In a 2019 roundtable discussion in Montréal, a participant said: “The demographic situation is a real problem. Populations are declining everywhere in Quebec. Without immigration, even Montréal will shrink.” In 2021, the tech industry tipped their hats to the CCMM for collaborating with the provincial government to develop an initiative that will help game studios hire immigrant professionals in Montréal.
The organizations includes affiliate and on-going programs such as the Young Chamber of Commerce of Montréal. In 2021, as many attempt to return to work, the Young Chamber hosted a virtual career summit for youth in the Montréal area. The focus was on developing soft skills. The Young CCMM recognizes talent early and awards an individual the Desjardins Prize from their Young Entrepreneurs Network.