Now in its thirty-Sixth year of existence, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Saint-Laurent – Mount Royal has made much progress since its start in a basement on Sainte-Croix Avenue. Created in 1981 by Notary Claude Gratton, then president of Saint-Laurent Businessmen’s Association, the Chamber of Commerce is today more active than ever.
In 2012, the organization has taken a new turn by adding Mount Royal to its territory, thus becoming officially the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Saint-Laurent – Mount Royal.
Nearly 300 people attended the official launch of the new Chamber which took place on January 15, 2013, at Mount Royal Town Hall. Everyone recognizes the obvious involvement of the Chamber in Saint-Laurent and Mount Royal’s economic life. The many subjects brought before its directors or with which they have collaborated clearly demonstrate this.
Many networking activities take place during the year, especially Happy Hour where we welcome new members of the Chamber.
An active member welcomes new members to his/her premises and those who wish to meet them during an early-evening cocktail. Each new member presents himself/herself, and the invitees then visit the host firm.
Of course, the Alpha Contest has recognized excellence for over 30 years, but its revitalized format now permits business people to discover new companies and to purchase their products or services. The members of the business juries often have gone further by establishing meaningful contacts between themselves, which creates a very interesting economic effort.
The mission of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Saint-Laurent – Mount Royal is to bring together, inform and defend the interests of its members.
Its vision: become the location of choice for business people to meet as well as a recognized spokesperson in the area of economic development.
To achieve this, the Chamber intends to:
Facilitate strategic relationships between business people through the organization of activities and by creating tools which will permit the setting up of a network for quality contacts and exchanges of knowledge, while at the same time improving the visibility of members. Work towards the bringing together of all firms in Saint-Laurent and Mount Royal so as to represent all sectors of activity and all types of entrepreneurs;
Effectively communicate with all business people, in particular its members, by providing strategic information related to economic issues for the region as well as actions, orientations and decisions of the Chamber’s leadership;
Assume leadership in economic matters in Saint-Laurent and Mount Royal and help in their progress. Towards this end, identify and follow local issues on behalf of Saint-Laurent and Mount Royal firms, consult its members, represent their interests and promote such vis-à-vis governments through positions taken on a collective basis or other representation actions.