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Montréal nursing knowledge secures major congress

Montréal is reinforcing its reputation as a nursing hub in the Western world as the International Council of Nurses (ICN) Congress returns to Canada in 2023.

More than 8,000 nursing specialists are set to attend the event at the Palais des congrès de Montréal between July 1 and 5, 2023.

Montréal is an optimal choice for the ICN’s biannual congress. The city was cofounded by Jeanne Mance, the first lay nurse in North America, and this had a determining influence on the nursing community’s rich history.

The city is Canada’s leader in terms of number of research centres and amounts invested in university research. Over $10bn has recently been invested in leading-edge infrastructures such as research centres and new hospitals. The OIIQ Québec order of nurses is the largest professional order in the province, with more than 75,000 members.

Claire Betker, President of the Canadian Nurses Association, said: “Montreal is one of the most exciting cities in the world to visit, and importantly for our fellow nurses and nursing students globally, it is a hotbed of excellence in nursing clinical practice, science, education and leadership.”

Robert Mercure, President and CEO of the Palais des congrès de Montréal, added: “The life sciences account for almost 40 per cent of the conferences we host at the Palais, and this major event clearly speaks to the expertise the city’s various specialized institutions have developed over time in the field of health. We are very proud and honoured to be hosting this international congress, which will give our city the opportunity to shine on the world stage, while generating significant intellectual wealth through knowledge sharing.”

The successful bid drew on the combined efforts of the venue, Tourisme Montréal and the Canadian Nurses Association. Instrumental in securing the win was a local nursing knowledge core comprising: Nancy Feely, Co-Director of the Quebec Nursing Intervention Research Network and Associate Professor at the Ingram School of Nursing of McGill University; Sylvie Cossette, Co-Director of the Quebec Nursing Intervention Research Network and Professor at the Faculty of Nursing of Université de Montréal; and Jacinthe Pepin, Professor at the Faculty of Nursing of Université de Montréal.

Canada has hosted this major congress three times since the ICN was created. The most recent was in 1997.

The country’s strong Life Sciences sector has been targeted by Business Events Canada as an area for growth. This year it is hosting a business-to-business event showcasing its life sciences, pharmaceutical and medtech industries with the aim of increasing its share of events in the sector.

The ICN Congress is expected to generate almost $21.4m in economic benefit for Montréal and Québec, booking 22,400 room nights in hotels across the greater city area.