Yesterday evening, I had the privilege to attend the inauguration Gala of the Quebec Latin-American Board of Trade.  It was a special moment to be part of as Latin-American professional living in Quebec for 25 years and to witness the evolution of our community.

First, I would like to congratulate its past President, Ms. Leidy Ojeda and her team for their enormous efforts to make this evening possible and give a voice to young professionals living in Quebec whose roots are from the Americas.  Our gratitude to the sponsors who believed in the association and immediately join in the celebration with a valuable contribution, such as the Scotia Bank, Molson Coors and Fonds de solidarité de la FTQ (a complete list is available at CCLAQ‘s website).

CCLAQ’s Gala turned out to be a happening as many public personalities attended the event, past Prime Minister of Québec M. Bernard Landry honoured us with his presence but mostly with a warm and friendly speech as he’s always been a firm believer of international relations between La Belle Province and Latin America.  As Montreal prepares for municipal elections, delegates from Vision Montreal were present at the event, as well as delegates of the City of Montreal representing Monsieur Gerald Tremblay.  This was an opportunity for many diplomatic delegates to show support to their community and they did.  The Ambassador of Mexico and Columbia were among guests.  Even the Federal Government designated a representative to attend and give us a glance of many projects on the pipeline towards international relations between Canada and Latin America.   All in all, a moment that mark the beging of a brighter future for the generation of young professional and entrepreneurs whose origins may vary from La Tierra de Fuego in the South to Mexico in the North, who live in Quebec and aim to be part of a future of great business opportunities.

Last but not least, I salute the beginning of a new era for the Quebec Latin America Board of Trade with the arrival of Mrs. Marcela Diaz as President.  She will take on new and promising challenges that the association will be setting and heading to succeed.


And on a personal note, I must confess that I am proud to witness, but mostly to be part of these changes as a member of the Advisory Committee of the Association.