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Montréal’s hosting of world congress on treating obesity

Palais des congrès de Montréal’s hosting of world congress on treating obesity to generate $4,000,000 for the province’s economy.

The Palais des congrès de Montréal (congresmtl.com) will host the 19th World Congress of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO), August 26 to 30, 2014. 2,000 delegates are expected to attend, generating 3,800 room nights in the city and nearly $4 million in economic spinoffs for the province.

“This is yet another example of the Palais building on the strength of its partnerships, namely with Tourisme Montréal and the city of Montréal,” said Marc Tremblay, the President and CEO of the Palais. “Montréal enjoys an exceptional pool of research centres, one of the reasons we are the number one city in North America for international associative events, according to the International Convention and Congress Association’s 2009 rankings.”

Added the Honourable Michel Gagner, Professor of Surgery, “As the future President of the IFSO 2014 World Congress, and being from Montréal, I believe Canadian and Montréal surgeons have been particularly innovative and successful in weight loss surgery. Over and above these excellent medical contributions, the quality of the Palais and the attractiveness of the city in August were also factors in the IFSO executive committee’s decision to award the 2014 congress to Montréal.”

The International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders is a federation composed of 46 national associations of bariatric surgeons whose main objective is optimizing the treatment of morbidly obese patients. This will be the first time the IFSO will hold their annual world congress in Canada.