2017 Conference


Be a part of a very special 2017 Conference! This year, the QFMA team invites you to mark its 75th anniversary with an outstanding program in a setting that’s truly exceptional: the Ritz-Carlton Montréal Hotel.

A festive and enlightening Conference awaits you, from Thursday to Saturday, November 16-18. Register today!

(Below forms are in French only)


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Hotel Reservation

Accommodations are not included in the package deals. Conference attendees must reserve their hotel accommodations by contacting the Ritz-Carlton Montréal Hotel at 514 842-4212 or reserve online. Details on the special rate of $185/night can be found on the form. The price indicated is $285, but you will only pay $185 of this total (the QFMA will pay the difference). A value of $660/night.





Thursday, November 16

1:30 p.m. - Tour of the STELPRO manufacturing plant

The bus will leave the Ritz-Cartlon Hotel at 1 p.m. 
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to tour STELPRO’s state-of-the art facilities! STELPRO is highly regarded for its business plan geared toward growth, product quality and enhanced productivity. With its

430 employees, the Canadian leader in the electric heating industry produces 800,000 units annually. STELPRO also manufactures heating cables for floors at its 216,000 square-foot factory in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville. This local, family-owned business has combined performance, safety and innovative design for the past 35 years!


5 p.m. - Opening cocktail
What better way to do some business networking than during cocktail hour? The opening cocktail is a special time to meet new QFMA members, engage in a friendly chat and get the Conference underway! Make it a point to be there!

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7 p.m. - Supper and free evening



Friday, November 17

8:30 a.m. - Enjeux sur le podium (Issues on the podium) - Entrepreneurial Boot camp animated by Valérie Parent
Become a better rounded and more efficient leader through this extraordinary workshop by the Beauce Entrepreneurship School… Experience the impact from a group of leaders who work together and find solutions as part of an intensive 4-hour boot camp presented by Valérie Parent, a marketing specialist for small and medium businesses. It’s a different type of experience, another way of learning and understanding issues, providing a wealth of tangible solutions you can take back to your own business operations. Share your issues and concerns and the challenges you face with other business leaders. It’s definitely a few hours well spent!




2 p.m. - Entrepreneurs are the key to Québec’s future, René Vézina
Well-known media personality and a leading authority in economic matters, René Vézina, has been in the journalism profession for 40 years. The former editor-in-chief of the business newspaper, Les Affaires, and managing editor of the magazine Commerce, René was also the host of the show, Finances, on the TVA network. Currently, he comments daily on the economy on the radio branch of Radio-Canada and on 98.5 FM. His challenge is to “make the economy understandable to people as it unfolds on a daily basis.” This is a unique opportunity to gain a better understanding of his vision of our economy.


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3:30 p.m. - The psychology of performance, Isabelle Fontaine
How can you be more productive by putting in less of an effort? How can you protect yourself from energy drainers? How can you discover your untapped personal assets? Isabelle Fontaine plans to answer these questions and much more! Fascinated by the psychology of performance and influence, Isabelle will be generously sharing her tools and strategies based on neuroscience and the neurobiology of emotions. The author of the best-sellers Empower and Le courage : comment l’activer?, Isabelle has also taught at UQÀM and at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. An energy surge is guaranteed! 


6 p.m. - L’Apéro 


7 p.m. - 75th Anniversary Banquet
The 75th Anniversary Banquet is shaping up to be a gourmet's delight, as it should be for this milestone celebratory year. Four courses of sumptuous cuisine, made with home-grown “terroir” products will be served in a magnificent setting.


L'Apéro and the Banquet are presented by:



Evening entertainment
After the meal, the Boogie Wonder Band will take you back to the frenetic disco years and get you up dancing to the biggest hits of that era, for a memorable evening. Plunge back into the ambiance of the glitz and glamour of the ‘70s and ‘80s!



Saturday, November 18

8:30 a.m. - Annual General Meeting
On the agenda: a look back on the year’s events with the CEO’s Report, election of the board of directors, the Association’s financial report, questions and discussion.



11:30 a.m. - Musical presentation with Gregory Charles
To finish off the Conference on an inspiring as well as a musical note, Gregory Charles will be staging his presentation entitled…Seated at the piano. The multi-talented artist, who needs no introduction, will be imparting his idea of work, society and his experiences as a Québec entrepreneur. It’s a final opportunity to get together and chat around a cordial and intimate brunch. Don’t miss it!


1 p.m. - Brunch

2 p.m. – End of activities


(Below forms are in French only)


Fabricants – Formulaire d'inscription
Fournisseurs – Formulaire d'inscription