Develop, represent, and promote the next generation of business professionals
20 April 2023
Conferences / Grande rencontre des entrepreneurs

La Grande Rencontre de la relève d'affaires de Montréal 2023

Places are limited!

Thursday 20 April 2023,
at 08h30

Hôtel 10 (Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal, QC H2X 4C9)


(514) 845-4951


The Grande rencontre de la relève d'affaires de Montréal (GRRAM) is back this year under the theme of Caring Leadership!
*All activities will be offered in French

What's this about?

GRRAM is an opportunity to meet promising people through networking activities, to participate in discussions on current issues, to listen to the unique and inspiring stories of many change-makers and to discover young entrepreneurs with powerful ideas through the long-awaited pitch competition.

Who should attend GRRAM?

Professionals, entrepreneurs, self-employed, students, JCCM members and non-members!

GRRAM welcomes all those who want to meet and collaborate with other professionals and entrepreneurs with great ideas!

Nos personnalités invitées

Éric Lachance

Président directeur général d’Énergir

Habi Gerba

Présidente et porte parole de la JCCM

Marie-Chantal Côté

vice-présidente principale, garanties collectives à la Sun Life

Stéphanie Trudeau

Vice-présidente exécutive chez Énergir

Pierre Fitzgibbon

Ministre de l'Économie, de l'Innovation et de l'Énergie

Valérie Pisano

présidente et cheffe de la direction de Mila, institut québécois d'intelligence artificielle

Notre programmation


We'll kick off the day with a stimulating conversation between Habi Gerba, JCCM President and Spokesperson, and a mystery guest personality! Stay tuned to find out who she is!

At this conference, our guest experts will discuss their experience with talent, leadership and organizational dynamics in the technology industry. They will also discuss new trends in artificial intelligence, including the popular ChatGPT intelligent conversation partner, and how these new tools are changing the way we work.

Our guest speakers include Valérie Pisano, President and CEO of Mila, a Quebec-based artificial intelligence institute.

Facilitated by the public relations agency TACT, this hands-on workshop will allow the next generation to take stock of the most pressing needs and issues in terms of diversity, equity and inclusion in the business community.

Diversity in recruitment and selection processes, inclusive management practices, mentoring and representation will be explored during this activity.

This activity is made possible thanks to funding from the Fonds d'initiative et de rayonnement de la métropole (FIRM) and Services Québec.

Would you like to learn more about the causes and consequences of climate change?

This practical workshop will help you better understand how the climate system works, the causes of its disruption and its consequences on our daily lives, all in a fun and collaborative context!

Join us for this panel that will expose the myths surrounding caring leadership!

Experts in the field, including Marie-Chantale Côté, Senior Vice-President, Group Benefits at Sun Life, will share their experience and expertise in effective and ethical leadership and explain how certain types of practices can have a positive impact on employees, their effectiveness and their well-being at work.


Steve Jobs, Michael Jordan, Greta Thunberg, Bill Gate, Kamala Harris... the leaders of our time are all generally defined by their charisma, their eloquence and their ease in public.

Most of the time, the collective image of a great leader is that of an extroverted and expressive personality. However, introverts also demonstrate qualities that allow them to impose themselves. In this panel, Éric Lachance, CEO of Énergir and an assertive introvert, and Stéphanie Trudeau, Executive Vice President, his extroverted colleague, will explore these two different types of leadership.

Redefining success in the business world is the ambition of impact entrepreneurs!

Although Montreal has a strong ecosystem supporting impact entrepreneurship, little space is given to young intrapreneurs working in large companies. This panel, presented in collaboration with Fondaction, will address the different ways to transform one's company from the inside to make it more inclusive, more equitable, greener and more successful.

Our panelists, from a variety of backgrounds, will present their backgrounds and share their views on the challenges of integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria into investment strategies and ways to use ESG while taking social and environmental concerns into account.

If the topic of diversity and inclusion is still in the spotlight, it's because there's still a long way to go. And who better to address the issue than those at the heart of it?

In this panel, we will welcome industry experts who will share their experiences and expertise on the importance of diversifying management positions and its positive impact on organizations. Discrimination, inequality, stimagmatization and unconscious bias will be discussed in a relaxed and uninhibited setting.

Our guests will share life experiences that will lead us to ask ourselves: how can our organizations transform themselves to be more inclusive?

Presenting your entrepreneurial project in 90 seconds may seem like a big challenge, but it is often the daily routine for many entrepreneurs. This year, GRRAM is back with a bang with its dynamic Pitch Competition! Be inspired by the innovative projects and by the ease with which these entrepreneurs manage to convince us that they have THE best idea.

The objective of this contest is simple: to showcase young entrepreneurs who innovate in sectors of excellence and help them develop their project with the help of various invited business personalities. The twelve finalists (3 per category) will have the chance to sell their project to the public. The 4 winners will win several prizes, including scholarships, coaching and more.

Competition categories:

  • Sustainable Economic Development and Impact;
  • Diversity, equity, inclusion;
  • Talent Attraction, Training and Retention;
  • Mental Health and Wellness in the Workplace.

Pour cette table ronde, nous accueillerons « Les débatteurs de Noovo », une équipe de débatteurs et de débatteuses diversifiée et expérimentée qui délibéreront sur les différents enjeux et priorité de la relèves d'affaires québécoise. Vous serez par la suite invités à discuter, échanger et poser vos questions. Caméras ouvertes, micros ouverts, vos interventions seront les bienvenues!

Join Habi Gerba, President and Spokesperson of the JCCM, and Mr. Pierre Fitzgibbon, Minister of Economy, Innovation and Energy, for an intimate discussion to learn more about their respective backgrounds. This interview will be followed by a networking cocktail.

We invites you to the GRRAM networking cocktail! Members, non-members, partners and volunteers are welcome to enjoy a friendly moment and conclude this event in style! In addition to the presentation of the pitch competition prizes, this will be an opportunity to exchange ideas over a drink and a few bites!


  • 5:30pm - Opening remarks Habi Gerba;
  • 5:35pm - Pitch Competition Awards Ceremony;
  • 6:15pm - Open networking.

Rates and information

Half day AM

  • Member: $40
  • Non-member: $70

Half day PM

  • Member : 55$
  • Non-member : 85$

Full day

  • Member : 75$
  • Non-member : 120$
  • Corporate package*

*Full day corporate discount only - 5 tickets at a fixed price of $350.


To cancel your registration, you must do so by email, as soon as possible, at the following address:

  • Cancellation between March 29 and April 5, 2023: a 25% administration fee will be retained
  • Cancellation after April 5, 2023 or in case of absence of the participant: no refund.

Please note that no registration will be accepted on the spot.

See our cancellation policy.

Main presenters

Presenting partner

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Supporting Partners

Partenaires du Concours de pitch

Partner for networking activities