Commerce has played a dynamic role in the rise and decline of urban centers. From the great European city-states of antiquity to the emerging markets of the contemporary world, trade has helped shape and organize metropolitan life. The McCord Museum’s next colloquium, organized in collaboration with Carleton University and presented by TSX Group Inc., takes place November 2, 3 and 4, 2006. Entitled "Trading Places: Commerce and the Evolution of the City", it will bring together numerous scholars, business people, archivists and corporate historians who will address the relationship between commercial activities and the evolution of urban areas.
The colloquium opens with a round table discussion entitled "Valuing Corporate Memory". Panelists include Daniel Gagnier from Alcan, Isabelle Hudon from the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, Philip O’Brien from Télémedia, Lynton R. (Red) Wilson, formerly of BCE; and Michèle Boisvert, economics journalist for La Presse and Radio-Canada. A reception will follow.
Conference presentations will address such topics as Writing Business History; The City and Industry; Immigration, Diversity and Business Ownership; and case studies concerning The Business of Vice. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in one of three Business History Tours: a tour of the McCord Museum Archives, a walk through the Golden Square Mile to discover the rich heritage left by the Scots during development of the city of Montréal in the 19th century, and a tour of Boulevard St-Laurent, “The Main” of Montréal. A film screening will be held during each of the lunch breaks. Barry Lazar, author and filmmaker, will present his documentary "Chez Schwartz's" that tells the story of one of Montréal’s most famous delicatessens. "The Garment Trade", produced for the CBC in 1967, examines the history behind Toronto’s garment industry. Lunch will be provided each day.
A closing banquet will take place at the Bank of Montréal in Old Montréal and will feature legendary journalist and author, Peter C. Newman. The evening will be hosted by Laurent Lapierre of HEC.
The full preliminary program and registration from can be downloaded from the Museum’s website :
Where: McCord Museum, 690 Sherbrooke Street West, Montréal, Quebec
When: November 1-3, 2006
Registration (banquet not included):
Friends of the McCord / Students: $50
General public: $100
Information & reservations: Linda St-Pierre at 514 398-7100, ext. 222 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The McCord Museum wishes to acknowledge the collaboration of Carleton University and the financial support of TSX Group Inc.
The McCord is home to one of the finest historical collections in North America. It possesses some of Canada’s most significant cultural treasures, including the most comprehensive collection of clothing made or worn in Canada; an extensive collection related to Aboriginal history and art; and the renowned Notman Photographic Archives.
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