The city of Montreal arouses feelings of ambivalence. On the one hand, it’s a unique metropolis in North America and is celebrated as such. On the other hand, we’ve been performing far below our potential for a very long time. i see mtl seeks to give us a collective shake up. It’s a call to action, a call for change that asks us to relentlessly pursue the future.
i see mtl will contribute to revitalizing the city and its economy. Four priorities have been identified.
The first projects us into the future and is based on our strengths, as well as our unique challenges. We call it, Identity and Aspiration.
On the economic front, there must also be new companies of every variety (start ups, family businesses, co-ops, etc.) that will accelerate economic growth and support sustainable development throughout greater Montreal. These new companies must be able to grow very quickly and, above all, be actively engaged in contributing to our city’s future. This is the Business priority.
In order to increase the number of companies and “gazelles”, Montreal must also be home to people with the necessary skills and creativity. This is the Talent priority. This means reaching out to those who have been “left behind”, including drop-outs and poorly educated individuals, as well as new Montrealers who have international diplomas that are not being recognized. However, this also means attracting and, more importantly, retaining talent of all varieties.
Lastly, there’s the Environment priority. That is, helping companies and citizens in the region evolve in a common geographical framework. This framework must be efficient, inspiring and robust and could include infrastructure, design and the environment.
These four priorities were identified as undertakings for community leaders. We are not prescribing what the government should do. We are asking ourselves what we can do.
A “leader” is understood to be someone who is in a position to act on behalf of the city. This could be the president of a bank or an especially dynamic community association. In short, anyone ready to respond to our call to action.
In the last few weeks, we have been travelling across the metropolitan region to persuade leaders to make this commitment. We have met with more than 200 people from the business and university sectors, as well as union representatives, engaged citizens, community organizations, associations of every sort, intellectuals, dreamers, etc.
Our website will soon open the discussion to all Montrealers. Then it will be up to you to act!
Félix-Antoine Joli-Cœur, Project Lead, je vois mtl
1) Identity and Aspiration: Position Montreal as a metropolis that breaks barriers, as a source of great pride and as a catalyst for future growth.
2) Talent: Attract and retain talent, as well as reach out to those who were “left behind” to better fulfill the needs of our city and its evolving economy.
3) Business: Build more new businesses that can grow rapidly and be actively involved in generating success for our city.
4) Environment: Significantly harmonize how we live and work with our collective aspirations and ambitions for prosperity.