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More than 10 years have passed since the first Mount Royal Summit in 2002, and at the request of the citizens of Montreal, many actions and interventions have been undertaken by the Gouvernement du Québec and the Ville de Montréal to protect this emblematic territory. Important gains have been made in protection and enhancement initiatives for the mountain, and the time has come to take an inventory of these actions taken by our public authorities, as well as by the institutional property owners on Mount Royal. The challenges to be addressed during the Summit include the protection of the territory, of its views, landscapes and natural environment, of the future of its great institutional domains and its governance structure.
The objective of the Mount Royal Summit in 2013 is, on the one hand, to identify future prospects for the mountain and on the other, to allow all concerned stakeholders to take part in this collaborative effort.
More than 150 individuals are expected to participate in this day of discussion and exchange organized by the Ville de Montréal’s Bureau du Mont-Royal and Les amis de la montagne, following a consensus established by the Table de concertation du Mont-Royal.
This activity has been made possible through the financial support of the Fondation Écho, Les amis de la montagne, and the Ville de Montréal and the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications as part of the Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal.
Presentations will be in French
7:30 a.m.: Welcome and registration (coffee and croissants)
Master of Ceremonies: Ariane Émond
7:55 a.m.: Words of welcome from our host, Christophe Guy, Executive Director, Polytechnique Montréal
8:05 a.m.: Words from the Mount Royal Summit 2013 co-chairs: Josée Duplessis, member of the executive committee of the Ville de Montréal, responsible for sustainable development, the environment, large parks and green spaces, and Peter A. Howlett, C.M., president, Les amis de la montagne.
8:30 to 10 a.m.: Panel 1 – Views, landscapes and emblematic presence
Mount Royal is an integral part of Montreal’s visual signature and is the most significant landmark in the metropolitan region. To protect and enhance the identified views of interest from and towards Mount Royal, how effective are the tools, measures and criteria put into place in the Mount Royal Protection and Enhancement Plan? How do we ensure a better complementarity between the mountain and the development of the downtown core and the entry points to the island?
The protection and enhancement of the views of interest towards Mount Royal from the outlying suburban municipalities, as well as the visual links between the Monteregians should also be considered.
10 a.m. Break
10:10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: Panel 2 – The natural environment
The protection and consolidation of Mount Royal’s natural environment is a major challenge, distributed as it is over a vast territory of 750 hectares in the urban midst. How do we reconcile the protection imperative while increasing accessibility to Mount Royal? How do we re-establish and preserve the biodiversity of Mount Royal and improve its connectivity to the other natural environments of the Montreal region?
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch
12:15 p.m. to 12:35 p.m.: Invited guests, Claude Corbo, Chairman of the Table de Concertation du Mont-Royal and Marcel Côté, conseiller stratégique, KPMG-SECOR
1 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.: Panel 3 – Great institutional domains
Institutional properties account for 60% of the Mount Royal territory. Their establishment on the mountain is part of our history. While today the majority of these institutions are susceptible to a change of vocation or are facing development needs, how do we maintain and consolidate the collective values and heritage assets of these institutional properties? Besides the tools currently at our disposition, would we be better equipped to handle these upcoming dossiers through other proactive approaches?
2:50 p.m. to 3:10 p.m.: networking break
3:15 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.: Panel 4 - Governance
The Mount Royal territory touches 4 boroughs within the Ville de Montréal, as well as the City of Westmount. The Ministère de la Culture et des Communications is responsible for applying the legislative framework of the Loi sur le patrimoine culturel that establishes the terms for conservation, in collaboration with the Ville de Montréal. Following the decree of 2005 by the Gouvernement du Québec creating Mount Royal’s status, the challenge is, on the one hand, to pursue the development of a coherent and efficient model of governance within a transparent and consultative approach between public and institutional parties and civil society. On the other hand, the importance to improve the coordination of interventions in Mount Royal Park is clear. To these ideas is the added challenge of protecting the heritage elements of Mount Royal that lie outside the limits of the Mount Royal Heritage Site.
4:55 p.m.: Summary report of the panels: Michel Gariépy, professeur émérite, Institut d’urbanisme, Université de Montréal et Joshua Wolfe, urbaniste membre de l’AICP
5:20 p.m.: Closing words
5:25 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Closing cocktail