Tuesday, July 6th, 2004

Certain events leave an indelible mark on the collective memory of humanity. The events of September 11th, 2001, are examples of that. With the shock behind us, we must now reflect on our values and the means at our disposal to build a peaceful world.

The organizers of the World's Religions After September 11 invite to Montréal all people who are interested in pursuing such reflection together, five years after the events. I can assure you that our city possesses all of the necessary qualities to welcome them.

Montréal is one of the oldest cities in North America and is at the crossroads of American and European influences. In countless ways, it possesses a unique personality that it has used to forge links with all continents. It is an international city of culture that is cosmopolitan and renowned for its tolerant spirit. It is a city of knowledge that has chosen to make culture one of the pillars of its development. To do so, it has relied on internationally renowned institutions of learning like McGill University.

I await the pleasure of welcoming you in Montréal.


Gérald Tremblay
Mayor of Montréal

June 30,2004

Dear delegates,

It gives me great pleasure to invite and welcome you to Montréal to attend the World's Religions after September 11 Conference from September 11-15, 2006.

It is a privilege to host such a significant conference considering how important it is, in this day and age, to have a platform to exchange beliefs and ideas.

During your stay in Montréal, we hope you will have the opportunity to experience our warm hospitality, our "joie de vivre" as well as enjoy our exceptional quality of life.

Explore Old Montréal and learn about our history through the well preserved historic sites and past centuries' architecture. Discover what makes Montréal unique. From the most incredible archeology museum to the contemporary art exhibits, do not forget the Quartier latin or the underground city and naturally, downtown with its strikingly modern buildings. Enjoy wonderful attractions such as the Montréal Botanical Garden or the Casino de Montréal and more.

We wish you a very successful convention and a most pleasant stay in Montréal.

Charles Lapointe, P.C.
President and Chief Executive Officer