McGill Tribune’s Journalism and Media Conference

The Montreal Press Club is sponsoring the McGill Tribune’s third annual Journalism and Media Conference that takes place this week.

The event begins Tuesday and continues until Thursday night.

Conference Schedule

Tuesday, March 21

5:30 – 6:30 PM:

6:30 – 7:30 PM:

Wednesday, March 22

3:15 – 4 PM:

4 – 5 PM:

5 – 6 PM:

6 – 7 PM:

6:30 – 7:30 PM:

Thursday, March 23

1:30 – 2:30 PM:

2:30 PM – 4 PM:

4:15 – 5:15 PM:

5 PM – 6 PM:

5:15 – 6:15 PM:

6 PM – 7 PM:

6:30 – 7:15 PM:

7:30 – 8:15 PM:

7:30 – 12 AM:

To learn more about the Journalism and Media Conference, visit the Tribune website.

Call for Nominations re: Board of Directors

Dear Colleagues,

Interested in working closely with local award winning journalists? Becoming more involved in your club’s networking events? Posting MPC news to social media?

Members are currently invited to apply for a position on our Board of Directors. Only Active Members in good standing and who have paid their 2016 dues are eligible to vote, run for office and second nominations.

Before the Annual General Meeting (AGM being held Tuesday, April 4, 6 to 8 pm), Board candidates are encouraged to submit to the MPC Secretary (email address below) a written statement of no more than 250 words that describes their background, the reason that they have decided to run, how they hope to benefit the club, as well as the name of another Montreal Press Club member who has agreed to second their nomination. Candidates are also invited to make a verbal statement (no more than two minutes) during the AGM, prior to voting. Yes, Board nominations may also be made from the floor.


A vote will be conducted to fill the five positions becoming vacant on the Board of Directors.


The Board of Directors will meet to elect Officers for the coming year
after the conclusion of the AGM.

Note: Associate Members are also encouraged to attend the annual general meeting, but do not have voting privileges nor may they run for office or second a nomination.

A reminder that you can easily pay your dues online by clicking on

or by mailing a cheque in the amount of $35 to

Montreal Press Club
17 Valois Bay Avenue, Suite 200
Pointe Claire, Quebec
H9R 4B4

or by paying at the door (cash or cheque only) when you arrive at the AGM, which takes place at Mcgibbins Irish Pub, 1426 Bishop Street, on April 4 from 6 until 8 pm.

BTW should you need assistance preparing your nomination please don’t hesitate to call.


Mathieu Paul Dumont
Montreal Press Club

The Bonjour Effect, Monday June 13, 5@7, University Club

The Montreal Press Club/Cercle des journalistes Presents “The Bonjour Effect” Monday June 13, 5@7, University Club



Note: as this is the last MPC event of the season family and friends are invited to join in. French wines and canapés will be served in keeping with the theme. Cost: $25 per person. RSVP: 514-288-0201. Email:

Paul the Intern’s Second Week at The Press Club

CHkYG1uWgAE61iJ (1)Second week in, and what a week it’s been!

As some of you may know, as summer intern at the MPC I’m also working in conjunction with the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS), which means I help them out on their various projects.

Well, this week that help came in the form of an invite to assist them in putting on their third annual Professional Training Program on the Prevention of Mass Atrocities.

Kyle Matthews, senior Deputy Director of MIGS, has been working tirelessly with his assistant and interns to put on this event, which turned out to be stellar.

Professors, benefactors, students, and those who were simply interested in the subject flocked from all over North America to take part in this three-day seminar at the University of Ottawa. Experts from academia, technology, politics, and peacekeeping arrived to make presentations, give interviews, and mount workshops on, or relating to, the efforts to prevent genocide from occurring (as is currently the case in Syria and Darfur).

Roméo Dallaire, Naomi Kikoler and Walter Dorn were just a few of the many invitees.

Personally, the highlight of the three-day event was attending a cocktail at the residence of Per Sjögren, Sweden’s ambassador to Canada, with program participants and MIGS staffers. We had the opportunity to hear the Honourable Irwin Cotler, former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, talk about the critical need for Canada to get more involved in the fight against the carrying out of mass atrocities by dictators and state leaders.

After three gruelling, yet extremely enriching days in Ottawa, I’m finally back at my desk, ready to tackle a project of a very different nature here at the MPC: the Student Planning Committee.

The Montreal Press Club Student Planning Committee is something that has just been added to the club, but has been keeping all of us very busy.

In brief, it’s a committee formed to try and get more students involved with the Press Club. The team, comprised of myself, MPC secretary Ilia Blinderman, Montreal-based writer Katrya Bolger, and McGill student and McGill Tribune news editor Shrinkhala Dawadi, is hard at work finding guests and coming up with ideas for events for the Press Club to succeed in attracting that younger demographic.

We are looking for the most incisive journalists, writers, and media personalities among today’s youth to ensure our events in the fall are nothing short of home runs.

If you have any ideas for us, please let me know, we’d love to get your opinion!

You can reach me at

Also, look out for my article on the MIGS seminar in Concordia’s The Link online and follow me on Twitter @PaulMolpeceres

Until next time!

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Selfie time! Paul Dewar hosted the MIGS seminar group for lunch on Monday, interns and participants and all, in the beautiful Parliament Hill reading room. The room could be a museum in itself!


Greetings from Paul Molpeceres

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Paul Molpeceres. I’m the new intern at the Montreal Press Club. This is my Greetings from Paul Molpecerespersonal/professional blog chronicling the time I will spend at the MPC this summer.

I’m a 24-year-old Montreal native who is trilingual. I’m fluent in English, French and Spanish.

I am a journalism student. I’m also a practicing journalist. Yes, it is possible to be both, at the same time.

I attend Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. I am entering my second year of a three-year program in the fall, a program in which I chose to focus on audio-visual journalism, another way of saying broadcast journalism. I presume that my minor in urban studies will also prove useful.

Now, blogging is very different than traditional journalistic writing. So let’s give this a shot.

From reading entries from different blogs, I’ve gathered that it’s much more train-of-thought oriented. Less structure, more freedom, too.

Now, for my internship (this is why this blog is up, after all), I am the “boots on the ground” at the MPC. The MPC is a membership-driven club since its inception in 1948. For an annual fee, you get to join an institution that provides exceptional networking and professional development opportunities in this largely French metropolis.

Former members include legendary Canadian writer Mordecai Richler and iconic politician René Lévesque.

Alas, here I am, the possible third member to form the trifecta of world-renown minds (just kidding!) How’s my blogging so far? Please, be gentle.

To expound on my purpose during this internship, I will be working with current board members on programming and to help reinstate the MPC’s weekly radio program. I will add content to the website, I will help in seeking the most current and interesting guests to come speak at our events, and I will continue to write both news and features.

So, here’s to an exciting summer in which I invite you to follow my weekly blog posts, where I will be not only writing about my internship but also updating members on events and news about the club.