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.

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:

Annual General Meeting, Wednesday, April 27, 6 to 8 pm


We are pleased to announce that Laura-Julie Perreault, International News Editor at La Presse and member of the advisory board of the Montreal Press Club, will be the keynote speaker at our Annual General Meeting, Wednesday, April 27, 6 to 8 pm. Ms. Perreault is a former Fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, as well as a former foreign correspondent who has reported from over 35 countries on subjects ranging from the Tunisian Revolution and the Chechen War to the famine in Somalia. She is a recipient of both the Canadian National Newspaper Award and the Amnesty International Award.

Please join us for an exceptional evening of networking and camaraderie at Hurley’s Pub located at 1225 Crescent Street, south of St. Catherine Street (2nd floor). Doors open at 5:30 pm. MPC meeting begins at 6 pm. Keynote begins at 7 pm. RSVP: 514-974-1119.

President’s Message

The MPC has enjoyed another exceptional year! Fresh off the success of the McGill Tribune Journalism and Media Conference (March 7-11), as well as providing sponsorship for the Concordia CBC News summer internship in London, the Montreal Press Club is looking forward to expanding its highly successful monthly Distinguished Speaker Series (co-hosted with UCM, MIGS, CIC as well as IRPP), providing more mentoring and networking opportunities for our members, and working with our Advisory Board (Lucinda Chodan, Terry Mosher, Peter McConnell, Terry Mosher, Laura-Julie Perreault, and Beryl Wajsman) on securing more strategic partnerships moving forward.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, April 27th, any time after 5:30 pm. Annual dues can be paid at the reception desk. And don’t forget to bring your business card to qualify for one of several door prizes!

Linda Renaud, MPC President

NOTE: The MPC will hold a business meeting from 6-6:45 pm PRIOR to Ms. Perreault’s talk. This member-only business meeting will deal with annual elections. Please note that nominations will be accepted from the floor. For election details please call MPC Treasurer, Tracey Arial, at 514-245-1945

Wednesday, January 20, 5 to 7pm: Where’s Montreal without a vibrant press?



Journal de Montreal Managing Editor George Kalogerakis leads a conversation about the future of daily journalism, key investigations underway in Montreal, and a scarcity of media talent at the University Club

Since its birth in the 1960s, Le Journal de Montréal has focussed almost exclusively on the three S’s –sang, sexe, sport. But the populist tabloid has changed dramatically in the past 15 years. It still wants to be the ‘people’s paper,’ but now puts more emphasis on investigations and uncovering government waste.

Le Journal set up a sting operation to catch pedophiles targeting pre-teens on the Web, a first in Quebec. It tested 200 sushi shops and fish stores to show retailers selling fish under incorrect names. It described how a Quebec family manipulated multiple contests across Canada to win them all.

Mr. Kalogerakis, who was hired away from the Gazette in 2005, will describe these investigations in detail. He’ll also talk about how Le Journal still sees a vibrant future in print. Despite tough times in the media business, the paper’s looking for people with the ‘guts’ and ‘brains’ to look into corruption and crime on the heels of the revelations of the Charbonneau Commission

Cost: $25

Location: University Club of Montreal

Dress Code: Business Casual

Canapes will be served.

Please note that this event will be conducted in both English and French. RSVP through 514-288-0201, or



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Holiday Cocktail, Thursday, December 17, 5@7, University Club


Dear Colleagues,

Please join me to celebrate the holiday season as well as the end of another year of accomplishments for the Montreal Press Club, which continues to excel at providing exceptional networking opportunities for its members as well as mentoring services to local journalists.
This celebration is being held at the University Club of Montreal which opened its doors to the MPC three years ago. Since then we have proudly co-hosted dozens of memorable events including a coveted Distinguished Speakers Series on timely, hot-bed issues. Recent headliners range from the Honourable Irwin Cotler on representing political prisoners to award-winning Montreal writer Heather O’Neill (Daydreams of Angels/Harper Collins).
I look forward to receiving you on Thursday evening. Canapés are complimentary. Drinks by credit card. Following the cocktail you are invited to stay for a Traditional Christmas Dinner.


Warmest regards,
Linda Renaud, President
Montreal Press Club
Cercle des journalistes