Networking : the hottest downtown networking spots
Conferences, networking evenings, cultural events . . . there are many ways to grow your circle in downtown Montreal. In today’s digital era, don’t underestimate the power of face-to-face meet-ups! Here’s a list of places to help get you started.
1. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ Young Philanthropists Circle
Philanthropy is a growing movement among young professionals and numerous are the cultural institutions committed to raising funds, attracting new members, and helping said members grow their social and professional networks. Some of the more notable organizations include The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ Young Philanthropists Circle, Jeunes Premiers du TNM, Jeunes Gouverneurs des Grands Ballets, and the OSM Young Ambassadors Club. The MMFA’s Young Philanthropists Circle (ages 25 to 45) was founded in 2012 with the goal of training the next generation in the fields of art and culture. Committed to attracting new members and creating networking opportunities, the MMFA’s Young Philanthropists Circle is an excellent foray into the world of cultural philanthropy. With more than 400 active members hailing from various industries, the committee acts as a solid business network that specializes in events of all kinds—each bolder and more adventurous than the next! From visiting art restoration workshops, to meeting with artists and collectors, to cocktails and exhibitions, the MMFA’s Young Philanthropists Circle has something for everyone.
Photos: © Frederic Fadoul
2. Espace C2
Talk about a brilliant idea for experiential design! Located on the 21st floor of the iconic Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, Espace C2 offers custom collaborative learning experiences in a glass dome with inverted ceiling and a breathtaking view of the city below! Now a go-to destination for young professionals, Espace C2 is committed to creativity and innovation, and has completely redefined what it means to be a meeting space. Boasting an egalitarian, open space, the modular auditorium—which fits up to 400 and is equipped with cutting-edge equipment—can be rented by anyone looking to ignite their imagination and awaken their creativity. Dare to step out of your comfort zone by participating in one of the many brainstorming sessions, one-of-a-kind collaborative workshops, or team-building conferences.
Photo: © Jimmy Hamelin
3. Bar Furco
A resto-bar with a reputation that precedes it, Bar Furco quickly became a downtown favourite when it opened its doors in October 2012. Aptly named, Bar Furco is located in a former Canadian Fur Company (Fur co.) warehouse, and has become one of the most frequented places by young professionals looking to grab a bite to eat and enjoy a glass after a hard day’s work. Whether you want to meet new people or organize a team-building activity for your colleagues, Bar Furco is an excellent place to build your network and make lasting connections.
4. Connexion Internationale de Montréal (CIMTL)
CIMtl was kicked off in 2013 with the goal of bringing together young professionals from the international business sector. With approximately 300 members, this network supports career development, defends the interests of, and offers mentoring and training to budding businessmen and women. CIMtl holds numerous events related to politics, economics and culture, creating networking opportunities for all its registered members. Viniculture debates, for example, allow members to discuss political issues, glass of wine in hand, while a sommelier and wine expert host the evening.
Text : Camille Cardin-Goyer
Photo cover credit : Adrien William