A Strategic Position in North America A short one-hour flight from major economic centres such as New York, Boston and Toronto, the Greater Montreal Region occupies a strategic position in North America. The Montreal area is served by two international airports, Mirabel and Montréal-Trudeau, which provide direct connections to more than 150 domestic and international destinations, including the major cities of America, Europe and Asia. Very easy to reach, the Montréal-Trudeau airport is less than 20 minutes from downtown Montreal. Cosmopolitan, multicultural and bilingual, Greater Montreal is blessed with a unique personality that hails from a wonderful blend of European and New World charms. Its intellectual and cultural vitality, its ultra-modern infrastructures, its high technology and its nearness to major cities in the U.S. all combine to make Greater Montreal a hub for international trade. A World-Class Centre of Technological Excellence The region boasts a highly qualified workforce, an impressive array of expertise and a well-developed network of research facilities in leading strategic industries specifically: Information and telecommunication technologies; 110,000 employees Life sciences; 40,500 employees Aerospace; 38,000 Where Knowledge Comes First Montreal is home to 11 institutions of higher learning that offer a variety of internationally recognized training programs, specifically in the leading high-tech industries. These institutions of higher learning include four major universities: McGill University and Concordia University, the two English-language institutions, and the Universit? de Montr?al and UQAM, the two French-language institutions. Ranking First for Quality of Life Montreal is a very safe city where families can go out for walks with peace of mind. The downtown core overflows with life both day and night: inhabitants and visitors are out to see films, go to the theatre, attend concerts and enjoy restaurants. When festivals are being held, thousands of people gather on the streets and in the squares, celebrating happily and peacefully. Montr?al also benefit from parks and immense green spaces right in the heart of the city, a river one can sail or challenge the rapids, and bicycle trails that stretch for nearly 1,000 kilometers, the longest in North America.