Montreal's International Forum
Michael Denham, Katja Keitaanniemi, Ibrahim Al-Mojel, Leonardo Botelho

The Montreal Group: Accelerating Entrepreneurship

May 9, 2018 Michael Denham President and Chief Executive Officer, Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) Katja Keitaanniemi Executive Vice President, SME Financing, Finnvera, Finland Ibrahim Al-Mojel Director General, Saudi Industrial Development Fund (SIDF), Saudi Arabia Leonardo Botelho Head, Institutional Funding and International Relations, Banco nacional de desenvolvimento economico e social (BNDES), Brazil
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With the participation of:

Pascal Lagarde
Chair of the Board, Montreal Group

Executive Director, International, Strategy, Studies and Development, Banque publique d'investissement (Bpi), France

Something surprising in Saudi Arabia [is that] 57% of post-secondary graduates over the last decade are women. So imagine that untapped resource, now it’s finally unlocked

Context and covered topics:

The Montreal Group is a global forum for development banks focused on micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. It was founded in 2012 to promote international cooperation, mutual learning and exchange of technical expertise among Development Banks.

The panelists will be discussing :

  • Scaling-up midsize firms
  • Strengthening the internationalisation of businesses
  • Women in entrepreneurship
  • Financing strategies for the jobs of tomorrow


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