Mr. Chair, when I was appointed to be a member of this board, I considered it with a great deal of excitement, because it was a chance, in an important chapter in my life, to help understand and help in the development of a jewel in Montreal.
I've watched over the last three years how we've improved the brand. We've had new ideas and creativity and new blockbuster exhibitions that have brought hundreds of thousands of people who never were aware before. These exhibitions are now travelling Canada, and even the world, bringing additional revenue back to us. I've watched just a whole host of activity that's increased the usage of the grounds and has made it more important.
Another idea is that we make it even more important by making it an even more important destination as the playground of Montreal.
All of that took place under the watchful eye of Madame Benoît. Before my appointment as a member of the board, I had never met Madame Benoît. So I come to this quite open.
I work with four other professional board members. They are very highly qualified, very experienced people. I'm honoured to be with them. They dedicate themselves, day to day, trying to do the best for the people of Montreal, Quebec, and Canada.
You walk a fine line. I accepted this mandate because I thought I could be of benefit. I travel the world. I get a broader understanding of what people look for when they come to Canada, because my regular daytime job is inviting people to come to Canada. I can tell you that the quality of life, the security of the port, and the excitement we've created all add enormously to the economy and to the feeling about Montreal, Quebec, and Canada. I have to give her some of that credit. It was under her watch.