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About The Montreal Group

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Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) face ongoing challenges. In response, governments have developed schemes to help remedy market deficiencies where private sector sources are unable or unwilling to operate, by creating public development banks.

The Montreal Group is an international forum created to foster peer group exchanges, identify best practices and innovative solutions on key topic issues, and develop thought leadership material contributing to the global MSME ecosystem.

In addition, The Montreal Group leverages its member’s global outreach to offer client missions for entrepreneurs from all member countries, providing the opportunity to visit tier one companies, network, and exploit B2B opportunities with participants from nine countries operating in the same industry.

Accompanying MSMEs is at the heart of any exchange. 

Our mission

We share knowledge and best practices to help our members:

  • Better support client needs
  • Improve internal operational efficiency
  • Refine strategic planning and policy formalution
  • Respond to stakeholders and changing economic conditions
  • Benefit from international perspectives
  • Connect entrepreneurs through a first-of-its-kind channel 

How we do it

To encourage collaboration among our organizations, The Montreal Group

  • holds annual meetings, rotating across member countries
  • develops thought leadership material and leads   
  • hosts trade missions for M-SMEs from member countries on emerging industries
  • supports other initiatives that are in line with our mission and that benefits our members

Our Board of Directors / Officers

Current Board of Directors as of June 2017 in Helsinki, Finland
NameOrganizationThe Montreal Group
Mr. Pascal Lagarde

Executive Director, International, Strategy, Studies and Development

Banque publique d'investissement (Bpi), France

Chair of the Board &


Mr. Peter Lawler

Executive Vice President, BDC Advisory Services

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), Canada


Ms. Maggy Tawil

Assistant Vice President, Partnerships

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), Canada


Nacional financiera banca de desarollo (NAFINSA), Mexico

Mr. XIE Zhijun

General Manager, Planning & Administration Department

China Development Bank (CDB), China

Mr. Juuso Heinilä

Executive Vice President, SME Financing

Finnvera, Finland

Mr. Leonardo Botelho

Head, Institutional Funding and International Relations

Banco nacional de desenvolvimento economico e social (BNDES), Brazil

Dr. Ibrahim Almojel

Director General

Saudi Industrial Development Fund (SIDF), Saudi Arabia

Mr. Hicham Zanati Serghini

Director General

Caisse centrale de garantie (CCG), Morocco
Mr. Carlo Baldocci

Head, Public Affairs

Cassa Depositi e Prestiti S.p.A. (CDP)

Mr. Louis Dallaire   Acting Secretary General
Ms. Sandra Péloquin

Director, International Relations

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), Canada

Secretary General
Mr. Michel Bergeron

Senior Vice-President, Marketing and Public Affairs

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), Canada

Founding Chair