Montreal, September 26th, 2016 – The 42nd annual Congress of the Fédération des clubs de motoneigistes du Québec (Québec federation of snowmobile clubs, or FCMQ) was held on September 23rd and 24th at the Sheraton Laval hotel under the theme S’UNIR POUR MIEUX RÉUSSIR (or UNITED TO BETTER SUCCEED).
Bringing together more than 500 volunteer snowmobile club administrators from all regions of Quebec, members of the Board of directors as well as numerous partners, the annual Congress of the FCMQ is the ideal event for sharing information,networking, training, but most of all for uniting dedicated persons sharing a common passion, safe snowmobiling in the province of Quebec.
Guest of honour Mr Marc Demers, mayor of the city of Laval, proceeded to officially open the 42nd Congress. Mrs Eva Nassif, Member of Parliament for the riding of Vimy, was also on hand for the event.
An inspiring keynote address!
Enthusiasm and vigour filled the room as keynote speaker Dr Sylvain Guimond, internationally renowned lecturer, addressed the assembled participants and set the tone for the event.
The FCMQ, committed to sustainable development
The FCMQ is a proud and willing participant in the écoSentierTM trail certification program, which it officially launched last March. This key element of the Sustainable development action plan (PADD) was initiated in 2010. Attending club volunteers received the training and information necessary to set the stage for the implementation of the certification process beginning this year.
Ministère du Transports, de la Mobilité durable et de l'Électrification des transports workshop
Snowmobile clubs are faced with numerous challenges, including the financing of operations which are essential to permitting our 90,000 members to safely ride and enjoy our 33,000 km of trails year after year. During one of the featured workshops, the Ministry, partners of the FCMQ for many years now, presented the various programs designed to support the activity of snowmobiling to attending clubs. In order to pay tribute to volunteers and recognize their invaluable contribution to the development and safeguarding of the activities of snowmobiling and ATVing, the Minister will, on September 28th and for the 7th consecutive year, award recognition prizes for volunteers working in the field of off-highway vehicles.
A trail permit with insurance means riding with peace of mind
Intact Insurance, official insurer of the FCMQ, hosted a workshop designed to inform club volunteers about the various aspects related to the insurance component of the trail permit. Also discussed from an insurance perspective were matters related to club operations, as well as protection of landowners who generously provide land-use permissions.
FCMQ partners were on hand
A partner in the promotion of safe snowmobiling, the Sûreté du Québec, as in years past, was on hand with a booth in order to educate club volunteers about the various rules and regulations.
An exhibition hall allowed numerous partners to display their wares and promote their services related to the activity of snowmobiling.
Special mentions to all FCMQ partners who were on hand and helped make the 42nd Congress an overriding success!
Re-election of FCMQ President
Mrs Denise Grenier has been re-elected to sit as FCMQ President for a second consecutive year. Support to clubs, snowmobiler satisfaction, safety and safeguarding of the trail network are the priorities of the Board of directors, comprised of 13 volunteer administrators as well as the General Manager, Mr Stéphane Desroches. The past year has been one of restructuring and the coming one will be one of consolidation. It is with a great deal of enthusiasm and pride that Mrs Grenier accepted to tackle the coming challenges, knowing that all together we will succeed.
About the FCMQ
The Fédération des clubs de motoneigistes du Québec, a sectorial tourism association, is a not-for-profit organisation that has been serving its members for more than 42 years. It is dedicated to the development and promotion of safe snowmobiling throughout Quebec. The FCMQ defends the interests of its 200 member clubs and their 90,000 individual members. More than 4,500 volunteers contribute in excess of 800,000 hours annually towards the maintenance of the provincial snowmobile trail network. Some 14,000 jobs are created thanks to snowmobiling, resulting in a level of annual economic activity totaling $3.27 billion, of which $1.9 billion is attributable to the activity itself with a further $1.37 billion coming from related manufacturing activity.
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