About us

Our mission

Montréal centre-ville is the Downtown Business Development Corporation (SDC), a non-profit organization that brings together nearly 5,000 member businesses. Our actions are focused on the development and promotion of the downtown area. As a key player representing downtown, our main mission is to contribute to the economic and commercial dynamism, influence, and quality of life of the area.

Our vision? To make downtown Montréal a world-class business and residential district with an authentic, lively, and creative identity.

Downtown in a few key data points


of tourists from outside Quebec are completely satisfied with their stay in downtown Montréal (survey by Léger, 2022)


of residents, workers, and students say they also come downtown for pleasure


Canada’s fastest-growing downtown area (Statistics Canada, 2021 Census)


Destination for international congresses in North America (2023)


Student city of the Americas, home to 35,000 international students (2022)

Our team

Our team is dedicated to promoting downtown as a clean, safe, and dynamic place to live, study, reside, and work. To enhance downtown’s attractiveness, Montréal centre-ville relies on the work of its street brigades, on site seven days a week, to support well-being, cleanliness, and safety in the downtown area.

Glenn Castanheira - Directeur général

Executive director

Glenn Castanheira

Frank Subra - Directeur général adjoint

Deputy director

Franck Subra

Alicia Orlowski - Gestionnaire communications et marketing

Communications and marketing manager

Alicia Orlowski

Responsable relation membres et intelligence d'affaires - Selma Emna Jmii

Membership liaison and business intelligence Manager

 Selma Emna Jmii

Théo Closson - Responsable des équipes terrains

Field team Manager

Théo Closson

Elisa De Maertelaere - Chargée de projets et communications

Communications project Manager

Elisa De Maertelaere

Chef d'équipe brigade propreté - Gino Chiasson

Head of the cleaning brigade

Gino Chiasson

Marie-Claude Desrosiers, Coordonnatrice comptabilité et administration

Accounting and administrative coordinator

Marie-Claude Desrosiers

Our Cleaning Brigade

The cleanliness of downtown is at the centre of our priorities. That is why our cleaning brigade works every day, 365 days a year, to keep downtown Montréal neat and inviting.

Established in 2001, the cleaning brigade recruits members using a policy of social reintegration led by Montréal centre-ville and partner organizations. If you would like to work on the brigade, please contact Gino Chiasson, project supervisor and head of the cleaning brigade.

This project is made possible thanks to the support of the Borough of Ville-Marie.

La Brigade propreté, à l'action au centre-ville de Montréal

Our board of Directors

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Nathalie Gagnon

Associate lawyer
BCF Business Law

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Paul-André Goulet

Groupe Goulet Sports

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André Bouthiller

Executive vice-president – National Public Relations Firm

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Simon Castonguay

Client Relationship Director – Willis Towers Watson

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Sonia Gagné

Associate architect – Provencher Roy

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Anne-Marie Laoun

President – Georges Laoun Opticien

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Chantal Riopel

General Manager, Westin Montréal

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Luciano D’Iorio

Certified Real Estate Broker

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Alain Dufresne

Director – Direction of public works City of Montreal – Borough of Ville Marie

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