When the PGA meets F1

But what was Ryan Hart, the CEO of the President’s Cup and one of the leaders of the PGA, doing in François Dumontier’s office yesterday morning?

Does the Canadian Grand Prix intend to install a mini putt behind the grandstands?

Stupid question I didn’t ask Ryan Hart. But I still wanted to know. The PGA will present the 2024 President’s Cup in Montreal. It will be the first presentation in Quebec since 2007. I wanted to know better how you prepare for an international event that lasts less than a week and has a huge reach.

“I thought to myself that the Canadian Grand Prix, the country’s premier tourism and sporting event, could allow us to improve our approach,” Ryan replies.


“François Dumontier was generous. He took us all the way. I was able to see firsthand how French was treated on the site. It is important to us to avoid misunderstandings or disrespect. In addition, the Grand Prix requires the construction of many temporary infrastructures. We will have the same challenge for President Cup. There are a thousand and one details that I was able to observe during that hour visiting the facilities,” says Mr. Ryan.

And he adds: “We will have a clientele that is both local and international. We will build connections and relationships with Montreal and Quebec. Again, François Dumontier has given us information and information. This visit is an excellent investment. »

For those who remember, it was Montreal 2007 when specialists and at least one gynecologist noticed that Tiger Woods was limping between two holes. He underwent surgery over the following weeks.


François Dumontier was proud of this visit. For the past week he has faced the usual criticism from environmentalists and certain stakeholders.

But all the tickets have been sold and the enthusiasm is unbroken: “We are proud that a large organization like the PGA comes to us to learn certain things about organizing a major event. We don’t hide our game and we showed everything. If I can help, all the better,” he said.

Dumontier is also proud to reveal that representatives from nine Grands Prix from around the world will be in Montreal on Sunday.

“People from Singapore, Dhabi, Qatar, Brazil and Las Vegas will be with us. To see what special things we are doing to make our event so special in F1. Also, Barcelona will be here because new garages will be built there for 2024. There is also a minister from the state of Victoria which includes Melbourne who comes to inquire about our garages. Melbourne should have new facilities for 2024,” Dumontier said.

We will therefore introduce Ministers Caroline Proulx and François-David Rouleau to him.


It’s hard to make an omelet without breaking eggs. Some howl at the Grand Prix, a symbol of chariots, sex, and other vices usually offered and controlled by the government.

But we know that the ideal world is one of lockdown and lockdown. The world included four and a half and therefore less pollution.

But meanwhile there is a different life: “I am also proud of what the Grand Prix brings to the economic recovery of the city centre. All hotels are full. We send some of our clients to Valleyfield or Saint-Sauveur. Even there the Manor is full. There aren’t enough restaurants to keep up with demand and this year an estimated 57% of our clientele are visitors from outside of Quebec. It is important. We believe that we are contributing and at the same time offering a great race,” said Dumontier.

And here comes Paul Wilson again

Paul Wilson was fired along with Marc Bergevin and Trevor Timmins. A general manager and a big scout with big arms, we can understand that. These are layoffs that occur when there are no more coaches to sacrifice. But an honest public relations officer and vice president of communications is rarer.

Paul Wilson is back. He has accepted a mandate with the PGA to work on presenting the President’s Cup beginning September 23, 2024 at the Royal Montreal Golf Club. And he quickly regained his composure and efficiency.


Wilson does not hide the fact that he was very upset by his dismissal. However, as an experienced man, he quickly understood that the best guarantee he could offer a prospective employer was discretion. So you don’t hear him throw up on the Sainte-Flanelle. CH remains a great organization that he enjoys serving.

It was also Hubert Richard, a director of Effix, François-Xavier Seigneur’s company, who recommended him to the PGA. It was last January. And Effix is ​​a Canadian creature, we know that.

In other words, Wilson already has the PGA in his clientele. With this contract, he will be drafted by a large crisis management and communications company until September.

It’s the easiest prediction in town.

Except for the Lightning in six.

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