Élixir Gala and Project the Year Award

For the past 11 years, the elixir Gala has recognized excellence in Project Management in Quebec by rewarding projects which have distinguished themselves through their superior and their exemplary management expertise in different areas.

The PMI-Montreal award for Project of the Year emphasizes honours and promotes excellence in the practice of project management in different areas of expertise. The elixir Gala crowns finalists from various fields (construction and engineering, manufacturing, information technology and communications, life sciences, arts, culture and tourism, professional services and consulting, etc.), in addition to awarding the elixir Excellence Award for Project of the Year to the winner in each category retained by the jury.

The winner(s) is invited to participate in the International Project of the Year "POY" PMI-International Competition, established in 1989. The selection process for this competition has three phases: phase I (open to all candidates), the semi-finals and the finals.

Any member or non-member of PMI ® , a private company or public, small, medium or large in all areas of expertise, may submit a project for consideration for PMI-Montreal's Project of the Year Award.

For more information about submitting your project :

congratulations to the Winners of the Projet of the Year awards for 2016 !

  1. Hatch Ltd : Gahcho Kué Diamond Project
  2. Revenu Québec : La gestion des ressources humaines avec progiciels
  3. Hôpital général Juif : Construction d'un pavillon des soins critiques, le K
  4. Coup de coeur PMI-Montréal : Épicerie solidaire de Rosement

Read the official press release here


2015 :STM and  Desjardins bring home the awards

The project STM Stinson Transport Centre and the virtual Movement Program: New AccèsD and AccèsD Affaires deDesjardins won the award for Project of Year 2015 at PMI-Montréal's Gala elixir.

Stinson Transportation Center welcomes 200 regular buses and 100 articulated buses to ensure their maintenance, refueling and storage. It is an essential component of the development of the STM bus network. The result of a work integrated approach involving all sectors of the STM, the project brings together the best sustainable practices in a building of 38 000 m2. Realized over a period of two years, this project required the implementation of several important initiatives to meet the work schedule and on budget. Fast construction methods, an integrated, multidisciplinary design, and strong stakeholder involvement are examples that confirm the determination of the team to make it a flagship project for future initiatives within the STM.

Completed in less than 18 months, the Desjardins project aimed to reinvent the transactional sites AccèsD and AccèsD Desjardins Affairs who had not experienced major overhaul since their creation, nearly 20 years ago. Given the multitude of platforms and technologies involved, this project was an unprecedented scale for Desjardins and near-impossible task ahead.The project team was faced with many challenges in technical and human terms: application dependencies, lashings interproject, IT deployment moratorium, technical, staffing needs, etc. Nevertheless, the Business-IT Partnership has mobilized all its resources to successfully deliver the project on schedule and according to budget requirements set by the leaders.


2014 : Centre de recherche CHUM

The project was completed within an important budget, with a limited time frame (40 months of design and construction), in PPP mode, a first in Quebec for an establishment of the institutional sector, and a quality recognized by an independent certifier. This achievement is all the work of Québec businesses : SLG Group, project management master team (consortium of SNC-Lavalin and WSP Canada Inc.), Consortium Pomerleau - Verreault , General Partnership, responsible for the design-build phase ARM : Access Search Montreal SEC Moreover , the project has obtained the LEED GOLD certification CaGBC.


2013: The City of Montreal and the SNC-Lavalin/Hatch Consortium Both Take Home the PMI-Montreal Project of the Year Award

For the first time ever, PMI-Montreal awarded two Project of the Year Awards at its Elixir Gala, held November 6 at the Montreal Science Centre. The projects submitted by the City of Montreal, Saint-Laurent borough, and the SNC-Lavalin/Hatch Consortium were each of exceptional quality, which is why the jury chose to recognize them both. The Project of the Year Award acknowledges superior project performance in various fields of expertise, as well as exemplary Project Management, notably in terms of budget and schedule compliance.

The City of Montreal, Saint-Laurent borough, was honoured for creating the Bibliothèque du Boisé, which has become a model of good management for the city and its administrators. The SNC Lavalin/Hatch Consortium was recognized for Phase 1 of its AP60 project, which saw the installation at the Rio Tinto Alcan Jonquière Complex of the first 38 AP60 pots operating at 600 kA. Management of that project led to a culture of collaboration and risk management, which contributed to increasing health, safety and environmental standards in major projects.


2012 : Les Aliments Ultima Inc.

At the 7th edition of the Élixir Gala on November 7th at the Hyatt Regency, PMI-Montreal awarded Project of the Year 2012 to Aliments Utilma Inc. for their project Nouvelle-France. The project Nouvelle-France represented a challenge: to launch, within 18 months, a new brand of yogurts and fresh dairy products, iögo. It is through the rigorous and creative application of project management best practices, and the great determination of the Aliments Ultima employees that the project has resulted in a great success for the company.

2011 : Hôpital générale Juif

The Montreal Jewish General Hospital was awarded the grand prize of the evening during the 6th edition of the  Élixir Gala on November 9th 2011. 
The title of the project was the expansion and reorganisation of the radio-oncology department of the Jewish General Hospital.

2010 : BIXI

BIXI (Public Bike System) was awarded the Élixir Project of the Year Award 2010 by PMI-Montreal for their excellence in the management quality and project implementation according to internationally recognized project management standards. 

The BIXI project has been submitted to PMI International's prestigious Project of the Year Award.

2009 : Groupe SGTM and their client Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT)

The group SGTM and their client Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT) were awarded the Élixir Project of the Year 2009 by PMI-Montreal for their excellence in project management. SGTM is a private group offering consulting services in engineering, project management and construction. The project completed for their client was the expansion of the metro line 2 towards Laval.

2008 : Hatch

The engineering consultation association Hatch Ltée was awarded the Élixir Project of the Year Award in 2008 for the project management excellent in the expansion and restoration of Rio Tinto's QIT Fer et Titane in Sorel-Tracy. The award was given for their work in factory UGS, whose production increased by 15% following the renovation. This 145 million dollar project was finished three months earlier than anticipated, saving 15 million dollars for their client QIT-Fer et Titane. 

This was project was submitted to PMI International and was also awarded the distinguished Project of the Year Award at the PMI Global Congress in Denver Colorado.


2007 : École Polytechnique- Pavillons Lassonde

The Lassonde Pavillon of École Polytechnique de Montréal was awarded the Élixir prize for Project of the Year 2007 for excellence in project management according to internationally recognized standards. The project consisted the construction of two environmentally designed buildings over 32 770 m, creating sustainable systems for water and energy, as well the refuse from-construction. The environmentally minded construction and result made this a unique project.

2006 : Cuves d'Alma of BPR Bechtel – Alcan

The Group Alcan Métal Primaire and it's partner BPR-Bechtel were awarded the Élixir trophy. Project of the Year 2006, for excellence in project management. Alcan and BPR Bechtel's project were among the three finalists at PMI International's Project of the Year Award.

2005 : Quartier international de Montréal (QIM)

Quartier International of Montréal received the prestigious PMI International Project of the Year Award in 2005. The QIM project proved that investing in development pays off for communities when quality of management and product are the basis for moving forward. The project was realized in partnership with Daoust Lestage of DLPRA Consortium and the groupe Genivar, with confidence and solidarity leading to a successful result.