Cross Cultural Solutions 2


The next five cross cultural solutions 2 of our sixty (60) culture issues to help you understand the business and social contexts in which things are happening in Montreal. 

Cross cultural solutions 2 and issues meant to bring you a few social and business explanations and to give you a more detailed understanding of our business culture and strategic planning.

11. Business Meetings



  • It is best to arrive five minutes early and to turn off your cell phone before you arrive.

  • In some more formal or more friendly meetings, we may be expected to shake hands when we arrive and when we leave.
  • It is common to begin the discussion with some informal talk about sports and the weather
  • Business is discussed in the middle of the meeting while the reunion ends on a positive note.
  • Business and work meetings usually follow an agenda with specific topics and objectives. 

  • During meetings, men and women express their opinions freely. 

  • Long and short meetings require a good amount of understanding and cooperation from everyone.

  • Time is a very important factor in our society.
  • Many of us see meetings as a waste of time, whereas people from other cultures regard them as rightly invested in learning and in trusting each other.

12. Business People


  • We use the general term "business people" because of our statistics.
  • Montreal is among the best cities in the world for female employees and entrepreneurs.
  • Women receive respect from their male colleagues and expect the same from foreigners.
  • Women have earned high regard and are now found in powerful positions in all walks of life. 
  • Faced with unwanted sexual overtures, women and men will firmly make it clear that the relation is professional not personal.

13. Business Values


  • Compliance to schedules and deadlines.
  • Cooperation and flexibility at work.

  • Effectiveness of business and social contacts.

  • Equal opportunities. Hiring and promotions based on skills.
  • Tasks regulated by an employment contract.

14. Canadian Currency CAD

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  • If you use your bank debit card, you must match the logo of your card to the ATM machine in order to withdraw money.
  • The PLUS network is associated with Visa and the CIRRUS network is associated with MasterCard.
  • INTERAC is available to those who bank at a Canadian financial institution and have a Canadian currency account.

  • Canadian money is issued in $5$10, $20, $50, and $100 denominations by the Bank of Canada. 

  • Canadian coins include loonies (1$), toonies (2$), quarters (25 cents), dimes (10 cents) and nickels (5 cents). Pennies are things of the past.

15. Cell Phones


  • Avoid personal topics when others can hear you and lower your voice when taking calls in public.

  • Avoid texting and taking your calls or your messages when you are already engaged in a face-to-face conversation.

  • During a meeting, if you are expecting an important call, put your phone on silent mode, slip out of the room quietly and excuse yourself when you return.
  • Put your phone on the silent mode in restaurants, theaters, cinemas and other public places.

Montreal BUSINESS Kit
Cross Cultural Solutions 2 by Rachel Louise Barry