October 21, 2023

International Day of Courage and Individual Responsibility

Why such a day? Why such an event? Why now?

Courage is the willingness to move forward towards the truth, while facing up to what terrifies us.

Responsibility is the willingness to shoulder burdens and move forward.

Together, courage and responsibility produce strength and meaning.

There are international days for every subject, for every cause, and for countless key moments in our history.

But there is no time when, for one day, we stop to reflect together on the direction we want to take, and determine the next stage of our lives, the meaning of our lives and the actions we want to take.

Yet meaning is the key to psychological survival.

Let’s take a moment to think about it seriously, concretely.

It’s now imperative to stop and think about issues such as how to deal with the pain, suffering and helplessness that affect so many humans?

Why so much confusion, stagnation, avoidance, stress or distress in an age that offers us a world of possibilities?

How and where to start?

That’s why my team and I have decided to create The International Day of Courage and Personal Responsibility, which will be launched as part of an unprecedented event: The Y Event*.

This day will represent the starting point of a new path, a crossroads, a new movement whose mission will be to remind us that courage and individual responsibility are two of the most important markers to a constructive and meaningful life.

*This event will be held in French.

To mark the launch of The International Day of Courage and Personal Responsibility, I’m offering a first-of-its-kind one-day in-person seminar at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal, during which I’ll be sharing my best strategies for moving forward to the next chapter of your life, no matter where you come from.

The truth is, to get there, we’ll have to agree to aim higher, individually and collectively, because we can. It’s our destiny. So we’re going to dedicate a full day to the factors that predispose us to personal development, and that are fundamental to individual and collective progress.

7:30AM (QC)


LUNCH BREAK from 11:30AM to 2:00PM (QC)

Master of Ceremonies

Richard Turcotte

The day's programme will cover, among other things:

  • Why do we experience recurring patterns and how can we manage them better?
  • Why are we confused and often feel stagnant (and how to combat these states)?
  • How do we deal with pain, suffering and powerlessness?
  • How does human energy work?
  • How can we reduce confusion, hesitation and devaluation and increase determination, courage and clarity?
  • How can we make a decision bear fruit?
  • How can we avoid being distracted by distractors and remain disciplined and persevering?
  • What’s the starting point for this adventure today?
  • How can we put in place the steps to move forward along the right path?


The seats are not numbered and are not reserved or bookable. To ensure a prime seat, we invite you to arrive as early as possible on the day of the event. The doors will open at 7:30 AM, and you can then choose your seat.

The benefits of the VIP section include proximity to the stage for an enhanced experience and a special entrance reserved for VIPs. Please note that no tickets/seats are numbered.

Due to the high number of expected attendees and for technical reasons, there will be no breaks other than the lunch break (11:30 AM to 2:00 PM). However, restrooms will be available at all times. During the lunch break, we kindly ask you to be efficient to ensure you return on time for the start of the afternoon session.
Due to the large number of expected participants and considering the time we will have, it will unfortunately not be possible to have your book signed by Guillaume.

The main entrance of the Palais des Congrès is located at 1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle. There are also several secondary entrances. You can get there by car (electric vehicle charging stations available), taxi, public transportation, Bixi (bike-sharing system), or on foot.

Please visit the “Getting Here” section on the Palais des Congrès website for more information: https://congresmtl.com/en/visitors/access/

The nearest metro station is Place-d’Armes (orange line). Once at the station, follow the signs to the Palais des Congrès (approximately 7 minutes on foot).

Click here to access the driving directions.

There are several parking facilities on-site and near the Palais des Congrès, including the indoor parking of Palais des Congrès (1025 rue Chenneville, accessible via Avenue Viger) and the indoor parking of Quartier international de Montréal (249 rue Saint-Antoine Ouest).

Please refer to the “Parking” section on the Palais des Congrès website for more information: https://congresmtl.com/en/visitors/access/

The lunch break is from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM. There are numerous restaurants and cafes to suit all tastes near the Palais des Congrès in Montreal. Here are a few options:

  • Steak Frites St-Paul (10 minutes on foot)
  • Café du Parquet (8 minutes on foot)
  • La Fabrique de Bagel Montréal (10 minutes on foot)
  • Toqué! (10 minutes on foot)
  • Boulangerie Ange (7 minutes on foot)
  • Restaurant H3 (7 minutes on foot)
  • gaZette (8 minutes on foot)
  • Neotokyo (8 minutes on foot)
  • Several options in the food court of the World Trade Centre (10 minutes on foot)

Inside the Palais des Congrès complex, there is also a Van Houtte café.
You are welcome to bring your own meal to consume outside the hall.

There are many accommodation options in Montreal. Here are a few options near the Palais des Congrès:
  • Hôtel Monville (7 minutes on foot)
  • Hôtel InterContinental Montreal (10 minutes on foot)
  • Hôtel Le Westin Montreal (8 minutes on foot)
  • Hôtel Courtyard by Marriott Montreal Downtown (9 minutes on foot)
  • Hôtel Holiday Inn Montreal Centreville (8 minutes on foot)
  • Hôtel Travelodge Hotel by Wyndham (10 minutes on foot)