June was an important month for the protection of water in the Midwest and the provinces near the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River. At the 19th Annual Conference of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, several proposals were made and adopted in Action Plan 2030 to protect the Great Lakes.
The Pride Month 2019 edition began in Boystown! On June 22 and 23, Kerith W. Iverson and Martin Dionne from the Québec Offices in Chicago (DQC) joined Pride Montreal for the 19th Pride Fest in Chicago. They were accompanied by more than 100,000 people to celebrate LGBTQ + life, culture and community.
Cooperation between Quebec and the Midwest drone industries is taking flight. In April-May 2019, a mission of 9 of the top organizations representing Quebec’s unmanned aerial system (UAS) sector touched down in Chicago at the occasion of the AUVSI Xponential conference. AUVSI Xponential is the benchmark event for the North American drone industry, attracting more than 8,500 visitors and 700 exhibitors annually.
This month the Government Office of Québec in Chicago and Export Québec partnered with Chicago’s Merchandise Mart in order to put on a special edition of the Stylemax apparel market. Attendees of the Mart’s April Stylemax show were invited to take part in a number of initiatives organized around the Montréal Collections network of fashion, footwear, and accessories designers.
Since April 29, 2019, the Québec Government Office in Chicago (DQC) has welcomed a new intern Mr. Kevin Fleury-Filteau to his team. Mr. Fleury-Filteau will support the DQC as an Officer in Public and Economic Affairs until July 12, 2019.
From November 11th to 13th, 2018, the Delegation of Quebec in Chicago (DQC) participated in North America’s largest private label food and beverage show alongside around 30 exhibiting companies from Quebec. The week prior, around a dozen companies also made the trip from Quebec to Illinois for a “Taste of Canada”, a gourmet B2B event successfully organized by the Consulate General of Canada in Chicago in collaboration with provincial partners, including the Quebec Delegation in Chicago and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food (MAPAQ)’s Market Access Office. Quebec’s Chicago Office was represented by Molly Bañuelos, Commercial Attaché for the Food and Beverage sector.
Our Québec Government Representative here in Chicago speaks to Mitch Teich, host of Milwaukee's public radio station WUWM's Lake Effect on the impact of tariffs for Wisconsin jobs. Listen to the interview HERE.
From October 20 through the 22nd, 2017, the Government of Quebec took part in the Leadership Summit of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers (GSGP) in Detroit (MI) and Windsor (ON). The Quebec delegation included the Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification, André Fortin, and the Head of the Quebec Government Office in Chicago, Jean-François Hould.
From September 30th through October 04th, 2017, Chicago hosted the 90th edition of WEFTEC (Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference), the world’s largest annual water quality exhibition. 18 companies from Quebec were on display, while some 15 Quebec companies made the trip to the conference as visitors. To discover more about some of these companies, please visit: www.quebecweftec.com
The Québec Government Office in Chicago (DQC) recently attended the 2017 Arts Midwest Conference in Columbus, OH. For three decades now, the Conference has allowed thousands of artists, managers, and agents; performing arts presenters/venues; and arts administrators from throughout the United States and beyond to meet, exchange and inspired each other.
36 Québec Exhibitors at PLMA 2016
More than 2,700 exhibitors gathered at this year’s Private Label Manufacturer’s Association show in Chicago. Among them were 36 food & beverage exhibitors from Québec featuring a wide range of products including: humus and vegetable-based dips; brochettes, skewers & kabobs; Gluten-Free baked goods; fresh, frozen and shelf-stable pasta and pasta sauces; artisan breads and pastry; spices and dried mixes for dips and sauces; sparkling and non-sparkling juices; healthy grains & flours; maple products, chocolate and much, much more!
Over the past five years, the Québec Government Office in the Midwest and the Canadian Consulate General in Detroit have worked together to deepen the ties between the Ohio and Québec aerospace clusters. Ohio is Québec’s #1 trading partner in the Midwest, a reality that reflects the great complementarity between our economies. Nowhere is this truer than in the aerospace sector, where both jurisdictions have staked out a leadership position in their respective country.
Since it was officially launched by Premier Philippe Couillard in June 2015, the Québec Maritime Strategy has been an impressive driver of job creation, investment and economic growth in Québec. Projects undertaken in the first year of the Maritime Strategy already account for more than 1.5 G$ in investment, bringing tangible economic benefits to several regions of Québec.
Export Québec, the Québec Government Offices in Chicago and in Boston, as well as Invest Québec came together to bring the largest Québec delegation so far to Advamed, North America's largest medical device conference.
Guru was founded in Montreal during the summer of 1999 by four college friends. More than 15 years later, the company has marketed the world’s first all-natural energy drink, thriving and expanding worldwide.
The Québec Government Office in Chicago (DQC) recently attended the 2016 Arts Midwest Conference in Milwaukee, WI. Now in its 29th year, the Conference is attended by nearly 1,000 performing artists, managers, and agents; performing arts presenters/venues; and arts administrators from throughout the United States and beyond, reaching record attendance this year.