Every year, several Great Lakes organizations and governmental agencies from the U.S. and Canada come together for Great Lakes Week, a series of prominent meetings and conferences centered on the protection and restoration of the Great Lakes. This year, Great Lakes Week was hosted in Milwaukee, WI and featured the Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition conference, the Great Lakes Commission’s annual meeting, the Great Lakes Summit, and the International Joint Commission’s triennial meeting and public forums.
This year’s Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition & Conference (WEFTEC) will be held at Chicago’s McCormick Place from Oct. 5th - 9th. The event is the largest annual water quality exhibition in the world, and 16 Québec companies will be in attendance, 12 as exhibitors, to share their expertise and innovative solutions for efficient and ecological water and waste water treatment and management.
How do you get to work? If it’s a commuter or subway rail, high-speed train, streetcar or even a plane, chances are it’s made by Bombardier. The CTA, the United States’ second-largest public transportation system, brokered a deal for 714 new rail cars from Bombardier’s 5000 Model Series in a contract valued at just under $1 Billion US ($964 Million). The new cars are in the process of being built and delivered, with more than 300 having already been put into service on the Green, Pink and Red Lines. Raymond Bachant, the president of Bombardier Transportation North America, commented on the deal between the Chicago Transit Authority and the Montréal giant:
“We are proud to be a partner with CTA in providing modern, efficient and environmentally-friendly transportation to the citizens of Chicago. These orders illustrate the continued confidence CTA places in Bombardier and our products.”
Twelve fiction feature films, two documentaries, nine short films, a literary workshop and a music lesson are just a few of the items on the menu at Cinéma du Québec à Paris, which was initiated by the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) with a number of partners, including the Québec Government Office in Paris.
With an average of 10 ft. of snow every season, almost 90 stations, night skiing unlike anywhere else in North America and the feeling of a never-ending celebration... it’s no wonder that a million skiers hit Québec’s slopes each winter! From late November to late April (and sometimes even into May), the sensational conditions at Québec’s ski stations guarantee a good time!
Québec participated in the annual meeting of the Great Lakes Commission in Cleveland, Ohio, September 10 and 11, 2012. This regional forum, which brings together eight American states (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New York) as well as Québec and Ontario, focuses on shared issues of concern such as water resources management, the environment, aquatic nuisance species, maritime transportation and the regional economy.
The Government of Québec has announced the creation of the Abdou-Diouf Bursaries in honour of IOF Secretary-General Abdou-Diouf’s contribution to the development of La Francophonie and, more particularly, his commitment to young people.
For 35 years, BainUltra has created therapeutic air jet baths and complementary products that focus on improving well-being. Based in Quebec City, the company sells its therapeutic baths and products through close to 1,000 specialty kitchen and bath retailers across North America. In the picture on the left, you can see a BainUltra advertisement sign on a busy freeway near Chicago, IL.
Autumn, that transitional season running from September to November, is heralded by an explosion of colors, aromas and flavors. As September draws to a close, the forests draw on their fiery cloaks, dazzling everyone with their brilliant reds, yellows and oranges. All around, vines and orchards are ripe with fruit, and clouds of snow geese fill the skies in a pre-Christmas pageant!
First and 11th respectively in North America, Montréal and Québec City rank favourably for the number of conventions hosted and organized by international associations according to the 2012 rankings of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).
The Québec Government Office in Chicago is an active member of the Midwest Business Community. Our Economic Affairs professionals participate in a wide range of industry events, trade shows and conferences. Please review our economic calendar for fall 2013 by clicking on the link below.
With tightening environmental regulations and intense business competition, innovation is key to succeeding in today’s aerospace industry. From Dec. 2-4, 2013, industry leaders from around the world will convene in Montreal to explore the latest strategies and technology at Aero Montréal’s 4th annual Aerospace Innovation Forum.
Looking for qualified suppliers of products and manufacturing services to fit your needs? STIQ’s 2013 Buyer-Supplier Day is coming up on October 10 2013, so get ready to do some customized B2B “speed-dating” in Montréal! 2012 was the most successful year since the first Buyer-Supplier Day was held in 2007. Participants such as Acciona Windpower North America, Bombardier Transportation and Vestas Wind Systems A/S were among the 44 buyers, 24 decision makers, and 122 suppliers in attendance.
Minister Jean-François Lisée took advantage of the 29th session of the Americas division of the Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie (APF) to speak with the organization’s new Secretary General, Pascal Terrasse, who is also the member of the French National Assembly for Ardèche.
Old Quebec Vintage Cheddar is a traditionally-aged cheddar produced by one of Québec’s award-wining dairy companies, Agropur-Fine Cheese Division. The cheese is cured a minimum of three years, and only blocks with perfectly balanced flavor are chosen for this vintage. Following production, the cheddar is allowed to rest for nine to twelve months, after which it is graded on the basis of texture, flavor, aroma, and color. Then, the cheese makes its way to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania for the rest of the 3-year aging process.
Competing against a record number of 1,794 artisan and farmstead cheeses produced in the Americas, Québec cheesemakers rose to the occasion! Cheesemakers from Québec, home to North America’s first cheesemaking school (1891), won 23 ribbons, 4 of them 1st place and 10 of them 2nd place at the 2013 American Cheese Society (ACS) Annual Conference & Competition held in Madison, Wisconsin.