Minister of International Relations, La Francophonie and Export Trade (MRIFCE) Jean-François Lisée met with New Hampshire Commissioner of Natural Resources and Economic Development George Bald on September 27. This was Mr. Lisée’s first meeting as MRIFCE Minister with an American dignitary.
The Premier of Québec, Pauline Marois, has appointed Jean-François Lisée as Minister of International Relations, La Francophonie and External Trade, and Minister responsible for the Montréal Region. The appointment took place in the Québec National Assembly on Wednesday, September 18, 2012, at the swearing-in of the new Cabinet.
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 QS World University Rankings 2012-2013, which have just been published, place four Québec universities among the 450 best in the world, highlighting the value and quality of Québec’s university education system.
Quebecois company Bombardier’s low-energy, high speed train cars have been spotted on the tracks in Chicago!
Bombardier is providing 706 new 5000-series rail cars to the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), ensuring a more energy efficient, safe and reliable ride. The CTA is the second largest public transportation system in the United States and on an average weekday, just over 640,000 rides are taken on its railways, which span 224 miles across the Chicagoland area.
The Parti québécois headed by Pauline Marois will form the next Government of Québec after receiving 31.94% of the popular vote. Ms. Marois will be the first woman Premier of Québec. Her party will form a minority government after winning in 54 of Québec’s 125 ridings.
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 / Winter 2012 by following the link below. You will notice that events co-organized by our Economic Affairs team are marked by a small symbol to the left of the activity’s name. The presence of our Trade Commissioners at the calendar’s events helps us connect with potential buyers, business partners and industry professionals, whom we help put in contact with Québec companies. It also helps us to continuously analyze constantly changing economic trends in the Midwest…all with the goal of fostering and broadening trade relations between Québec and the Midwest.
Québec / United States University
The Québec government has proudly promoted and supported Québec studies and research on Québec in the United States for more than 30 years. Every year, hundreds of professors and thousands of students in the U.S. teach and study the various aspects of Québec society, from its culture, literature, and politics, to its economics and environment. They actively contribute to promoting a better knowledge and understanding of Québec in the United States.
De Temps Antan will be in Chicago in September for the World Music Festival. Using fiddle, accordion, harmonica, guitar, bouzouki, and more, the three virtuosos of De Temps Antan blend boundless energy with the unmistakable joie de vivre found only in traditional Quebec music.
The CIVICUS World Assembly will be held for a third consecutive year in Montréal from September 3 to 7, 2012. Selected following an international call for bids to co-host the World Assembly in 2010, 2011 and 2012, the Institut du Nouveau Monde will also join forces this year with the Government Québec, which will be the major sponsor of the event.
Since it opened in April, the Samurai: Masterpieces from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection exhibition at the Musée de la civilisation in Québec City has been seen by over a quarter million visitors, some 281,208 people! The exhibition received support from the Ministère des Relations internationales as part of the 63th session of the Commission permanente de coopération franco-québécoise, which was held in Québec City in March 2011.
The Alphonse-et-Dorimène-Desjardins Award established by the Ministère des Relations internationales (MRI) is presented to individuals who distinguish themselves in their community through their extraordinary dynamism and leadership and whose achievements are recognized beyond the borders of Québec. The nomination deadline is September 7, 2012.
The Institut de l’énergie et de l’environnement de la Francophonie (IEPF) has just published two information documents on the environment and sustainable development with the support of the Ministère des Relations internationales.
On July 28, 2012, Québec Government Representative in the Midwest Eric Marquis and Mayor of Kankakee Nina Epstein officially inaugurated the French Heritage Museum in Kankakee, IL, in the presence of more than 100 guests, including the Consul General of France in Chicago and representatives of Belgium and Wallonia.
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.
The Québec-founded comedy festival returned to Chicago in June for a fourth consecutive year and once again, an impressive line-up of some of today’s top comedians came together for a week of first-rate shows at TBS Just for Laughs Chicago. From June 12-17, comedians from the likes of John Oliver (The Daily Show, Community), Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation, 30 Minutes or Less) and even the writers of The Conan Show (collectively known as “Team Coco”) took to the stage at seven venues around the city, offering attendees a chance to experience the hilarity of today’s hottest comedic talent.