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.
Québec Premier Jean Charest and Deputy Premier, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Minister responsible for Government Administration and Chair of the Conseil du trésor Michelle Courchesne expressed their heartiest encouragement for the Québec athletes competing in the London Olympic Games.
Five companies from Québec were among the exhibitors at the annual Orthopaedic Manufacturing and Technology Exposition and Conference (OMTEC), which took place June 13 and 14 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center near Chicago, IL. Maetta, Diacarb, Megatech AQ and Pega Medical were represented at the Quebec Government stand and PPD Meditech had a separate stand. Their presence highlighted the expertise of Quebec manufacturers, skills which have made involvement in other industries, such as aerospace, so successful. While not all of these companies specialize exclusively in orthopaedic manufacturing, they all exemplify the extreme precision and savoir-faire necessary to compete in such a heavily regulated and sometimes challenging market.
The Olympic and Paralympic Games are more than just sports. They also have a cultural edge with the Cultural Olympiad that began in London in March 2012. Several Québec artists have already had the opportunity to display their talent before the British public, and others will soon take to the stage during the Games.
Québec City recently played host to the 9th Annual Meeting and Conference of the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (GLSLCI). Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy Laurent Lessard; Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks Pierre Arcand; Québec Delegate in Chicago Éric Marquis; and United States Ambassador to Canada David Jacobson participated in this major event that brought together mayors and local elected officials from over 80 municipalities in Québec, Ontario and the United States.
Nice will host the 7th Jeux de la Francophonie from September 6 to 15, 2013. Québec is looking for young Quebecers to represent it in the cultural competitions of these games. The candidates selected by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) will join more than 3,000 young people from 75 different Francophonie member states and governments at this event, which is intended to bring together the world’s French-speaking people.