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.
Québec was a stand out at the very first French Language Forum of the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF), which was held in Québec City July 2 to 6. The Forum brought together 1,300 participants from civil society from 104 countries for a week of activities, testimonials and debates on the French language, its current situation and its future. Quebecers also answered the call of the Forum and OIF, coming out in great numbers to take part in the cultural activities happening around the city that were open to the public.
The Ministère des Relations internationales (MRI) is proud to launch its new website today. The site boasts a more up-to-date, colourful look, and we have improved it in a variety of ways to meet our Québec readers’ needs.
June 11-13, several hundred companies gathered at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago for NeoCon, North America’s largest design exposition and conference for commercial interiors. The Quebec Government Office in Chicago supported the presence of companies from Québec at NeoCon and they most certainly distinguished themselves while in Chicago.
With an impressive line of 24 artfully crafted beers, including La Fin du Monde, Maudite and Don de Dieu, Unibroue brewing company has established itself throughout the world as a maker of refined beer products over the course of the last two decades. Started by two businessmen in Québec with a passion for quality beer, André Dion and Serge Racine wanted Unibroue to be known not only for its superb taste, but also for the care and history behind each and every one of their products. Most of Unibroue’s beers are created using a method that leaves some yeast particles in the bottle, allowing the beers to obtain the rich and full flavor for which the products have come to be known for.
The Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars hosted a conference on Canada-U.S. regional cross-border public security collaboration in Washington, D.C., on June 14. Before a packed house at the Wilson Center, Mathieu Ferland (Sûreté du Québec), James Horton (New York State Office of Counter Terrorism) and Michael J. Manning (Vermont State Police) discussed the real impact of cross-border collaboration between Québec and its U.S. neighbours with respect to preventing criminal activity in northeastern North America.
Premier Jean Charest and Pierre Arcand, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, took part in the recent United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, “Rio+20.” The international event was an opportunity to highlight Québec’s sustainable development commitment and initiatives and determination to speed up the shift to a green economy.
Premier Jean Charest and Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife and Minister responsible for the Plan Nord Clément Gignac announced the creation of a transition office for the Plan Nord. The office will be set up to take charge in the short term of the mandates and responsibilities that will eventually be handed over to the Société du Plan Nord.
Governor of Kyoto Prefecture Keiji Yamada has just completed his first official visit to Québec following an invitation by the Premier. During his visit, Conference of Montreal President and co-founder Gil Rémillard also invited him to address the Conference on June 12. The theme of Governor Yamada’s speech was “The management of model forests in Kyoto: sustainable development of the region.”
Paul Lavoie, founder and Chairman of TAXI, is considering a Chicago presence following the success of its New York office. Founded in Montréal around the disciplines of advertising, design and digital, TAXI has grown to seven offices in Canada, the U.S., and Europe and counts BMW/MINI, Capital One, Canadian Tire, TELUS Mobility, Kraft, and Pfizer among its clients.
Québec-based ALDO specializes in the creation of high-quality fashion footwear, leather goods and accessories. In 1978, the first free-standing ALDO store opened on Sainte-Catherine Street in downtown Montreal. ALDO Group is a privately-held company that operates over 1,600 retail stores in more than 65 countries.
The Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, which kicked off on April 12 and runs through May 3, features four films from Québec: Bestiaire (directed by Denis Côté), Café de flore (directed by Jean-Marc Vallée), Nuit #1 (directed by Anne Émond) and Starbuck (directed by Ken Scott). Anne Émond, director of Nuit #1, attended the festival and participated in a Q & A following the sold out screening of her film on April 21.
The Québec Government Office in Chicago’s reach expands well beyond the borders of Illinois. In fact, the Office covers 12 states in the Midwest, and its staff frequently travels throughout the region to build and maintain relationships with businesses, universities and cultural institutions.