The latest Fall 2012 fashions from Montreal were on display at the 12th edition of the MontréaL CollectionS Fashion Show at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. An unusually warm, sunny and beautiful morning was welcomed by the more than 320 buyers, reps and manufacturers who got up so very early to attend the must-see event at Stylemax on Sunday, March 25th. Attendees were treated to a delicious Québec breakfast and a hearty helping of the latest designs out of Canada’s Fashion Capital.
A large group of Québec businesses attended the Oceanology International Conference in March at the ExCel Centre in London. Espace Québec erected for the conference was home base for representatives from Technopole Maritime Québec (TMQ), Méridien Maritime, AXSUB, Multi-Électronique, Sygif International, Interdisciplinary Center for the Development of Ocean Mapping (CIDCO), the St. Lawrence Global Observatory (SLGO) and Institut des sciences de la mer de Rimouski (ISMER), among others.
Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, Pierre Arcand, recently travelled to California to hold discussions with his government officials on shared issues such as the cap-and-trade system, electric vehicles and San Francisco’s Zero Waste program.
Commissioner General Michel Audet announced the official program of the World Forum for the French Language (FMLF) today in the presence of Clément Duhaime, the Administrator of the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF). Over 100 activities will be on the menu for the event, which will be held in Québec City from July 2 to 6, 2012.
Québec Government Offices around the world are scheduling activities throughout the month of March to highlight the importance of La Francophonie. A wide range of events featuring Québec cinema, literature, cuisine, language and theatre have been organized in partnership with Québec’s delegations and offices in China, Brazil, Belgium, Italy and the United States.
The City of Chicago announced today that Bixi (Public Bike System Company) of Montreal in conjunction with Alta Bicycle Share of Portland, Oregon have been chosen to build and operate Chicago’s first large-scale bike-sharing program giving Chicagoans an affordable, healthy option to existing transportation choices. Chicagoans will warmly receive this bike-sharing program as it imitates the popular car-sharing programs that they are already using such as iGo and Zip Car. This program will simply use bicycles instead of cars.
Quebec cheese companies received top honors at the 2012 World Championship Cheese Contest held in Madison, Wisconsin on March 5-8, 2012.
Winning 13 awards in 11 different classes of cheeses, Québec cheesemakers earned 6 Best of Class Awards and Alexis de Portneuf’s Bleubry-Smooth Blue cheese was chosen among the 16 Gold Medal Finalists for World Champion.
February 27-29, a Québec delegation led by Eric Marquis, Head of Mission at the Québec Government Office in Chicago, participated in the semi-annual meeting of the Great Lakes Commission in Washington, D.C.
The Alliance Française de Chicago, along with a number of French-speaking consulates and other partners, organize a dozen francophonie-related programs during the month of March. The signature event of the festival is the Kick-Off Evening, which features delicacies from Belgium, Canada, France, Haiti, Québec, Romania, and Switzerland.
About a dozen organizations will take part in a pilot project aimed at creating a recognized carbon footprint certification system in Québec. Launched by the Ministère du Développement économique, de l’Innovation et de l'Exportation (MDEIE), the initiative will receive $24 million in funding from the Québec government. The term “carbon footprint” refers to the total greenhouse gas emissions produced during the full life cycle of a product, from design to disposal.
Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) has just awarded the first prize for the best Canadian and US tour, which comes with $10,000 in prize money, to circus company Les 7 doigts de la main for the United States tour of Traces.
British firm Quacquarelli Symonds Limited (QS), which specializes in higher education information, announced its Best Student Cities in the World 2012 ranking in February. Montréal was ranked 10th in the world, 2nd in North America and 1st in Canada, outranking cities like Barcelona, Tokyo, New York and Amsterdam.
On February 20, Minister of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women, Christine St-Pierre, attended on her own behalf and that of Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, the unveiling of the program for the second edition of Planet Quebec at South by Southwest (SXSW) 2012, which will be held in Austin, Texas, from March 9 to 18. Minister St-Pierre will attend the event to show her support for Québec participants.
Clément Gignac, the Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife and Minister responsible for the Plan Nord, has just announced the creation of a new joint venture between TM4, a subsidiary of Hydro-Québec, and Prestolite Electric Beijing Limited (PEBL). This joint venture will market electric drivetrain systems for buses, trucks and other heavy vehicles in Asia.
Québec Premier Jean Charest and Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks Pierre Arcand today unveiled the guidelines that are to frame the government’s commitment to dedicate 50% of the area of the Plan Nord territory to environmental protection, safeguarding biodiversity, strengthening the natural heritage and non-industrial development by 2035.
On January 31 in Montréal, Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, met with 56 diplomats stationed in Québec, including representatives of Belgium, France, Honduras, Portugal, Tunisia, Lebanon, Greece, Russia, Wallonia-Brussels, the United Kingdom, the United States, Yemen and Lithuania.
The “festival de la francophonie” is a month-long celebration of French-speaking cultures! The Alliance Française de Chicago, along with a number of French-speaking consulates and other partners, organize a dozen francophonie-related programs during the month of March. Most programs are free and very popular, so reserve your spot early.