The 2012 edition of the Conference of Montreal, held from June 11 to 14, drew an estimated 3,000 participants from around the world, who converged on Québec’s largest city to hear renowned guest speakers explore topical issues related to globalization and the economy. Held under the theme “A Global Economy in Transition: New Strategies, New Partnerships,” this year’s Conference highlighted the broad transformations under way in countries and regions around the world and the importance of understanding the impact of these changes on the global economy. The Ministère des Relations internationales (MRI) was responsible for interdepartmental coordination of this major event.
Unique in North America, the Saguenay Fjord dazzles visitors with its northern beauty, immense rock face and dizzying capes. Discover both shores of this phenomenon by following the signs of the Fjord Route! Winding through the heart of this colossal natural amphitheatre is the Saguenay River—a waterway feeding into the St. Lawrence that constitutes a veritable sea, complete with imposing tides, salt water and some 54 species of fish and marine mammal, including the Greenland shark and the beluga.
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 summer 2014 by clicking on the link below.
Minister Christine St-Pierre participated in her first international mission in conjunction with the executive meeting of the Council of Great Lakes Governors (CGLG) on April 25 and 26 in Chicago. At this meeting, the governors and premiers officially set the next Summit of the Council of Great Lakes Governors for 2015 in Québec.
A Sold Out Show!
From April 2nd - 4th, 2014, SIAL Canada – the International Food & Beverage Tradeshow – was held in Montréal. An annual event that alternates locations between Toronto and Montreal, SIAL Canada is by far the most important event of its kind in Canada, with 14,500+ food professionals from 61 different countries. In addition to an increase in the number of educational sessions and show floor events, this year’s SIAL Canada show was sold out despite a 15% increase in exhibit space.
More than 100 Québec food & beverage companies exhibited and participated in the VIP B2B Meetings that are organized annually at SIAL Canada by the Québec Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ). Québec companies met with over 40 buyers participating in the VIP Program from around the world, 20 of which originated from the United States. Buyers participating in MAPAQ’s VIP Program also work closely with Québec Business Development Officers prior to the show to enhance their show experience through a customized match-making program.
TRANSPORTATION – TOWNSHIPS STYLE!
Orford Express – Outing by train & cycling
The Orford Express tourist train is launching a new package: a Sunday Brunch outing combining train and cycling. Boarding in Magog, at 10:00 a.m. enjoy a gourmet meal onboard the Orford Express train while traveling to Bromont’s village. Head back to Magog by cycling on one of the most beautiful scenic road of the Eastern Townships. Bicycle transportation included, reservation required.
Information : 819 575-8081 / 1 866-575-8081 ou www.orfordexpress.com
In spring, Quebecers gaze skyward, watching for the geese to arrive. These migratory birds are easily recognizable thanks to their V-shaped flight formation and the din of their cries heralding the return of warmer weather.
The Alliance Française de Chicago, in collaboration with a number of French-speaking consulates, government offices and communities, is organizing a dozen programs for the Festival de la Francophonie, Chicago’s month-long celebration of French-speaking cultures.
This year’s Taste of Canada was a hit! The largest Canadian food and beverage showcase event in the United States in 2014, Taste of Canada brought together 47 different Canadian food companies to exhibit and have individual meetings with 33 buyers from the Midwest. More than 325 B2B meetings took place, and the Canadian exhibitors showed off more than 200 new products. The event was held on February 11 in Chicago at the Marriott Hotel O’Hare.
Simon Gravel, an Associate Professor at McGill University in Montréal, received a prestigious 2014 Sloan Fellowship to help him further his compelling research on the evolution of human genetics. His use of mathematical, computational and statistical models has proved successful in advancing research in the field. For example, Gravel has been able to provide the most precise estimates of the human mutation rate to date.
We see them every day: vans outfitted for cable TV and utility crews, trucks used in construction and road maintenance, and local delivery vehicles of all varieties. Far from just background in our daily lives, these hard-working trucks and related equipment represent a big industry that meets yearly in Indianapolis, with ample participation by Quebec companies.
Québec’s sugar shacks offer a different way of exploring the province's cuisine. Increasingly prized by our great chefs, versatile maple syrup is the basic ingredient in exquisite dishes, both sweet and savoury. Want to enjoy the sugar shack experience without leaving Montréal? Welcome to La Cabane! With Giovanni Apollo and Daren Bergeron at the helm, the establishment celebrates its fifth anniversary in 2014 by hosting all of its past guest chefs: Danny St¬-Pierre, Marc¬-André Jetté, Patrice Demers, Martin Juneau and Helena Loureiro. The chefs will harness all their creativity and skill to prepare new and tantalizing menus that are sure to make your mouth water. From March 6 to April 20, local products will have the starring role, especially maple syrup, of course.
Québec offers an abundance of cozy, intimate health centers – spas, Turkish baths, whirlpools and saunas – that provide you with expert care. The extremely popular Nordic baths, alternating hot and cold are sure to invigorate you, as will the algae, mud or chocolate wraps, or relaxing massages. Québec’s spas offer multiple services, and also present you with an excellent opportunity to enjoy our nature and splendid beauty. Swedish massage, reflexology, reiki or a massage in the rain or using volcanic rocks: What better way to rediscover how to relax and experience the pleasure that’s part of your well-being?
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 winter/spring 2014 by clicking on the link below.
Founded in 1981 by Michel and Monique Lachapelle, Plats du Chef is a Québec company that specializes in high-end frozen foods. From their humble beginnings in a garage converted into a temporary production line and test kitchen, Plats du Chef has grown into a highly successful, global food company. Its signature French Onion Soup can be found at Trader Joe’s, as well as at a variety of retailers throughout North America.
The Chicago Collective's Opening Night Reception and Super Bowl Party will take place on Sunday, February 2nd beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Merchandise Mart. MontréaL CollectionS will once again sponsor Molson beers for the event, as well as offer a tasting of micro-brews from Québec.