Yves-François Blanchet, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment, Wildlife and Parks, represented the Québec government and Premier Marois at the Council of Great Lakes Governors 2013 Leadership Summit, held from May 31 to June 2 on Mackinac Island, Michigan.
Québec government representatives and eight Québec university institutions participated in the 65th annual conference and expo of the Association of International Educators (NAFSA), the largest international education conference in the world. The event was held from May 26 to 31 in St. Louis, Missouri.
From April 29th to May 2nd 2013, the Salon International de alimentation (SIAL Canada) in Toronto allowed more than 100 Québec companies in the agri-food industry to meet with buyers from around the world. SIAL Canada is an annual food & beverage trade show event that alternates locations between Toronto (Ontario) and Montréal (Québec) each year. The event is the most important trade show in the agri-food sector in Canada.
The Government of Canada, the Province of Québec and the City of Montréal expressed their pleasure at the signing, on May 27, 2013, of a supplementary agreement between the Secretary General of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and Canada to keep ICAO headquarters in Montréal for another 20 years after 2016.
Québec’s initiatives to combat climate change were at the core of a mission to Washington, DC, carried out from May 20 to 23 by Yves-François Blanchet, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment, Wildlife and Parks.
Looking for qualified suppliers of products and manufacturing services to fit your needs? Pencil Sous-Traitance Industrielle Québec’s (STIQ) 2013 Buyer-Supplier Day in to your schedule for October 10th 2013, and get ready to do some customized B2B “speed-dating” in Montreal! Last year’s event was the most successful since the first Buyer-Supplier Day was held in 2007. Participants such as Acciona Windpower North America, Bombardier Transportation and Vestas Wind Systems A/S were among the 44 buyers, 24 decision makers and 122 suppliers in attendance.
Nova Bus announced Wednesday it signed a major contract worth $148 million for 300 diesel buses with the Chicago Transit Authority.
Nadine Bernard, spokesperson for the St-Eustache firm, said the deal contains an option clause for 150 additional buses.
The 2013 BIO Convention in Chicago ended on a high note for Québec on Thursday, April 25th. Through its slogan “Partner to Prosper,” the province made clear its efforts to encourage collaboration and partnerships in the pharmaceutical industry, in order to reflect the sector’s new business model. More than 170 Québecers attended the trade show this year, including professionals and researchers from the biopharmaceutical industry. Representatives from the Québec government participated in the show as well, led by Québec’s Minister of Finance and the Economy, Nicolas Marceau, and the province’s Chief Scientist, Rémi Quirion.
The Québec government office in Washington DC (BQW) and the Ministère des Relations internationales, de la Francophonie et du Commerce extérieur (MRIFCE) organized the participation of 12 Québec high-tech firms in SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing 2013, the leading U.S. tradeshow and conference on optics, photonics and imaging in the fields of defence and security.
“Indulgent, heavenly and irresistible” are just three of the adjectives used by Vachon to describe their line of delectable baked treats. With a product line consisting of cakes, tarts and pastries, available in an array of delectable flavors and portions, Vachon provides a sweet relief for everyone. The company, now headquartered out of Montreal, had humble beginnings having been founded in 1923 in the town of Sainte-Marie-de-Beauce, Quebec, by farmer Joseph-Arcade Vachon and his wife, Rose-Anna Giroux. The pair set forth on creating a wholesome, family owned business, hiring family members to help out both in the kitchen and with deliveries. In 1924, they established themselves as a legitimate operation under the name J.-A. Vachon et Fils, and a history of sweet successes began. The company saw substantial growth throughout the 20th century, and after several name changes and acquisitions, the company was acquired by its latest parent company, Saputo, who changed the name simply to Vachon and re-established the roots and culture of the company that made it such a household favorite.
The University of Sherbrooke and the XLIM-SIC (Signal, Image and Communications) Laboratory of the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) affiliated with the University of Poitiers have developed a tool that allows neurologists to better interpret data on patients with neurodegenerative diseases.
The Governor of Maine, Paul LePage, was in Montréal on April 22 to sign a multisectoral cooperation agreement with Québec Premier Pauline Marois. The agreement formalizes and heightens collaboration between Québec and Maine in several sectors of reciprocal interest, including economic development, energy, transportation, security, culture and La Francophonie.
Jackie Robinson Day and the release of the biographical film 42 (the number of his jersey) were a golden opportunity for the Québec Office in Washington to celebrate the great baseball player’s presence Montréal in 1946.
Pauline Marois, the Premier of Québec, and Rudy Demotte, Minister-President of the French Community of Belgium and Minister-President of the Region of Wallonia, signed a joint declaration announcing more exchanges between Québec and Wallonia-Brussels on April 16, 2013 in Quebec City.
The Québec Government Office in Boston (DQB) joined its local Francophone and Francophile partners to devise an extensive cultural and educational program highlighting the French language and French-speaking cultures during Francophonie celebrations in New England last March.
"Planet Québecers" at South by Southwest (SXSW) returned home enchanted by their experience in Texas. The third year of this international showcase, which was held from March 8 to 17, was an occasion for productive discussions, promising meetings and the promotion of Québec culture and innovation.
A popular booth
The Planet Québec booth was extremely popular. A large interactive digital wall designed by Float4 Interactive captured the attention of thousands of visitors to the exhibitors’ area. Other Québec companies such as E-180, Lucion Media, nventive and pplconnect, also made a big splash with their breakthrough innovations.
With the BIO International Convention only three weeks away, Chicago is gearing up to welcome some of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world. Québec will be well represented at this international event, as many medications have been discovered and developed there, including EGRIFTA®, the first FDA-approved medicine shown to reduce HIV-related excess belly fat.
The Festival de la Francophonie in Chicago took place throughout the month of March and included 14 programs organized by close to a dozen francophone partners. Québec’s presence was rich and diverse this year and the Québec Government Office (DQC) participated in five programs which were collectively attended by over 500 people.
The sold-out Soirée Commune was held on March 8 at the Alliance Française de Chicago and featured culinary treats and libations from each participating country along with jazz music and francophone karaoke. In the Québec/Canada room, guests enjoyed Unibroue Beer Cheese Soup and Maple-BBQ Smoked Pork Sandwiches.