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.
Three years after Chicago last hosted the BIO International Convention, the show returns to the Windy City for its 2013 edition from April 22- 25. The show, which is held annually in major cities throughout the U.S., is the largest and most important event for the biotechnologies industry worldwide. Over 15,000 attendees, including business leaders, government officials and researchers, are expected to attend. The three-day convention includes an exhibition hall with over 2,000 exhibitors, panel sessions on the latest industry developments, and one-on-one partnering meetings.
The Canada Private Label Showcase took place on March 11 and 12 at the Sheraton Chicago O’Hare in Rosemont. The Quebec Government Office in Chicago joined forces with the Canadian Consulates in Chicago, Minneapolis and Detroit in an effort to woo food and beverage buyers with some of Canada’s finest edibles.
Chicago recently hosted the Fourth Meeting of the Organization of Economic Development (OECD) Urban Development Roundtable of Mayors and Ministers. Rahm Emanuel, the Mayor of Chicago, Angel Gurría, the OECD Secretary General, Michael Bloomberg, the Mayor of New York City and Chairman of the C40 (Large Cities Climate Leadership Group, a group of 40 cities working to protect the climate), and Shaun Donovan, the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, jointly presided over the meeting.
“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.
During a recent mission to Ohio and Michigan, Québec’s Delegate in Chicago, Éric Marquis, met in Lansing, Michigan, with State Governor Rick Snyder. Two key members of the Snyder administration, Michael A. Finney, President and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and Jon Allan, Director of the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes, also took part in the meeting.
A group of 25 Québec-based company and research center representatives participated in the Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI)’s second Canada-Ohio Aerospace Summit in Cleveland February 24-27. The Québec Government Office in Chicago, in collaboration with Québec’s Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology – Department of International Collaborations and Export Québec, coordinated Québec’s presence at the event. Aéro Montréal and the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Québec (CRIAQ) both assisted with the recruitment of Québec companies and research participants. The Consulate General of Canada in Detroit co-organized the summit with the OAI.
Material handling and logistics are major markets served by Quebec suppliers, and fourteen of them were in Chicago January 21-24, 2013, to exhibit at ProMat, the largest material handling trade show in North America.
The week of February 2 marked the inaugural Poutine Week in Montréal! 30 Montréal restaurants rose to the challenge of creating their own variation of Quebec’s emblematic dish.
Poutine is Québec’s famous fast food dish that is rapidly becoming its most trendy culinary export. Simple enough, poutine consists of French fries smothered in gravy and sprinkled with special cheese curds. This melting, hyper-caloric and delicious mixture has long been an all-around favourite, especially for the late-night party crowd.
Minister Jean-François Lisée announced the creation of a committee this morning mandated to consider what should constitute a Québec international solidarity agency (Agence québécoise de solidarité internationale - AQSI).
The Programme de stage en didactique du français, culture et société québécoises is an annual 3-week enrichment program that welcomes over 70 teachers of French to Québec every year. The government of Québec offers scholarships to selected participants that help defray the costs. The program, which has been in place since 1978, alternates between Montréal and Québec City.