SIGGRAPH (short for Special Interest Group on GRAPHics and Interactive Techniques) is the premier international event on computer graphics and interactive techniques with more than 20,000 professional participants annually. SIGGRPAH 2012 will take place this year in Los Angeles from August 6 – 9. Under the auspices of the Montreal Chapter of ACM Siggraph, more than 16 visual effects studios, technology companies, research centers and training organizations will participate as exhibitors in the event.
10 Quebec-based companies participated in Casual Connect Conference in Seattle from July 24th to July 26th to promote their expertise and explore new business opportunities. This major conference, organized by the Casual Games Association, was the premiere event for the casual games industry with over 5,500 professionals attending each year.
This profile, jointly produced by Montréal International and Aéro Montréal, paints a portrait of Greater Montréal’s aerospace industry. It highlights the cluster’s key performance indicators and major sector players.
Six Quebec-based companies and organizations participated in SEMICON West 2012 Conference & Exhibition in San Francisco from July 10th to July 12th. This international conference was the flagship annual event for the global microelectronics industry. It was the premier event for the display of new products and technologies for microelectronics design and manufacturing, featuring technologies from across the microelectronics supply chain.
Aéro Montréal, Québec's aerospace cluster, and the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance (PNAA), the Northwest source for aerospace services and information, signed a framework agreement on cooperation during the Farnborough International Airshow, on July 10, 2012.
Québec, June 29, 2012 - “Québec and the State of California are intensifying their collaboration toward holding the first common auction in early 2013.” That was stated firmly by Pierre Arcand, the Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, after the announcement of a decision by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to put off till autumn the adoption of a regulation that would link its carbon market to Québec’s.
On June 23rd, the Quebec Delegation in Los Angeles celebrated Québec’s day by organizing a networking event that brought together Quebecers and its most important business, political and cultural contacts from different sectors, particularly in the entertainment industry. The Delegation is very active in these sectors as well as in the climate change related sectors, such as sustainable transportation.
The Government of Québec has just completed the first stage of linking the Québec and California carbon markets. The regulation to amend the Regulation respecting a cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gas emission allowances was published in the Gazette officielle du Québec, and will be available for public consultation for a period of 60 days.
As a North American hub of the emerging electric vehicle industry, Québec loomed large last month during a Canadian EV trade mission to California showcasing Québec’s savoir-faire in electric drive trains, charging stations, specialty vehicles and advanced light-weight components. The 28 company strong mission to EVS26 – the 26th Electric Vehicle Symposium – last May featured 25 Québec-based including TM4, GridBOT, Precicad et Plastik MP and was led by the Quebec Ground Transportation Cluster.
Québec Premier Jean Charest, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks Pierre Arcand and Minister of Transport Pierre Moreau unveiled on June 3 the 2013-2020 Climate Change Action Plan (PACC 2020) and the accompanying Government Strategy for Climate Change Adaptation. The action plan and strategy for adaptation call for investments totalling nearly 2.7 billion dollars.
Québec’s delegation in Los Angeles actively supported the SIAL Canada trade mission in Montréal on May 9 to 11 and contributed to its success by identifying, contacting and accompanying enterprises from West America for this event.
We are pleased to announce the launch of a joint initiative sponsored by SUNY Plattsburgh, McGill University, the Quebec Ministry of International Relations, and the American Council for Quebec Studies, focusing on three related efforts: a call for papers; the convening of a colloquium; and, the publication of edited essays in the journal Quebec Studies.
Members of Parliament of the National Assembly of Quebec will again this year attend the National Leadership Conference of the Council of State Governments (CSG), to be held in La Quinta, California, from May 17 to May 20, 2012.