The Government of Québec is pleased by Vermont’s adoption of the Act Relating to Renewable Energy, by virtue of which the New England state now recognizes all types of hydroelectricity as clean, renewable energy. The new law reinforces the memorandum of understanding signed by Hydro-Québec and two major Vermont power distributors, which paves the way to a renewed supply contract for the period from 2012 to 2038, worth an estimated $1.5 billion.
Québec is the first North American jurisdiction to join the Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development (nrg4SD), which is made up of subnational and regional governments from around the world. The announcement was made on June 1 by Line Beauchamp, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks.
A hard-rocking contingent of Quebecers took Austin, Texas by storm in mid-March during South by Southwest (SXSW), an independent festival dedicated to music, film and new technology. SXSW is one of the most important international gatherings of music industry professionals, drawing agents, producers and record label representatives to check out emerging talent and uncover the latest trends.
Premier Jean Charest led a contingent of Québec business and research leaders at the fourth annual conference of the Southeastern United States–Canadian Provinces (SEUS-CP) Alliance, in Biloxi, Mississippi, April 11-12,
A Québec trade delegation composed of nine dynamic companies led a mission to Florida on February 23 - 26. In only four days, participants had the opportunity to network with over 750 entrepreneurs and key organizations in Florida.
From February 21-26, Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, conducted his first mission to the US since the Government of Québec unveiled its American strategy. He made stops in Louisiana, Texas and Georgia, three high-growth states whose annual trade flows with Québec total nearly $7 billion.
As part of a mission to the southern United States that got under way on February 22, Minister Pierre Arcand stopped in Houston and Austin, Texas, to meet with high-profile private and public stakeholders. The meetings were a chance for him to highlight Québec’s expertise in fields like energy and the environment, aerospace, nanotechnology and life sciences.
Premier Jean Charest visited the US capital from February 19-21 as part of a mission undertaken by the Council of the Federation, in conjunction with the winter meeting of the National Governors Association (NGA).
The Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, Pierre Arcand, will be in the United States from February 21 to 25 on his first mission there since the unveiling of the Québec government’s U.S. Strategy. He will travel to Louisiana, Texas and Georgia, three high-growth states which account for an annual trade volume with Québec of nearly $7 billion.
The governments of Québec and Canada recently confirmed their support for five green infrastructure projects with a total price tag of over $600 million. The projects involve the construction of organic waste treatment centres equipped with biomethanation and composting systems in the Greater Montréal area and Québec City.
On February 21, Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, will set out on his first mission to the United States since the January 2010 release of the Québec Government’s U.S. Strategy.
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is one of four major filmfests in the Los Angeles area. Each year, it zeroes in on cinema from a specific nation via its “Focus On...” section. For its 25th-anniversary edition, held from February 4 to 14, the SBIFF introduced film buffs to Québec’s high-quality cinema.
The 13th International Winter Road Congress, attended by delegates from over 50 countries, was an opportunity for Québec to highlight its expertise in sustainable winter road service. Held in Québec City, the congress wrapped up on February 11.
In the Indian capital, the last stop on his mission to the subcontinent, Québec Premier Jean Charest took part on February 5 in the plenary session of the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS), along with Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and other high-profile personalities.
Thirteen agreements between businesses in Québec and India and between Indian and Québec training centres were signed on the first day of the economic mission to the subcontinent led by Premier Jean Charest. The day ended with the official opening of the Québec government office in Mumbai.