Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, took part in workshops on energy and climate change held during the 25th TransAmerica Conference on Canadian-American relations, organized by the Franklin Center for Global Policy Exchange. Held in Ottawa, the conference was attended by Canadian parliamentarians and government ministers, members of the diplomatic corps, academics and members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Stingray Digital, a Montréal-based leader in interactive global music distribution, announced today that it is now a licensed content partner with YouTube. The partnership includes the launch of a new YouTube Channel for its popular karaoke brand, The KARAOKE Channel (www.youtube.com/thekaraokechannel), which owns the world’s largest licensed online karaoke catalog, with 18,000+ songs in English, French, Spanish, Dutch, German and Italian.
On June 30, a group of Québec researchers presented the preliminary results of a groundbreaking study on the psychological impact of the Dawson College shooting, in conjunction with the 31st Congress of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health held from June 28 to July 4 at New York University.
The Premier of Québec, JeanCharest, accompanied by the Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife, Claude
Béchard, the Minister of Native Affairs, Pierre Corbeil, the mayor of
Havre-Saint-Pierre and prefect of the Minganie RCM, Pierre Cormier, the chiefs
of the Innu communities of the Moyenne-Côte-Nord and Basse-Côte-Nord, and
Hydro-Québec president and CEO, Thierry Vandal, officially launched
construction on the hydroelectric complex on the Romaine in Havre-Saint-Pierre today.
Medicago, Inc. (TSX-V:MDG), a biotech firm from Québec City, has successfully expressed a new VLP antigen (H1 VLP) from the influenza A (H1N1) strain that caused the recent swine flu outbreak in North America. The H1 VLP antigen will be purified in preparation for an immunogenicity study in mice. Medicago (develops VLP (Virus-Like Particules) vaccines, using a technology that could deliver a vaccine ready for testing in less than a month after the identification and reception of genetic sequences from a pandemic strain.
Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, which manages investments for various private and public pension funds, has announced the creation of a new venture capital fund to help finance Québec companies in the life sciences, IT and clean technologies. Teralys Capital, which is a joint initiative of the Caisse de depot et placement du Québec and the Fonds de solidarité FTQ (a labor union),
will raise additional funds among both public and private investors. The Québec Government is also contributing to Teralys through Invest-Québec. The announcement came in the wake of the recent report of the Milken Institute’s 2008 Capital Access Index, which ranks Canada first in the world for entrepreneurial capital access.
Global test engineering company Averna today announced that it has acquired U.S.-based DAQTron Inc., a successful, privately-owned leader in the design and implementation of test systems for communications OEMs. This move strengthens Averna's broadband product portfolio, brings greater mobile video functionality to the company's URT™ (Universal Receiver Tester)—a platform supporting all common radio, video, and navigation signals—and gives Averna a new U.S. headquarters in Atlanta.
CGI Group Inc. (TSX: GIB.A; NYSE: GIB), a leading provider of information technology and business process services, today announced a partnership with the State of Louisiana, Division of Administration, Office of Community Development/Disaster Recovery Unit (OCD/DRU) to deliver IT operations and service management to support Louisiana’s ongoing Road Home Program. The contract, valued at US$40 million, was signed during CGI's second quarter and will run for three years.
Kovasys Inc., an IT recruitment agency based in Montréal, said there has been a spike in recent months in the number of companies going north of the border for their software development projects. Global investment firm Morgan Stanley and Amusement Cyanide, a French developer of video games, are just two of the many international companies lured by tax incentives offered by the Québec Government through Investissement Québec. For more information, contact Liliane Laverdière, director, at email@example.com
A presentation by Lynnette Young, Executive Director of Sustainable Atlanta, was one of the highlights of Americana 2009, an international trade show and conference on environmental technologies, held at Montréal’s Palais des Congrès on March 17 – 19. Americana 2009, a biennial event in its 8th edition, attracted nearly 10,000 participants. To view Ms. Young’s presentation, click on
The Québec Ministry of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, in cooperation with the Québec Government Office in Atlanta, on March 11 – 13 sponsored a Business Summit in Orlando for Québec manufacturers of products selling to the theme park and tourism industry. Participating companies included Lumca, a maker of outdoor streetscape lighting; Karajaal, which sells water features for resorts; Lubrilab, a marketer of lubricants for theme park machines; and Domaine Pinnacle, a producer of ice apple wine. Several contracts are currently under negotiation as a result of the summit. For more information on these companies, contact: Virginia Rand-Hill, Québec Government Office, Atlanta, at:
On Thursday, March 5, Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin and about 50 environmental leaders took part in a reception held jointly by the Délégation du Québec à Atlanta (Québec Government Office in Atlanta) and the Consulate General of Canada in Atlanta. Among other things, the event was aimed at highlighting the participation of members of the Atlanta community in the Americana environmental trade show, to be held in Montréal from March 17 to 19.
The Centre de la francophonie des Amériques (CFA) is holding its first activity in the United States. Under a partnership with a Québec organization called ASTER and the City of Lafayette, activities will be held in over a dozen Louisiana schools from January 20 to February 10. About 1,500 students will take part in French-language workshops on astronomy and introduction to science. The workshops are being held as part of UNESCO’s International Year of Astronomy (IYA 2009).