Haitian-born Québec writer Dany Laferrière was the guest of honor at a two-day event hosted by Emory University in Atlanta April 18-19, with the support of the Québec Government Office in Atlanta. Mr. Laferrière has often been referred to as a Haitian, exiled and engaged writer. He says these qualifiers don’t mean a thing, since a writer is first and foremost the “author of his books”. The event coincided with the release of a documentary titled “La Derive d’un enfant de Petit-Goâve”, about the life and work of the author, essayist and journalist.
Laurence Anyways, the latest opus by Québec director Xavier Dolan, won two awards at the Sarasota Film Festival, which took place April 5 – 14: the Jury Prize for the best movie in the Narrative Feature category, and the World Cinema Award, given to Suzanne Clément for her role as Fred, the main female protagonist.
It was with pride in their hearts that the Québec delegation to South by Southwest, brought together under the Planet Québec banner, said goodbye to the city of Austin. For the third consecutive year, Québec was present at the festival (held March 9-18) to promote Québec’s talent and know-how at the world-famous SXSW. A mix of business and culture, this year’s Planet Québec mission was on everyone’s radar, both in Québec and in the international media.
For the third year in a row, Quebecers from the worlds of music, interactive media and film will be represented under Planète Québec banner at the talent scoot festival South by Southwest (SXSW) from March 8 to 17, in Austin (TX).
The Quebec Delegation in Atlanta in collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Montreal organized a trade mission targeting the hotel industry in Miami February 18-22.
The market for hotel construction and renovation in South Florida is one of the first to come back after the recession. Miami ranks 4th city in the United States, after New York, Hawaii and San Francisco with a growth of 7.9% in revenue per room compared to 2011. Miami also has the highest percentage of luxury rooms (19.8%) in the United States.
The first Edition of ACE Summit and Reverse Expo, during which healthcare officials and group purchasing organization (GPO) executives were staffing the booths and hosting vendors, ended on January 16 in New Orleans, LA. A contingent of seven Québec companies presented their latest and most innovative technologies to more than 40 healthcare systems and 30+ architectural, engineering and equipment planning firms. The trade mission, organized by the Department of International Relations, Francophonie and External Trade, with operational support of the Québec Government Office in Atlanta, provided the participating companies with increased visibility and personalised meetings during the expo, which brought together more than 70 buyers and 100 vendors.
Once again Québec’s creativity is recognized on the international scene, this time thanks to artist Éric Tardif, whose works will shine at the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston (SC) on february 15th-17th.
Dr. Esther Beltran, strategic advisor for the Institute of Simulation and Training at the University of Central Florida, and President of the Florida Peninsula Chapter of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, and Jeannine Maluguza, Miami Coordinator, were special guests of Joane Boyer, Déléguée of the Québec Government Office in Atlanta, during the Premier of Totem, Cirque du Soleil’s new performance in Miami, Florida.
Bombardier Aerospace announced recently that Delta Air Lines of Atlanta, Georgia had placed a firm order for 40 CRJ900 NextGen regional jets and has taken options on an additional 30 CRJ900 NextGen aircraft. The firm order is valued at approximately $1.85 billion US, and could reach approximately $3.29 billion US if the 30 options are converted to firm orders.
Laval-based Alimentation Couche-Tard, the leader in the Canadian convenience store industry, has signed, through its wholly-owned indirect subsidiary, Mac’s Convenience Stores LLC, an agreement to acquire 25 stores located in Illinois, three in Missouri and one in Oklahoma. The transaction, subject to standard regulatory approvals and closing conditions, is anticipated to close in December 2012.
Celles d’en haut / The Women from on High, a new play from Québec dramatist Olivier Kemeid, will be presented by Théâtre du Rêve at Warhorse Café of the very cool Goat Farm Arts Center in Atlanta on December 12, at 6:30 PM.
Montréal-based Biothermica, a company specialized in the destruction and utilization of methane emitted by landfills and underground coal mines, has received the prestigious Clean Technology Later Stage award, an international prize in the clean technology sector. The prize was awarded by the Global Cleantech Cluster Association (GCCA) at the
Savannah International Clean Energy Conference, in Savannah, GA. The GCCA rewards leading companies in the high-growth field of clean technology and renewable energy.
Nova Bus, the Québec-based subsidiary of Volvo Bus Corporation, will deliver 70 articulated buses to the Metropolitan Transit Authority (METRO) of Harris County, in Houston, TX, over the next year. The order is valued at approximately $48 million USD and the bus frames will be built in Saint-François-du-Lac. METRO is the region’s largest public transit system. It operates more than 1,200 buses and 370,000 times a day people use a METRO service.
The 65th Annual Meeting and Convention of the National Business Aviation Association, that ended on November 1st in Orlando, Florida, was once again the opportunity to showcase Québec’s expertise in this sector. A contingent of 16 Québec companies, seven of which were exposing at the Québec pavilion, showcased their latest products and most innovative technologies. The trade mission was organized by the Department of International Relations, Francophonie and External Trade, with operational support of the Québec Government Office in Atlanta. More than a hundred of qualified meetings with potential customers, such as B/E Aerospace, Boeing Business Jets, Comlux, Dassault Falcon Jet, Embraer, Piper Aircraft, Pratt & Whitney Canada, were arranged for participating Québec suppliers through a networking program.
More than 500 reps and buyers from specialty apparel boutiques and retail chains admired stunning fashions from Montréal during opening night of the Fall Apparel & Accessories Market at the Dallas Market Center (DMC) Official Fashion Show on October 25.
Québec director and writer Jean-Marc Vallée, who brought us The Young Victoria and the much acclaimed C.R.A.Z.Y., presents Café de Flore, one of the most unique love stories of the year. The Québec movie, in French with English subtitles, started its Exclusive First Run Engagement at the Coral Gables Art Cinema, Miami, last Friday, November 2nd. The event was sold out and was a great success.
Director Lea Pool was on hand at the Columbia Museum of Arts on October 23rd for the screening of her award-winning movie “Maman est chez le coiffeur” (Mommy is at the Hairdresser’s), which played to a packed auditorium of movie buffs as part of the CineCola French and Francophone Film Festival organized by the University of South Carolina at Columbia.
More than 250 reps and buyers from specialty apparel boutiques and retail chains in the Southern United States oohed and aahed at the fabulous outfits presented at the highly anticipated Montréal Collections fashion show held at AmericasMart in Atlanta on October 11th. The runway event, in its 12th year, highlighted the women’s spring 2013 collections from 20 of the best fashion designers and manufacturers from Québec.
On September 21st, Dalfen America Corp (DAC), a private equity real estate firm headquartered in Montréal, Canada, announced the acquisition of a modern 240,000 square feet distribution center in Jacksonville, Florida. Formerly occupied by Sears, it was purchased from WP Carey (NYSE: WPC)