The Parti québécois headed by Pauline Marois will form the next Government of Québec after receiving 31.94% of the popular vote. Ms. Marois will be the first woman Premier of Québec. Her party will form a minority government after winning in 54 of Québec’s 125 ridings.
Québec Premier Jean Charest and Deputy Premier, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Minister responsible for Government Administration and Chair of the Conseil du trésor Michelle Courchesne wished the forty-four Québec athletes who will be competing in the Paralympic Games from August 29 to September 9, 2012, in London, the very best.
With 36 awards presented to the artisan cheese-makers from Québec, including seven first prizes, Québec’s expertise in making fine cheese was in evidence during the American Cheese Society’s (ACS) Annual Judging and Competition in Raleigh, NC, August 1 - 4. Agropur, La Moutonnière, Fromages CDA, Saputo’s Fromagerie 1860 du Village were all awarded First Prize in a variety of categories including goat, sheep and cow milk, and won awards for seasoned and flavoured cheese.
Laval, Québec, August 14, 2012 – Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (TSX: ATD.A, ATD.B)announces today that it has signed, through its indirect wholly-owned subsidiary, Circle K Stores Inc., an agreement to acquire 29 stores in Orlando, Florida from Florida Oil Holdings, LLC. The transaction is anticipated to close at the end of August 2012. The transaction is subject to standard regulatory approvals and closing conditions. According to a confidentiality agreement between the parties the purchase price cannot be disclosed at this time. Internal available cash dollars and available credit facilities will fund the transaction.
This summer marked the inaugural Duke in Montréal immersion program, created by Duke University professor Deb Reisinger and sponsored by Duke’s Global Education Office, the Department of Romance Studies, the Canadian Studies Program, and the Quebec government. Students were hosted by University of Quebec in Montréal and at Laval University in Quebec City.
Montréal has just been named the top destination in North America for hosting international events based on the official 2011 rankings by the Union of International Associations (UIA). With this victory, Montréal is ranked number one among all destinations in North America, ahead of other major cities on the continent, including Washington, DC, New York City, Boston, Toronto and Vancouver.
The Olympic and Paralympic Games are more than just sports. They also have a cultural edge with the Cultural Olympiad that began in London in March 2012. Several Québec artists have already had the opportunity to display their talent before the British public, and others will soon take to the stage during the Games.
Québec City-based Medicago Inc, a biopharmaceutical company that specializes in the development of vaccines based on Virus-Like Particles (VLPs), recently announced the successful completion of a critical milestone under an agreement with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The milestone called for the production of at least 10 million doses of H1N1 VLP influenza vaccine candidate in one month ("rapid fire test"). The rapid fire test was conducted at Medicago's facility in Durham, North Carolina.
Kingsey Falls, June 28, 2012 – Cascades Inc. (TSX: CAS), a leader in recovery and in green packaging and tissue paper products, is pleased to announce that its Cascades Sonoco plant, in Birmingham, Alabama, won the 2012 Small Manufacturer of the Year Award, presented by The Business Council of Alabama and the Alabama Technology Network.
At the close of the 62nd Farnborough International Airshow, Sam Hamad, Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, gave a positive assessment of Québec’s participation, which included some twenty businesses and organizations, in the trade mission he headed from July 8 to 12.
Quebecers and partners of the Delegation on June 21 marked Québec’s National Day at a reception hosted by the Québec Government Delegate in the Southern United States, Ms. Joane Boyer. It was the first National Day celebration in Atlanta for Ms. Boyer, who was appointed last February. The Québec Government Delegation wishes to thank everyone who attended.
A dozen companies, as well as Wind Energy TechnoCentre and the Sous-traitance industrielle Québec (STIQ), participated in WindPower 2012 Conference & Exhibition in Atlanta from June 3rd to June 6th. This international event, organized annually by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), brings together the world’s leading wind turbines manufacturers, integrators, suppliers of parts and services (environmental impact, wind patterns, etc.) as well as wind farms managers.
Enerkem Inc. (www.enerkem.com), a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals company, announced today the initial production of cellulosic ethanol from waste materials at its demonstration facility in Westbury, Québec.
The Annual Conference of the Association of International Educators (NAFSA) was held from May 27 to June 1, 2012, in Houston, Texas. Representatives from Québec were among the some 8,500 conference-goers from 95 countries who, each year, take part in this conference, the largest in the world dedicated to international education.
The 3rd Annual General Assembly of the Association francophone des comités nationaux olympiques (AFCNO) was held in Québec City on May 25 and 26. It brought together representatives from the 42 national Olympic committees and the member states and governments of the Association, as well as observers from the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF).
The annual conference of the Southeastern United States -- Canadian Provinces Alliance (SEUS-CP) took place in Myrtle Beach, SC, May 20-22. The Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, Sam Hamad, led a delegation of fifteen companies from Québec.
Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, headed a mission to Lafayette, Saint-Martinville and Bâton-Rouge from April 27 to 30 to, among other things, participate in the Bicentennial celebrations of Louisiana’s statehood.
The TechnoCentre éolien, in partnership with the Québec Ministry of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade (MDEIE), invites you to join the Québec companies mission to Windpower and participate to the largest conference and tradeshow in the global windpower industry.