On November 16th, 2011, TV5MONDE will broadcast three movies from Québec, beginning at 8:30 p.m., Eastern Time. This “Nuit du Cinéma Québécois“, featuring 1981, by Ricardo Trogi (2009) ; Cruising Bar, by Robert Ménard (1989) ; and Un Dimanche a Kigali, by Robert Favreau (2006), is a celebration of the diversity of Québec’s cinema.
The company from Boucherville – which already owns 28 distribution centers in the United States and 12 in Canada - has entered into an agreement with Parts Depot, Inc. to purchase part of its assets in Florida. The terms of the acquisition were not made public. Once the transaction completed, Uni-Select will operate 39 new points of sale under its Auto-Plus brand and five new distribution centers in those locations where leases have been acquired.
Montreal-based Nurun is an international interactive marketing company for which the use of the potential of new technologies is fundamental to the service it provides to its clients. Up until now, its only US office was located in Atlanta. Today, Nurun increases its US presence thanks to the acquisition of Odopod, a leading digital agency based in San Francisco.
With 44 awards presented to the artisan cheese-makers from Québec, including third place for best-of-show, Québec’s know-how was recognized during the competition of the American Cheese Society Conference, the most prestigious cheese competition in North America, which ended Saturday, August 6th in Montréal.
Cycles Lambert, the leading Canadian manufacturer of accessories for bicycling, outdoor and running sports based in Lévis, Québec, will soon be installed in Lexington, South Carolina with the acquisition of distributor The Hawley Company.
Bombardier Transportation on July 23 announced it has received an order from the Florida Department of Transportation for the supply of 14 BOMBARDIER BiLevel rail cars for the central Florida SunRail commuter rail project to provide service to the Orlando area. This 14-car order brings the total number of North American BiLevel car customers to 14 with nearly 1,000 cars already in operation across the United States and Canada. Miami, Dallas/Forth Worth, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Franciso, Seattle, Vancouver, Toronto and Montréal already count Bombardier BiLevel commuter rail cars in their public transit systems.
Cirque Éloize, on July 26 premiered its new show, iD, at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Arts– Ziff Ballet Opera House in Miami to a rapt audience on the edge of their seats at the spectacular acrobatics and the creativity of choreography and stage sets. The show will continue to delight South Floridians through September 4.
The Québec Government Office in Atlanta participated along with 35 bi-national chambers of commerce, foreign trade offices and partner organizations in Global Connect - One Amazing Night, an international networking event to promote the cultures, distinctive products and foods of participating countries, held on July 21st in the grand atrium of beautiful 200 Peachtree Street building -- The old Macy’s building.
The Québec National Day reception held in Atlanta on June 23 was a great success. It was also the last Québec National Day celebration hosted by Ms. Ginette Chenard, the current Québec Government Delegate in the Southern United States. Ms. Chenard will leave her post to return to Québec on August 15. She was appointed as head of the Québec Government Delegation in Atlanta in October 2006. The Québec Government Delegation wants to thank everyone who attended.
The new Fulbright Canada Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Award (STEM), is a scholarship program that may be of interest to U.S. graduate students (Master’s and Ph. D. candidates). The STEM grant is a three-year award valued at some $120,000 (tuition, fees, and an annual stipend of $20,000) that allows recipients to pursue their studies in cutting-edge science & technology fields at top Canadian research universities, including McGill and the University of Montréal. The new program is the counterpart to Fulbright’s International Science and Technology award for foreign students enrolling in a U.S. University.
Industries Lassonde, maker of the Oasis and Rougement juice labels, has announced it will acquire New Jersey-based Clement Pappas & Company, bringing Lassonde’s annual sales close to $1 billion. Once the deal is concluded, 71% of the company will be owned by Industries Lassonde, 19% by the family Pappas and 10% by the Lassonde family.
The sales of Québec cookie producer, Biscuits Leclerc, in the United States are exploding. Thanks to several new major customers in the USA (Walmart, Publix, BJ’s, Target, Amazon.com), the company’s products will be present in 2,500 stores in the USA as of next September.
On 12 and 13 of June, Québec’s Premier, Jean Charest, and the minister of Economic Development of Exports and Innovation, Clément Gignac, took part in the annual conference of the Southeastern United States and Canadian Provinces Alliance (SEUS-CP), along with another dozen representatives of companies from Québec.
On June 12 and 13, Québec Premier Jean Charest and the Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, Clément Gignac, participated in the annual Conference of the Southeastern United States - Canadian Provinces Alliance (SEUS-CP) along with representatives from about a dozen Québec companies, the Québec Government Representative in Atlanta, Ginette Chenard, and the Head of the Québec Government Office in the Atlantic Provinces, Richard Barette.
The Citadelle Maple Syrup Producer’s cooperative has just been named the winner of the prestigious 2011 Canadian Export Business Award presented at the Canadian Agri-Food Export Gala on May 11th, 2011.
The annual NASCO Board of Directors meeting and Conference were held Kansas City, MO, on May 17 - 18. NASCO, with members from Canada, the United States and Mexico, is the only trade corridor that is truly North American in scope. The Conference featured presentations by high-profile speakers and experts in transport logistics and international trade issues. They focused primarily on long-term and large-scale projects aimed at boosting competitiveness and capturing market share in the new world economy.
Ms. Ginette Chenard, head of the Québec Delegation in Atlanta, and Mr. Andrew Hewitt, Assistant Deputy Minister for Transport, both members of the Board, participated in the meeting and were in attendance at the Conference.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded CGI Federal Inc. (CGI), a wholly-owned U.S. operating subsidiary of CGI Group, Inc. a US$34 million Network Security and Operations time and materials task order under the multi-vendor, seven-year, US$955 million, ITS-EPA II Program Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA).
Beloeil, QC-based Gedden Inc. has received almost 350K in funding from the Center of Excellence in Energy Efficiency, an R&D center created by Rio Tinto Alcan and Hydro-Québec to market new energy efficienty technologies, for the marketing of its Sustainable Community Solution platform in Québec.