Upon her return from the fifth Conference of Heads of Government of Partner Regions, held in Cape Town, South Africa, Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, noted that the potential benefits associated with the tightening of Québec’s links with regional governments have never been greater.
This past September 24, Québec Delegate General in New York John Parisella spoke at the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington D.C. Mr. Parisella’s talk dealt with the Québec Government’s U.S. Strategy and focused primarily on initiatives undertaken by its representatives in Washington and the Mid Atlantic region.
Québec Premier Jean Charest spoke at the opening ceremony for Climate Week NYC, which was held in New York City on September 20. He took the opportunity to promote Québec’s leadership in the fight against climate change and to focus attention on the environment and green technology industry’s growing role in Québec. Mr. Charest was accompanied by Pierre Arcand, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks.
The Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, is delighted by the appointment of Michel Robitaille as Québec Delegate General in Paris. Mr. Robitaille will begin his duties on October 4 and also act as the personal representative of the Premier with the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie.
iPad users throughout the French-speaking world will soon be able to tap into the wealth of Québec literature. Under an agreement signed by Apple and a Québec City company, De Marque, users will be able to buy digital books published in Québec in ePub format via Apple’s online iBookstore.
Québec Premier Jean Charest and Nathalie Normandeau, Deputy Premier and Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife, will be taking part in the 21st World Energy Congress (WEC), which kicks off on September 12 in Montreal.
Thomas W. Gaehtgens, Director of the Getty Research Institute, visited Québec from September 6 to 9, 2010. The visit allowed this director of a major museum and research institute in the United States to discover Québec and explore possibilities for collaboration between Québec and the Getty Center, particularly in the areas of collections research, conservation and development.
From August 23 to 27, 2010, thousands of people came from approximately one hundred countries attended the 2010 World Youth Conference. The event provided a forum for dialogue on the role that future generations will play in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).The Conference was held in the city of León, in the Mexican state of Guanajuato.
As part of the recent cabinet shuffle unveiled today in the National Assembly, Québec Premier Jean Charest appointed Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, MNA for Saint-François, as Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie. Ms. Gagnon-Tremblay will also retain her duties as Minister Responsible for the Eastern Townships region.
The Ouranos Consortium and UQAM’s ESCER Centre have received $14.4 million in financial support for climate science research from Clément Gignac, Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, and Line Beauchamp, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks. The investment is part of the 2006-2012 action plan.
Mercator Transport Group Corporation ("Mercator
Transport") (TSX-V :GMT), a transport brokerage, international logistics and distribution company based in Montréal, has announced it will open offices in Houston, TX, the second most important port in the Americas.
Special financial support in the amount of $10,000 for the Regroupement des organismes canado-haïtiens pour le développement (ROCAHD) was announced today by the Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, Pierre Arcand. The funds will be used to assess the needs and priorities of partners in Haiti.
After a stop in Des Moines, Iowa, where he took part in the Leadership Meeting held to coincide with the sixth conference of North America’s SuperCorridor Coalition (NASCO), Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, will be in Boston (June 17 and 18), Washington, DC, (June 21 and 22) and New York City (June 23 and 24). His mission to the United States is an opportunity for him to present the Québec Government’s U.S. Strategy and meet with political and economic decision-makers to discuss the high-priority issues of energy, the opening-up of markets and high-speed passenger rail links.
The Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, Pierre Arcand, is pleased with the meetings he had with influential figures from the political, economic and institutional sectors during his mission to Des Moines, Boston, Washington D.C. and New York. The mission’s purpose was primarily to further advance plans for a high-speed train, increase awareness about Québec’s hydroelectricity as a clean, renewable energy source and promote the opening of markets.
Québec’s Delegate General in New York City, John Parisella, was a panellist at the annual conference of the Canadian American Business Council (CABC). Held on June 10 in Washington, DC, under the theme “What ever happened to the North American market? Implications for Canada/U.S. relations,” the conference drew close to 200 participants.
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.
Under the heading of music, this year’s festival season got under way with Les FrancoFolies de Montréal, the world’s biggest francophone music festival. From June 10 to 19, the 22nd edition of Les FrancoFolies treats French music buffs to indoor concerts and over 160 free outdoor shows. The program for the festival’s 22nd edition features the largest-ever contingent from France.
Four American cities are on the agenda for the mission to the United States that Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, undertook on June 15. Aligned with the Québec Government’s U.S. Strategy, the mission is aimed at promoting Québec as an economic partner. The Minister’s first stop is Des Moines, Iowa, where he will take part in the Leadership Meeting held to coincide with the sixth conference of North America’s SuperCorridor Coalition (NASCO).
Created under the Québec Government’s U.S. Strategy, the Québec–United States Young Leaders Program was officially launched on June 11. To mark the occasion, Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, welcomed four young members of the upcoming generation of American leaders.