A new social security agreement was signed in Québec City on April 20 by Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, and Georg Witschel, German Ambassador to Canada.
On April 15, Premier Jean Charest welcomed the CEO of The Climate Group, Steve Howard. Founded in 2004, The Climate Group is an independent organization based in London that collaborates with multinationals, municipalities and the governments of federated states and regions to combat climate change.
The Québec International Youth Offices (Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec/ LOJIQ) have issued a call for candidates interested in forming a delegation of eight young Montréalers responsible for promoting Espace Montréal at the 2010 Shanghai Universal Exhibition as part of an internship program. The delegation will be based in China from July 15 until August 20.
Premier Jean Charest is in Biloxi, Mississippi, from April 11 to 12, at the head of a delegation of business and research leaders. The delegation is in the American city to take part in the fourth annual conference of the Southeastern United States–Canadian Provinces (SEUS-CP) Alliance. Participation in this forum, which is aimed at promoting economic, technological and scientific exchanges, is aligned with the Québec Government’s U.S. Strategy.
Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, will carry out a mission to Haiti at the end of April. He will be accompanied by a small delegation of institutional partners and businesspeople. The purpose of the mission is to assess the deployment of assistance that Québec can offer Haiti.
A mission to Sweden and Norway from April 6 to 9 was an opportunity for Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, and Jacques Daoust, President and CEO of Investissement Québec (IQ), to note the significant potential that these Scandinavian countries represent for Québec, which wants to bolster and diversify its economy. Minister Arcand also confirmed IQ’s intention to set up shop in the Swedish capital.
A high-level delegation of Californian political and economic decision-makers was in Québec from March 31 to April 2. The visit was an opportunity for Québec to highlight its expertise in the areas of the environment, energy and transportation.
The world’s largest manufacturer of fiber optic sensors for civil engineering applications and the world’s leading provider of geosynthetics are collaborating in the development of a unique geotextile monitoring solution (TenCate GeoDetect®) that will provide unprecedented detail about the properties of embankments, slopes, walls, levees, roads, rails and other earth structures. Customers will benefit from the real-time monitoring of every square meter of land for ground movement, soil erosion, settlement and other changes.
With partnership support from the Namur provincial economic bureau (BEP), ProFish Technology is an upcoming Namur company that develops technologies to protect fish threatened by industrial water intakes. It has recently entered into a partnership with Québec-based Genivar, a consulting engineering firm with an environmental focus.
Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, will be in Sweden and Norway from April 6 to 9. He will be accompanied by the President and CEO of Investissement Québec, Jacques Daoust. The prospecting mission will focus on identifying new business opportunities in the Scandinavian countries.
Québec puppeteers’ creativity and know-how were in the spotlight on March 25 in Barcelona. The exhibition Une Fenêtre ouverte sur les marionnettes du Québec “(“An open window on Québec puppets”), prepared by the Association québécoise des marionnettistes (AQM), opened the premiere edition of the Títelles Objetes Teatre (T•O•T) festival in the Catalonian capital. The premiere edition of the festival drew thousands of visitors of all ages.
On March 26, 27 and 28, the Belgian Association of Student Entrepreneur Clubs (ACEE Belgique) organized the Third International Symposium of Francophone Student Entrepreneur Clubs at Liège’s trade and convention centre, bringing together participants from Belgium and across Europe, in addition to Québec and Africa.
In order to promote the education of bachelor’s and master’s level students showing a keen interest in Québec studies and the French language, the International Association of Québec Studies (Association internationale des études québécoises/AIEQ) awards a CDN$5,000 scholarship enabling the holder to attend McGill University’s Québec Studies Summer Institute.
The Office Québec-Amériques pour la jeunesse (OQAJ) and the Instituto Jalisciense de la Juventud (IJJ — Jalisco Youth Institute) recently signed a cooperation agreement concerning the implementation of a joint exchange program for young adults in Québec and the Mexican state of Jalisco.