On April 30, the non-profit association PromOptimca held a workshop on biophotonics at the Gosselies Aeropole PointCentre, in collaboration with the Photonics Cluster and Biopark. The purpose of the one-day event was to promote research and development in the cutting-edge areas of optics and biology.
In the course of his mission to Haiti, Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, met with President René Préval on April 30. Agenda items included national reconstruction efforts, emergency measures and Québec companies’ potential role in the reconstruction. Mr. Préval noted that Haiti’s recovery would inevitably hinge on education-related initiatives.
Québec’s Delegate General in Brussels, Christos Sirros, gave a talk yesterday at an event organized by the Cercle québécois des affaires internationales (CQAI). He highlighted the leadership role played by Québec in the launch of negotiations between Canada and the European Union with a view to signing a comprehensive economic and trade agreement, and pointed to the efforts deployed by the Québec government office in Brussels (DGQB) to promote the agreement among European decision-makers.
That is the subject that will be broached by Mr Guy Quaden, Governor of the National Bank of Belgium, member of the Governing Council and of the General Council of the European Central Bank during a talk with lunch organised by the Conseil des Relations internationals de Montréal (CORIM) on 13 May in the Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain in Montreal.
In an interview granted to the magazine Civique, Mark Crispel, head of the Sint-Pieters-Leeuw police zone and François Charpentier, assistant executive director of the Sûreté du Québec, spoke about the links between their respective police forces and an interesting cooperation project currently under way.
Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, will lead an economic solidarity mission to Haiti on April 30 and May 1. Accompanied by a small delegation, he will evaluate the deployment of Québec assistance in the Caribbean nation.
Without making headlines or stirring up the slightest controversy, Canada and Europe are engaged in negotiations leading up to what a Canadian federal minister calls “the most ambitious trade agreement we’ve ever had.”
The Government of Québec and the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission plan to continue and expand their cooperation in the education sector, a key aspect of Québec-China relations. A statement to that effect was signed with the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir and du Sport (MELS) on April 12 during a Chinese delegation’s visit to Québec City.
The Québec government office in Barcelona (BQB) has launched an educational kit for teachers and their students in Catalonia. Thanks to this pilot-project promotional tool, elementary and secondary school students enrolled in French courses can find out about Québec in a fun, instructive way.
“This budget proposes action for the short term that will solidify economic recovery, action for the medium term that will restore budgetary balance, and action for the longer term that will foster the emergence of a stronger, more competitive economy,” said Minister of Finance Raymond Bachand, upon tabling the 2010-2011 Québec budget on March 30.
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.
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.
Mining industry leaders have ranked Québec number one in the world list of places for mining exploration and development, according to the annual survey conducted by the Fraser Institute, an independent Canadian research organization. The survey seeks to determine the best place in the world for mining investment. Québec topped the survey for the third year in a row.
The Government of Québec recently announced financial support totalling $13.3 million for a project involving the manufacturing of new aerospace products at GE’s Bromont plant. The funds will be provided via Investissement Québec as part of the development strategy for Québec’s aerospace sector.
Line Beauchamp, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, welcomed the US federal government’s announcement in early April concerning the adoption of stricter greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards throughout American territory. The Government of Canada intends to follow suit.