As it launched its new business mentoring program, the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce drew inspiration from the Québec model. It called on the services of Alain Aubut, a former Québec business executive who has become a mentor and the vice president of the Réseau francophone du Mentorat d’affaires (Francophone business mentoring network).
Under an agreement signed in Montréal by the Institut de tourisme et d'hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ) and the All Japan Chefs Association (AJCA), apprentice chefs from Québec will be able to take part in internships in Japan and their Japanese counterparts will have a chance to participate in internships in Québec.
At a meeting in Québec City on February 25, Premier Jean Charest and Stanislaw Tillich, Minister-President of the German state of Saxony, agreed to step up bilateral exchanges, particularly in the economic and cultural spheres. Their meeting marked the 20th anniversary of official relations between Québec and Saxony.
Brussels, February 26, 2010 – The Secretary General of the Ministère de la Communauté française, Frédéric Delcor, and the Delegate General of Québec, Christos Sirros, will award the Prix Québec/Wallonie-Bruxelles de littérature de jeunesse 2009 (2009 Québec/Wallonia-Brussels prize for youth literature) to Québec author Dominique Demers for L’Élu : la grande quête de Jacob Jobin (Québec Amérique) and Wallonia-Brussels author Jean-Marie Defossez for Envol pour le paradis (Bayard Jeunesse), at the Brussels Book Fair, on March 8, 2010 at 1 p.m. (Espace Mille Feuilles, 117). The prize is specifically in the category of novels for young people 12 to 15 years of age.
As part of a mission to the southern United States that got under way on February 22, Minister Pierre Arcand stopped in Houston and Austin, Texas, to meet with high-profile private and public stakeholders. The meetings were a chance for him to highlight Québec’s expertise in fields like energy and the environment, aerospace, nanotechnology and life sciences.
Premier Jean Charest visited the US capital from February 19-21 as part of a mission undertaken by the Council of the Federation, in conjunction with the winter meeting of the National Governors Association (NGA).
To mark the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, secondary school students in Québec were invited to take part in a writing competition held by the organization Éducaloi. The Ministère des Relations internationales (MRI) contributed to the initiative by awarding a prize to one of the winning authors.
The Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, Pierre Arcand, will be in the United States from February 21 to 25 on his first mission there since the unveiling of the Québec government’s U.S. Strategy. He will travel to Louisiana, Texas and Georgia, three high-growth states which account for an annual trade volume with Québec of nearly $7 billion.
As part of a Council of the Federation mission, Premier Jean Charest will be in Washington on February 19 and 20 to meet with the U.S. governors in attendance at the National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting in the U.S. capital.
At the end of January, Québec Premier Jean Charest, accompanied by Minister of International Relations Pierre Arcand, met with the Prime Minister of Haiti, Jean-Max Bellerive, who was in Montréal for a ministerial meeting leading up to a major conference on planning the reconstruction of the Caribbean country. The meeting participants included the Canadian, French, American and Brazilian foreign ministers.
In the Indian capital, Premier Jean Charest took part on February 5 in the plenary session of the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit alongside Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and other world leaders.
The governments of Québec and Canada recently confirmed their support for five green infrastructure projects with a total price tag of over $600 million. The projects involve the construction of organic waste treatment centres equipped with biomethanation and composting systems in the Greater Montréal area and Québec City.
On February 21, Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, will set out on his first mission to the United States since the January 2010 release of the Québec Government’s U.S. Strategy.
The Government of Québec has taken part for over 20 years in the annual meetings of the World Economic Forum, held in Davos, Switzerland. At the end of January, Premier Jean Charest, accompanied by Clément Gignac, Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, was an active participant in the 40th edition of the WEF’s Davos meeting, held under the theme “Improve the State of the World: Rethink, Redesign and Rebuild.”
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is one of four major filmfests in the Los Angeles area. Each year, it zeroes in on cinema from a specific nation via its “Focus On...” section. For its 25th-anniversary edition, held from February 4 to 14, the SBIFF introduced film buffs to Québec’s high-quality cinema.