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.
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.
The Québec firm J2 Procurement Management announced that it has been awarded a contract by Sonaca Belgium. Specialized in goods and services procurement advice, J2 evaluates and optimizes the potential of companies’ supply chains in order to increase their competitiveness and profitability. A member of the Purchasing Management Association of Canada, J2 has several years of experience in the purchasing of goods and services for SMEs and multinationals.
The 13th International Winter Road Congress, attended by delegates from over 50 countries, was an opportunity for Québec to highlight its expertise in sustainable winter road service. Held in Québec City, the congress wrapped up on February 11.
In a context of increasing globalization, many students want to do some or all of their studies abroad. Two Québec institutions, the Université de Montréal (U of M) and the Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ), participated in Studyrama, a show in Brussels devoted to international educational institutions. To better promote their institutions abroad and to forge ties, representatives of the U of M and the ITHQ met with their counterparts from universities and competitive-entry schools. We know that cooperation between institutions is increasingly common, in particular to enable students to study for one or two sessions in a partner university or to pursue graduate studies or research activities there.
Antiviral drugs represent the first line of defense in the fight against new viral diseases, providing crucial protection until a vaccine becomes available. However, this sector of medical research, although very large, is of little commercial interest - and thus largely unattractive - to pharmaceutical
companies. With the notable exceptions of HIV and Hepatitis ‘C’, antiviral research continues to be one of the most neglected areas of medical research.
In the Indian capital, the last stop on his mission to the subcontinent, Québec Premier Jean Charest took part on February 5 in the plenary session of the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS), along with Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and other high-profile personalities.
Indian and Québec partners have signed nine agreements in Bangalore, the second stop on the itinerary for the Québec mission to India led by Premier Jean Charest. Capital of the State of Karnataka, Bangalore is the hub of India’s information and communication technology (ICT) industry.
Web surfers have been able to access a new site for the past few days. Called “TOU.TV,” it houses an impressive archive of previously broadcast French-language TV programs. A number of public television networks (Radio-Canada,Télé-Québec, ARTV, TV5 Québec-Canada, TV5 Monde, TFO, RDI, RTS, RTBF) have banded together to make close to 2,000 hours of French-language series and shows available online, free-of-charge.
On January 27 and 28, the economic division of the Délégation générale du Québec in Brussels hosted four Québec creators: Ça va de soi, Lucky Seven, Furi and Sensation Mode, an organization dedicated to the promotion of Montréal fashion. Accompanying the group was Isabelle Théroux, an economic advisor specialized in fashion, who is with the ministère du Développement économique, de l’Innovation et de l’Exportation. On their way back from the Who’s Next trade show in Paris, they stopped briefly in Brussels and Antwerp to learn more about the local fashion industry, meet with distributors and visit showrooms.
Hosted by André Papillon and Mario Paquet, the 13th Opus Awards Gala was held today at the Salle Claude-Champagne, in Montréal. Twenty-seven awards were bestowed for the season from September 1, 2008 to August 31, 2009 to highlight the talent of artists and craftspeople gathered for this key event. The awards ceremony, punctuated by musical performances, generated much enthusiasm. Music of different colours and styles was consummately performed by celebrated artists: the Ensemble Caprice, Louis Dufort, Mathieu Gaudet and Karina Gauvin, Christine Tassan and Les Imposteures, Normand Forget and the Jazz Trio, all under the artistic direction of Mathieu Lussier.
Thirteen agreements between businesses in Québec and India and between Indian and Québec training centres were signed on the first day of the economic mission to the subcontinent led by Premier Jean Charest. The day ended with the official opening of the Québec government office in Mumbai.