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.
Issues relating to the worldwide economic recovery dominated the proceedings at the 16th annual Montréal Conference, which ran from June 7-10 and attracted approximately 3,000 participants, including a number of prestigious guest speakers. Premier Jean Charest chaired the opening luncheon meeting.
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John Parisella, Québec’s Delegate General in New York, was among the guest speakers at the New York Rail Summit held in Albany on June 14. Focusing on high-speed rail links, this major event was organized by the New York High Speed Rail Coalition and the Empire State Development Corporation, New York State’s economic development agency.
On May 20 in Brussels, Marie McAndrew, a full professor at Université de Montréal, presented her recent work on fragile minorities and education in Belgium, Catalonia, Northern Ireland and Québec, called Les majorités fragiles et l’éducation : Belgique, Catalogne, Irlande du Nord, Québec.
International collaboration is crucial in research and innovation, and Flanders and Québec recently decided to join forces in these areas by signing a bilateral cooperation agreement.
In this context, on May 19 and 20, the Québec government office in Brussels (DGQB) and the Flemish scientific research fund (FWO) held a two-day workshop on fundamental research and cancer genetics.
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).
Québec maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin has been chosen as the eighth Music Director of the prestigious Philadelphia Orchestra. He will take up his new responsibilities in September 2012, for an initial five-year term.
On May 27 and 28, Université Libre de Bruxelles hosted a symposium on the theme of “Federalism, the Environment and Regional Integration – A Comparative Look at Belgium and Canada.” Organized by the Centre de droit public (CDPub), the symposium featured talks by experts in environmental law.
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.
During an address before the Société des relations internationales de Québec (SORIQ), Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, presented the 2010 Raoul Dandurand scholarship to a student enrolled in the Institut québécois des hautes études internationales (HEI) at Université Laval.
The Government of Québec is pleased by Vermont’s adoption of the Act Relating to Renewable Energy, by virtue of which the New England state now recognizes all types of hydroelectricity as clean, renewable energy. The new law reinforces the memorandum of understanding signed by Hydro-Québec and two major Vermont power distributors, which paves the way to a renewed supply contract for the period from 2012 to 2038, worth an estimated $1.5 billion.
Québec’s new world youth agency, Office Québec-Monde pour la Jeunesse (OQMJ), which completes the government’s offering in terms of foreign stays for young people, will receive $1.5 million per year in financial support. The investment will provide young Quebecers with support through access to a wide variety of personal and occupational experience abroad.
Participants at the sixth meeting of the joint Québec-Catalonia committee, held by videoconference on June 4, ratified a dozen cooperation projects that will be undertaken over the next two years. The relevant areas include culture, education and economics, together with new sectors such as youth initiatives, electoral processes and biotechnology.