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.
A total of 160 individuals representing Québec-based businesses and other organizations took part in the 2010 BIO International Convention (BIO 2010), the world’s largest biotechnology gathering, which opened in Chicago on May 3. During the event, Premier Jean Charest met with business and government officials and outlined Québec’s numerous advantages in the areas of biotechnology and biopharmaceuticals. Québec’s participation in BIO 2010 stemmed from the province’s US strategy, which aims in part to boost bilateral trade.
Over 100 artists from Québec, Canada and abroad are part of the line-up for the 11th edition of the MUTEK International Festival of Digital Creativity and Electronic Music, to be held from June 2 to 6.
Montréal City of Glass features more than 100 glass-themed exhibitions and activities that will be undertaken in more than 40 locations citywide throughout the year. This large-scale cultural project is organized by the Board of Montréal Museums Directors, in association with the Montréal Science Centre.
Montréal has been voted the number-one city in North America for international event hosting, according to the official 2009 rankings recently issued by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).
From May 21-23, the Catalan capital will be hosting a showcase for talented young Québec filmmakers during the inaugural version of Mostra de Cinema de Québec de Barcelona, a new contemporary Québec cinema festival. A selection of feature-length and short films will be shown at two key venues in the city, Verdi Park Cinema and the French Institute of Barcelona (IFB).
At the initiative of Québec Government Office in Washington, DC, a major conference on the issues and challenges relating to the development of high-speed train service in the US was held in Washington on May 11.
Québec must bolster its presence in East Asia, according to Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, who recently returned from an economic mission to South Korean and China (May 9-14). With both countries recording sustained growth and showing increasing openness to international markets, Québec companies and institutions will have to position themselves accordingly.
Expo 2010 Shanghai China, which opened on April 30, is devoted largely to sustainable urban development. Taking advantage of this major event, The Climate Group held a meeting recently on the world fair site to discuss the latest efforts in the combat against climate change, particularly electric vehicle development. The Québec government office in Shanghai took part in the meeting.
Economist James Heckman, winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Economics and a professor at the University of Chicago, gave a speech on May 13 at the opening session of the 35th annual congress of the Association des économistes québécois (ASDEQ). Dr. Heckman was in Québec City at the invitation of François Turenne, chair of the ASDEQ congress and Québec’s Deputy Minister of International Relations.
At the end of his mission to South Korea, Québec’s Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, Pierre Arcand, said that Québec needs to bolster its ties with the East Asian country, which offers numerous opportunities for Québec companies and organizations.
Approximately 250 delegates took part in the 50th annual general meeting of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCU), which was held from May 6-8 in Québec City, a UNESCO world heritage site. In his remarks at the event, Premier Jean Charest reaffirmed Québec’s commitment to UNESCO.
For the 18th edition of this high-profile international trade fair, companies from Québec and elsewhere in Canada were once again invited to display their products in the Canadian Pavilion. With tens of thousands of high-quality visitors, the event has become a “must” for fish and seafood producers and processors around the world, including players based in Québec. Over 1,600 exhibitors from 144 countries took part in the 2010 edition.
Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, will leave on May 9 on an economic mission to South Korea and China, countries with which Québec wants to boost trade in order to reinforce and diversify its economy.
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.