Québec’s circus arts expertise will benefit from a one-of-a-kind showcase opportunity when Montréal Complètement Cirque (MCC), the inaugural international event dedicated to this discipline, is held in July 2010.
A hard-rocking contingent of Quebecers took Austin, Texas by storm in mid-March during South by Southwest (SXSW), an independent festival dedicated to music, film and new technology. SXSW is one of the most important international gatherings of music industry professionals, drawing agents, producers and record label representatives to check out emerging talent and uncover the latest trends.
Les amours imaginaires [Heartbeats], the second feature-length motion picture by young Québec director Xavier Dolan, who won three awards for I Killed My Mother last year at the Directors’ Fortnight, will be part of the next Cannes Film Festival’s official selection. Dolan’s latest will be featured in the “Un Certain Regard” (A Certain Look) section.
Katerine Verebély, a 27-year-old Canadian reporter, has been singled out for the 2010 René Payot Award, presented by the French, Belgian, Swiss and Canadian French-language public radio networks. The jury was made up of 12 representatives of the participating radio networks (three per network), who were highly impressed by Katerine Verebély’s professional qualities, well-prepared file and masterly presentation.
Paul Gérin-Lajoie, a key player in the history of Québec’s international relations, was honoured recently by the Centre d’études et de recherches internationales de l’Université de Montréal (CERIUM). He was awarded the CERIUM award for his lifetime international contribution by Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie.
A new social security agreement was signed in Québec City on April 20 by Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, and Georg Witschel, German Ambassador to Canada.
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.
The Québec International Youth Offices (Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec/ LOJIQ) have issued a call for candidates interested in forming a delegation of eight young Montréalers responsible for promoting Espace Montréal at the 2010 Shanghai Universal Exhibition as part of an internship program. The delegation will be based in China from July 15 until August 20.
Premier Jean Charest is in Biloxi, Mississippi, from April 11 to 12, at the head of a delegation of business and research leaders. The delegation is in the American city to take part in the fourth annual conference of the Southeastern United States–Canadian Provinces (SEUS-CP) Alliance. Participation in this forum, which is aimed at promoting economic, technological and scientific exchanges, is aligned with the Québec Government’s U.S. Strategy.
Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, will carry out a mission to Haiti at the end of April. He will be accompanied by a small delegation of institutional partners and businesspeople. The purpose of the mission is to assess the deployment of assistance that Québec can offer Haiti.
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.
A high-level delegation of Californian political and economic decision-makers was in Québec from March 31 to April 2. The visit was an opportunity for Québec to highlight its expertise in the areas of the environment, energy and transportation.
The world’s largest manufacturer of fiber optic sensors for civil engineering applications and the world’s leading provider of geosynthetics are collaborating in the development of a unique geotextile monitoring solution (TenCate GeoDetect®) that will provide unprecedented detail about the properties of embankments, slopes, walls, levees, roads, rails and other earth structures. Customers will benefit from the real-time monitoring of every square meter of land for ground movement, soil erosion, settlement and other changes.