Québec participated in the annual meeting of the Great Lakes Commission in Cleveland, Ohio, September 10 and 11, 2012. This regional forum, which brings together eight American states (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New York) as well as Québec and Ontario, focuses on shared issues of concern such as water resources management, the environment, aquatic nuisance species, maritime transportation and the regional economy.
The Government of Québec has announced the creation of the Abdou-Diouf Bursaries in honour of IOF Secretary-General Abdou-Diouf’s contribution to the development of La Francophonie and, more particularly, his commitment to young people.
For 35 years, BainUltra has created therapeutic air jet baths and complementary products that focus on improving well-being. Based in Quebec City, the company sells its therapeutic baths and products through close to 1,000 specialty kitchen and bath retailers across North America. In the picture on the left, you can see a BainUltra advertisement sign on a busy freeway near Chicago, IL.
Autumn, that transitional season running from September to November, is heralded by an explosion of colors, aromas and flavors. As September draws to a close, the forests draw on their fiery cloaks, dazzling everyone with their brilliant reds, yellows and oranges. All around, vines and orchards are ripe with fruit, and clouds of snow geese fill the skies in a pre-Christmas pageant!
First and 11th respectively in North America, Montréal and Québec City rank favourably for the number of conventions hosted and organized by international associations according to the 2012 rankings of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).
The Québec Government Office in Chicago is an active member of the Midwest Business Community. Our Economic Affairs professionals participate in a wide range of industry events, trade shows and conferences. Please review our economic calendar for fall 2013 by clicking on the link below.
With tightening environmental regulations and intense business competition, innovation is key to succeeding in today’s aerospace industry. From Dec. 2-4, 2013, industry leaders from around the world will convene in Montreal to explore the latest strategies and technology at Aero Montréal’s 4th annual Aerospace Innovation Forum.
Looking for qualified suppliers of products and manufacturing services to fit your needs? STIQ’s 2013 Buyer-Supplier Day is coming up on October 10 2013, so get ready to do some customized B2B “speed-dating” in Montréal! 2012 was the most successful year since the first Buyer-Supplier Day was held in 2007. Participants such as Acciona Windpower North America, Bombardier Transportation and Vestas Wind Systems A/S were among the 44 buyers, 24 decision makers, and 122 suppliers in attendance.
Minister Jean-François Lisée took advantage of the 29th session of the Americas division of the Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie (APF) to speak with the organization’s new Secretary General, Pascal Terrasse, who is also the member of the French National Assembly for Ardèche.
Old Quebec Vintage Cheddar is a traditionally-aged cheddar produced by one of Québec’s award-wining dairy companies, Agropur-Fine Cheese Division. The cheese is cured a minimum of three years, and only blocks with perfectly balanced flavor are chosen for this vintage. Following production, the cheddar is allowed to rest for nine to twelve months, after which it is graded on the basis of texture, flavor, aroma, and color. Then, the cheese makes its way to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania for the rest of the 3-year aging process.
Competing against a record number of 1,794 artisan and farmstead cheeses produced in the Americas, Québec cheesemakers rose to the occasion! Cheesemakers from Québec, home to North America’s first cheesemaking school (1891), won 23 ribbons, 4 of them 1st place and 10 of them 2nd place at the 2013 American Cheese Society (ACS) Annual Conference & Competition held in Madison, Wisconsin.
Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, ranked the second of Québec's seven wonders in a recent survey among Québecers, is getting a makeover! Investments of close to $66 million will allow the esteemed hotel establishment, built in 1893, to rejuvenate its 618 rooms and main lobby, replace its roof and expand its Fairmont Gold floors and spa. As a national historic site of Canada, and a destination for renowned personalities,
the Château spotlights various Québec artifacts and works of art.
Quebec is gearing up for the Chicago Collective (www.chicagocollectiveonline.com), one of the most important menswear shows in the U.S. and Canada, which will go from August 11th-13th. Several original lines from Montreal will be on display, including classy ensembles from this edition’s featured Quebec company, Ballin (www.ballin.com). To help kick off the event, Quebec co-sponsors the opening night reception by providing Molson beers.
Six Québec companies and organizations participated in the SEMICON West Conference from July 10 to 12, 2012, in San Francisco. This international event features, among other things, the latest innovations in microelectronics fabrication.
Representatives of the Ministère des Relations internationales, de la Francophonie et du Commerce extérieur (MRIFCE) manned an information booth at the 86th annual convention of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF), held in Providence, Rhode Island, from July 11 to 14.
Nearly 70 teachers of French as a foreign language from Latin America, the West Indies, the United States, Europe and Asia will be in Québec from July 8 to 26 as part of the 34th edition of the Stage en didactique du français, culture et société québécoises.
The Minister of International Relations, La Francophonie and External Trade (MRIFCE), Jean-François Lisée, participated in the 6th Annual Southeastern United States and Canadian Provinces Alliance (SEUS-CP) Conference, held on July 14 and 15 in Halifax. He was accompanied by a Québec business delegation.