The Alphonse-et-Dorimène-Desjardins Award established by the Ministère des Relations internationales (MRI) is presented to individuals who distinguish themselves in their community through their extraordinary dynamism and leadership and whose achievements are recognized beyond the borders of Québec. The nomination deadline is September 7, 2012.
The Institut de l’énergie et de l’environnement de la Francophonie (IEPF) has just published two information documents on the environment and sustainable development with the support of the Ministère des Relations internationales.
On July 28, 2012, Québec Government Representative in the Midwest Eric Marquis and Mayor of Kankakee Nina Epstein officially inaugurated the French Heritage Museum in Kankakee, IL, in the presence of more than 100 guests, including the Consul General of France in Chicago and representatives of Belgium and Wallonia.
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.
The Québec-founded comedy festival returned to Chicago in June for a fourth consecutive year and once again, an impressive line-up of some of today’s top comedians came together for a week of first-rate shows at TBS Just for Laughs Chicago. From June 12-17, comedians from the likes of John Oliver (The Daily Show, Community), Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation, 30 Minutes or Less) and even the writers of The Conan Show (collectively known as “Team Coco”) took to the stage at seven venues around the city, offering attendees a chance to experience the hilarity of today’s hottest comedic talent.
Québec Premier Jean Charest and Deputy Premier, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Minister responsible for Government Administration and Chair of the Conseil du trésor Michelle Courchesne expressed their heartiest encouragement for the Québec athletes competing in the London Olympic Games.
Five companies from Québec were among the exhibitors at the annual Orthopaedic Manufacturing and Technology Exposition and Conference (OMTEC), which took place June 13 and 14 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center near Chicago, IL. Maetta, Diacarb, Megatech AQ and Pega Medical were represented at the Quebec Government stand and PPD Meditech had a separate stand. Their presence highlighted the expertise of Quebec manufacturers, skills which have made involvement in other industries, such as aerospace, so successful. While not all of these companies specialize exclusively in orthopaedic manufacturing, they all exemplify the extreme precision and savoir-faire necessary to compete in such a heavily regulated and sometimes challenging market.
The Olympic and Paralympic Games are more than just sports. They also have a cultural edge with the Cultural Olympiad that began in London in March 2012. Several Québec artists have already had the opportunity to display their talent before the British public, and others will soon take to the stage during the Games.
Québec City recently played host to the 9th Annual Meeting and Conference of the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (GLSLCI). Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy Laurent Lessard; Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks Pierre Arcand; Québec Delegate in Chicago Éric Marquis; and United States Ambassador to Canada David Jacobson participated in this major event that brought together mayors and local elected officials from over 80 municipalities in Québec, Ontario and the United States.
Nice will host the 7th Jeux de la Francophonie from September 6 to 15, 2013. Québec is looking for young Quebecers to represent it in the cultural competitions of these games. The candidates selected by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) will join more than 3,000 young people from 75 different Francophonie member states and governments at this event, which is intended to bring together the world’s French-speaking people.
Québec was a stand out at the very first French Language Forum of the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF), which was held in Québec City July 2 to 6. The Forum brought together 1,300 participants from civil society from 104 countries for a week of activities, testimonials and debates on the French language, its current situation and its future. Quebecers also answered the call of the Forum and OIF, coming out in great numbers to take part in the cultural activities happening around the city that were open to the public.
The Ministère des Relations internationales (MRI) is proud to launch its new website today. The site boasts a more up-to-date, colourful look, and we have improved it in a variety of ways to meet our Québec readers’ needs.
June 11-13, several hundred companies gathered at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago for NeoCon, North America’s largest design exposition and conference for commercial interiors. The Quebec Government Office in Chicago supported the presence of companies from Québec at NeoCon and they most certainly distinguished themselves while in Chicago.
With an impressive line of 24 artfully crafted beers, including La Fin du Monde, Maudite and Don de Dieu, Unibroue brewing company has established itself throughout the world as a maker of refined beer products over the course of the last two decades. Started by two businessmen in Québec with a passion for quality beer, André Dion and Serge Racine wanted Unibroue to be known not only for its superb taste, but also for the care and history behind each and every one of their products. Most of Unibroue’s beers are created using a method that leaves some yeast particles in the bottle, allowing the beers to obtain the rich and full flavor for which the products have come to be known for.
The Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars hosted a conference on Canada-U.S. regional cross-border public security collaboration in Washington, D.C., on June 14. Before a packed house at the Wilson Center, Mathieu Ferland (Sûreté du Québec), James Horton (New York State Office of Counter Terrorism) and Michael J. Manning (Vermont State Police) discussed the real impact of cross-border collaboration between Québec and its U.S. neighbours with respect to preventing criminal activity in northeastern North America.
Premier Jean Charest and Pierre Arcand, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, took part in the recent United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, “Rio+20.” The international event was an opportunity to highlight Québec’s sustainable development commitment and initiatives and determination to speed up the shift to a green economy.
Premier Jean Charest and Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife and Minister responsible for the Plan Nord Clément Gignac announced the creation of a transition office for the Plan Nord. The office will be set up to take charge in the short term of the mandates and responsibilities that will eventually be handed over to the Société du Plan Nord.
Governor of Kyoto Prefecture Keiji Yamada has just completed his first official visit to Québec following an invitation by the Premier. During his visit, Conference of Montreal President and co-founder Gil Rémillard also invited him to address the Conference on June 12. The theme of Governor Yamada’s speech was “The management of model forests in Kyoto: sustainable development of the region.”