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.”
Paul Lavoie, founder and Chairman of TAXI, is considering a Chicago presence following the success of its New York office. Founded in Montréal around the disciplines of advertising, design and digital, TAXI has grown to seven offices in Canada, the U.S., and Europe and counts BMW/MINI, Capital One, Canadian Tire, TELUS Mobility, Kraft, and Pfizer among its clients.
Québec-based ALDO specializes in the creation of high-quality fashion footwear, leather goods and accessories. In 1978, the first free-standing ALDO store opened on Sainte-Catherine Street in downtown Montreal. ALDO Group is a privately-held company that operates over 1,600 retail stores in more than 65 countries.
The Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, which kicked off on April 12 and runs through May 3, features four films from Québec: Bestiaire (directed by Denis Côté), Café de flore (directed by Jean-Marc Vallée), Nuit #1 (directed by Anne Émond) and Starbuck (directed by Ken Scott). Anne Émond, director of Nuit #1, attended the festival and participated in a Q & A following the sold out screening of her film on April 21.
The Québec Government Office in Chicago’s reach expands well beyond the borders of Illinois. In fact, the Office covers 12 states in the Midwest, and its staff frequently travels throughout the region to build and maintain relationships with businesses, universities and cultural institutions.
Ressources Québec is a new Investissement Québec (IQ) subsidiary designed for businesses interested in investing in the mining and hydrocarbon sectors. Ressources Québec will provide financial solutions and support for businesses that want to develop large-scale, formative projects that are profitable for Québec, from exploration to mining and resource processing.
Montréal-based Kim Cole received the top prize at the 2012 International Home & Housewares Show in the bath + personal care category for her product, Gleener®, The Ultimate Fuzz Remover. The product beat out more than 300 other entries to win the award.
Québec Delegate General in Brussels Christos Sirros, Associate Deputy Minister - Forêt Québec Richard Savard, and MDDEP representative Robert Noël de Tilly (Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et des Parcs) recently took part in a conference in Brussels organized by the European Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development. They were invited to present the Québec model. Québec is viewed as a pioneer in sustainable development and forest management.
Montréal fashion was in the limelight at MontréaL CollectionS in Chicago this past March. Over 300 buyers, representatives and manufacturers from the world of fashion had gathered at the Merchandise Mart for Stylemax, a renowned ready-to-wear trade show devoted exclusively to women’s apparel and accessories.
The Alliance Française de Chicago, along with a number of French-speaking consulates and other partners, organized a dozen francophonie-related programs during the month of March as part of the annual “Festival de la francophonie”.
The latest Fall 2012 fashions from Montreal were on display at the 12th edition of the MontréaL CollectionS Fashion Show at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. An unusually warm, sunny and beautiful morning was welcomed by the more than 320 buyers, reps and manufacturers who got up so very early to attend the must-see event at Stylemax on Sunday, March 25th. Attendees were treated to a delicious Québec breakfast and a hearty helping of the latest designs out of Canada’s Fashion Capital.
A large group of Québec businesses attended the Oceanology International Conference in March at the ExCel Centre in London. Espace Québec erected for the conference was home base for representatives from Technopole Maritime Québec (TMQ), Méridien Maritime, AXSUB, Multi-Électronique, Sygif International, Interdisciplinary Center for the Development of Ocean Mapping (CIDCO), the St. Lawrence Global Observatory (SLGO) and Institut des sciences de la mer de Rimouski (ISMER), among others.
Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, Pierre Arcand, recently travelled to California to hold discussions with his government officials on shared issues such as the cap-and-trade system, electric vehicles and San Francisco’s Zero Waste program.
Commissioner General Michel Audet announced the official program of the World Forum for the French Language (FMLF) today in the presence of Clément Duhaime, the Administrator of the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF). Over 100 activities will be on the menu for the event, which will be held in Québec City from July 2 to 6, 2012.
Québec Government Offices around the world are scheduling activities throughout the month of March to highlight the importance of La Francophonie. A wide range of events featuring Québec cinema, literature, cuisine, language and theatre have been organized in partnership with Québec’s delegations and offices in China, Brazil, Belgium, Italy and the United States.