For the eighth consecutive year, the Quebec Government Office in Chicago and its French-speaking partners participated in the Festival de la Francophonie, organized by the Alliance Française de Chicago.
The Government of Québec has reaffirmed its commitment to the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF), which celebrated its 40th anniversary this month. Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, recently confirmed payment of a $6.2 million contribution, accounting for a significant portion of Québec’s financial support to the OIF in 2010.
Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, announces that Maryse Gaudreault, Member of the National Assembly for Hull and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of International Relations, will be representing Québec at the International Donors’ Conference for Haiti in New York on March 31. She will be joined by Robert Keating, Assistant Deputy Minister in the Bilateral Affairs Branch of the Ministère des Relations internationales (MRI).
Governments, NGOs and international experts are focusing on sustainable urbanization during the fifth edition of the World Urban Forum, under way in Rio de Janeiro from March 22 to 26. Organized by UN-Habitat, the event is an opportunity for Québec to highlight its expertise in urban issues.
Premier Jean Charest has announced that Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) has decided to establish a development studio in Québec. The Premier also announced a $7.5 million non-refundable contribution from Investissement Québec for the creation of the studio.
buyers from attending the MontréaL CollectionS Fashion Show. Despite a repeat of last year’s spring snow storm that diverted planes from landing in Chicago this weekend, over 300 buyers, reps and manufacturers made it to the Chicago’s Merchandise Mart on Sunday morning for the 10th edition of the MontréaL CollectionS Fashion Show.
Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, will chair a ministerial committee on rebuilding Haiti and a meeting with civil society partners active in the Caribbean country.
In Québec and throughout the network of Québec government offices abroad, a number of activities are held each year to underline International Francophone Day, celebrated on March 20. This year’s edition of the event coincides with the 40th anniversary of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF).
During an evening reception held to underline International Francophone Day, celebrated on March 20, Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, awarded the Prix Reconnaissance–Francophonie 2010 to Denise Bombardier.
Nathalie Normandeau, Deputy Premier of Québec, Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife and Minister Responsible for the Northern Plan, was in Albany on March 14-15 to promote Québec hydroelectricity as a clean, renewable and safe energy source. Her visit was part of the Government of Québec’s US strategy, which aims in part to ensure Québec’s leadership role in the energy field.
Following a first trade mission that took place last November, the Association of Québec Advertising Agencies (AAPQ) undertook a second mission in Chicago on March 10, with a delegation including 11 other representative from a myriad of agencies including: Beauchemin Communication Marketing (Benoit Beauchemin), Bleublancrouge (Sébastien Fauré), Cossette (Louis Duchesne), Egzakt (Denis Roy), Harry&Co (Alain Tadros), LXB Communication Marketing (Marc Lacroix, Paul Bergeron and Patrick Michel), PALM+HAVAS (Pascal Chandonnet), Taxi (Yves Blain) and Touché! phd (Alain Desormiers).
Dozens of Quebec visitors were in St. Louis March 9-12 for the Work Truck Show, including exhibitors of equipment used by cable television crews, construction companies, and city snow-removal teams. The event is organized yearly by the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) and will be held in 2011 in Indianapolis.
Within the framework of the Québec-Vermont multisectoral agreement, Premier Jean Charest received James H. Douglas, Governor of Vermont and Chair of the National Governors Association (NGA), on March 10 and 11.
Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, is pleased by the appointment of Jean Fortin as francophone and multilateral affairs delegate at the Québec government office in Paris (DGQP), effective May 3. In his new capacity, Jean Fortin will be responsible for relations with the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF).
Manif d’art, the Québec City Biennial, took advantage of the Armory Show in New York City, one of the world’s leading art fairs, to unveil the program for its fifth edition, slated to get under way in May.
Québec wants to boost its cooperation with New England in the area of higher education. With this in mind, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports Michelle Courchesne is on a mission to Boston from March 4 to 6, accompanied by representatives of Québec colleges and universities.
Within the framework of the Canadian delegation, Québec took part in the eighth Meeting of Ministers of Justice or Other Ministers or Attorneys General of the Americas (REMJA), held under the aegis of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Brasilia, Brazil, from February 24 to 26.
Line Beauchamp, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, arrived in Paris on March 2 for two days of work sessions with French authorities in the areas of the environment and sustainable development.
In August, some 1,000 representatives of civil society organizations from around the globe will be gathering in Montréal for the CIVICUS World Assembly 2010: World Alliance for Citizen Participation. The Government of Québec will be taking part in this event, which is being organized in association with the Institut du nouveau monde (INM).