The area north of the 49th parallel has tremendous energy, mining, forestry and tourism potential. With Plan Nord, the Québec government intends to develop a new sustainable economic space in partnership with aboriginal communities. A new Web site is dedicated to this societal project: www.plannord.gouv.qc.ca/english/index.asp.
Advertising agencies, Québec Government representatives (Québec Delegation in Chicago), and representatives from the City of Montréal, Association of Quebec Advertising Agencies, Attraction Média and DTI Soft (video games) form the actual team of the first trade mission that Québec advertising industry is about to lead in Chicago, from November 18 to November 20.
The Québec film industry’s discovery of the year, J’ai tué ma mère (I Killed My Mother), by Xavier Dolan, screened in Hollywood on November 3 as part of the AFI FEST 2009 official competition. The film’s American premiere was held in the mythical Chinese Theatre in the presence of actors François Arnaud and Patricia Tulasne.
Twenty prêt-a-porter manufacturers from Québec participated in the highly anticipated Montréal Collections fashion show at AmericasMart Atlanta on October 17. More than 500 agents and buyers from specialty apparel boutiques and retail chains in the Southern United States attended the show highlighting spring collections for 2010. Montréal Collections, which takes place annually, is organized by the Ministère du Développement économique, de l'Innovation et de l'Exportation, in collaboration with the Québec Government Office in Atlanta.
In a video interview for L'Express.fr, Québec’s Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, Line Beauchamp, described the concerted effort of federated states, including Québec, to have their essential role recognized in the text of the next United Nations agreement on climate change.
The Climate Project Canada (TCP Canada), the Canadian branch of the organization founded by former US Vice President Al Gore, will establish its headquarters in Montréal. Premier Jean Charest recently announced that the Québec government would assist TCP Canada with launching its activities and would provide operating support.
The new Québec Biopharmaceutical Strategy will enable Québec to consolidate its position as a Canadian leader in the life sciences sector and as an internationally recognized hub in this field. With this strategy Québec will ensure that it contends with international competition by offering companies one of North America’s most favourable business environments as regards to their future development. The Québec government will earmark $122.77 million over the next three years for the Québec biopharmaceutical industry.
A Québec cheese called “Le Cendrillon” was voted world champion at the 2009 World Cheese Awards, held in Spain’s Canary Islands. Le Cendrillon was singled out from 2,440 cheeses from 34 countries.
Québec filmmaker Xavier Dolan’s I Killed My Mother (J’ai tué ma mère) was singled out for the “Bayard d’Or” award for best film at this year’s Festival international du film francophone de Namur (FIFF), and Anne Dorval, one of the stars of the movie, was awarded the prize for best actress. To complete the hat trick, I Killed My Mother was picked by FIFF’s Emile Cantillon Jury as best first film.
At the close of the 2nd Governors’ Global Climate Summit co-hosted by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in Los Angeles, on October 2, Québec Premier Jean Charest signed the final declaration in which participating governments reiterate the urgency of taking action to combat climate change and the importance of recognizing the fundamental contribution made by federated states in implementing solutions for reducing the effects of greenhouse gases (GHG). The joint declaration by the leaders of regions and federated states will stimulate discussions on establishing a new climate change protocol at the UN Conference on climate change that will be held next December in Copenhagen.
The Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, Mr. Pierre Arcand, salutes the appointment of Mr. John Parisella as the new Québec Delegate General in New York and that of Mr. Robert Keating as Assistant Deputy Minister of International Relations beginning November 16, 2009.
During the opening ceremony of Climate Week NYC on September 21, Premier Jean Charest spoke on behalf of States, provinces and regions in order to emphasize their concrete and crucial contribution in reducing greenhouse gases emissions. The ceremony was presided over by former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Tony Blair and attended by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon as well as government and business representatives.
A green energy technology development assistance program, funded by a budget of $8M over two years, was recently established by the Québec government. The program is intended to stimulate research and innovation, foster an increase in the number of demonstrated new green energy technologies, and contribute to company growth and job creation.
GlaxoSmithKline’s Québec City plant, which produces all of Canada’s flu vaccine, will benefit from a $90 million modernization. The project involves replacing the sterile filling and packaging line with a new larger-capacity line, which is scheduled for completion in 2012. The investment will enable GSK to boost its pandemic vaccine production capacity and to reduce delivery times in the event that the World Health Organization declares another pandemic.
The prestigious Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, in association with the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and Metropolitan Arts Press, recently presented an International Architecture Award to the Daoust Lestage architectural and design firm for its work on the Samuel de Champlain Promenade project in Québec City.
The Québec government recently announced the establishment of a green energy technology development assistance program funded by an $8M budget. The two-year program is intended to stimulate research and innovation, foster an increase in the number of demonstrated new green energy technologies, and contribute to company growth and job creation.
The 30th edition of the Québec Language, Culture and Society Internship was a resounding success. Over the years, this three-week program, established and funded by the Ministère des Relations internationales (MRI), has been attended by scores of French teachers from around the world. This summer, 73 people took language and teacher training courses aimed at expanding their knowledge of Québec language, culture and society.