“Planet Québecers” at South by Southwest (SXSW) returned home enchanted by their experience in Texas. The third year of this international showcase, which was held from March 8 to 17, was an occasion for productive discussions, promising meetings and the promotion of Québec culture and innovation.
During a recent mission to Ohio and Michigan, Québec’s Delegate in Chicago, Éric Marquis, met in Lansing, Michigan, with State Governor Rick Snyder. Two key members of the Snyder administration, Michael A. Finney, President and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and Jon Allan, Director of the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes, also took part in the meeting.
A group of 25 Québec-based company and research center representatives participated in the Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI)’s second Canada-Ohio Aerospace Summit in Cleveland February 24-27. The Québec Government Office in Chicago, in collaboration with Québec’s Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology – Department of International Collaborations and Export Québec, coordinated Québec’s presence at the event. Aéro Montréal and the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Québec (CRIAQ) both assisted with the recruitment of Québec companies and research participants. The Consulate General of Canada in Detroit co-organized the summit with the OAI.
Material handling and logistics are major markets served by Quebec suppliers, and fourteen of them were in Chicago January 21-24, 2013, to exhibit at ProMat, the largest material handling trade show in North America.
The week of February 2 marked the inaugural Poutine Week in Montréal! 30 Montréal restaurants rose to the challenge of creating their own variation of Quebec’s emblematic dish.
Poutine is Québec’s famous fast food dish that is rapidly becoming its most trendy culinary export. Simple enough, poutine consists of French fries smothered in gravy and sprinkled with special cheese curds. This melting, hyper-caloric and delicious mixture has long been an all-around favourite, especially for the late-night party crowd.
Minister Jean-François Lisée announced the creation of a committee this morning mandated to consider what should constitute a Québec international solidarity agency (Agence québécoise de solidarité internationale - AQSI).
The Programme de stage en didactique du français, culture et société québécoises is an annual 3-week enrichment program that welcomes over 70 teachers of French to Québec every year. The government of Québec offers scholarships to selected participants that help defray the costs. The program, which has been in place since 1978, alternates between Montréal and Québec City.
Save the dates! Throughout the month of March, you’ll have the opportunity to experience Québec cuisine, theater and cinema as part of the Festival de la Francophonie, Chicago’s annual celebration of French-speaking cultures.
Commercial Attachés Cyril Gauchet and Keith Kalinowski served up a Unibroue beer tasting at the Chicago Collective opening night reception on Sunday, January 27. Fall lines were unveiled at this edition of the semi-annual menswear show, which attracts buyers and exhibitors from across the U.S. and Canada to its stylish displays at the Merchandise Mart. Montréal designer S. Cohen was featured at the show with support from the Québec Government Office in Chicago.
The Boarding House, one of the most talked about new restaurants in Chicago, recently announced that Québec City native Christian Gosselin would be its Executive Chef. The Boarding House’s proprietor, Alpana Singh, is a well-known name in Chicago. In addition to being a master sommelier, she’s the former host of WTTW’s famous TV show Check Please!. The Boarding House is her first foray into the restaurant world. Chef Gosselin’s menu at the Boarding House reflects New American cuisine inspired by the food and culture of global wine regions.
Following the signing of bilateral agreements between aerospace industries in Québec and Ohio last fall, 2013 is shaping up to be an exciting second year for the Canada-Ohio Aerospace Summit. The summit, which takes place in Cleveland on February 25 and 26, is organized by the Ohio Aerospace Institute in collaboration with many partners including the Québec Government, the Canadian Consulate in Detroit, Aéro Montréal and Québec’s Consortium for Aerospace Research & Innovation.
A delegation from Leningrad Oblast (Leningrad Region) will be attending the 59th edition of the Québec Winter Carnival — a true institution in Québec’s capital city. Over the years, the Winter Carnival’s international impact has grown, thanks among other things to a 15-year-old tradition of inviting a foreign country to take part in the major winter event. This year’s special guest is Russia.
Québec Premier Pauline Marois will participate in the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, from January 23 to 26 before undertaking a mission to the United Kingdom accompanied by the Minister for Canadian Intergovernmental Affairs, the Canadian Francophonie and Sovereignist Governance, Alexandre Cloutier.
As a result of cooperation between Québec and France, Québec’s existing rare disease resources are now accessible on the Orphanet international portal for patients and health care professionals in Québec as well as in France and elsewhere.
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