On the 22nd and 23rd of January 2018, Minister Pierre Arcand, whose responsibilities cover Government Administration and Ongoing Program Review, and who is Chair of the Conseil du trésor, led a mission to London. While in the UK’s capital, Minister Arcand met with several experts in governmental infrastructure projects. Accompanied by Mr. Yves Ouellet, président-directeur général de la Société québécoise des infrastructures, the Minister had a meeting with the Chief Executive of the Planning Inspectorate, the body responsible for ensuring the regulations are respected when major infrastructure projects are planned. The Minister also met with Mr. Matthew Vickerstaff, Vice CEO of the Infrastructure and Projects Authority, a British centre of expertise on infrastructure projects and their follow through.
At a reception held on January 22 2018 at the Québec Government Office in London, Québec firm Element AI announced that they are to expand into Europe with the opening of a new office in London. The reception and announcement came as part of a collaborative Artificial Intelligence (AI) mission. This mission involved companies and researchers from Québec, Canada as a whole and the UK, and was held between 22nd-25th of January 2018 in London, Oxford and Cambridge.