Since I last wrote to you in mid-December, the Québec Government Office in London has organised and participated in many exciting business and cultural events promoting Québec in our territory.
On the 28th March, the Tabernacle Theatre in London will host the fifth edition of Le Match International d’Improvisation. Returning to London after the riotous success of previous editions, this year’s match will unite professional actors and comedians from Québec, Canada and France for a night of fantastic entertainment. Originally conceived in Québec, this unique theatrical genre combines improvisational theatre with ice hockey, with performers mixing humour and ingenuity to win the favour of the public through a series of hilarious sketches.
For the chance to win one of two pairs of tickets to the Match, answer the following question correctly:
What anniversary did the LNI celebrate in 2017?
Please submit your answer via e-mail to Barbara.Daniel@mri.gouv.qc.ca by 11:59 on 21/3/18. A random draw will be drawn from all of the correct responses received via e-mail.
The team at the Québec Government Office in London (DGQL) have been extremely busy recently, with many activities taking place on our territory. At the end of January, we welcomed two successful ministerial missions, as the Chair of the Conseil du Trésor, Mr. Pierre Arcand, came to London on mission, and the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Mr. Pierre Moreau, visited Norway on mission. Two other ministers came on working trips to the UK in February.
The Cultural Department of the Québec Government Office in London is happy to announce the publication of the latest edition of the Québec culture brochure for the UK, Ireland and the Nordic countries!
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.
It is with great pleasure that I write to you today for the first time in my capacity as Agent-General here at the Québec Government Office in London. It is an honour and a privilege to have been chosen to take on this exciting mandate in the UK, Republic of Ireland and the Nordic countries. I come into my role following a career in the private sector as a partner and manager of a global law firm headquartered in London.
TickSmith, a Montréal-based leader in big data applications for capital markets, has announced a strategic investment of CAD $2 million from UK-based Illuminate Financial Management LLP, a venture capital firm with a specific focus on capital markets financial technology, to further commercialise its flagship product, TickVault.
Québec, July 18th 2017 – French-Canadian rower Joseph Gagnon (20 years old) and his Irish teammate Brian Conville (25 years old) are scheduled to land July 23-24 in Baltimore, Ireland after crossing the North Atlantic within a 40 day trip.
The summer season is now in full swing, bringing with it the promise of sunshine, picnics and hard-earned vacations. Since I last wrote to you all, the Delegation has been involved in a number of activities across a range of sectors.
June 2, 2017 – In the wake of the announcement of the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate, the Gouvernement du Québec reaffirms its commitment to a proactive role in the global fight against climate change, which it sees as a unique opportunity to build a modern, low-carbon economy based on innovation, creativity and clean technologies.