On the 17th January, the Agent-General of Québec in London Christos Sirros appeared before members of the International Trade Committee of the British Parliament to participate in a committee meeting concerning the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).
The Québec government and the British Council will support seven cultural cooperation projects between organisations and artists from Québec and the UK through Québec-UK Connections, their bilateral cultural exchange programme, during the period 2017-18.
Here in London, the telltale signs of the festive season are once more springing up all across the city: decorations have gone up, shoppers are busy buying gifts and tantalising displays of seasonal fayre in store windows are all too many. The Delegation has had a busy autumn season, organising and participating in several important activities across a range of sectors.
From the 19th – 21st October, Minister for Maritime Affairs Jean D’Amour will be attending the BioMarine Business Convention in Oslo, Norway. Minister D’Amour has been invited to address the participants alongside other ministers, including Argentinian Minister of Science, Technology and Innovative Production Lino Barañao, Norwegian Minister of Education and Research Torbjørn Røe Isaksen and Portuguese Minister of Sea Ana Paula Vitorino.
From the 6th – 8th October, The Premier of Québec Philippe Couillard, accompanied by Agent-General Christos Sirros, participated in the 4th Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik, Iceland. Founded in 2013 by the then incumbent President of Iceland, Arctic Circle has become one of the most important annual gatherings to focus on Arctic issues. Reflecting the growing importance of Nordic affairs to Québec’s international relations, Premier Couillard participated in the Assembly for the third consecutive year. Indeed, Québec will host the fourth Arctic Circle Forum from the 11th – 13th December 2016.
For 20 years now, Cirque Éloize has been taking the public and critics by storm across the world. This autumn, from the 20th September to the 8th October, Cirque Éloize’s dazzling and energetic iD will be at Sadler’s Wells here in London. This astonishing modern circus transports audiences to a vibrant urban streetscape. The scene is set in the heart of a city, in a public space where people seek refuge and a chance to shed their anonymity; a place where identity is forged and individuality is expressed.
I hope that you have all had the opportunity to savour some of the delights of summer and enjoy a well-deserved rest. The browning leaves on the trees in Green Park are a reminder that autumn is upon us; it is thus the perfect time to reflect on our recent activities. Indeed, over the course of the season, the Delegation has contributed greatly to Québec’s presence at two major world-class events.