The Québec Government Office in London learned with deep regret, on Monday 1 June 2015, the death of Mr Jacques Parizeau, former Premier of Québec (26 September 1994 - 29 January 1996). A book of condolences is open at the Québec Government Office in London, 59 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5JH, between 10:00 – 16:30, on Friday 5, Monday 8, Tuesday 9 & Wednesday 10 June.
The Québec Government Office in London is delighted to unveil its latest cultural brochure for the months May-August 2015, a bumper edition due to a packed summer season of events involving Québec artists/companies throughout the UK, Ireland and the Nordic countries.
On 20 April, ten students from Montreal’s École de Technologie supérieure (ÉTS), along with one of their lecturers and a representative from the ÉTS Recruitment Office (Bureau du recrutement étudiant et de la promotion des programmes or BREPP), came to the Québec Government Office in London (Délégation générale du Québec à Londres or DGQL).
A new global agreement to address climate change is taking shape, with the United States joining the European Union in formally submitting its plan to cut greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The US has sent a strong signal by being one of the first to offer this commitment to concrete climate action. In the days ahead, many other countries, including China and India, are expected to add their plans to the mix.
I can scarcely believe that spring has sprung and Eastertide or the Bank Holiday Weekend is almost upon us. In my last message I mentioned my participating in two events which took place in Québec last February: first, the International Symposium on Northern Development which marked the building of a bridge for Arctic knowledge sharing between Northern American territories such as Québec & the European Arctic and second, the CÉRIUM International Conference on the Future of Diplomacy at which I presented the case of Québec diplomacy present and future against a fast-changing global backdrop.
Between 16 - 22 March, 2015 the Québec Government Office in London and other London-based international Francophone representations and bodies took part in a weeklong programme of events held across the British capital to celebrate World Francophonie Day, held each year on 20 March.
Last week from 24 - 26 March 2015, Québec’s Agent-General in London Mr Christos Sirros conducted his first official mission to Scotland since his appointment in late December 2014 and met with a number of key political and governing body representatives. As part of this wider mission and by invitation of the European and External Relations Committee, Mr Sirros gave evidence before the Committee on how Québec engages on the international scene. The mission helped strengthen existing ties and explore new areas for collaboration between both nations as well as reminding of the many fields and areas in which Québec has a lot to offer.
In the frame of its regular Sonic Cinema strand, BFI Southbank teams up with Québec digital creativity festivals MUTEK and ELEKTRA to present a bold and ambitious series of live audiovisual performances, featuring 8 UK Premieres over two consecutive nights.
Every year, in order to celebrate la Journée international de la Francophonie (International Francophonie Day), lovers of French around the world are invited to celebrate the language of Voltaire in all its diversity during the la semaine de la Francophonie, a week dedicated to Francophone events. Having become, according to London Mayor Boris Johnson, ‘France's sixth biggest city', it comes as little surprise that this festive Francophone gathering has etched its place in the British Capital’s calendar of events.
From February 25 to 27, 2015, a broad range of specialists from several different countries will converge on Québec to share their knowledge, experience and vision for sustainable northern development at the International Symposium on Northern Development. The program for this international-calibre symposium has recently been made public.
Between 15–24 January, Québec’s Premier Philippe Couillard undertook a mission in Europe which took him to the United Kingdom and Belgium, as well as the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The objective: to lay out Québec’s economic priorities, including key components such as the Plan Nord and Maritime Strategy.
Last Monday 26 January, the Québec Government Office in London received at the request of Université Laval, a student delegation from the university’s students association, CIMAL-Laval. The group are presently in the United-Kingdom to take part in an international university event. Staff at the Québec Government Office in London gave the delegates an overview of the mission and activities covered by the representation across its mandated territories and were able to exchange with the students on various issues.