A record number of 35 Québec companies participated in the Game Developers Conference (GDC), the world’s largest professionals-only video game industry event. This conference, which had over 23,000 attendees, was held in San Francisco, California from March 26 to 29.
A group of 12 Québec-based company representatives, investors, research institutes and government officials visited Phoenix, Arizona, on February 28 and March 1, as part of an aerospace trade and research mission coordinated by the Québec Delegation in Los Angeles.
A record breaking 33 Quebec companies will participate in the upcoming Game Developer Conference held annually in San Francisco, California, March 26 – 29, 2013. The Game Developers Conference (GDC) is the world's largest and longest-running professionals-only game industry event and it brings together the international community of game developers, publishers and related technology and service companies involved in developing electronic games.
For the third year in a row, the Québec government has brought together Quebecers from the worlds of music, interactive media and film, under the Planet Québec banner, to give them a chance to showcase their talent at the high-profile South by Southwest Festival (SXSW), to be held in Austin, Texas, from March 8 to 17, 2013.
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.
Quebec has taken an active role in VerdeXchange International Conference on green technologies, which took place in Los Angeles from February 3 to 5. More than 250 companies, policy makers and experts attended that event.
On January 15th, the Québec Government’s Western U.S. Head of Mission, Alain Houde, discussed the Quebec’s cap-and-trade program and the upcoming carbon market linkage between Québec and California at a conference on pricing carbon at UC Davis. The event was organized by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy.
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.
The Quebec Government Office in Los Angeles will take part to the US- Australian Dialogue on Carbon Pricing, a conference being held by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy, on January 15th, 2013.
Jean-François Lisée, Minister of International Relations, La Francophonie and External Trade and Minister responsible for the Montréal region, recently carried out a two-day mission to Washington, DC. This was his first official trip to the U.S. capital.
Ten suppliers from Québec will be exhibiting at the upcoming International Builders Show, the largest trade event in North America for residential construction, slated to take place in Las Vegas next January 22 – 24.
Québec cinema will shine again this year at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, which will be held January 3 to 14, 2013.
Five films have been selected: Camion, by Rafaël Ouellet, Inch’Allah, by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette, Laurence Anyways, by Xavier Dolan, The Fruit Hunters, by Yung Chang, and War Witch, by Kim Nguyen, the Canada’s Oscar pick.
Québec’s educational institutions have carved out an enviable position in the worldwide rankings. In all, there are 17 universities – 14 French and 3 English – which provide over 1,400 different masters and doctoral programs, in addition to undergraduate programs.
The Government of Québec has announced last week the adoption of the Regulation Amending the Regulation respecting a cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gas emission (GHG) allowances. The amendment is aimed at harmonizing Québec’s system with California’s as well as with those of future partners. Its adoption now makes it possible to link the Québec and California systems.
The Québec Government Office in Los Angeles hosted an evening "Diplomacy and Cirque du Soleil" with more than 60 representatives of the Los Angeles Consular Press Organization on Friday, December 7. All participants had the opportunity to see IRIS, a “Journey through the World of Cinema”, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
Taking place in San Francisco January 20-22, 2013, the Winter Fancy Food Show is the West Coast's largest specialty food and beverage event. This year 9 Quebec companies will be present with products from chocolate to aged vinegar to fresh and frozen pasta. Let’s hope to see more Quebec products on the shelf soon in the western U.S!