Following an agreement with the Thomas J. Watson Library of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Artexte, a documentation center on contemporary art based in Montreal, is donating more than 300 publications on Canadian and Quebecois contemporary art of the 20th and 21st century. This donation of titles, consisting primarily of exhibition catalogues and monographs, will in turn enhance the representation of Canadian artists in this important international resource.
Québec Premier Jean Charest travelled to Boston on February 23 to give a speech as part of the Canada Seminars series organized by Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. The Premier took part in the seminar at the invitation of sociologist Gérard Bouchard, currently a guest professor at the prestigious research centre.
Québec Premier Jean Charest kicked off his official trip to Europe in Davos, Switzerland in late January. Seeking to promote the proposed economic partnership between Canada and the European Union (EU), Mr. Charest reiterated the potential benefits of such an agreement in the present economic environment and stressed the need to resist the lure of protectionism.
Québec was on board when the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the IBUKI satellite on January 23. A team of specialists from ABB Analytical in Québec City developed a major component, crucial for the success of the space research project. At the request of NEC-Toshiba, the project’s main supplier, the team designed and perfected an interferometer. Valued at $10M, the contract is a boon for one of Québec’s high technology sectors.
The Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, Line Beauchamp, gave a positive report on environmental actions undertaken in 2008. The accomplishments demonstrate Québec’s leadership role in sustainable development.
The Americana 2009 International Environmental Technology Trade Show is a world class event that promotes technical, scientific and commercial exchanges in the various environmental sectors. Nearly 10,000 participants from Europe, the Americas, Africa, the Middle East and Asia are expected to attend the Show’s 8th edition taking place from March 17 to 19 at Montréal’s Palais des congrès.
Close to 100 people, including a number of representatives of Québec companies and research centres, attended the official signing of a cooperation agreement between NanoQuébec and Nagano Techno Foundation, in Nagano on February 16. The agreement is aimed at promoting nanotechnology development. The Délégation générale du Québec à Tokyo (Québec government office in Tokyo) was also represented at the signing ceremony, held during Nanotechnology Week in Japan.
The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles was renamed in honor of Pierre Cossette, the Québec-born producer who brought the awards show to television and contributed to make it the mega-successful event it is today.
Created in 1999, the Hector Fabre award provides recognition for a regional organization that has deployed a project with an international impact for its region. This year, to underline the tenth anniversary of the Hector Fabre award, the Ministère des Relations internationales will also present the Alphonse and Dorimène Desjardins award to an individual whose achievements are recognized beyond Québec’s borders. The application deadline for both awards is April 13.
Some 90 guest speakers and 500 participants from a dozen countries will be converging on Sherbrooke in June for the International Forum on Integrated Water Management. The Ministère des Relations internationales is associated with the event, which will be an opportunity for experts, economic stakeholders and political decision-makers to discuss water management issues in a setting conducive to the development of international partnerships.
Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, has said that he is very pleased with his discussions in Paris during the first leg of his mission to Europe.
Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, addressed approximately 150 guests at the launch of the Québec university branding campaign on February 3 at Québec’s Government Office in Paris.
Premier Jean Charest, accompanied by Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade Raymond Bachand, began a three-day mission to Davos, Switzerland, on January 29. The purpose of the trip is to promote investments in Québec and work toward the creation of an economic partnership between Canada and European Union. Premier Charest and Minister Bachand are also taking part in the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, attended by economic and political leaders from around the world.
The Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, Line Beauchamp, is pleased by U.S. President Barack Obama's decision to set new federal standards for passenger vehicle fuel consumption. On January 26, President Obama also announced his intention to grant a request by California and other states to adopt and impose greenhouse gas emissions standards for passenger vehicles that exceed U.S. federal requirements.
Christine St-Pierre, Minister of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women, took part in a cultural mission to New York from January 8 to 10. She was very pleased with the success of her mission and returned with a renewed belief that assistance programs in support of performing art exports are essential.
Combining theatre, rhythmics, acrobatics, circus acts and poetry, Nebbia (Italian for fog) explores the world of dreams and the imagination. The fog takes center stage: a fog in which everything becomes possible and in which “the sky descends like a mantle to cover our shoulders and protect our dreams.”
On December 12, Line Beauchamp, Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and Parks, addressed the national delegates and members of international organizations gathered in Poznań, Poland for the 14th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
According to the Fraser Institute, an independent research and educational organization, Québec was the top investment location for mining companies in 2007-2008. This finding emerged from a survey of 372 mining companies around the world.