Philippe Couillard was sworn in as Québec’s 31st Premier on April 23. His Québec Liberal Party obtained 41% of the votes in the April 7 general elections and formed a majority government after winning in 70 of Québec’s 125 constituencies.
The Great Lakes Commission (GLC) held its semi-annual meeting in Washington D.C. on March 4 and 5. One of the items on its agenda was the transportation of oil and hazardous materials in the Great Lakes region.
Shoppers in New York can now purchase delicious food products from Québec with a quick jaunt to their nearest Morton Williams supermarket in Manhattan and Jersey City. Officially launched in March, the year-long "Foods of Québec" promotion brings a taste of Québec’s rich culinary tradition to the Big Apple.
The role of the Québec government offices in the United States was front and centre on March 10 during a symposium held at ENAP Montréal under the theme “Québec’s U.S. strategy: challenges and perspectives.”
This year’s edition of the Planet Québec showcase at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas, held from March 7 to 15, was another resounding success. Hundreds of visitors stopped by the Québec booth to find out more about business opportunities and Québec’s strategic position as a hub of innovation in the fields of interactive media, cinema and music.
Held in Montréal May 27-29, 2014 C2MTL is a jam-packed, high-energy business conference - somewhere between genius and insanity - that helps leaders integrate creativity and innovation into their organizations.
Les 7 doigts de la main is staging one of the three scenes of the Olympic Opening Ceremony in Sotchi, Russia. The ceremony will be broadcast Friday before two to four million TV spectators, 44,000 live spectators, and over one hundred heads of government and state.
On January 26, Québec’s Delegate General to New York Dominique Poirier was pleased to welcome author and newly-elected member of the Académie Française, Dany Laferrière, to the Québec Government Office. Mr. Laferrière is the first Quebecer and the first Haitian to be elected to the prestigious Académie.
Québec and French workers in 11 trades can now apply for recognition of their qualifications under the Québec-France Understanding. The announcement was made on January 25 by Premier Jean Charest in the presence of Québec representatives of the professional orders and trades gathered in Montréal.
Sixteen fashion companies from Québec will participate in Moda and Edit, two fashion retail trade shows taking place at Javits Center in New York City on February 23-25, 2014. The must-attend events attract more than 10,000 visitors.
Premier Pauline Marois is continuing her economic mission to London and has announced that Cinesite Inc. will set up operations in Montréal. The company will be in charge of the North American activities for the London-based company Cinesite VFX, which specializes in visual and animation effects for film and television.
The Minister of International Relations, La Francophonie and External Trade, Jean-François Lisée, met with the Lieutenant Governor of the State of New York, Robert Duffy, who was on mission to Montréal in December.