Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, delivered a positive report on his official visit to Spain (September 7-11), which included meetings with some 15 high-level political figures and visits to a variety of industrial and cultural centres. He also announced four new cooperation projects during his trip.
The prestigious Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, in association with the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and Metropolitan Arts Press, recently presented an International Architecture Award to the Daoust Lestage architectural and design firm for its work on the Samuel de Champlain Promenade project in Québec City.
Premiers and governors attending the 33rd Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers (CNEG/ECP) renewed their commitment to a greener, more environmentally friendly economy. Premier Jean Charest was in Saint John, New Brunswick to participate in the meeting, whose theme was “Close Collaboration – Stronger Economies.”
Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, celebrated the 10th anniversary of Québec’s Government Office in Barcelona at a reception held during his official visit to Spain. The event was attended by a number of political figures from Catalonia and Québec, including Yvon Vallières, Speaker of the National Assembly, who headed a delegation of Québec lawmakers.
Mediators and ombudsmen from 25 francophone countries converged on Québec City from September 7 to 9. Some 75 officials took part in the sixth convention of the Association des ombudsman et médiateurs de la Francophonie (AOMF), held around the theme “Mediators, politics and justice: Toward equitable access to rights.”
On September 8, political figures, historians and observers of France-Québec relations took part in the Symposium on the 150th anniversary of the Consulate General of France in Québec City. The event made it possible to mark the milestones of France-Québec relations since the institution of the French diplomatic post in Québec City in 1859 and determine new prospects for this fruitful collaboration.
This year, the Québec Government Office in Berlin is celebrating its 10th anniversary. In fact, it was a Cultural Agency that the Québec government first opened in the German capital in 1999. This Agency later became an Office reporting to the Québec Government Office in Munich. Since then, Québec’s representation in Berlin has continued to promote Québec in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
During a mission to Madrid, Barcelona and Tàrrega starting on September 7, the Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, Pierre Arcand, will meet with no less than 15 high-profile political figures and participate in industrial and cultural tours. This mission was specifically planned as part of the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Québec Government Office in Barcelona.
Some 500 young people from across Québec took part from August 27 to 30 in the sixth edition of the Institut du Nouveau Monde (INM) summer school, held in Montréal. Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, was invited to give a speech during the opening day of the educational and citizen-dialogue forum. He stressed the importance of the international role of Québec and other federated states in rising to today’s leading challenges.
Premier Jean Charest will lead an important trade mission to India from January 31 to February 6, 2010. He will be accompanied by the Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, Pierre Arcand, and the Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, Clément Gignac.
Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, and Christine St-Pierre, Minister of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women, held a working meeting with André Bachand, Canada’s new Ambassador and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, on August 24 in Montréal. Michel Audet, Québec’s representative within Canada’s permanent delegation to UNESCO, also attended the meeting.
The 30th edition of the Québec Language, Culture and Society Internship was a resounding success. Over the years, this three-week program, established and funded by the Ministère des Relations internationales (MRI), has been attended by scores of French teachers from around the world. This summer, 73 people took language and teacher training courses aimed at expanding their knowledge of Québec language, culture and society.
For the fourth consecutive time, HEC Montréal’s intensive MBA program has ranked among the top 10 non-US institutions in the biennial listing produced by Forbes, the highly regarded New York-based business publication. Taking 10th place, HEC was the only Canadian institution in the non-US listing; the others were from Europe.
Clément Gignac, Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, recently announced that $1,683,000 would be provided over a three-year period to support the completion of 12 new international research projects. The projects will be carried out in the areas of healthcare, nanotechnology, high-tech materials, aeronautics/aerospace, optics/photonics, marine sciences, the humanities and the social sciences.
More than 130 university students from Québec, other Canadian provinces and several European countries took part in the 12th European Parliamentary Simulation/Canada-Québec-Europe (SPECQUE). For the first time, the sessions were held in the German cities of Berlin (August 10-12) and Dresden, the capital of Saxony (August 12-14).
Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, took part in workshops on energy and climate change held during the 25th TransAmerica Conference on Canadian-American relations, organized by the Franklin Center for Global Policy Exchange. Held in Ottawa, the conference was attended by Canadian parliamentarians and government ministers, members of the diplomatic corps, academics and members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
The International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) recently unveiled the names of the 10 finalists for the eighth edition of its Prix des cinq continents [Prize of the Five Continents]. The finalists include two Québec authors: Jean Barbe, nominated for Le Travail de l'huître [The Work of the Oyster], and Catherine Mavrikakis, nominated for Le Ciel de Bay City [The Sky of Bay City]. A total of 93 works were eligible.
A new online guide is available for Quebecers wishing to travel abroad or already living outside Canada. The guide is produced by Services Québec and is geared towards travellers and individuals planning to remain abroad for an extended period.
In early July, Dr. Rhonda Medows, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Health, visited Montréal and Québec City to familiarize herself with the provincial healthcare system. At a meeting with Yves Bolduc, Minister of Health and Social Services, discussions focused on the similarities and differences between Québec’s and Georgia’s systems and on bilateral public health challenges.