Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, is pleased by the appointment by Abdou Diouf, Secretary General of La Francophonie, of Michel Audet, the Government of Québec’s representative within Canada’s Permanent Delegation to UNESCO, as Commissioner General of the first Forum mondial de la langue française (global forum on the French language), to be held in Québec City in 2012.
The Québec Government Office in Mumbai launched the first edition of Québec Film Utsav in the presence of Kiran Shantaram, the former Sheriff of Mumbai, and an audience of nearly 300 people. The program of Québec films gave Indian film-goers a good opportunity to discover the richness of Québec culture.
Clément Gignac, Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, led a mission to India from January 30 to February 4. He was accompanied by a delegation of about 50 people from Québec companies and institutions, representing the worlds of business, investment, research and innovation, higher education and medical technology.
U.S. magazine Electric Light & Power picked Hydro-Québec as the 2010 Electric Utility of the Year. Québec’s state-owned utility is Canada’s largest electricity producer and the world’s largest hydroelectric power producer.
The Just for Laughs Group got off to a fantastic start in 2011 with new strategic TV partnerships in North America, England and China. The agreements illustrate the ongoing interest of the world’s television industry broadcasters and producers.
Montréal’s public bike system won the Good Design Award given by the Chicago Athenaeum. The museum of architecture and design presents the awards annually in recognition of the world’s best designed products.
The Government of Québec has granted a $3.7 million subsidy to the Secretariat of the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD Secretariat). Spread out over ten years, the subsidy will support and consolidate the activities of this major international organization, based in Québec.
The 41st annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) is under way in Davos, Switzerland, from January 26 to 28. Québec Premier Jean Charest and Clément Gignac, Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, are taking part in the event. Their stay in the Swiss town is an opportunity for them to meet with a number of political and economic decision-makers.
Québec participated in the 4th Annual Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum, which was held from January 19 to 21 in New York City. The event brought together key actors in the major infrastructure projects sector.
Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D, created by Ubisoft’s Québec City studio, will be the only North American game offered to buyers of the new Nintendo 3DS when the console is launched in Japan this coming February.
Québec Premier Jean Charest will be attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland from January 26-28. He will be joined by Clément Gignac, Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade.
During her mission to New York City, Christine St-Pierre, the Minister of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women, met with Michelle Bachelet, UN under-secretary-general and head of UN Women.
The fourth Climate Leaders' Summit, organized by the Climate Group, was held on December 6-7 in Cancun, Mexico in conjunction with the UN Climate Change Conference (Conference of the Parties 16/COP16). Québec Premier Jean Charest was co-chairing the event with South Australian Premier Mike Rann.
At the end of his visit to the Climate Leaders Summit, the Premier of Québec, Jean Charest, left Cancun with the conviction that the actions of the federated states are putting significant pressure on the international negotiations surrounding the fight against climate change.