Takanari Kakuda, Acting Consul General of Japan in Montréal, today commemorated the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011. Maryse Gaudreault, MNA for Hull, and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of International Relations, attended the ceremony as the representative of the Government of Québec.
Québec Premier Jean Charest will lead a trade mission to Japan and China from August 24 to September 2. He will take advantage of the trip to promote Québec’s Plan Nord (Northern Plan) and economic, scientific, cultural and financial strengths, which will be the focal point of the planned activities.
Representatives from the University of Québec in Montréal (UQAM) and Shandong University gathered in Jinan, Shandong from June 18 to 20 for an international scientific meeting on destination management excellence.
Pierre Arcand, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, was in Halifax from July 10-12 as Québec’s representative at the 35th Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers (CNEP/ECP).
Premier Jean Charest and Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie Monique Gagnon-Tremblay met with the Consul General of Japan in Montréal, Hiroaki Isobe, on August 3 in Québec City to mark the approaching end of his mandate.
Québec cheese makers made a strong showing at the 28th Conference of the American Cheese Society (ACS), which took place from August 4 to 6 in Montréal. The event provided another excellent opportunity for Québec to highlight the quality and variety of the fine cheeses produced here.
The Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, Clément Gignac, and Minister of Health and Social Services, Yves Bolduc, led a group of participants in the BIO International Convention (BIO 2011) held from June 26 to 29 in Washington D.C.
At the third LOJIQ (Les Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec) Awards Gala held on May 31 at the National Assembly of Québec, the Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, presented the LOJIQ Grand Prize to author-singer-songwriter Spaïcy Bazile for her work on a humanitarian and creative project to encourage the rebuilding of Haiti.
Suresh Shetty, Minister of Public Health, Family Welfare and Protocol of Maharashtra, India, was in Québec from May 29 to June 1. In addition to meeting with the Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, Mr. Shetty had discussions with the Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, Clément Gignac, and the Minister of Health, Yves Bolduc.
On May 16, the Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Line Beauchamp, visited New York City in order to learn about some of the educational practices that are being implemented to improve student retention, the use of information technology in education and cultural diversity management at schools.
The Québec government and Québec college and university representatives took part in the annual conference of the Association of International Educators (NAFSA) held in Vancouver from May 29 to June 3.
The 17th edition of the Conference of Montréal was held from June 6 to 9 under the theme “A Changing Economic Order: New Realities, New Models.” Premier Jean Charest and Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie Monique Gagnon-Tremblay took part in the event.
Six young leaders from the United States and Brazil visited Québec from June 6 to 10 for a Québec–United States Young Leaders Program activity. The program menu included a number of meetings with Government of Québec, business and NGO representatives.
Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, is in Europe from June 14 to 27. Her mission will take her to Russia, France and Italy.
On June 12 and 13, Québec Premier Jean Charest and the Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, Clément Gignac, participated in the annual Conference of the Southeastern United States - Canadian Provinces Alliance (SEUS-CP) along with representatives from about a dozen Québec companies, the Québec Government Representative in Atlanta, Ginette Chenard, and the Head of the Québec Government Office in the Atlantic Provinces, Richard Barette.
During an official trip to New York City to promote Québec’s Northern Plan, Premier Charest addressed a gathering of 300 people, primarily from New York business and financial circles, at a luncheon conference organized by the Foreign Policy Association.
The Plan Nord, one of the largest projects in Québec’s history, was launched on May 9. The ambitious project focuses on sustainable development. It stems from studies by the Québec government, regional elected officials and Aboriginal representatives in collaboration with representatives from the economic, social and environmental sectors. The Plan Nord’s representative and participatory approach makes it a unique model that strikes a balance between social and economic development as well as environmental protection in partnership with the First Nations.