Canada and the European Union are currently negotiating a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement that is intended to be more than just a trade pact. In this context, on October 11 and 12 in Brussels, Québec’s head negotiator, Pierre Marc Johnson, and his Ontario counterpart, Maurice Bitran, met with people from European institutions, member states and businesses in order to assess the possibility of developing a new model for cooperation in research and innovation between Canada and the EU. Under their proposal, EU member states, Canadian provinces, business communities and research institutions on both sides of the Atlantic would set shared priorities and bolster their collaboration on innovative projects aligned with market needs.
How to articulate the different visions of the world - identities, memories and utopias - that are present at the heart of our plural societies? How can social and political thinking overcome these contradictions and become a vector of cohesion, creativity and mobilisation? How can we reach a consensus about the universal? Faced with the drawbacks of modernity and with the fears generated by the many crises our society is undergoing, Gérard Bouchard's research on collective imagination offers us stimulating ways to think about "re-enchanting" the world, notably by rehabilitating the myth as a way of thinking.
Three Québec films were singled out for awards at the 25th edition of the Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur (FIFF). Xavier Dolan’s second film, Les amours imaginaires, won the special jury award, which includes postproduction assistance for the director’s next feature-length film. The Emile Cantillon prize for best first film went to Michel Monty’s Une vie qui commence. Awarded by a jury of young people aged 18 to 25, it comes with assistance for promotion and commercial distribution of the film in Belgium. Namur film buffs chose Denis Villeneuve’s eagerly awaited Incendies as the best feature-length fiction.
Capitalizing on the opportunity provided by Design September, a multi-disciplinary and multi-site event featuring local designers of all kinds, 10 Québec designers recently visited Brussels as part of a trade mission. Co-organized by Québec’s Department of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade (MDEIE) and by the Québec Federation of Junior Chambers of Commerce (RJCCQ), the mission aimed to explore the Brussels market and to promote Québec products.
This year, for the very first time, Québec was represented at the Amsterdam International Photography Biennial (GRID), which is now into its fourth edition. On September 24, the official opening of the Doyon-Rivest exhibition was held at Amsterdam’s Sid Lee Collective, a satellite office of the Montreal agency of the same name. Over the past 10 years, Mathieu Doyon and Simon Rivest have created images inspired by the worlds of advertising and marketing, although always representative of popular culture. With their complementary profiles, the artists use unconventional methods to define their esthetic, which is characterized by unusual combinations of highly intense images.
MONTRÉAL, September 23, 2010 / CNW Telbec — Aveos Fleet Performance Inc. is pleased to announce that it has signed a five-year General Terms Agreement (GTA) for engine maintenance with AerCap, a global aviation company headquartered in the Netherlands. Beginning in August 2010, the agreement includes the maintenance, repair, overhaul and related services for the operator’s CFM56 engines.