Québec City, September 20, 2010 – Brussels-based folk-rock group BaliMurphy has won the prestigious Rapsat-Lelièvre award this year for Poussière (Dust), an album of 11 magnificent songs featuring strong rhythms and clever lyrics. The album was released on the Go-Musique label and is distributed in Québec by DEP/Universal. The group, made up of six multi-instrumentalists, will officially receive the award in Montreal on November 8 during the Coup de Cœur Francophone (CCF) Festival.
Québec-based technology companies specializing in sustainable development are making a real impact. According to the Deloitte consulting firm, five of them are ranked among Canada’s top 15 green companies.
Lovers of the Northern Lights (also known as aurora borealis) can now watch live online broadcasts of these brightly coloured moving beams of light that appear near the North and South Poles, thanks to a website launched on Monday (Sept. 20) by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).
In order to provide a “one-stop” solution for companies seeking government assistance, the Charest administration has decided to merge the Société Générale de Financement (SGF) and Investment Québec (IQ).
Canada was one of the founding members in 1923 of the World Energy Council (WEC), an organization devoted to energy-sector promotion and development. WEC’s stated mission is “To promote the sustainable supply and use of energy for the greatest benefit of all people.” WEC has grown in terms of influence and prestige since its creation. Today, it is the world’s foremost multi-energy organization. It has member committees in nearly 100 countries, including most of the largest energy-producing and energy-consuming countries. The organization covers all types of energy, including coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear, hydro and renewables.
The Flemish film Adem (“Oxygen”) was singled out for top honours in Montréal at this year’s World Film Festival (WFF). Hans Van Nuffel’s first feature-length film took home the Grand Prix des Ameriques (the WFF’s best feature film award), as well as the Ecumenical Jury Prize.
The Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, is delighted by the appointment of Michel Robitaille as Québec Delegate General in Paris. Mr. Robitaille will begin his duties on October 4 and also act as the personal representative of the Premier with the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie.
Massachusetts Congressional Representative William D. Delahunt is in Québec from August 25 to 27. During his visit, Mr. Delahunt is meeting with influential players in Québec to discuss the possibility of importing Québec hydroelectric energy, including to New England.
As part of the recent cabinet shuffle unveiled today in the National Assembly, Québec Premier Jean Charest appointed Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, MNA for Saint-François, as Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie. Ms. Gagnon-Tremblay will also retain her duties as Minister Responsible for the Eastern Townships region.
With support from the Québec government office in Brussels (DGQB) and the Ministère du Développement économique, de l’Innovation et de l’Exportation (MDEIE), Québec’s junior chambers of commerce (Regroupement des Jeunes Chambres de Commerce du Québec – RJCCQ) are planning a business mission to the Belgian capital from September 25 to 28, as part of an event called “Design September Brussels.”
Belgium’s well-known Mestdagh family has been operating businesses in Belgium and North America (including the Windigo Village resort in Québec, under the leadership of Marc Mestdagh) for over a century. Fidagh, a Mestdagh corporation, recently acquired a Québec company called Gexel Telecom.