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.
The Québec City and Chaudière-Appalaches region’s economic development agency, known as “PÔLE,” recently published a brochure comparing the greater Québec City area with about 20 Canadian and American urban centres, including Boston, Montréal, Vancouver and San Diego. Not surprisingly, Québec City is one of the best places to invest in North America. Indeed, it is ranked first or second in areas such as the following:
Olyfran is a competition aimed at promoting the French language in Flanders. For this year’s edition, the Ministère des Relations internationales du Québec rewarded two French teachers for their excellent work with their students.
On June 24, as part of Québec’s National Holiday celebrations, Québec’s Delegate General in Brussels received two well-known Canadians at his residence, namely the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, former Governor General of Canada, and Louise Arbour, President and CEO of the International Crisis Group, former Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
The Port of Montréal posted an increase of approximately 12.6% in container traffic for the first six months of 2010. All categories combined, traffic was up 7.9% for the first half of the year, compared with the corresponding period in 2009. According to the Montréal Port Authority, the two main drivers of this growth were containerized cargo and iron ore.
Close to 5,000 BIXI bikes have been rolling though the streets of London, England, since July 30. The Mayor of the British capital, Boris Johnson, launched the world’s latest BIXI franchise last Friday. London has opted for Montréal’s public bike-rental system on the heels of places like Boston, Melbourne and Minneapolis. The project means an investment of close to £140 million over a five-year period.
Eight young Montrealers who are passionate about the environment are currently on a five-week visit to Shanghai, China. The young interns will lend their support to the on-site team to promote Espace Montréal at the Shanghai World Expo 2010 and acquaint visitors with innovations at the Saint Michel Environmental Complex (CESM). The Ministère des Relations internationales provided a $25,000 grant to make their visit possible.
A small Québec mining company could be on the verge of creating a lot of jobs in a region that definitely needs them, the Gaspé Peninsula. At the same time, it could boost the local content of aluminum produced in Québec. Montréal-based Exploration Orbite, which is listed on Toronto’s TSX Venture Exchange, hopes to extract alumina from the aluminous clay found in abundance in Gaspé’s Grande-Vallée area.
Some 20 Québec-based companies, including Bombardier, Pratt & Whitney Canada, CAE and Bell Helicopter, will be taking part in the Farnborough International Airshow (United Kingdom). Running from July 19-25, 2010, the event is expected to draw 280,000 visitors.