On April 15, Premier Jean Charest welcomed the CEO of The Climate Group, Steve Howard. Founded in 2004, The Climate Group is an independent organization based in London that collaborates with multinationals, municipalities and the governments of federated states and regions to combat climate change.
The world’s largest manufacturer of fiber optic sensors for civil engineering applications and the world’s leading provider of geosynthetics are collaborating in the development of a unique geotextile monitoring solution (TenCate GeoDetect®) that will provide unprecedented detail about the properties of embankments, slopes, walls, levees, roads, rails and other earth structures. Customers will benefit from the real-time monitoring of every square meter of land for ground movement, soil erosion, settlement and other changes.
With partnership support from the Namur provincial economic bureau (BEP), ProFish Technology is an upcoming Namur company that develops technologies to protect fish threatened by industrial water intakes. It has recently entered into a partnership with Québec-based Genivar, a consulting engineering firm with an environmental focus.
Québec puppeteers’ creativity and know-how were in the spotlight on March 25 in Barcelona. The exhibition Une Fenêtre ouverte sur les marionnettes du Québec “(“An open window on Québec puppets”), prepared by the Association québécoise des marionnettistes (AQM), opened the premiere edition of the Títelles Objetes Teatre (T•O•T) festival in the Catalonian capital. The premiere edition of the festival drew thousands of visitors of all ages.
On March 26, 27 and 28, the Belgian Association of Student Entrepreneur Clubs (ACEE Belgique) organized the Third International Symposium of Francophone Student Entrepreneur Clubs at Liège’s trade and convention centre, bringing together participants from Belgium and across Europe, in addition to Québec and Africa.
In order to promote the education of bachelor’s and master’s level students showing a keen interest in Québec studies and the French language, the International Association of Québec Studies (Association internationale des études québécoises/AIEQ) awards a CDN$5,000 scholarship enabling the holder to attend McGill University’s Québec Studies Summer Institute.
The Office Québec-Amériques pour la jeunesse (OQAJ) and the Instituto Jalisciense de la Juventud (IJJ — Jalisco Youth Institute) recently signed a cooperation agreement concerning the implementation of a joint exchange program for young adults in Québec and the Mexican state of Jalisco.
On March 6 at Le Zénith in Paris, Béatrice Martin, better known as Cœur de Pirate, won three Victoire awards (for author, composer and singer) in the Best Original Song of the Year category, for her song Comme des enfants. The trophies are tangible confirmation of the young Québec singer-songwriter’s popularity in France, where her career has got off to a flying start.
Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, met with Kamal Nath, India’s Minister of Road Transport and Highways, in Montréal on March 26. They discussed follow-up action stemming from the Premier’s mission to India in February, in addition to enhanced cooperation in areas such as research and innovation.
The Québec government office in Brussels (DGQB) welcomed a group of 14 students from Longueuil’s CEGEP Édouard-Montpetit, who were in the Belgian capital on a study trip. The young people were invited to take part in a series of activities built around the theme “Europe: Between Freedom and Belonging.”
On March 8, at the invitation of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Québec’s Delegate General in Brussels, Christos Sirros, described Québec’s position concerning the negotiation of a comprehensive economic and trade agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union.
The Mastersbeurs (graduate studies fair) was held in Utrecht on February 26 and 27. The fair is intended for students from the Netherlands who wish to carry on graduate-level studies (master’s or doctoral) abroad. The Délégation générale du Québec in Brussels and Université de Montréal took part in the fair at the invitation of the Embassy of Canada in Netherlands in The Hague. The University of Western Ontario and the University of Calgary were also represented.
Good news for the Canadian aerospace industry. Ottawa will provide the Canadian Space Agency with an additional $397 M over five years for the development of the next generation of radar remote sensing satellites.
The book fair is a yearly showcase for the world’s Francophone literature, and Québec makes it a point of honour to participate. Whether their works are published by Québec Édition, Écrivains de l’Outaouais or Éditions de la Bagnole, Québec authors come to Brussels to make their works known and to meet their readers at autograph sessions.