January 2011, volume 4, number 4

Business Environment


First global French-language forum in Quebec City in 2012

The International Francophone Organization (OIF), the Government of Quebec and its partners will meet in Quebec City in 2012 to discuss the future of the French language.


Michaëlle Jean to head Laval University’s HEI Council

Michaëlle Jean, UNESCO's Special Representative to Haiti and former Governor General of Canada, will head Laval University's Council of the Quebec Institute for Advanced International Studies (HEI).


INRS: top research intensity

For the fourth year in a row, the National Institute of Scientific Research (INRS) is ranked first in Quebec and second in Canada in terms of research intensity, with an average of $331,100 in grants per professor. Data compiled by Re$earch Infosource.


Smashing success for the world premiere of “Quebec seeks solutions”

Under the watchful eye of Frank Piller, the undisputed specialist of open innovation, some 200 enthusiastic researchers gathered in Quebec City on December 14 to help find solutions to 10 tricky problems submitted by various small and large companies.


New France-Quebec digital culture research chair

Laval University and the IT club representing major French companies (CIGREF) announced in Paris the creation of a joint research chair that will study the role of digital cultures in transforming companies and society. A budget of €2 million over five years will be allocated to the new research chair.


Estonia opens consulate in Quebec City

The dynamism and the reputation of Estonia's IT industry have been enhanced by the success of software applications such as Skype and Kazaa. Bilateral trade with this country of 1.3 million inhabitants will be encouraged and facilitated by the opening of the new consulate in Quebec City.


10 new Quebec-France mutual recognition agreements (MRAs)

Approximately 100 professions and trades have been evaluated and recognized in connection with the procedure for recognizing professional qualifications.


New $41 million venture capital fund

Quebec IT and communications companies will now be able to tap into a new $41 million development and growth fund.


Quebec City notches its best performance in five years in 2010

The Quebec City metropolitan area is not immune to such shocks from the global economy as a recession. Nevertheless, the solid state of the private sector and the positive impact of public infrastructure projects should help to ease tensions and stimulate investment in the region.