News - Recent foreign direct investments announced for Québec City show that the region is successfully holding its own in the face of international competition. This year alone, Medicago (Japan; vaccine production facility and R&D centre), Thales (France; joint research unit in urban science), OVH (France; R&D centre in digital services), Larian Studios (Belgium; video game studio), and Microsoft (United States; cloud services data centre) have already announced over $300 million in investments in Quebec’s capital city.
News - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, was joined today by Mario Girard, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Quebec Port Authority, to announce $60,219,333 in federal funding for the project to construct a deepwater multipurpose terminal at the Port of Quebec, under the National Infrastructure Component of the New Building Canada Fund.
News - French multinational OVH, a backronym for “On vous héberge” or “We Host You,” announced on Thursday, April 16, that it had chosen Québec City as the home for its North American R&D centre. The centre will specialize in, among other things, customer experience, and will hire 50 highly skilled employees.
Press releases - According to the 2015-2016 American Cities of the Future rankings compiled by UK-based fDi Magazine, which is published by the Financial Times Group, Quebec City placed in the Top 10 in two categories (Business Friendliness and Best fDi Strategy). A total of 421 cities in the Americas were evaluated by fDi Intelligence, a division of the Financial Times, and divided into five groups based on population size. Quebec City is in the mid-sized cities group, which includes urban areas with populations of more than 200,000 inhabitants and metropolitan regions with more than 750,000 inhabitants.
News - Ivanhoé Cambridge announced today the first phase of a redevelopment project at its Laurier Québec shopping centre. The project will see the modernization of the food court, so as to become an exceptional venue emphasizing innovation and entertainment. Meanwhile, the centre will see its retail mix enhanced with the arrival of several new banners. The initial phase of work represents an investment of $18 million.
News - Aéroport de Québec inc. (AQi) Board Chair André Fortin and President and CEO Gaëtan Gagné released the company’s 2014 Annual Report at the AQi Annual General Meeting. As the report makes clear, 2014 was a year of development and growth, noteworthy achievements, and milestones, made possible by the community’s ever-growing trust in Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport.
News - For the fifth time in its history since 2004, the Québec Port Authority (QPA) won “Best Destination Experience”, awarded annually by the prestigious Cruise Insight magazine. The QPA was awarded the coveted prize at Cruise Shipping Miami, the cruise industry’s biggest conference of the year. This recognition is awarded to ports that are the highest rated by passengers.
News - A young boy in Stoneham owes his sight to the work of a team of researchers from Héma-Québec and a product they developed using a derivative of plasma, the liquid portion of blood that contains a variety of proteins.
News - Prime Minister Stephen Harper today support for the restoration of three important historic landmarks in Québec City, with a view to preserving their heritage and culture for generations to come. He was joined by Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Jacques Gourde, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, for Official Languages and for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, and Régis Labeaume, Mayor of Québec City.
News - Two scientists from Université Laval have received the 2014 and 2013 Barbara Turnbull Award for Spinal Cord Research, an annual prize supported through a partnership between the Barbara Turnbull Foundation, Brain Canada, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Drs. Yves De Koninck (2014) and Frédéric Bretzner (2013) of Université Laval are recipients of this prestigious award for their world-class work to advance research on spinal cord injury and find new treatments.