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Université Laval becomes Québec’s first carbon-neutral university

News - After years of sustained collective effort, Université Laval has achieved carbon neutrality by massively reducing its greenhouse gas emissions at the source and using carbon credits to offset the rest. A leader in sustainable development, Université Laval is the first university in Québec to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to zero, and the first in Canada to do so in the absence of any legal imperative.

Licence to thrill: Behind the scenes at Beenox

News - It may not be Activision’s most well-know studio, but Beenox has worked on the publisher’s most important franchises. Founded in 2000 in Quebec City, Canada, Beenox became known as a reliable porting house for game developers. The studio was bought by Activision in 2005, and until last year it largely worked on famous licences, including Bee Movie, multiple Spider-Man games and Monsters vs. Aliens. It’s also a key QA house for the firm.

Québec City aims to host international conferences and sporting events

News - On a mission to establish and develop relationships with sports industry leaders at the Summit, Marc Magny, the Québec City Convention Centre’s delegate for international sporting conventions, travelled to Lausanne to promote Québec City. While in the Olympic capital, our delegate made many valuable contacts and also had the chance to present a video to sports federation representatives showcasing Québec City’s event and sports facilities. He also proudly represented Québec City at the first meeting of the future association of host cities for sporting events and conferences, attended by delegates from over 30 cities.

B-TEMIA initiates pivotal clinical trial to support commercial launch of Keeogo™ in the U.S.

News - B-TEMIA Inc., the market leader in human augmentation, today announced that it has initiated a multi-centre pivotal clinical trial, aimed at demonstrating the superior clinical benefits and safety for home use of its powered assistive Demoskeleton™ technology, called Keeogo™, for patients suffering from reduced mobility due to their medical conditions. Led by Principal Investigator, Dr. Chris A. McGibbon, PhD, from the University of New Brunswick's, Faculty of Kinesiology and Institute of Biomedical Engineering, the study is expected to generate the required data to support the submission of a 510(k) pre-market notification to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2016, a prerequisite to start commercialization in the United States.

Hands-on with Fated on the Oculus Rift

News - There’s not much we can tell you about Fated right now. Current in production at Frima Studios, it’s an episodic first-person action adventure game designed specifically for the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Morpheus headset; it’s set in the mythical age of the Vikings, and promises to tell the story of a father and husband as he protects his family from the destruction of their world. It’s also a wonderfully intuitive and atmospheric game, with bags of charm and potential. We were fortunate enough to get time with the recent demo showed at Oculus Connect 2, and came away enthralled and very much looking forward to playing more.

EXFO Receives 2015 Global Portable Fiber-Optic Test Equipment Market Share Leadership Award from Frost & Sullivan

News - For a fifth consecutive year, this award acknowledges EXFO’s leadership in the portable FOTE sector, illustrating the company’s ongoing innovation and excellence in optical testing

Video game industry catching up to TV and film production

News - With video gaming taking flight as an economic force in Canada, the gaming industry says it’s focused on bringing more women on board. “It’s a long term prospect... that we are actively trying to address,” said Entertainment Software Association of Canada spokesman Julien Lavoie. The association released a report showing the video game industry’s annual contribution to Canada’s GDP has jumped to $3 billion. The sector employs 20,400 people at an average salary of $71,300 and another 1,377 jobs will need to be filled in technical and creative roles in the next 12 to 24 months, the report says.

iA Financial Group acquires BBA Financial Group

News - iA Financial Group (Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc.) announced today the signing of an agreement to acquire the operations of BBA Financial Group, a Quebec‐based brokerage firm with around 200 representatives which specializes in the distribution of life and health insurance products. This transaction reflects iA Financial Group's strategic focus on adding new distribution in its retail insurance and wealth management operations.

Monique F. Leroux elected President of the International Co-operative Alliance

News - Desjardins Group takes pride in Monique F. Leroux's appointment to the position of President of the lnternational Co-operative Alliance (ICA). Founded in 1895, the ICA has its headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, and its mission is to support and promote the development of the cooperative movement worldwide. The election took place during the ICA's General Assembly in Antalya, Turkey. Desjardins Group's Chair of the Board, President and CEO was one of four candidates in the running. The other candidates represented Argentina, Brazil and France. Ms Leroux is the first Canadian and first North American to be appointed to this prestigious role, replacing Dame Pauline Green who had been at the helm of the ICA since 2009.

OPSENS granted approval to sell OptoWire II in Europe

News - Opsens Inc. is pleased to announce it has been granted CE marking for the OptoWire II, the improved version of its pressure guidewire (OptoWire I) developed to measure Fractional Flow Reserve ("FFR") in patients with coronary artery disease. CE marking allows Opsens to sell OptoWire II in Europe, the world's second largest market.

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