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Ranked once again among the country's top economic development agencies, Québec International is named Best Life Sciences Industry Development Agency for Canada

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Québec International (QI) is proud to announce that it was honoured twice at the 2016 International Life Sciences Awards, established by Global Health & Pharma (GHP) magazine (owned by UK-based AI Global Media). QI, an economic development agency specializing in the Quebec City region, won Best Life Sciences Industry Development Agency-Canada, together with the GHP Excellence Award for Life Sciences Business Development.

Both awards recognize the dedication and commitment of professionals and organizations working to support the development and advancement of the life sciences and the related industry around the world. Known for its solid sector expertise and in-depth market knowledge, QI was honoured for its consultation efforts and inter-sector collaborative initiatives, which have helped to support and guide the life sciences industry in implementing innovative projects in the Quebec City region.

"The life sciences have had a considerable impact, not only in the region but also for many global industries. Thanks to QI's focus on various sectors of excellence and its wide-ranging expertise, we play a pivotal role. This operating model is enhanced by the region's built-in advantages, including a highly educated workforce, innovative companies, leading industrial concerns, dynamic research centres, major educational institutions and noted healthcare establishments. As a result, the Quebec City region is the place of choice for many top firms. At the local level, inter-sector mobilization and cooperation facilitate the emergence of innovative projects and business success. It's a winning formula," said QI's CEO, Carl Viel.

Canada's economic development champions

In its September 2016 issue, US-based Site Selection magazine unveiled Canada's Top 10 economic development agencies. For the 10th year running, QI is ranked among the Top Canadian Economic Development Groups (Canada’s Best Locations 2016), as selected by the magazine. The selection criteria included the number of projects with a regional impact, the capacity to generate regional partnerships, a proactive attitude, innovative programming and high-quality economic information and Web communication tools. These criteria are evaluated on a per capita basis.

"These honours acknowledge QI's commitment to supporting economic growth in our region. We are very proud of this international recognition, which confirms that the Quebec City region is business-friendly and ripe for development," said QI's Board Chair, Fernand Labrie.

To consult Global Health & Pharma magazine (p. 50), please click here.

To consult Site Selection magazine, please click here.

About Québec International

Québec International contributes to regional economic development and promotes Quebec City's international standing. As the pre-eminent regional economic development agency, QI fosters business growth, supports key economic clusters and attracts talents and investment. For further information, please visit

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