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Québec International recognized worldwide for its leadership in economic development

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Carl Viel, Québec International (QI)’s Chief Executive Officer, is proud to announce that the region and its Economic Development Agency have received a record 12 prizes over the past few weeks. Several QI initiatives dedicated to promoting the region, attracting foreign talent and supporting key regional clusters were deemed to be among the best in the world.

Québec International was honoured at the International Economic Development Council (IEDC)’s annual conference, which took place in Toronto this week. Agency representatives received no fewer than 8 prizes at the awards ceremony for the IEDC’s 2017 Excellence in Economic Development Awards as well as the American Cities of the Future 2017-2018 awards from British magazine fDi, which is a division of the Financial Times.

2017 Excellence in Economic Development Awards

Three of Québec International’s initiatives stood out among the nearly 600 submissions received by the IEDC in 24 categories recognizing the world’s best programs, marketing tools and economic development leaders.

  • The “The Québec City area, it’s simple” brochure won a Gold Award in the General Purpose Print Brochure, Population Greater than 500,000 category. This new tool promotes the regional economy in an innovative and original way by highlighting the area’s unique, distinctive traits.
  • QUEBOX, a marketing and promotional showcase, won a Silver Award in the Sustainable & Green Development, Population Greater than 500,000 category. This initiative from the Green and Smart Building niche of excellence, which is part of the ACCORD Capitale-Nationale program, promotes Québec’s expertise in the design and construction of buildings with a low carbon footprint.
  • The Recruteurs de talents codevelopment program won a Silver Award in the Human Capital, Population Greater than 500,000 category. Designed for HR managers, this codevelopment group for international mobility provides a variety of services related to recruiting foreign workers while allowing them to profit from the knowledge and expertise of other participants.

American Cities of the Future 2017-2018 Ranking

Announced earlier this year, the distinctions received from British magazine fDi (Financial Times)’s “American Cities of the Future 2017-2018” rankings were also awarded in Toronto. Québec International and Québec City were named in 5 categories, ranking second in Canada in the world rankings, first in the “Economic Potential” and “Human Capital and Lifestyle” categories and third in the “FDI Strategy” and “Business Friendliness” categories.

2017 EDAC Marketing Canada Awards

Another awards ceremony took place on September 12 as part of the Economic Developers Association of Canada’s annual conference, which took place in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Québec International stood out once again, receiving a Marketing Canada Award for its “The Québec City area, it’s simple” brochure. These Canadian awards highlight the best regional practices and initiatives employed by Canadian communities and economic development agencies across the country.

Canada’s Best Locations 2017 Ranking

What’s more, the September 2017 edition of American magazine Site Selection included its list of the top 10 economic development agencies in the country. For the 11th year in a row, Québec International was named one of the “Top Canadian Economic Development Groups,” distinguishing it as a Canadian economic development champion. Québec International is the only Canadian agency to remain on the list for so long.

Global CEO Excellence Awards 2017

Finally, British magazine CEO Monthly, published by the internationally recognized publisher AI GLOBAL MEDIA, recently revealed the winners of its “Global CEO Excellence Awards 2017,” which recognize the remarkable work of leaders from around the world. Québec International and its Chief Executive Officer, Carl Viel, received two awards: Best International Trade & Development CEO – Canada and Excellence Award for International Recruitment Services – Canada.

“Québec International has demonstrated solid leadership and an innovative approach by implementing effective actions that meet the needs of our businesses and our region. I am very proud of these exceptional results, which were made possible by the commitment of the entire QI team and the remarkable work we do each day to promote our region on an international scale and encourage the growth of our regional economy. The fact that we have been recognized by our peers and the foremost observers on the world economic scene only encourages us to pursue our commitment and double our efforts to grow our region,” stated Carl Viel, Chief Executive Officer of Québec International.

About QI

Québec International’s mission is to contribute to the economic development of the Québec City metropolitan region and enhance its international status. As a regional economic development agency, Québec International fosters business growth and development, supports key clusters and attracts talent and investments to the area. To fulfill its mission, Québec International relies on the support of its backers: the Ville de Québec, the Secrétariat à la Capitale-Nationale and Canada Economic Development. To learn more, visit

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