July 2012

Business Environment

Economic Update Quebec City Metropolitan Region - July 2012

Economic Update Quebec City Metropolitan Region - July 2012

Every fiscal quarter, we paint a portrait of the region's economic environment and analyze key economic indicators that help to assess regional performance as well as compare economic variables with those of seven other metropolitan areas in Canada: Montréal, Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton et Vancouver. The analyses on the economy of the Québec City metropolitan region are based on statistical data published by recognized organizations.

ITC and electronics

Frima Studio: Making a game of global tragedy

Quebec City-based Frima, Canada's largest locally owned game developer, is busy on its next social change gaming project. This one is tied to the popular book Half the Sky. The book is a call to fight against the oppression of women and girls in the developing world, which its authors call the modern era's most pervasive violation of human rights. The Internet game, based on a documentary of the same name by Montreal filmmaker Amy Miller and released this year, centres on an all-male board of directors trying to balance profit with the company's reputation and "green level." The message, hammered home with video snippets of comment from real people throughout the game play, is that ordinary citizens have become the casualties in the world's carbon-offset market.

Environment and energy

CO2 Solutions Receives Notice of Allowance for New Broad U.S. Patent

CO2 Solutions announced that it has received the Notice of Allowance from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the issuance of US20100203619, “CO2  ABSORPTION SOLUTION”. The patent will cover the use of carbonic anhydrase (CA) in any form for carbon capture from a gas stream and with any secondary or tertiary amine solvents.

Transportation and materials

Groupe Desgagnés to adds ice-class vessel to fleet

Quebec City-based Groupe Desgagnés has added the 18th vessel to its general cargo, tanker and passenger fleet and will put it to work in the Eastern Arctic and in international service. The Claude A. Desgagnés was built and launched in China last year and was acquired for $25 million. It is named after Capt. Claude Desgagnés, a 50-year veteran of the transportation group, whose roots go back to the 19th century.

Tourism

Readers of Travel + Leisure Magazine recognize once again Quebec City’s reputation

Québec City still holds a great place in the hearts and memories of readers of the prestigious American magazine Travel + Leisure. Québec City’s qualities as a tourist destination have once again been acknowledged: Québec City ranks second among Canadian destinations and has moved up a notch in the top ten destinations in North America. Québec City has also been inducted into the new Hall of Fame, which honors destinations ranked every year from the last ten years or more.

Food processing

Boulangerie St-Méthode launches white wheat bread in Québec

The health and environment shift initiated by Boulangerie St-Méthode leads to the establishment of a brand new Quebec industry, based on a cereal seldom cultivated in the province  so far: white wheat. (Article in french only)

Awards, Distinctions and Promotional Activities

The Andersen Project recognized at the Elliot Norton Awards

Ex Machina is proud to announce that The Andersen Project was honored in the two categories for which it was nominated during the last Elliot Norton Awards ceremony, held this Monday May 21. The Andersen Project was nominated in the Outstanding Design (Large Theater) and Outstanding Solo Performance categories, thanks to Yves Jacques’ performance.