June 2013

Business Environment

A new tool for promoting the Quebec City region’s competitive advantages to foreign investors

A new tool for promoting the Quebec City region’s competitive advantages to foreign investors

Quebec International recently unveiled a new edition of Investing in the Quebec City Region, a promotional brochure designed to promote the region’s competitive advantages to foreign investors. Showcasing the region’s most appealing features, the brochure seeks to convince investors that Quebec City is the ideal place to set up and grow a company.

“Attracting foreign investment is a highly competitive global endeavour, and the Quebec City region has to promote itself in this regard. This brochure demonstrates that our region boasts an outstanding business environment. Its robust, diversified and innovative economy, highly skilled workers, state-of-the-art research facilities and high-quality infrastructure all contribute to our region’s attractiveness. More than just a publication, this brochure is a sincere invitation to take part in our region’s economic success,” said Carl Viel, President and CEO of Quebec International.

ITC and electronics

Opsens receives largest-ever order for its OPP-W fiber optic pressure and temperature sensors

Opsens is pleased to announce that it has been awarded its most single significant contract to-date, to supply and install 48 OPP-W sensor systems in an Alberta SAGD oil sands project. The contract has been placed by an oil and gas producer with a multibillion dollar market capitalization. The systems will monitor pressure and temperature during the working life of the wells.

Life sciences

Atrium Innovations Announces Distribution Joint Venture in China in Partnership with Fosun Pharma

Atrium Innovations announces that it has entered into a joint venture contract with Fosun Industrial, incorporated in Hong Kong, wholly owned of Shanghai-based Fosun Pharma for the purposes of distributing Atrium brands in China. According to IMS Health Incorporated, Fosun Pharma is one of the top five domestic pharmaceutical companies in the People’s Republic of China by revenue, in the pharmaceutical manufacturing segment. The new joint venture will operate under the FOSIUM Innovations name.

Environment and energy

H2O Innovation awarded CAD$3.7 million in contracts for municipal and industrial water treatment

Two of the contracts announced today will see H2O Innovation design, assemble, deliver and commission nanofiltration drinking water production systems from surface water for the two Canadian municipalities of Waterville and Eastman, QC. A real estate developer and constructor active in the State of New York has also awarded a contract to H2O Innovation for the design, assembly, delivery and installation of a wastewater treatment system.

Transportation and materials

Canam Group among the winners at ENR's Best of the Best 2012

Marlins Park, the new home of the Miami Marlins, took top honors in the Sports/Entertainment category at the 2012 edition of the Best of the Best Projects competition stewarded by ENR magazine. Canam Group, by means of its Structal-Heavy Steel Construction business unit, built the retractable roof of the new 37,000-seat baseball stadium. Marlins Park is a LEED® Gold certified venue.


Hôtel La Ferme wins top interior design award worldwide

Management at both Groupe Le Massif and at architectural firm LEMAYMICHAUD are proud to announce the Hôtel La Ferme project has won first prize at the Retail and Leisure Interiors Awards 2012, in the Hotels and Service Retailers category. Judges pointed out the importance afforded to local artisans during construction, and efforts to preserve the site’s local colour and authenticity. As well, they appreciated the use of materials such as wood, reminiscent of the Charlevoix’s history and the site’s past vocation in agriculture.


Industrial Alliance receives a Celent Model Insurer Award for its Mobiliz program

On February 27, 2013 in Boston, Industrial Alliance Auto and Home Insurance was proud to be the recipient of a Celent Model Insurer Award for its Mobiliz program, a community initiative aimed at improving driving behaviours and countering the wave of speeding motorists between the ages of 16 to 24 years old.

Food processing

Pure Encapsulations Announces Publication of Study on Proprietary Polyphenol Blends

Pure Encapsulations®, a leading manufacturer of research-based, hypo-allergenic nutritional supplements, is pleased to announce new research findings identifying specific pharmacologic actions on their proprietary fruit and vegetable based polyphenol blends. The study is the result of a comprehensive research collaboration with Atrium Innovations and the Institute of Nutrition and Functional Foods (INAF) based at Université Laval, Quebec, Canada.

Awards, Distinctions and Promotional Activities

A second International Summit of Cooperatives next year

The first International Summit of Cooperatives held last fall was so successful that another one is being organized for next year. The second Summit will take place in Quebec City, Canada, from October 6–9, 2014. Desjardins Group and the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) will be teaming up again for this major gathering of the cooperative and mutual community.