May 7, 2015

Business Environment

Le Phare de Québec, a distinctive landmark at the gateway to a great city

Le Phare de Québec, a distinctive landmark at the gateway to a great city

Michel Dallaire, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Groupe Dallaire, unveiled the ambitious undertaking slated to transform the current îlot des Gouverneurs site: Le Phare de Québec. The $600 million investment project will offer over two million square feet of mixed-use space and notably featuring a 65-storey tower. The complex will be complemented by three sister towers of between 25 and 30 storeys each.

Québec City's technology incubator/accelerator is ready to welcome entrepreneurs

Québec City's technology incubator/accelerator is ready to welcome entrepreneurs

Québec International and the City of Québec announced the launch of the initial operations of Québec City's high-tech incubator/accelerator. Located in the heart of Québec City's Saint-Roch neighbourhood, Le CAMP is destined to become the new hub of Québec City's entrepreneurial hi-tech community. Régis Labeaume, Mayor of Québec City, and Carl Viel, CEO of Québec International, were present for the announcement.

ITC and electronics

Thales to Host the Joint Research Unit in Urban Science, Quebec City to Become a Life-Size Urban Lab

Thales to Host the Joint Research Unit in Urban Science, Quebec City to Become a Life-Size Urban Lab

A $19.2M project will provide Quebec City with a new urban science joint research lab around which will be built a world-class open innovation ecosystem in this emerging multidisciplinary field of knowledge. In partnership with Quebec City authorities, Laval University, the National Institute of Scientific Research (INRS), the Quebec Metro High Tech Park and Thales Canada Inc., and with the support of the Government of the Province of Quebec, the Joint Research Unit aims to position the citizen at the center of municipal activities and to design urban science solutions for the future, in areas such as water and power management, urban spaces and infrastructure and individual, asset and data mobility and safety.

A $19.2M project will provide Quebec City with a new urban science joint research lab around which will be built a world-class open innovation ecosystem in this emerging multidisciplinary field of knowledge.

In partnership with Quebec City authorities, Laval University, the National Institute of Scientific Research (INRS), the Quebec Metro High Tech Park and Thales Canada Inc., and with the support of the Government of the Province of Quebec, the Joint Research Unit aims to position the citizen at the center of municipal activities and to design urban science solutions for the future, in areas such as water and power management, urban spaces and infrastructure and individual, asset and data mobility and safety.

- See more at: https://www.thalesgroup.com/en/canada/press-release/thales-host-joint-research-unit-urban-science-quebec-city-become-life-size#sthash.DqGl9cow.dpuf

A $19.2M project will provide Quebec City with a new urban science joint research lab around which will be built a world-class open innovation ecosystem in this emerging multidisciplinary field of knowledge.

In partnership with Quebec City authorities, Laval University, the National Institute of Scientific Research (INRS), the Quebec Metro High Tech Park and Thales Canada Inc., and with the support of the Government of the Province of Quebec, the Joint Research Unit aims to position the citizen at the center of municipal activities and to design urban science solutions for the future, in areas such as water and power management, urban spaces and infrastructure and individual, asset and data mobility and safety.

- See more at: https://www.thalesgroup.com/en/canada/press-release/thales-host-joint-research-unit-urban-science-quebec-city-become-life-size#sthash.DqGl9cow.dpuf

French multinational OVH sets up R&D centre in Québec City

French multinational OVH sets up R&D centre in Québec City

French multinational OVH, a backronym for “On vous héberge” or “We Host You,” announced that it had chosen Québec City as the home for its North American R&D centre. The centre will specialize in, among other things, customer experience, and will hire 50 highly skilled employees. 

Larian Studios plans Quebec City studio to expand its presence in North America

Larian Studios plans Quebec City studio to expand its presence in North America

Larian Studios, the award-winning Belgian developer of hits like Divinity: Original Sin and Divinity: Dragon Commander, officially announced its plans to establish a studio in Quebec City. Larian Québec, a subsidiary of the acclaimed developer, will begin work on new games and take advantage of the talent and creativity that abound in Quebec City. The company is currently in hiring mode and aims to employ 40 people in Quebec City over the next three years.

Life sciences

Medicago awarded a contract by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to explore alternate production methods for Ebola antibodies

Medicago awarded a contract by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to explore alternate production methods for Ebola antibodies

Medicago, a leading company in the development and production of plant-based vaccines and therapeutics, announced today that it has received a task order from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for three anti-Ebola virus monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) with expected performance comparable to that of ZMapp™, from Mapp Biopharmaceutical.

Transportation and materials

Davie awarded 'North American Shipyard of the Year' at the Lloyd's List North American Maritime Awards 2015.

Davie - Canada's largest shipbuilder - has been voted 'North American Shipyard of the Year' at the industry's most prestigious awards ceremony; the Lloyd's List North American Maritime Awards 2015. The award ceremony took place yesterday in Houston, Texas together with the leading maritime companies in North America. The panel of judges included chairmen and presidents of the marine industry's leading governing bodies and trade associations.

Food processing

Malimousse seafood dip wins the SIAL Innovation 2015 Grand Award

At the Canadian Agri-Food Export Cocktail Reception, Malimousse Seafood Dip with Greek yogurt received the 2015 SIAL Innovation Grand Award. Made with Greek Yogurt and Gluten Free, this new dip from Québec City-based Malimousse pleased the jury by its quality, its flavour and its simple list of ingredients.

Awards, Distinctions and Promotional Activities

Quebec City honoured in two categories in the 2015-2016 American Cities of the Future rankings

Quebec City honoured in two categories in the 2015-2016 American Cities of the Future rankings

According to the 2015-2016 American Cities of the Future rankings compiled by UK-based fDi Magazine, which is published by the Financial Times Group, Quebec City placed in the Top 10 in two categories (Business Friendliness and Best fDi Strategy). A total of 421 cities in the Americas were evaluated by fDi Intelligence, a division of the Financial Times, and divided into five groups based on population size. Quebec City is in the mid-sized cities group, which includes urban areas with populations of more than 200,000 inhabitants and metropolitan regions with more than 750,000 inhabitants.