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Annual Canada Day Program: Opportunities in Québec

June 12 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

This year’s Annual Canada Day Program in our trade education series will focus on the province of Québec, Maine’s second largest trading partner in Canada. Trade between Québec and Maine topped $916 million (USD) in 2017.

Québec is the largest of the 10 Canadian provinces. With territory spanning 1,667,712 square kilometers, it is nearly 3 times the size of France and more than 40 times that of Switzerland. Québec is also Canada’s second most populous province, with nearly 80% concentrated along the St. Lawrence River, around the Gaspé Peninsula, and in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Abitibi regions. Residing in the most highly urbanized areas, half of the 8.3 million inhabitants occupy less than 1% of its territory.

Québec’s geographic proximity and diverse economy present many opportunities for Maine business sectors such as advanced manufacturing, aerospace, food, information technology, and life sciences, to name only a few. The program will provide an overview on Doing Business in Québec, a presentation of COREX Québec and their innovative networking platform for businesses, and a panel discussion lead by industry experts highlighting key sectors.


Agenda

8:30
Registration Check in/Continental Breakfast

9:00
Welcome:  Brenda Garrand, Maine Honorary Consul of Canada

9:05
Opening Remarks: Marie-Claude Francoeur, Quebec Delegate to New England, Quebec Government, Boston

9:15
Doing Business in Quebec: Tom Creary, fccq, Montreal and Jean Jacques Guilbault, Guilbault Marketing, Montreal     

10:15
Break

10:30
COREX Opportunities: Tom Creary, fccq, Montreal

11:00
Panel Discussion: Key Sectors
Opportunities in Life Sciences – Yann Lamarche, Quebec Government Office, Boston
Opportunities in Advanced Manufacturing – Yann Lamarche, Quebec Government Office, Boston    
Opportunities in Information and Communication Technologies – Beniot Rioux, INTEGRIM, Montreal

12:15
Lunch / Case StudyJohn Ferland, President, ORPC

1:00
Adjourn


Space is limited. Advance registration is required. Cost to attend is $45 for MITC members and $65 for non-members. Continental breakfast and buffet deli lunch is included.

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Questions? Contact Jeff Bennett.

Directions and Parking

 

Details

Date:
June 12
Time:
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Venue

Abromson Center, University of Southern Maine
88 Bedford Street
Portland, ME 04104
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