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At long last spring is here and so is our newsletter!

In New England, March is synonimous with the Francophonie Celebrations. And celebrate we did! Make sure to read our Francophonie recap to relive the festivities and witness the passion with which the French language and francophone heritage were honored in the region! If you couldn't join us then, you still have a chance! Francophonie celebrations in Maine are next week! Scroll down for all the details. Scroll down for all the details.

March 2017 also featured the New Hampshire Governor's first international trip to Québec, the French Connections / Franconnexions Conference, with participation by Québec Minister Rita de Santis, and the Seafood North America Expo, attended by Québec Minister Laurent Lessard. Read on the find out more about these important missions.

What's next for spring? Don't miss our sections below on upcoming conferences and cultural events.


NH Governor Sununu makes first international trip to... Québec!

March 20, 2017 - Montréal, QC - New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu lead his first international mission to Montréal, Québec. His program included a joint intervention with Québec Premier Philippe Couillard at a sold out CORIM (Montreal Council on Foreign Relations) meeting. Governor Sununu and Premier Couillard stressed the importance of the New Hampshire - Québec relationship, the interdependance of their economies and celebrated the shared heritage of the two regions. Watch their remarks.


Minister Rita de Santis leads mission to Vermont

March 19-20 - Burlington, VT - The Minister responsible for Access to Information and the Reform of Democratic Institutions, Rita de Santis, led a two-day mission to Burlington, Vermont where she participated in the French Connections / Franconnexions Conference and the  Vermont Francophonie Celebrations.

On March 19, Minister de Santis attended the Alliance Française of the Lake Champlain Region's 2nd Annual Gala. She spoke on Québec and Vermont's shared cultural heritage and the importance of teaching, learning and using the French language.

On March 20, Minister de Santis first spoke at the Franconnexions conference organized by the University of Vermont, in collaboration with the Québec Government Office in Boston.

This academic conference, divided in three panels, aimed to highlight the past, current and future contributions (historical, cultural and economic) of French Canadian immigrants to Vermont and New England:

Past: How and why was Vermont and New England populated by so many French Canadians in the 19th-early twentieth centuries? When, how and why did this massive influx assimilate? Watch panel.

Present: How do cross-border connections with Québec, in tourism and in trade, continue to shape the culture and economy of Northern New England? Watch panel.

Future: How does the French Canadian wave of immigration relate to current immigration trends? What can we learn from the past as we think about the future? Watch panel.

It was also an opportunity for Minister de Santis to meet with Vermont Governor Phil Scott to discuss the Québec and Vermont shared priority issues: cross-border trade, innovation, affordable and clean energy supply.

Finally, along with Governor Scott, Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger and other dignitaries, Minister de Santis spoke at the Francophonie Flag Raising Ceremony held at the City Hall during which she highlighted the friendship between Québec and Vermont and celebrated the city and its partners on their francophone initiatives and efforts wishing Québec tourists "Bienvenue au Vermont".


Minister Lessard and Québec companies make a splash at SENA

March 19-21 - Boston, MA - The Seafood Expo North America (SENA) was back in Boston, offering international buyers a chance to meet five Québec suppliers under one roof!

Québec’s participation at SENA 2017 is a partnership between MAPAQ, Groupe Export and the Québec Government Office in Boston.

Québec Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Laurent Lessard visited the exposition and pointed out the great benefits of partnership and trade between Québec and New England.


Also in March:

Effects of climate change on Canada & the US

March 06 - Boston, MA: The Québec Government Office in Boston welcomed a group of Canadian and American leaders to discuss the effects of climate change in New England and on the environmental adaptation and resilience in the region.

JLC LIVE Residential Construction Show

March 23-25 - Providence, RI - Fifteen Québec construction companies participated in a trade mission and showcased their products at JLC Live in Providence.

JLC LIVE is the premier regional industry event for residential construction.


April 18 3:30pm - Lewiston, ME: For the opening of Francophone Week, you are invited to "Our Place in Line: A Franco-American Family Odyssey" a talk and book signing by author Catherine Bergeron-Bergeron at the Franco-American collection at the University of Southern Maine 


April 18 - 5:00pm, Lewiston, ME: The Francophonie ceremony will be held in the Performance Hall at the Gendron Franco Center, as the Franco-American Color Guard presents the flags of the U.S.A., Canada and France. Welcoming remarks by Marie-Claude Francoeur, Québec Delegate to New England and others. The ceremony will be followed by the annual francophonie reception.


R.S.V.P by calling at 207.783.1585.       More info here.


April 19 - 9:00am - 2:00pm, Augusta, ME:

The Franco American Day at the Maine State House will consist of a bilingual session in each chamber (House of representatives and Senate). There will be a celebration of the great history and impact of the people of Franco ancestry have had and continue to have in Maine.

Québec Delegate to New England, Marie-Claude Francoeur, will speak at the Press conference honoring the 2017 inductees to the Franco American Hall of Fame.


April 21 - 1:30pm, Lewiston, ME : The Celebration continues at The Franco-American Collection at University of Southern Maine with a French Sing-Along with Les Troubadours. The event is free.


April 21 - 6:30pm, Lewiston, ME: Back at the Franco Center, North Carolina pianist, Kevin Ayesh will present a recital featuring works by composers from the Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary periods: Mozart, Chopin, Brahms, and Fauré, and close with a performance of “Rhapsody in Blue” by Gershwin. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Performance Hall, with a pre-concert reception at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15, seniors are $10 and admission is free for students.


Click here for more information and to R.S.V.P.


Bridgewater State University Spring Symposium - April 20, Bridgewater, MA

MIT CEEPR Energy and Environmental Policy Workshop - April 27 to 28, Cambridge, MA 

Maine International Trade Day - May 25, Bangor


The Bridgewater State Canadian Studies Program holds its Annual Spring Symposium on "Radicalization and Home-Grown Terrorism in Canada and the U.S.". Québec acholar André Gagné from Concordia University is among the experts speakers on April 20.

Welcoming remarks by Marie-Claude Francoeur, Québec Delegate to New England and others.

The MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (CEEPR) holds its next Energy and Environmental Policy Workshop at the Hotel Marlowe.

The workshop consists of a small group of industry participants, academics and policymakers who examine the implications of recent research results and other forces that will shape the energy and environmental policy agenda in the years to come.


At the Trade Day Networking Reception with the  New Global Products Showcase, there will be a display of new and innovative Maine products designed for the global marketplace.

Panel session on Trade & Investment in Europe: Opportunities & Challenges.



Interactive artwork at Harvard University - April 26 to May 5


Le Bruit Court Dans La Ville - Watertown, MA | May 13


Young Tradition Weekend in Vermont - Burlington, VT | May 5 to May 6


Pippin and Les 7 Doigts de la Main - Merrill Auditorium, Portland, ME | May 13


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