Dear colleagues, entrepreneurs, and partners:

I have had quite the honour to be chosen and posted as the new Delegate in Chicago, by the Québec Government, last December. After having served as assistant Deputy Minister for Québec’s Ministry of Economy and Innovation since 2015, I will now have the real privilege to strengthen the economic and cultural ties between the Midwestern states and Quebec.

The Midwest shares numerous economic partnerships with Québec. In 2021, Québec businesses have exported more than $12 billion in products and services to the Midwest, which in return exported $6.5 billion to Québec, making the Midwest the primary exporter to Québec among all United States regions.

That said, we are important customers and suppliers at the same time, our businesses are investing in both territories with confidence, and so do our talents and researchers in various sectors. We are both engaged in innovation and coming out of this pandemic to provide challenging avenues of growth and prosperity for us all. We also know that a seamless involvement in our shared assets of the Great Lakes and the Saint-Lawrence region is beneficial in the long run for our economies, competitiveness, and quality of life.

It is therefore one of my priorities to engage in mutually beneficial actions for both parties by building on the achievements of my predecessors to ensure economic growth on both sides of the border.

I am looking forward to meeting with many of you in person in the coming months, and I am proud to be joining the Québec Government Office’s skilled and experienced team in Chicago.

Warm regards,
Mario W. Limoges
Québec Government Delegate in Chicago

Innergex's 200MW Solar Farm in Ohio

The Longeuil-based renewable energy company, Innergex, recently announced that its latest Midwestern solar farm will be named the Amazon Solar Farm Ohio - Hillcrest. Amazon - Hillcrest is Innergex's second largest solar farm commissioned to date and is just a preview of the investments the company is making in its target markets. To learn more, click on the image of the solar panels! 

The Second Edition of Noires Amériques

The Second Edition of Noires Amériques, organized by the Centre de la Francophonie des Amériques and the Alliance Française of Chicago, took place on Febrary 2nd, 9th, and 17th. Moderated by Rodney Saint-Éloi, this literary series featured three Black Francophone authors - Gisèle Pineau, Blaise Ndala, and Kettly Mars - who discussed their works, racism, otherness, and much more. 

Replays of the conversations can be found HERE!

Montréal Collections at the Chicago Collective

Who in their right mind comes to Chicago in the beginning of February during the height of a once in a century pandemic?! Well, just hundreds of the finest menswear buyers in North America, including Québec’s Montréal Collections, for the can’t miss semi-annual Chicago Collective! The event was held at the Merchandise Mart from February 6th - 8th.

Among the Québec companies present were: Jack Victor, Ballin, Blu, Empire, Majestic, Marchesi Di Como, Peerless, Robert Barakett and Samuelsohn.

25th Edition of the Festival of Films in French

We were proud to support the 25th annual Festival of Films in French (FFF) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, which showcased four films from Québec during the opening weekend of February 11th to the 13th. Free for the public to attend, the following films from Québec were presented:

It was a sincere pleasure to view these incredible films and to grant attendees the opportunity to learn more about Québec's culture through the perspectives of Québécois from diverse backgrounds. We would like to sincerely thank our partners at UW-Milwaukee and at the Alliance Française of Milwaukee, and we hope to see you at the 26th edition next year!

Kara-Lis Coverdale at the Great Northern Festival

On Febrary 1st, Kara-Lis Coverdale performed at the Great Northern Festival in what was her first performance in the upper Midwest. Named by The Guardian as "one of the most exciting young composers in North America," Kara-Lis left attendees awe-struck with her artistry that effortlessly intertwined several musical systems. For more information, click on the image of Kara-Lis to your right!

How Our Office is Celebrating le Mois de la Francophonie

Sugar Sammy in Chicago and Rosemont

Named by GQ France as a "master of the punchline, rhythm, and improv," Québécois comedian Sugar Sammy will be in Chicago on March 23-24 and in Rosemont on March 25-26! 

Buy your tickets HERE for the shows at Zanies Comedy Club in Chicago and HERE for those at Zanies in Rosemont.