After five years heading the Bavarian State office in Montreal, Daniel Curio is returning to his homeland


Mr. Jacques Chagnon (right), President of the Assemblée nationale du Québec, took the time to bid farewell to Mr. and Mrs. Curio as they are heading back to Germany - Picture © State of Bavaria Québec Office | Louis Longpré

Arrived in 2009, just in time to support the celebrations of the 20-years jubilee of the Bavaria-Quebec partnership and to welcome the delegation accompanying the vice-minister of Economic Affairs of the State of Bavaria, Mrs. Katja Hessel, Daniel Curio is giving up his mandate as the Director of the State of Bavaria Quebec Office this August.

He is concluding a period full of diverse events, reaching from the reception of ministerial delegations from Bavaria – among them the largest in the history of the cooperation in 2010 – and the visit of Minister-President  Horst Seehofer in Montreal for a stopover in Montreal on his way to the Olympic Games in Vancouver, to assisting Bavarian entrepreneurs and scientists looking for partners in Quebec. Not to forget the many political, administrative, cultural projects with the unforgettable concert of the Bavarian State Opera soloists conducted by Maestro Kent Nagano in Montreal, the youth and education exchange.

His farewell was an occasion for a reception in the new premises of the Bavarian State office in Montreal, and offered the opportunity to  Mr. Michel Audet, deputy minister at the Quebec Ministry of International Relations, as well as Mr. Jacques Chagnon, President of the Assemblée nationale du Québec , to strike the importance of the bilateral cooperation and to express the wide appreciation of Daniel Curio’s engagement strengthening the mutual ties.  In excess of the assistance of 15 political delegations which he has welcomed during his mandate, he also lead the cooperation into new directions.

"I have met so many extraordinary, creative and sophisticated people, that it would be impossible to give an exact listing: I would certainly forget somebody!", states Daniel Curio. "It was a pleasure for me, everyday, to enjoy the privilege to work for such a fruitful and diverse partnership, a cooperation that is sustained by a lot of devoted people. This is what the enlargement of our network emanates from: nourishing friendships and warm interpersonal relationships."

His successor, Mr. Benjamin Emans, will take his post later this Fall.