60 Bavarians in Quebec and 40 Quebecers in Bavaria: Cooperation with Bavaria highly productive for Québec


Montreal, November 18, 2010. Over the course of the high-level economic and scientific meetings being held between Québec and Bavaria, the number of industrial visits, research agreements and business partnerships has multiplied. An impressive delegation of 60 Bavarians visited Québec on November 10-13 and a Québec delegation of 40 will be in Bavaria from November 20-22. Meanwhile, a joint commission is planning cooperative activities for the next two years and is looking into some 50 exchange and partnership projects.

“Although Bavaria and Québec have maintained relations for 21 years, we now feel that there is a firm intention to tap the full potential of this partnership. These projects cover a broad spectrum of activities, from the life sciences to the aerospace industry, and include public administration, politics, youth, culture and society,” explained Daniel Curio, Director of the State of Bavaria Quebec Office.
During the recent visit by the largest Bavarian delegation in the history of these relations, several aerospace industry representatives visited Bombardier Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney Canada, CAE, Héroux-Devtek and Liebherr-Aerospace Canada facilities in Montreal as well as the Canadian Space Agency, while researchers in composite materials visited the École Polytechnique. “These were productive meetings, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see major agreements signed in the coming months,” Curio added.
The delegation also included representatives from a number of healthcare institutions, which concerned a quarter of the cooperative projects. They were very impressed by the reception they received at CHUS, CHUM, CHU Ste-Justine and CUSM, and by the quality of the facilities and the various programs that could be shared, particularly medical imaging.
“Two major cooperation agreements were signed during the Bavarian visit,” announced Daniel Curio. “The first, between Université Laval and the University of Erlangen, concerns cooperation between INO and the Bayerische Laserzentrum to foster scientific research into the development and application of optics technologies in mutual areas of interest. The second agreement, between the École nationale d’Aérotechnique (ENA) in Saint-Hubert and the Augsbourg University of Applied Sciences, involves education, technological research and the exchange of students, professors and teaching material.”
In coming months, these talks and working sessions will also cover electromobility – electric cars, photonics and even video games. “Québec also has a great deal of expertise in areas of organized crime that we could take advantage of in 2011,” Daniel Curio said in closing.
Source:            State of Bavaria Quebec Office
Information and interviews:  Marie Morneau, ARP
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