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9 Mar 2009

Québec environmental expertise highly prized in southern U.S.

Mayor Shirley Franklin (left) and Québec Delegate Ginette Chenard during the event.

On Thursday, March 5, Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin and about 50 environmental leaders took part in a reception held jointly by the Délégation du Québec à Atlanta (Québec Government Office in Atlanta) and the Consulate General of Canada in Atlanta. Among other things, the event was aimed at highlighting the participation of members of the Atlanta community in the Americana environmental trade show, to be held in Montréal from March 17 to 19.

Québec’s Delegate in Atlanta, Ginette Chenard, and Canadian Consul General Brian Oak urged the Americana participants to develop ties with the people from specialized Québec businesses they will be meeting in Montréal.

Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin took advantage of her presence at the event to stress her support for efforts by Sustainable Atlanta, an organization that she created in 2008, in order to make her city more “eco-responsible.” Sustainable Atlanta is now led by Lynnette Young, former Chief Operating Officer of Atlanta. Mayor Franklin greeted the representatives of her city who will be travelling to Montréal to take part in workshops and meetings with Québec experts. She also offered her support to the organizers of an international trade mission to be held in Atlanta during the week of June 8 at the initiative of the Québec Government Office in the city.

In collaboration with the Ministère du Développement économique, de l’Innovation et de l’Exportation (MDEIE) and the Canadian Consulate General, the Québec Government Office in Atlanta is supporting the participation of about a dozen Atlanta-area participants in Americana. Held in Montréal every two years, this environmental trade show draws over 10,000 delegates and 400 exhibitors from about 60 countries.

Québec Government Office in Atlanta
Americana 2009
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