Quebec remains an undeniable source of opportunities. This French-speaking region of Canada is experiencing very dynamic and attractive growth, offering real development opportunities for French companies. The implementation of various agreements between France and Quebec, on the one hand, and between the European Union and Canada, on the other, should increase trade between them by about 20%. In this perspective, Quebec is asserting its position as a gateway to North America.
On the international scene, Quebec has become a player recognized as much for its dynamism in the fields of forward-looking sectors of activity as for the constructive partnership it has built between public authorities and civil society at the national, regional and local levels. Quebec boasts numerous flagships, particularly in aeronautics and NICTs.
The Forum's initiative is a good example of how the government can help Quebec to develop its own economy.
The International Mission Forum initiative in Arcachon is part of a desire to nurture the dynamics of Franco-Quebec relations. It also participates in the growing rapprochement between our two territories, as evidenced by the agreements signed in 2013. It also aims to celebrate our common heritage, particularly the French language, which I am committed to defending. Finally, this event will be an opportunity to highlight promising initiatives that are being developed in Quebec, to compare North American and European visions on the challenges of tomorrow's economy and to anchor Quebec in the commercial network of French entrepreneurs. It will also be an opportunity to present the new professional social network, International Mission.
For over two decades, my professional life has rhymed with international, entrepreneurship and coaching. I love connecting people, whether they are entrepreneurs, decision makers or investors. I like to bring together original and innovative ideas and visions from all over the world to create bridges, weave links and create synergies. My role is to bring together talents, skills, perspectives and know-how. My history with Canada, and in particular with Quebec, is unique. During my eight years as an expatriate, I created the first social network for young people (more than 250,000 students) to give them access to discounts and advantages with more than a hundred partners, sponsors of the initiative. In addition, I have accompanied more than one hundred companies - SMEs, ETIs, large groups - in Canada, particularly in the province of Quebec. In 2015, I organized, in partnership with institutional and private actors, very high-level meetings on behalf of two delegations of about twenty French companies.
Furthermore, I have been involved in the development of a new business model for Canada.
Based on this long and solid professional and cultural experience, I believe that it has never been more important for the French to open up and promote their centers of excellence internationally. Conversely, never has it been so opportune for Quebecers to look to their French cousins to establish cooperation agreements in strategic sectors such as aeronautics, sustainable mobility, NTIC, agriculture, renewable energy, Smart Cities... It is with great pleasure that I will meet you on October 27 and 28 at the International Mission Forum, at the Palais des Congrès in Arcachon, for exciting and constructive exchanges.
David Kassar, President and Founder of Kassar International and International Mission, laureate of the "Entreprendre" network, EMBA/HEC-CPA, IHEDN auditor
Quebec remains an undeniable source of opportunities. This French-speaking region of Canada is showing very dynamic and attractive growth, offering real development opportunities for French companies. The implementation of various agreements between France and Quebec, on the one hand, and between the European Union and Canada, on the other hand, should increase trade between them by about 20%. From this perspective, Quebec is asserting its position as a gateway to North America.
In this context, the raison d'être of this BtoB Professional Forum organized by Mission Internationale lies in the following dimensions:
More concretely, the objectives pursued are as follows:
The forum aims to attract French and Quebec companies (large groups, SMEs/SMIs, ETIs) but also start-ups from the technological and digital innovation and new economy sectors. The audience will be made up of decision-makers and experts - company presidents, international directors, export directors, international specialists, public and private players, country experts... The number of participants expected is around 350 people.
Some highlights of the forum:
Located on the seafront, in the heart of downtown Arcachon, the Palais des Congrès houses more than 2,000 square meters of space dedicated to hosting business events and conventions for up to 700 people. The venue has a 500-seat auditorium, an ambassadors' room and a VIP area with a view of the Bay of Arcachon, as well as 10 fully modular meeting rooms. The team of the Palais des Congrès d'Arcachon will mobilize all its know-how and expertise to host our event and offer top quality services.
Arcachon is not just a seaside resort. It is a lively city, which combines gentle living and dynamism. A city on a human scale, it hosts numerous cultural and festive events all year round. With its seven kilometers of beach, Arcachon lives and transforms to the rhythm of the four seasons: it is an unmissable destination for business tourism.