Program


The program, including the schedule and details of each conference and workshop.

Day 1

september 8

Friday

6:00 PM

Welcoming of participants


7:00 PM


Photo de Jean-François  Garneau
  • Founder, Director and Vice President of the Scientific Committee
  • Forum of Ideas for Quebec
Photo de Philippe  Couillard
  • MNA for Roberval and Premier of Quebec

7:15 PM

French perspectives on governance and the development of regions and territories

How did the regional government as an institution in France move from a relatively small role on the verge of limited autonomy to an increasingly assertive leadership role with respect to the development of regions and territories? Our lecturer’s expertise makes him the ideal person to explain how the governance of regions and territories in France is changing, and how this is different and similar to what happens elsewhere in Europe and Quebec.

Photo de Michel  Angers
  • Mayor, City of Shawinigan
Photo de Alain  Rousset
  • President of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Regional Council
  • (Aquitaine/Limousin/Poitou-Charentes)
  • President of the Aquitaine/Euskadi/Navarre Euroregion

8:00 PM

Discussion time


8:30 PM

Coffee break


8:45 PM

Youth, regions and territories

Watching a documentary produced specifically for this forum will allow us to discuss the vision that different young people in Quebec have of their region or territory, the hopes they have for them and the regional and territorial developmental challenges with which they are confronted. The producer and director of the documentary and some of the young people interviewed in it will then join us to discuss what we have seen.

Photo de Frederick  Tobin
  • CEO, UP! Engagement Consulting
  • Lecturer, John Molson School of Business, Concordia University
Photo de Frédéric  Bourgeois Leblanc
  • ​Project lead, ​Public relations and corporate affairs
  • Citoyen Optimum

9:15 PM

Discussion time


9:45 PM

Adjournment


Day 2

september 9

Saturday

8:00 AM

Welcoming of participants


8:30 AM

Political governance of the regions and territories

The political governance of regions and territories is a topic that we will tackle from four different viewpoints. The first is from Switzerland and consists of an analysis of the importance of decentralization in the economic and social development of European regions. The second and third viewpoints express two different but not necessarily opposing visions that we may have of the political governance of the Quebec regions in the 21st century. Finally, the fourth viewpoint is from New Brunswick and shows what a provincial government can do, even when not decentralized, to better serve its regions.

Photo de Jean-Marie  Bézard
  • Co-founder and Vice President of the Scientific Committee
  • Forum of Ideas for Quebec
Photo de Marc  Bros de Puechredon
  • Chair of the Executive Committee
  • BAKBASEL, Basel, Switzerland
Photo de Marie-José  Fortin
  • Professor at Université du Québec à Rimouski
  • Canada Research Chair in Regional and Territorial Development
Photo de Guy  Chiasson
  • Professor of Political Science and Regional Development
  • Université du Québec en Outaouais
Photo de Éric  Forest
  • Canadian Senator 
  • Former Mayor of Rimouski and President of the UMQ
Photo de Colette  Roy-Laroche
  • Former Mayor, Lac-Mégantic
Photo de William  Morrison
  • Professor, University of New Brunswick
  • Co-Executive Director of the Health and Education Research Group (HERG)
Photo de Bernard  Sévigny
  • Mayor of Sherbrooke and President of the UMQ
Photo de Jean  Perras
  • Former Mayor of Chelsea
Photo de Jean  Matte
  • General Manager of the Association des directeurs généraux des municipalités du Québec and former General Manager of Rimouski

10:15 AM

Discussion time


10:45 AM

Coffee break


11:00 AM

Economic development of the regions and territories

We have chosen to tackle this subject by looking at the development of SMEs in general, and specifically their capacity to export. This approach to regional and territorial economic development will allow us to address these issues from an international perspective, in order to fully take stock of ambitions for each of our regions.

Photo de Ruma  Bose
  • Entrepreneur, investor, author and philanthropist
Photo de Stéphane  Forget
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec
Photo de Pierre  Sauvé
  • Senior Economist
  • World Bank, Geneva, Switzerland
Photo de Frédéric  Laurin
  • Professor of Economics
  • Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières School of Management

12:00 PM

Discussion time


12:30 PM

Dinner


1:30 PM

Solutions for high speed internet connection across Quebec

Digital technology is to the 21st century what electricity was to the 20th. How fitting, then, to hear someone who was instrumental to Hydro-Québec's development in its heyday talk about possible solutions for high-speed internet accessibility across Quebec.

Photo de Ronald  Poupart
  • Former Deputy-Secretary General, Government of Quebec
Photo de Jan-G.  Charuk
  • Energy Consultant
  • Former Secretary of the Hydro-Québec US Advisory Committee

2:00 PM

Période d’échanges


2:30 PM

Coffee break


2:45 PM

Cultural development and openness to the world of regions and territories

The cultural development of the regions and their ever greater integration into the French-speaking world is a vast subject that not only relates to our future in the international world of the 21st century but also to our past as explorers of the new world and expert coureurs des bois who are open to meeting others and mixing races and cultures. Our plenary will leave time for a talk on future prospects for the social and cultural development of the regions made possible by the internet and the digital revolution.

Photo de Jean-Marie  Bézard
  • Co-founder and Vice President of the Scientific Committee
  • Forum of Ideas for Quebec
Photo de Jacques-François  Marchandise
  • Co-founder and Director General
  • FING (Fondation Internet Nouvelle Génération)
Photo de Abdoul Echraf  Ouedraogo
  • Demographer, researcher, consultant and lecturer
  • Université du Québec à Rimouski
Photo de Bradley  Jensen Murg
  • Professor of Political Science
  • Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA
Photo de Natalie  Rousseau
  • General Manager
  • Trois-Rivières Symphony Orchestra
Photo de Pierre  Bernier
  • CEO, Groupe Ambition
Photo de Éric  Boucher
  • General Manager and International Commissioner
  • 48e Nord International
Photo de Valérie  Bourgeois
  • Director of heritage dissemination and of Boréalis
  • Corporation de développement culturel de Trois-Rivières
Photo de Chantal  Dali
  • Research Professional, UQTR
  • Laboratoire de recherche et d'intervention sur le développement de l'entreprise dans les pays en développement (LARIDEPED)
Photo de Marie  Fall
  • Professor of Geography and International Cooperation, UQAC
Photo de Didier  Kaba
  • Administrator of an education and health facility
Photo de Léa  Kaba
  • Economist and Professor of Economics and Finance
Photo de Claire  Mayer
  • General and Artistic Director
  • DansEncore
Photo de Tinasoa  Razafindrazaka
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Research on SMEs, UQTR
Photo de Nathalie  Rochefort
  • President, DeGama Solidarity Coop and Head of Interrelations and Liaisons, Tornade Rouge

4:30 PM

Discussion time


5:00 PM

Adjournment


Day 3

september 10

Sunday

8:00 AM

Welcoming of participants


8:30 AM

Higher education, research, innovation and entrepreneurship in the regions and territories

This plenary will enable us to draw a portrait of the most interesting developments currently taking place in the different regions and territories of Quebec in terms of innovative entrepreneurship, and the wish of these regions to work more closely together in the future. You will hear about what is being done in Gaspé, Lac-Mégantic, Magog, Saguenay, Shawinigan and Schefferville, in either French or Inu, in the digital, alternative energy, geomatics and innovative transport sectors.

Photo de Frederick  Tobin
  • CEO, UP! Engagement Consulting
  • Lecturer, John Molson School of Business, Concordia University
Photo de Mathieu  Vigneault
  • President and CEO
  • Réseau Trans-tech
Photo de Marie-Claude  Arguin
  • General Director
  • City of Lac-Mégantic and the Lac-Mégantic reconstruction office
Photo de Frédéric  Côté
  • Chair, Gaspé Chamber of Commerce and Tourism
  • General Manager, Wind Energy TechnoCentre, Gaspé
Photo de Philippe  Nadeau
  • General Manager
  • Digihub Shawinigan
Photo de Jim  de Wilde
  • Co-founder and member of the Scientific Committee
  • Forum of Ideas for Quebec
  • University professor and venture capitalist
Photo de François  Adam
  • General Manager, Innovative Vehicle Institute
  • Vice-president, Academia, InnovÉÉ
Photo de Michel  Angers
  • Mayor, City of Shawinigan
Photo de David  Bourdages
  • General Manager, Centre d'initiation à la recherche et d'aide au développement durable (CIRADD), Carleton-sur-Mer, Gaspésie
Photo de Carol  Cotton
  • Director
  • Technocentre for Information Technology and Communications (TCICT)
Photo de Josée  Dallaire
  • General Manager
  • Centre for Geomatics of Quebec 
Photo de Vicki-May  Hamm
  • Mayor, City of Magog
  • Vice-chair, Magog Technopole Board of Directors
Photo de Romuald  Messina
  • CEO
  • Société de conseil m.i.4.D. inc.
Photo de Antoine  Robitaille
  • Vice President
  • MDI Conseils et Technologies
Photo de Stéphane  Pipon
  • CEO
  • MDI Conseils et Technologies
Photo de Georges  Roy
  • General Manager, Economic Development, Conseil de la Nation Innu Matimekush-Lac John
Photo de Henri  Thibaudin
  • Economist and head for business development
  • DAMÉCO
Photo de Kim  Valade
  • Director of Sales, Meglab

9:30 AM

Discussion time


10:00 AM

Coffee break


10:15 AM

The digital as an agent of democratic renewal in the regions and territories

We will conclude our forum by examining the full potential of open and participatory democracy made possible by digital technology and increased digital literacy in our regions and territories. To do this, we have invited two of the founders of the Francophone international group, Démocratie Ouverte, to come and talk to us about this ideal of Territoires Hautement Citoyens in which they believe.

Photo de Julie  Martel
  • Senior Consultant
  • Paradigme Affaires Publiques
Photo de Armel  Le Coz
  • Co-founder of the Démocratie ouverte francophone group
  • Creator of the Territoires hautement citoyens program
Photo de Jean-François  Gauthier
  • President
  • Institut de Gouvernance Numérique
  • Co-founder of the Démocratie ouverte francophone group

11:00 AM

Discussion time


11:30 AM


Photo de Nicole  Ménard
  • Member for Laporte
  • Chair of the Government Caucus
Photo de Jean-François  Garneau
  • Founder, Director and Vice President of the Scientific Committee
  • Forum of Ideas for Quebec
Photo de Philippe  Couillard
  • MNA for Roberval and Premier of Quebec

12:00 PM

Adjournment