2017 Meeting of the Network
August 18, 2017
The 2017 Meeting of the Francophone and Francophile Cities Network was held in Québec City, from July 17 to 19. The conference, organized by the City of Québec and the Centre de la francophonie des Amériques under the theme l’Amérique en mode francophonie, focussed on tourism development.
Participants enjoyed the speeches of keynote speakers and participated in workshops and interactive working sessions aimed at facilitating the implementation of tourist routes and circuits based on French culture and heritage.
Keynote speakers included Paul LePage (Governor of Maine), Billy Nungesser (Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana), Elizabeth Moore Aubin (chargé d’affaires ad interim of the United States in Canada), Christine St-Pierre (Québec minister of International Relations and La Francophonie), Marie-France Lalonde (Ontario minister of Francophone Affairs and minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services), Florian Wupperfeld (founder of Leading Culture Destinations), and Lesley Chesterman (food critic).
The welcome reception held at the École de cirque de Québec and the dinner-show held at the Terminal de croisières du Port de Québec showcased the culinary and artistic talent of several member cities from across the Network. Kudos and thank you to the chefs and musicians!
Two activities open to the general public were also held within the scope of the Network’s 2017 Meeting: the Marché des saveurs d’Amérique (food fair) and Kinomada’s short film projection.
The 2017 Meeting in numbers:
- 334 participants from 115 cities (63 of which were represented by elected officials) in 6 countries across the Americas
- 6 keynote presentations and panels
- A dozen workshops and interactive working sessions
- 1 special session for elected officials that allowed for the creation of a steering committee made up of the three founding cities and the Centre de la francophonie des Amériques
- 46 potential collaboration agreements between associations, organizations and cities
- Announcement of an agreement aimed at encouraging youth mobility throughout the Network thanks to a professional internship program
Welcome reception held at the École de cirque de Québec
The welcome reception held at the École de cirque de Québec showcased the culinary and artistic talent of several member cities from across the Network.
- Tanya Saint Val (Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe)
- Yvette Landry et la Famille Leblanc (Lafayette, Louisiana)
- Ten Strings and a Goat Skin (Hunter River, Prince Edward Island)
- Simon Daniel (Dieppe, New Brunswick)
- Émilie Landry (Campbellton, New Brunswick)
- Manon Séguin (L’Orignal, Ontario)
- Justin Lacroix (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
- Gilles (Québec, Québec)
- Quintette Andrée Bilodeau (Québec, Québec)
- Patrick Mould (Lafayette, Louisiana)
- Stéphane Tesson (Edmundston, New Brunswick)
- Dominique Auger (Plantagenet, Ontario)
- Luc Jean (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
- Chef T – Natacha Gomez (Cap Haïtien, Haïti)
- Joseph Sarrazin (Québec, Québec)
- Arnaud Marchand (Québec, Québec)
- Guillaume Barry (Québec, Québec)
- Alain Bolf (Québec, Québec)
- Sébastien Laframboise (Québec, Québec)
Marché des saveurs d’Amérique
As for the Marché des saveurs d’Amérique (food fair) held on July 18 and open to the general public, it showcased the diversity of member cities’ gastronomy. In addition to the chefs featured at the welcome reception, several merchants from the Marché du Vieux-Port de Québec were also present:
- Cave à vins
- Les Canardises
- Centre de l’Émeu de Charlevoix
- Ferme Gosselin
- La Tomaterie
- Érablière Gilmond Huot