Bernard Pouliot honored Award of Excellence at convocation

Last Sunday during the ceremony of the University of Quebec in Rimouski, the UQAR Foundation has given the Price of Excellence of 2013 graduates to Mr. Bernard Pouliot. This distinction serves to recognize the professional journey of pre-eminent alumni of UQAR, his contribution to the well-being of the local community and his role as an ambassador for the university.


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MTR on track for Beijing rail deals

MTR, the Hong Kong metro rail company, is holding discussions with Beijing about operating two lines in the Chinese capital, including a high-speed rail link to the new international airport.

Jay Walder, chief executive of MTR, told the Financial Times that the rail company had also been chosen as “the potential foreign investor” to operate another line in Shenzhen, the southern Chinese city across the border from Hong Kong.

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Free trade zone has promise, but Canadian businesses should take wait-and-see approach, regional experts say

Late last month, the Shanghai government announced the official opening of the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone – a 29-square-kilometre area in the city’s Pudong district aimed at reducing administrative red tape for foreign enterprises and liberalizing the financial services sector.


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Singapore, Hong Kong best for business: World Bank

WASHINGTON: Singapore and Hong Kong rank the world’s best places to run a business, while mainland China remains far down the list, according to the World Bank’s annual competitiveness survey Tuesday.

The Southeast Asian entrepots and finance centres topped the survey for the eighth straight year, with New Zealand, the United States and Denmark rounding out the top five, as a year ago.

The lower ranks of the 189-country list were populated with African countries like Chad, the Central African Republic and Libya holding.

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Maestro Pinchas Zukerman launches Canadian orchestra’s China tour in Hong Kong

Leading violin soloist Pinchas Zukerman is back in Hong Kong, four years after his last performance – and this time he’s brought some friends.

The Israeli, who is also a conductor and the music director of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, is leading the Ottawa-based group on its first tour of China.


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Why Hong Kong is going after Canadian startups

Fortune 500 companies have for years set up shop in Hong Kong to access the huge Chinese market, making the region home to more than 90 per cent of the world’s biggest brands.

But not even China is recession proof, and it has seen its once formidable double-digit growth ebb with the economic misfortunes of its primary trading partners in Europe and North America.


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