Western and Québec celebrate 10-year partnership

Alain Houde, Québec government representative, Los Angeles, (left) speaks with Julie Dufort, WWU visiting Québec professor. Former WWU employee Kathy Reigstad (left) and WWU Alumnus Zackrie Vinczen converse in the background. Photo by Elliott Smith | WWU Center for Canadian-American Studies

Don Alper, professor and director of the WWU Center for Canadian-American Studies (left), Frédéric Tremblay, Director for Governmental Relations and Public Affairs, Québec Government office Los Angeles, (center) and WWU Professor Emeritus Bob Monahan. Photo by Elliott Smith | WWU Center for Canadian-American Studies

Frédéric Tremblay, director for Governmental Relations and Public Affairs, Québec Government office Los Angeles (left), WWU Professor Emeritus Bob Monahan (center) and Don Alper, professor and director of the WWU Center for Canadian-American Studies (right). Photo by Elliott Smith | WWU Center for Canadian-American Studies

Julie Dufort, WWU visiting Québec professor, is recognized at the 10-year anniversary celebration of the partnership between WWU’s’ Center for Canadian-American Studies and the Government of Québec. Photo by Elliott Smith | WWU Center for Canadian-American Studies

Elliott Smith
Canadian-American Studies

Western Washington University’s Center for Canadian-American Studies welcomed Alain Houde, a Québec government representative from Los Angeles, and Frédéric Tremblay, director for governmental relations and public affairs in the Québec government office in L.A., to campus on April 30.

Houde offered a presentation titled “Climate Change in North America: A Québec View.” The presentation was followed by a reception in celebration of the 10-year partnership between the Government of Québec and Western’s Center for Canadian-American Studies.

With the assistance of the Government of Québec, Western’s Center for Canadian-American Studies has brought a Québec scholar to campus each spring to research and teach on Québec issues and Québec-U.S. relations. 

The 2013 visiting Québec scholar is Julie Dufort, a Ph.D. candidate in political science and a research fellow at the Center for United States Studies at the Raoul Dandurand Chair of Strategic and Diplomatic Studies at the University of Québec at Montréal.

In his remarks, Houde noted that Washington state and Québec have much in common, including large aerospace and hydropower industries and commitments at the top levels of government leadership to combat climate change.

Western’s President Bruce Shepard was in attendance and thanked the people of Québec for their support. He also conveyed his hopes that the partnership will continue for many more years.