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French Wine Connection 2015

Inès NICOLAS - 07-avr.-2015 21:17:59
After a two-month selection process in France, the French Trade Commission in North America is proud to present its French Wine Connection, gathering 30 French producers from 11 wine regions. Come and discover exclusive products and rare grape varieties from : Ambrosia – Arrogant Frog – Benoît Gautier – Burckel-Jung – Cave du Marmandais – Champagne Maxime Blin – Champagne Vollereaux – Château d’Abzac – Château de la Tilleraie – Claude Lafond – Château Laur – Clos des Américains – Clos des Quarterons-Amirault  – Domaine de Flines – Domaine Déramé – Domaine des Caillots – Domaine de la Commanderie – Domaines et Châteaux de Bourgogne – Domaine Moncourt ¬– Jean-Luc Colombo – La Galaura – Le Clos Lucas – Les Grands Chais de la Marne – Les Grands Chais de France – Mabi rum punch – Maison Jean Pla – Olivier & Lafont – Pascal Gibault – Patrick Girard – Prieuré Saint Sever – Remy Pannier – Sick Dreyer – Vignobles Furt – Vranken Pommery The French Wine Connection will be held in Toronto on May 4 and in New York on May 6 2015. For further information or to attend, please contact Carole.Ringuet@businessfrance.fr (Toronto) or  Vincent.Pichot@businessfrance.fr (New York).

Digital and Educational Technology Event Set for Atlanta & Toronto

Sandrine SAUVAGE-MACK - 09-sept.-2014 18:50:21
UBIFRANCE - the French Trade Commission based in Atlanta & Toronto is organizing a trade delegation in the digital and educational technology sector. The delegation will comprise of several well-known companies in the field of digital education technologies and shall be visiting Atlanta & Montreal during their visit. We offer any prospective US partners the unique possibility to connect with these innovative French companies, at no cost, in order to discuss all possible business connections. The French educational technology sector is a growing industry developing at a rapid pace (over 25% in 2011 ) with great potential and innovative SME’s and dynamic technology clusters (Cap Digital in Paris). Growth forecast:  according to IDATE ( Digiworld Institute), by 2015, serious games sector will represent 84 million euros (around 116 million US$). By the end of 2015, this sector will represent 5% of the French GDP, up from 3% in 2009. French Education Technology is currently a priority, and the sector is undergoing rapid changes fostered by an ambitious government plan to transform Education for the future. The "Faire entrer l’Ecole dans l’ère du numérique"  program is at the center of this transformation plan and will involve all stakeholders of the Educational community. Let us know if you would like to know more about this program which will take place between the 20 th and 23rd of October In collaboration with the France-Atlanta conference 2014, with a focus on digital and educational technologies. Contact: Sandrine Sauvage-Mack and follow us on Twitter @ubintis

French Transport Tech Tour 2014 - Chicago & Toronto : French companies in the transportation and urban mobility sectors discover the specificities of the North American market.

Camille POYSAT - 25-juil.-2014 19:39:04
  Ubifrance North America organized a trade mission in Chicago and Toronto from June 17 th to 20 th , 2014 bringing France-based companies involved in the transportation and urban mobility sectors to discover the specificities of two key regions of the North American market (Chicago and Toronto are the 4 th and 5 th cities respectively in North America in terms of population). The delegation was composed of experts in the areas of passenger information systems, automation components and rail networks maintenance. In Chicago, they met companies such as the CTA (Chicago Transit Authority), Alstom TLS, Veolia Transportation or GE Transportation. In Toronto, the delegation was introduced to the TTC (Toronto Transit Commission), Metrolinx, the York Region Transit Agency and Thalès Canada. The visits were supplemented by information sessions about the North American transportation industry and networking receptions in both cities. This mission had many constructive exchanges and meetings in markets sometimes considered difficult to access, in particular due to issues related to public procurement procedures and local industrial benefit constraints, such as the “Buy American Act”. As seen in the video below, the French companies were very satisfied with the work done by Ubifrance North America. Some participants have already confirmed their interest in participating in the 2015 French Transport Tech Tour (location to be determined) or in pursuing their projects with Ubifrance on an individual basis. Chicago Contact: Camille Poysat Toronto Contact: Morgan Maison   Watch video below (French)    

RECAP: The French Delegation at this Year’s French Tech Tour 2014

Michael SALAS - 11-juil.-2014 17:09:20
The 10 French companies that landed in Toronto and Montréal this past June saw a very busy week of business meetings, networking events, and pitching sessions in front of key players in the tech sector in Canada. Bridging the gap between technology innovation and expertise, while fostering new alliances between France and Canada, the French Tech Tour introduced many successful French companies to Canada. This year’s class brought innovation in the fields of Big Data, Digital Marketing, Business Intelligence SaaS and Connected TV, to name a few.    Meet the French delegation below:    

The French Tech Tour 2014 Introduces the Best Innovative Tech Companies in its 2nd Year on Tour

Anne-Laure Gervais - 03-avr.-2014 23:10:39
The French Trade Office - UBIFRANCE Hosts 10 French Startups for Packed Week of business meetings, training and events to help them to kick start their businesses in Canada Toronto and Montreal – April 3 rd , 2014 – The French Trade Office - UBIFRANCE in Canada announced today the 10 selected companies of the 2014 French Tech Tour (FTT) that will be held June 2-6, 2014. Starting Monday, June 2 nd in Toronto, 10 companies from all over France will land in Canada to attend this business acceleration program. More than 25 companies applied to be part of the Tour. The final 10 companies were selected by the Tour’s supporting companies, including Bell, Telus, BlackBerry, Air Canada, Emerillon Capital, CGI, KPMG… 10 Participants Bridging the gap between technology innovation and expertise, while fostering new alliances between France and Canada, the FTT has introduced many successful companies to Canada. This year’s class brings innovation in the fields of Big Data, Digital Marketing, Business Intelligence SaaS and Connected TV, to name a few. This year’s startups include: Bittle A new generation reporting platform in a SaaS mode that aimed at any kind of businesses that are looking for a complete, packaged and ready-to-use BI solution allowing to generate and easily share dashboards in an entirely secured environment. Dotscreen Multi-screen developer & a User Interface specialists that creates, designs and develops interactive apps for connected TV, tablets and smartphones. Followanalytics Provides brands with solutions to launch, measure, optimize and extend their presence in the mobile world, in order to better identify and convert leads. DSIA An innovative provider of supply chain technology solutions, services and consulting which develops Logistar™ , an integrated Saas solution that focuses on the management and optimization of complex supply chains.   Ivalua  Provider of web based Spend Management solutions (Ivalua Buyer) that responds to the essential needs of its users: quick access to information, collaborative work, dialogue with suppliers, real time reporting, information exchange with other systems, etc. Sentinelo Develops additional traffic generation solutions for retailers and gives a global overview of all products sold locally in a given perimeter. Stardust   An expert of digital products testing by experimented testers on real devices. StarDust develops “StarDust Label”, which is dedicated to brands and developers to maximize their revenues. Pixeliris Develops CopSonic, a Contactless Mobile Payment technology solution using sonic ways through speakers and microphones to exchange the secured data and is compatible with 100% of mobiles phones including featured phones. Spideo Creates personalized recommendation engines that make it easier for viewers to discover and access video-on-demand (VOD) and TV content. Systancia Offers software for cloud computing mobility and BYOD with total security. Systancia is specialized in virtualization, desktop applications, and cloud computing. The French Tech Tour’s goal is to prepare companies for launching onto the Canadian market. To achieve this, the tour consists of a series of one-on-one meetings with sponsors and other blue chip companies in Canada, training and advisory sessions, and evenings packed with events where the companies are able to pitch in front of business communities. This event is part of French Tech initiative brought by Fleur Pellerin (the former French Minister delegate for SMEs, Innovation and the Digital Economy) to promote "la French Tech" in France and abroad. To learn more about the companies or attend an event to see companies pitching, visit: http://frenchtechtourcanada.ubifrance-events.com "Every year, it is exciting to see the new and disruptive technologies that come through the French Tech Tour. Their levels of enthusiasm as well as the maturity of their products makes them companies that our team and our sponsors think are ready to go to market in Canada. Even more so, it is great to see the lasting partnerships that grow out of the tour and tie our two tech regions together", said Stéphane Alisse, Managing Director, Technology and Services Practice for North America at UBIFRANCE. frenchtechtourcanada@ubifrance.fr - Anne-Laure Gervais - +1 (416) 977-1257

PRESS: Vancouver-based ClearlyContacts operator Coastal.com being bought for $430 million by France’s Essilor

THE CANADIAN PRESS - 28-févr.-2014 16:14:40
Coastal Contacts shares soared Thursday after the Vancouver-based online contact lens retailer announced a friendly $430-million takeover offer from Essilor International of France. Essilor, the world’s largest maker of prescription eyewear lenses for improving vision, is offering $12.45 per share in cash for each share of Coastal Contacts, which also does business as Clearly Contacts and Coastal.com. The company, which has expanded into sales of prescription glasses and sunglasses in addition to contact lenses, said its board is unanimously supporting Essilor’s offer. The deal is expected to close within 90 days after receiving the necessary shareholder and regulatory approvals. On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Coastal’s stock closed at $12.49, up about 20 per cent on the day. Essilor’s offer was 43 per cent above Coastal’s three-month, volume-weighted average price of $8.73 before Thursday’s announcement. To read the full article go to the Vancouver Sun website.        

Cutting Edge Innovations at the French IT Connection

Anne-Laure GERVAIS - 15-oct.-2013 17:16:43
The French Trade Commission in Canada – UBIFRANCE – organizes for the 8th year the French IT Connection that gathered the most innovative and fast growing French IT companies. This year they have been selected by the IT Canadian giants as Telus, BlackBerry, Videotron, BlackBerry, CGI. The companies listed below have met with potential business partners and customers during 5 days (3 in Toronto and 2 in Montreal). This first step will help them to accelerate their growth in the Canadian market and to develop strong and long-term partnership. - Jean De Broissia – PDG - PRAXEDO – www.praxedo.com Praxedo is a software editor that aims to help telecom providers and their sub-contractors to improve their performance on field operations . - Philippe Theriault – COO – ENOVANCE - www.enovance.com eNovance is specialized in improving the end-user experience for web and mobile applications (high performance and high availability features), Big Data solutions (elasticity, reactivity, international distribution, performance, resilience), Cloud Computing (automatization, elasticity, “on-demand” services) and Open Source/Open Cloud environments. - Georges Lamy Au Rousseau – PDG - STARNAV - www.starnav.fr Starnav, publishes Head Pilot, a software that turns any webcam into a non-contact mouse and a multimodal communication and automation system PICTOCOM which is a tool that allows you to remote control of your equipment and to communicate by combining sounds and icons to access easily to all your computer applications - Alain Motard – Directeur des ventes Amériques - NETGEM www.netgem.com Netgem provides Connected Home Entertainment Solutions to Multiservice Operators to help them strengthen their end-customer relationship and drive revenue growth -Franck Murray – PDG - IPDIA - www.ipdia.com IPDia is a leader in conception and production of embedded electronic component. The company produces ultra-miniaturized silicon passive component with high performance, high stability and high reliability. It is featured for customers in communication, harsh environment, industrial lighting and medical markets. - Emmanuel Esquieu – PDG – KNOWMORE - www.knowmore.fr Knowmore is a software editor that aims to help large companies to improve their users performance on enterprise software. Knowmore’s solution, K-Meleon Studio, allows employees to train on a realistic and easy-to-deploy simulation of your critical applications. - Ricardo Pastrana – PDG – PERCEPTIVA LABS - www.perceptiva-labs.com Perceptiva offers solutions for measuring and analyzing customerperceived quality of video services. - Frederic Durand-Salmon – PDG – BE PATIENT – www.bepatientsolutions.com BePATIENT, is an e-health patient centric platform which offers innovative solutions to the patient especially in chronic diseases. This single platform provides a global, personalized and participative approach to healthcare providers and industrials.
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