Investing in Quebec: Land of OpportunitiesApril 15, 2019 4:36 pm - April 23, 2019 11:00 am
Presentation: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Q&A Session: 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Duane Morris & Selvam LLP
Income at Raffles
16 Collyer Quay, #17-00 | Singapore 049318
REGISTER by 19 April 2019
We look forward to seeing you there.
Please be prompt, as the presentation will start at 9:30 a.m.
About the Program
Quebec is the largest of Canada’s 10 provinces and is the second-most populated province, with 8.4 million people. With 3 percent of the planet’s renewable freshwater reserves and 2 percent of the world’s forests, Quebecers are nature lovers and are well aware of their collective wealth. In the last 50 years, Quebec has rapidly evolved from a resource-based to a knowledge-based economy to become one of the world’s most innovative and creative regions. Quebec’s excellent schools and universities, a forward-looking approach to the international mobility of skilled workers, as well as financial support for research and development activities, have accelerated this transition. Quebec’s business environment draws on the synergy connecting the arts, design, technology and science. This unique blend has created economic leaders recognized in their fields around the globe—in aerospace, information and communications technology, video games and artificial intelligence―making Quebec a sophisticated center of innovation.
At the end of 2018, the government of Quebec opened its formal representation in Singapore to develop economic ties in the region. With a network of 32 offices now in operation around the world, the government of Quebec offers businesses, investors, creators, researchers and Quebec institutions its services and advice, as well as activities adapted to the realities of the regions where it is represented.
The government of Quebec is also actively present in the region via its financial arm, Invest Quebec (IQ). Acting as a sovereign fund, a public financing corporation and Quebec’s economic development agency, IQ manages over C$10 billion. IQ actively supports the growth of Singaporean businesses and investors to help them thrive in the North American market.
Few federated states have a comparable presence on the world stage. This network closely follows the work of international organizations in areas that concern Quebec’s spheres of competence as a province, namely culture, science and knowledge, economy and education.
Ho May Kim, director of Duane Morris & Selvam, will open the session, and High Commissioner of Canada N. Lynn McDonald will give the welcome address.
In this roundtable, René Sylvestre and David Brulotte will provide an overview of Quebec and discuss the following topics:
• Quebec’s current economic situation
• Quebec’s international policy and its efforts to create a more secure, sustainable and equitable world
• Collaborations between Quebec and Singapore in innovation and R&D
• Quebec’s investment opportunities and competitive advantages
Finally, Quebec-licensed lawyer Marc-André Séguin, partner of Exeo Attorneys in Montreal, will briefly present Quebec’s business immigration programs as well as Canada’s work permit frameworks that all entrepreneurs must consider in planning their next steps into this market and its opportunities.
About the Speakers
N. Lynn McDonald, High Commissioner of Canada to Singapore
Lynn McDonald is the High Commissioner of Canada to Singapore. Prior to this position, H.E. McDonald served as consul and senior trade commissioner at the consulate general of Canada in Hong Kong and Macao from 2014 to 2016. Between 2011 and 2014, she worked as the director of the Intellectual Property Trade Policy Division in Ottawa, where she oversaw the negotiation of the intellectual property provisions of Canada’s bilateral and multilateral trade agreements. Her other assignments overseas include legal advisor to Canada’s Permanent Mission to the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, and counsellor and head of the trade policy section at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. During her time in Ottawa, she worked in the Legal Bureau, the Trade Law Bureau and the Trade Policy Bureau. H.E. McDonald was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1995 and joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 1996.
Ho May Kim, Director, Duane Morris & Selvam LLP
Ho May Kim is a director of Duane Morris & Selvam LLP, the joint law venture between Duane Morris LLP and Selvam LLC. May Kim is concurrently a director of Selvam LLC, a Singapore law entity, where she has an active commercial litigation and international arbitration practice in complex corporate, commercial and fraud cases. She also has a keen interest in mediation and has successfully mediated a considerable number of matters. She appears regularly before the High Court of Singapore.
René Sylvestre, Director, Quebec Government Office in Singapore
Over the last 20 years, René has held several public and private sector positions, providing him with extensive experience in financing, business development and project management in an international context. During those years, he worked as a consultant to major organizations, market analyst at a financial institution and business development manager for an economic development organization. He also held the position of director of finance and corporate affairs for a division of a European conglomerate. René has extensive knowledge in financial analysis, government relations, market research and economic development.
René holds an MBA from the National University of Singapore, a BBA (finance) from HEC Montreal, and a degree in social sciences, concentrations in economics and Canadian and Quebec politics, from the University of Ottawa.
David Brulotte, Director for Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, Invest Quebec
In June 2018, David was named director for Asia-Pacific and the Middle East for Invest Quebec, the province of Quebec’s financing corporation and economic development agency. Based in Japan, David manages the operations of IQ’s offices in Japan, Korea, China and India and the business development in the wider region. Prior to being posted in Japan, David worked as a trade commissioner in the Quebec government office in London, after which he joined IQ’s headquarter in Montreal. In 2014, he was posted for four years to Europe as the business development director for France, Italy and the Benelux countries in IQ’s Paris offices. Before joining the Quebec civil service, David worked in disarmament affairs for the United Nations in Kathmandu, Nepal.
David speaks French, English and Japanese and holds a B.A. in political sciences from Universite Laval and an M.A. in international studies and diplomacy from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. David has been involved in cultural philanthropy in Quebec and has represented Canada at the Triathlon World Championships in 2017 as well as being an Ironman All World Athlete. He received Universite Laval Foundation’s Raymond Blais distinction in 2015 and Rotary International’s Paul Harris Fellowship in 2018.
Marc-André Séguin, Partner, Exeo Attorneys
Marc-André Séguin has been practising business immigration law for nearly a decade.
Spending over a third of each year travelling the world to promote and explain immigration programs to Canada and the United States, he has personally developed business relations with industry professionals in over 20 countries and is a respected and frequent speaker on Canadian and U.S. business immigration issues.
His interventions in various issues and immigration cases have been covered in outlets such as The New York Times, The Guardian, BBC, CNN, Paris Match, Le Monde and Time.
Marc-André is an attorney licensed in Quebec and in New York state. He graduated from McGill University Law School, with degrees in both civil law (B.C.L.) and common law (LL.B.). He also holds an LL.M. in Asian legal studies from the National University of Singapore. He has published a widely read handbook on the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program.