Visit by the Ambassador of France to British Columbia [fr]
Philippe Zeller, the Ambassador of France to Canada, paid his first visit to British Columbia from December 4-7, 2011. He travelled to Victoria where he was welcomed by the Honourable Steven Point, the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. The Ambassador was also received at Parliament House by John Les, Secretary of State for Intergovernmental Relations. The Ambassador toured the campus of the University of Victoria and met with UVIC Vice-President Reeta Tremblay before visiting the NEPTUNE undersea observation laboratory.
In Vancouver, the Ambassador hosted a reception that brought together members of the French community, many notable members of Vancouver society, as well as members of the consular corps. The provincial government was represented by Parliamentary Secretary John Les, Noami Yamamoto, Minister of Advanced Education, and Margaret MacDiarmid, Minister of Labour, Citizens’ Services and Open Government. Opposition MLA Shane Simpson was also in attendance.
Inauguration of the new EFIV premises
On December 5, 2011, the Ambassador inaugurated the new premises of the French International School of Vancouver, located at 3657 Fromme Road in North Vancouver. With nearly 130 students following a dual French and Canadian curriculum from kindergarten to Grade 7, the school is a member of the international Agence pour l’Enseignement Français à l’Etranger network, with some 480 institutions in 130 countries, including eight in Canada.
The Ambassador’s visit to the Vancouver Alliance française
The Ambassador visited the Vancouver Alliance française. With a presence in British Columbia since 1904, the Alliance continues to actively promote French language and culture in 2011 with over 1,300 students. The Alliance is working to modernize its facilities and resources. It has a media library with over 11,000 reference works, magazines, CDs and DVDs in French.
The Ambassador’s visit to Ubisoft
The Ambassador visited the team at Ubisoft, a French company specializing in video game development. The company has been in Vancouver since 2009 and is an industry leader in digital technology.
- Mr. Bertrand Hélias, Managing Director of Ubisoft Vancouver Inc, Mr. Philippe Zeller, French Ambassador in Canada and Mr. Pierre Jouen, Director of operations at Ubisoft Vancouver Inc
The Ambassador’s visit to MOA
Ambassador Zeller and his wife visited the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia (MOA), one of the largest museums in Western Canada and the largest for Pacific Northwest First Nations arts and culture thanks to its extensive collection. This major British Columbian and Canadian institution was founded in 1949, and notably hosted French anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss in the 1970s. The museum was recently expanded and modernized for the Olympic Games. The Ambassador of France sits on the museum’s Advisory Committee.