Open letter from Daniel Germain, President and Founder of the Club des petits déjeuners du Québec and Leah Lipkowitz, Financial Security Advisor

Open letter from Daniel Germain, President and Founder of the Club des petits déjeuners du Québec and Leah Lipkowitz, Financial Security Advisor

Canada NewsWire

MONTREAL, Oct. 10, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – We are two weeks away from the federal election and are asking our political parties on the campaign trail to take a stand and respond via their campaign platform regarding an unacceptable situation in our Country: today 1 million children go to school on an empty stomach each and every day. What are you prepared to do about it?

This is an urgent situation that needs to be address now. For almost 30 years, there were many promises with no results. Today we are asking for a real commitment. In 1989, the House of Commons unanimously passed a resolution to eliminate child poverty by the year 2000. With nothing done and child poverty actually increasing since then, UNICEF now ranks Canada 37 out of 41 developed countries on children’s access to nutritious foods.

There is an online petition that began a month ago (created by Leah Lipkowitz, available at http://petition.feedcharity.org), asking all political parties to act on this social issue. It has already collected close to 5,000 signatures as well as the support of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation, Breakfast Club of Canada and Billy Baldwin a Hollywood celebrity.

It is now time to act for our children, we cannot remain inactive in the face of such a social crisis. In a statement made on Sept 24, 2019, Jean-Luc Mongrain proclaimed: “Those who are currently in the election campaign should answer a question: Does the future of our greatest natural wealth, our children, deserve a real commitment from our elected officials for the adoption of a National School Food Program? This is a simple question that must be answered by those who ask for our trust.”

The time is now!

About Leah Lipkowitz
Leah Lipkowitz is a financial security advisor, entrepreneur, former publisher and philanthropist based in Montreal. As a correspondent for Global News, she has received numerous awards, including the Top 100 Women in Business Award, for four consecutive years.

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Quebec grants $4.7 million in funding to Gestion AgrIA for the first predictive and global monitoring technology and for higher crop yields with less pollution

Quebec grants $4.7 million in funding to Gestion AgrIA for the first predictive and global monitoring technology and for higher crop yields with less pollution

Canada NewsWire

LÉVIS, QC, Oct. 9, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Gestion AgrIA has just received a financial contribution of $4.7 million from the Government of Quebec, through the Green Fund, to complete a key research project that is helping growers boost their productivity while significantly reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. AgrIA is an NPO founded by three partners: Hortau, Les Fermes Tri-Jardins, and Houblon des Jarrets Noirs. It draws on the knowledge, expertise, and know-how of a large number of businesses, research institutions, technology transfer centers, and agricultural producers.

Hortau’s technology in a blueberry field (CNW Group/Hortau)

“Let’s remember,” said Jocelyn Boudreau, co-founder and CEO of Hortau (hortau.com), “that agriculture uses 40% of earth’s habitable land and 70% of its water resources. The global population will reach 10 billion in 2050 and, according to the UN, if we do not manage to produce more food with less water and less farmland, it will take two planets to feed everyone.”

Hortau and its partners have been working since late 2017 on developing the first predictive and global monitoring tool for crop production in order to substantially boost yields and productivity while reducing inputs such as water, fertilizer, pesticides, and energy. The new, fully digital multivariate technology redefines the needs, diagnosis methods, and approaches used in agronomic interventions through real-time, continuous measurements and techniques from the field of artificial intelligence (AI), including machine learning. It also significantly reduces the inputs, pollution, and greenhouse gases for a given harvest volume. Hortau has been developing the approach since 2008, making it the Internet of Things (IoT) pioneer in the agricultural sector. This is a 100% Quebec technology!

Added Boudreau, “Our new technology has exciting environmental and economic benefits for growers and will benefit the many Canadian businesses that serve our Lévis production center.”

Gestion AgrIA’s overall budget is $13 million and contributes to the broader Hortau project, whose budget is $20 million. With the company’s anticipated growth, Hortau and its numerous suppliers are expected to create plenty of high quality jobs, both at Hortau and with its many suppliers.

Source: Hortau.com

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CDPQ enters sustainable micromobility market with US 50M$ investment in Bird

CDPQ enters sustainable micromobility market with US 50M$ investment in Bird

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MONTRÉAL, Oct. 3, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (“CDPQ”) is announcing an equity investment of US$50 million in Bird Rides, Inc. (Bird), the global leader in sustainable micromobility.

Bird operates shared electric scooters in over 100 cities globally, offering an increasingly popular clean mobility option for short urban rides. After less than three years of existance, Bird has already established itself as a key shared transportation option for commuters in major cities across the globe.  

“Bird fits directly within our strategy to invest in innovative and disruptive tech sectors such as sustainable mobility” said Jeffrey R Smith, Senior Managing Director, Digital Investment Strategy, CDPQ. “This new partnership also supports our commitment to take part in the transition toward a less carbon-intensive global economy. We look forward to continue building a business which provides micromobility solutions in cities around the world.”

“Instead of spending to grow the company at any cost, our focus is to improve the revenue generated by each single Bird electric scooter” said Travis VanderZanden, CEO and founder of Bird. “Now with the best unit economics in the industry, new Bird investors such as CDPQ see that we are paving the road for a long-term sustainable and healthy business.”  

ABOUT CAISSE DE DÉPÔT ET PLACEMENT DU QUÉBEC
Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) is a long-term institutional investor that manages funds primarily for public and parapublic pension and insurance plans. As at June 30, 2019, it held CA$326.7 billion in net assets. As one of Canada’s leading institutional fund managers, CDPQ invests globally in major financial markets, private equity, infrastructure, real estate and private debt. For more information, visit cdpq.com, follow us on Twitter @LaCDPQ or consult our Facebook or LinkedIn pages.

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