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HYDRO-QUEBEC MONTREAL REGIONAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FAIR TO ATTRACT 300 HIGH SCHOOL AND CEGEP STUDENTS

MONTREAL MARCH 1, 2013 – The annual Hydro-Québec Montreal Regional Science & Technology Fair will take place Sunday, March 17 through Tuesday March 19 at the Vanier College Sports Complex (821 Ste-Croix) in St-Laurent. This year’s event, organized by Educational Alliance for Science & Technology (EAST), is being hosted by
Vanier. During this one-of-a-kind competition, budding scientists aged 13 to 20 will be presenting to visitors scientific projects that impassion them, proving that science and
technology can be interesting and accessible.

Visit Vanier College to take part in this annual event. Members of the public can discuss with exhibitors the main concerns of this up-and-coming generation of scientists. Rami Sayar, Vanier graduate and winner of the 2009 Science Fair who went on to represent Canada at the MILSET International Science Fair in Tunisia, will be the keynote speaker at opening ceremonies on Sunday, March 17 at 11:30am in the Auditorium adjacent to the Sports Complex. There is no admission charge.

Public opening hours
Sunday, March 17, from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday, March 18, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday, March 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Awards ceremony – Tuesday, March 19, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (open to the public)

As a partner of the event for over a decade, Hydro-Québec is proud to support the 15,000 students who, every year, take part in one of the Hydro-Québec Science Fair Regional Finals, paving the way for a promising generation of scientific minds. Many things have changed since the first edition of the competition, but one thing remains the same: the pride and the sparkle in the eyes of the youth you will meet at these events.” said Hydro-Québec Science Fair Honorary Chairwoman, Marie-José Nadeau, Executive Vice President - Corporate Affairs and Secretary General, Hydro-Québec.

Numerous prizes
Visitors to the 2013 Hydro-Québec Science Fair regional finals will be eligible for numerous door prizes by taking part in La Course aux génies, a contest organized by Hydro-Québec that aims to encourage the public to visit many exhibitors.

Exhibitors at the regional final are competing for awards with a total value of $ 45 000. In addition, 12 projects will be selected to represent Montreal Regional Science & Technology Fair at the 2013 Super Expo-sciences Hydro-Québec, Québec final, to be held April 18 to 21, 2013 in the Ville de Saguenay. The Québec final is also a springboard for participating in the Canada-Wide and International Science Fairs.

Valued partners
The Hydro-Québec Science Fairs are made possible with support from presenting partner Hydro Québec, as well as major financial partners including Bell, the Ministère du
Développement économique, de l’Innovation et de l’Exportation du Québec, as well as Merck Canada, which has supported the Science Fair’s Experimentation type of projects for more than 20 years.

Many regional partners in the Montreal region also contributed to making the regional final successful: (Mc Gill University, Concordia University).

This regional event involves approximately 300 students from 39 schools and is expected to attract over 3,000 visitors over these exciting three days. “The Montreal Regional Science and Technology Fair has inspired thousands of young people over the years,” says Stephen Newbigging, Vanier Science Coordinator and Chair of the Organizing Committee “It offers students a unique opportunity to showcase their achievement which can motivate them to further their pursuit of scientific education.”

About Educational Alliance for Science & Technology
The Educational Alliance for Science & Technology (EAST) is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization serving Quebec students in extracurricular science & technology activities. Founded to take charge of the Montreal Regional Science and Technology Fair (MRSTF), it also organizes the CRC Robotics Competition, Junior Robotics Competition, and the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (Quebec affiliation).

For directions to Vanier College please log on to http://www.vaniercollege.qc.ca/contact/

About Vanier College
Vanier College is an English public CEGEP that has welcomed students since 1970 to its congenial tree-shaded campus that blends tradition and modern facilities. Vanier College
offers more than 22 pre-university and career programs leading to university studies or directly into the workforce. Vanier has enjoyed an enviable reputation for excellence in education for over 40 years. The College is well-known for its welcoming and caring learning environment where students who come from all over Montreal are treated as individuals, and where the highly qualified faculty and staff help each student identify and attain his or her academic, career and personal goals.

The Hydro-Québec Science Fair is one-of-a-kind competition in which more than 15,000 young Québecers take part every year, presenting projects in three categories:
Experimentation, Design and Study. The projects cover a wide variety of fields, including environment, engineering, chemistry, physics, health sciences and more! In Québec, the CDLSCLS Network partners are the project managers of the Science Fair movement.


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Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213
E-mail: mcohen@emsb.qc.ca