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15 Jul 2013

A major new partner: the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago

Gitane De Silva, Consul General of Canada in Chicago; Ted Beattie, President and CEO, Shedd Aquarium; Julie Payette, Québec’s Delegate General to the United States; Eric Marquis, Québec Government Representative in Chicago

The Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, the largest aquarium of its kind in the United States, launched a new exhibit last month on the ecosystems of the Great Lakes called At Home on the Great Lakes.

To mark the event, the Shedd, in partnership with the Québec Government Office in Chicago (DQC), organized a major conference featuring Québec’s Scientific Delegate to the United States, Julie Payette.

An enthusiastic audience of over 250 people, including the Shedd’s board of directors, donors and political, economic and institutional heavyweights from Chicago and the State of Illinois, attended Julie Payette’s presentation in the enchanting setting of the Abbott Oceanarium. A tour of the exhibit concluded the event, which has raised the profile of Québec with a new public.

The activity enabled the DGC to gain access to new influential networks, notably the philanthropic, financial and scientific communities. The evening event was part of the emerging collaboration between the DGC and the Shedd, which will undoubtedly have multiple, promising benefits.

The goal is to facilitate research partnerships between the Shedd and Québec institutions conducting research on marine ecosystems and the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Basin.

Since it was founded in 1930, the Shedd has developed world-renowned expertise in the organization of scientific exhibits for the general public, and has expressed its interest in collaborating in this area with Québec institutions.


The Shedd Aquarium in Chicago is home to over 32,500 animals from nearly 1,500 species. It welcomes over 2 million visitors every year.


Québec Government Office in Chicago
Shedd Aquarium in Chicago

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