Les Rendez-vous de la Francophonie (RVF) is part of the events surrounding the Journée Internationale de la Francophonie (March 20), which is organized every year to promote the French language and its numerous cultural expressions!
Les Rendez-vous de la Francophonie is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2018! It is an initiative of the Canadian Foundation for Cross-Cultural Dialogue, whose mandate is to promote and support dialogue between the Francophone and Acadian communities and all other communities in Canada.
Nearly 9.5 million people in Canada keep the French language alive and bring it to others. Most of these people live in Acadian communities or in Quebec and Ontario, but some of them live in western and northern Canada. Some come from families that have been established in Canada for generations, while others are more recent immigrants, or Anglophones or allophones who have chosen to learn French and immerse themselves in its culture.
The RVF is a time for Canada’s Francophonie to celebrate! More than 3000 activities take place across Canada: community gatherings, multicultural meetings, ceremonies, shows, singing, theatre, poetry, film viewings, word games, contests, educational activities—in short, a whole series of events that provide an excuse for celebrating.
By bringing together and listing the hundreds of activities organized by Francophones and Francophiles across the country, the RVF conveys the tremendous energy of the communities and regions, and invites you to join the party by promoting these celebrations through the pan-Canadian event calendar.
The RVF is an extraordinary opportunity to come together in celebration!
Every year, the RVF is proud to have renowned spokespersons who are involved with and passionate about the Canadian Francophonie.
The RVF presents the two spokespersons for its 20th anniversary:
Mariette Mulaire, CEO of the World Trade Centre Winnipeg
Mariette Mulaire has been the President and CEO of the World Trade Centre Winnipeg since April 2013 and was co-chair of the 2017 Canada Games Host Society. Before that, she was the President and CEO of ANIM since its inception in 2007. In that position, Mariette Mulaire was involved in numerous Francophone economic development and immigration initiatives on behalf of Manitoba, including spearheading the creation and hosting of Centrallia, the first international B2B forum held in western Canada. She represents the World Trade Centre Winnipeg internationally, sitting on various global boards of directors, including the Canada-Israel Industrial Research Development Foundation (CIIRDF) and the Canadian-Turkish Business Council.
Eddy King, comedian
Born in France of Congolese extraction, Eddy King settled in Quebec as a teenager and soon discovered his passion for stand-up comedy. In 2007, he received the “coup de cœur” award at the Concours de la relève, and since that time he has been a repeat performer at Juste pour rire Galas. Invited to perform in the Laugh Out Loud videos by Kevin Hart at the 2016 Just for Laughs Festival, Eddy also won the Victor Coup de Cœur award at that year’s Juste pour rire Festival. Since 2015, he has travelled around the Canadian provinces with the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie Tour. In 2016, he became spokesperson for Black History Month in Montréal. He has appeared on the television programs “Les dieux de la danse,” “Dans ma tête” and “Les pêcheurs” and has been a commentator on “Par ici l’été.” Currently preparing to go on tour with his second one-man show, Eddy delights his fans wherever he goes with his authentic and unifying humour!
For the three years from 2016 to 2018, the RVF focused on the theme of: La Francophonie in 3D: Diversity, Duality, and Dynamism!
Diversity: The desire to develop a better life together is an essential value in our country. This fundamental characteristic connects us. The RVF wants to celebrate this reality.
Duality: Based on a historic agreement, the country’s official languages strengthen the concept of diversity and acceptance. Support for linguistic duality is a demonstration of what makes Canada different, stronger and more attractive. The RVF wants to help enhance this support.
Dynamism: Francophone communities right across the country, integrated into their environments, have helped drive the local economy and culture through their innovativeness and imagination. This is the added value that Francophones, Acadians and Francophiles want to spread to all Canadians. The RVF would like to demonstrate this vitality.
Francophone entrepreneurial vision and vitality
While maintaining an aesthetic link with last year’s “steampunk” design, the visual concept for 2018 puts the spotlight on Francophone entrepreneurs by emphasizing their contribution to revitalizing the Canadian economy.
The concept of the archer embodies the intently focused vision of entrepreneurs as well as their determination to achieve their goals. At the same time, it calls to mind well-known motivational messages like “aim high,” “reach your goal” and “aim for success.”
It also seeks to convey a sense of unifying power: in spite of our country’s vast geographical distances, the Francophonie adds a valuable string to our bow when it comes time to reach out to different communities.
It brings the world within our grasp.
Andrée Lortie, President
C.M., O. Ont., Director
La Cité collégiale's Founding President
Bernard Voyer, Vice-president
O.C., C.Q., Explorer
Michel Matifat, CA, Secretary - Treasurer
President, RDÉE Canada and SDECB
Monique Collette, Secretary
Retired Public Servant
Yvon Godin, Director
Chedly Belkhodja, Director
Professor and Director, Concordia University
Paulette Duguay, Director
Laura Morrison, Director
Senior consultant – Sun life
Jenny Matingu, Director
Georges Arsenault, Director
Historian, ethnologist and communicator
Prince Edward Island
Renée Champagne, Director
Glen Taylor, Director
Francophone Education Consultant Alberta
Hon. Allister Surette, C.E.N.É., Director
Rector and vice-chancellor
Jean Johnson, Director
President, FCFA du Canada
Fédération des francophones de la Colombie-Britannique
Association canadienne-française de l'Alberta
L’Assemblée communautaire fransaskoise
Société de la francophonie Manitobaine
Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse
Fédération culturelle de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard
Fédération des francophones de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador
Association des francophones du Nunavut