OTTAWA, March 20, 2017—Today, on the Journée internationale de la Francophonie, the Canadian Foundation for Cross-Cultural Dialogue and the Réseau de développement économique et d’employabilité (RDÉE Canada) are proud to announce that they are officially joining forces. This will allow the two organizations to pool their expertise, increase the impact of their accomplishments and jointly celebrate their respective 20-year anniversaries in 2017–2018.

For almost 20 years, the Canadian Foundation for Cross-Cultural Dialogue has supported and promoted dialogue and harmony between the different components of Canadian society. Meanwhile, RDÉE Canada has become the preferred gateway for doing business in French, while creating favourable conditions for economic growth in Canada’s Francophone and Acadian communities.

These two organizations are using this important day for both the Canadian and the international Francophonie to announce a strategic alliance, which highlights the energy and diversity of the French-speaking communities that have been an integral part of Canada for more than four centuries.

“It has long been clear that we share the same values and convictions; as we move forward, we have no choice but to combine our expertise in a way that is both practical and inclusive,” states Jean-Guy Bigeau, Chief Executive Officer of RDÉE Canada.

“Our even closer collaboration is a glowing testament to the added value that two organizations dedicated to the Francophonie can contribute to the social fabric,” explains Guy Matte, Executive Director of the Canadian Foundation for Cross-Cultural Dialogue.


The agreement will be signed at a cocktail reception on Monday, March 20, 2017. The La Cité amphitheatre, located at 801 Aviation Parkway in Ottawa, will host the event, beginning at 4 p.m.


For more information, contact:

Émilie Delattre                                                                                            Catherine Carle
Manager, Communications                                                                      Communications Officer and Social Media Manager
RDÉE Canada                                                                                              Canadian Foundation for Cross-Cultural Dialogue
Telephone: 613-244-7308, Ext. 201                                                        Telephone: 613-241-6055 / 1-877-241-6055
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