The Minister of the Economy Pierre Fitzgibbon appeared as part of his duties alongside the manager of the company, of which he is still a financial partner despite the contrary opinions of the Ethics Commissioner of the National Assembly.
The Ministry of Economy and Innovation (MEI) organized this event, Réception Québec, which took place last January in Las Vegas on the sidelines of the Consumer Electronics Show, a trade fair for the technology sector.
A video of this event was posted on the Facebook page of the company Immervision, of which Mr. Fitzgibbon is a financial partner.
In the video, the president and CEO of the company, Pascale Nini, distributes the thanks, in particular to her business partner, who stands by her side.
“I also want to give a special thank you to our minister, Pierre Fitzgibbon, for his effort,” she said. I know that it is close to his heart, the development of international companies. “
Mme Nini explains in particular that she decided to establish her company in the technology sector in Montreal at the suggestion of Investissement Quebec (IQ) among others and underlines a “permanent support of Export-Quebec”, which is now part of IQ.
“I would like to give a testimony this evening regarding the incredible work of our institutions in Quebec and our ministry to support companies like mine”, we can hear him say in the hubbub of the Bellagio hotel where was held in the gaming capital, Nevada.
According to information released by the MEI, Immervision and the company LeddarTech were sponsors of the evening organized by the Government of Quebec.
This video testifies to the situation of Mr. Fitzgibbon, at the center of a controversy for a month because of his business connections and the investments he holds in companies which have links with the government.
He has also suffered this week a second blame from the Ethics Commissioner of the National Assembly, Ariane Mignolet, whose most recent report exposes his many shortcomings and his casual attitude in the face of appearances of conflicts of interests.
Immervision still appears in Mr. Fitzgibbon’s most recent Expression of Interest to Mme Mignolet for the year 2019. His cabinet confirmed yesterday that this is the company which Mr. Fitzgibbon refused to divest, which earned him a reprimand from the commissioner.
“Yes, Mr. Fitzgibbon is still an investor since 2014. It is about the company [à laquelle] he referred as being the one with failure, ”declared his spokesperson Mathieu St-Amand.
Immervision secured funding from IQ before the minister entered politics and has not secured funding from IQ since 1er October 2018, he added.
In her most recent report on Mr Fitzgibbon’s breaches of the code of ethics, Commissioner Mignolet found that Mr Fitzgibbon is in a permanent irregular situation because he still owns a stake in Immervision, which she only identifies by the letter A.
THE CEO PRAISED THE MINISTER
“I also want to give a special thank you to our Minister, Pierre Fitzgibbon, for his effort. I know that it is close to his heart, the development of international companies. ”
THE MINISTER’S OFFICE CONFIRMS ITS CONTROVERSED LINKS WITH IMMERVISION
“Mr. Fitzgibbon is still an investor, and since 2014, it is about the company [à laquelle] he referred as being the one with breach. ”
Immervision in brief
- Founded in France in 2000. Headquarters in Montreal since 2003
- Pascale Nini is the CEO
- It produces wide-angle, super-wide and ultra-wide lenses with increased resolution and camera modules
- $ 3.3M loan from the govt. from Quebec (before the election of Mr. Fitzgibbon)
Source: Immervision and Creativity Quebec program