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The Incubator Model: French American Chamber of Commerce, Summer Le Courrier Newsletter



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  • 1. SUMMER 2009 A publication of the French-American Chamber of Commerce, New England Chapter B U I L D I N G S T R O N G T R A N S A T L A N T I C R E L A T I O N S H I P S This Issue’s Theme: The Success Factor When companies join forces to find solutions they can prevail through tough economic times An interview with Bernard Charlès, President & CEO of Dassault Systèmes What role can innovation play in the economic crisis? “Knowledge-sharing is accelerating. BERNARD CHARLES: Today we’re facing a global economic slowdown It changes the way people work that’s affecting everyone on some level. Overcoming the crisis depends and we can facilitate this.” on a company’s flexibility and ability to adapt to the new economic —Bernard Charlès environment, and more specifically on its ability to innovate. In this context, the current challenge for many companies is to revamp their product portfolios, as well as the way they conduct business and interface with customers and suppliers. Sustainable We must also keep in mind that the definitions of success and growth are evolving. With Innovation our changing world come shifted values. In the past only revenue mattered. Now sustainability is a word that every household is NEWSLETTER DESIGN © 2009 MA+G GRAPHIC DESIGN / COVER PHOTOS:i © JUPITER IMAGES embracing, and therefore so are corporations. To surmount the slowdown, companies must focus on producing sustainable products in challenging times and being sustainable. This goes beyond just being “green” and is also about education, safety, compliance and so much more. More than ever, innovation is at the heart of sustainable growth. How can Dassault Systèmes help its clients through this evolution? BC: DS provides companies with the means to grow sustainably and generate consumer confidence and brand loyalty. Traceability is critical for building trust. Where does a product come from, and how can one know if it safe? Our solutions help companies demonstrate this. With today’s extended enterprise, no matter the industry a company’s sustainability also depends on its supply chain. Monitoring the supply chain and transforming it to a sustainable value chain requires reconfiguring processes to act with increased efficiency and flexibility, all the while adhering to sustainable business practices. We must also consider that consumers are changing the way they buy. They’re becoming more demanding and selective with their purchasing choices and are increasingly concerned about what they’re buying and how it impacts their health and the environment. Consumers will buy products from companies that share their values in addition to offering the products they need. Labeling and packaging are key elements to help consumers understand a product’s sustainability and decide what to buy. Our solutions cover this as well. Will companies have the time necessary to implement these solutions before it’s too late? BC: Speed is everything. To ensure that consumers will continue to buy their products, many companies will be under pressure from both competition and customers to adjust their pricing structures and product portfolios and expand their activities internationally. We can help companies accelerate their evolution. Our solutions are powerful and can specifically address our customers’ problems today in order to Business Award 2009 ensure their resilience and sustainability in the future. The gala dinner honoring Veolia Energy NA — article continues on page 3 Images and details — Pages 8-9
  • 2. F R E N C H - A M E R I C A N French-American Chamber of Commerce Table of Contents Sustainable Innovation — continued from cover, New England Chapter President Articles and features in this issue: How does Dassault Systèmes situate itself Given the economic climate, will Dassault Message from Executive Director, Ludivine Sanchez-Wolczik Mr. Maurice Gervais in this environment? Will the financial crisis Systèmes reduce its investment in R&D? Professor, Business Administration Cover & Page 3 impact all industries in the same way? BC: DS has always been a company focused Simmons School of Management Sustainable Innovation BC: We help our customers plan their product on the long term, investing in R&D in order Dear FACCNE Members and Friends, Honorary President in Changing Times production (and recycling) from the idea to the to provide targeted solutions to our clients. C H A M B E R Mr. François Gauthier An interview with realization, starting with product conception. The foundation for us to continue in this Consul General of France Dassault Systèmes Today’s crisis provides a real opportunity for direction is strong. We have solid long-term President & CEO, all of us. Creating, adjusting, simplifying, this relationships with our clients and partners. Executive Vice President is what we help our customers do. This will not change. We have a stable revenue The 2008/2009 FACCNE season has now come to an end and we hope that you found Bernard Charlès Mr. Kenneth J. Vacovec, Partner it interesting with excellent opportunities to network and establish mutually-beneficial conducted by flow with our clients, which is important in Vacovec, Mayotte & Singer Isabelle Estebe, Concerning industries such as transportation these times. We have also developed a strong relations with new contacts and partners. Dassault Systèmes, at large, energy, and others, companies are solutions portfolio that can be implemented O F Treasurer Business Development wondering how they can adapt their product immediately to bring value to customers. Mr. Bruno Hupin, Vice President The last event of the season, our June 4 Biotech Conference at Genzyme Center featuring Consulting Services, CGI Director and FACCNE portfolios. It is essential for them to continue C O M M E R C E , N E W a panel of CEOs and Senior Executives of Genzyme, Idenix, Charles River Laboratories, Board Member to develop new products, and we can help DS will continue to invest in R&D in order Peptimmune, Promethera and MPM Capital (see pictures of the event on page 13) was Secretary About Bernard Charlès: He was named president them adapt those products to new market to share, connect, transmit knowledge, and extremely well-received by more than 80 professionals in the biotech field who saluted the Mr. Roland Shrull, Partner of Dassault Systèmes on September 1, 1995; and constraints. transform the way industries function with Middleton & Shrull president/CEO on May 28, 2002. His career at their surrounding communities. quality of the speakers and the presentations. Dassault Systèmes began in 1983 leading teams In addition to our traditional industrial Executive Director to develop new technologies. In 1986, he founded We appreciate your input and interest in the FACCNE events and welcome your ideas and Ms. Ludivine Sanchez-Wolczik equipment, automotive, aerospace, and How will this evolution impact Dassault a dedicated Strategy and Research department, shipbuilding sectors, we have achieved Systèmes’ future? suggestions for programs in the fourth quarter of 2009. Please do not hesitate to e-mail them and in 1988, was named president of Research and BOARD OF DIRECTORS successes in industries such as life sciences, BC: Knowledge sharing is accelerating. It to Building on the success of last fall’s events, we can announce that Development. The solutions and services developed Mr. Thomas Anderson, President, CEO high-tech, and consumer packaged goods. changes the way people work and we can we will organize a conference with ADERLY (Lyon Area Economic Development Agency) on Weymouth Design by Dassault Systèmes today give shape to his vision facilitate this. The design process no longer October 26, and hold our traditional ‘Taste of France’ on November 5. E N G L A N D of leveraging the power of 3D to help companies Is Dassault Systèmes fit to overcome the belongs solely to engineering specialists. Mr. Frederic Chereau, CEO develop, simulate, and optimize the complete lifecycle crisis and help its customers through it? Through crowd-sourcing other communities We are also pleased to announce that the FACCNE’s Pervasis Therapeutics of their products, and preserve the environment for BC: Our ability to provide customers with are starting to get involved with design. new Web site was launched in June. It shares the same the future. Bernard Charlès graduated with honors as concrete, tactical answers by relieving their Companies want to connect with diverse Mr. Jim Collins, Chairman a mechanical engineer specialized in Automation and template as more than 50 French Chambers in the world New England Business Partners pains will strengthen us. The crisis is an communities, such as research and academia, Computer Science Engineering from the prestigious important test for our solutions to demonstrate inside and outside of the traditional enterprise and offers you access to much information on the FACC Ecole Normale Supérieure in Cachan, France where their full potential. If used well, they will setting. C H A P T E R network, membership, advertising and sponsorship Mr. François Ducroux, Financial Advisor Merrill Lynch he still belongs to the scientific core of professors. provide practical, efficient, and immediate opportunities, and the Chamber’s services and activities. value to our clients. This exponential growth of communities The “Members Only” area gives members access to Page 4 Ms. Isabelle Estebe has already begun, and it’s transforming the the membership directory and allows them to search Savitz Immigration Column How will Dassault Systèmes assist its way we conceive products as well as sell Business Development Director out other members by industry. Dassault Systèmes customers to adapt to the changing times? them. The economic crisis is a catalyst for Pages 4-5 BC: Over the past few years, we’ve reinforced this transformation, and I’m convinced that The FACCNE also encourages members to join our Mr. Alberto Haddad, Managing Partner Productivity Solutions: our business model and simplified our “go- communities will continue to evolve and grow LinkedIn Group, which enables you to connect directly Melcion, Chassagne & Compagnie to-market” to give our partners increased considerably in the coming years. Cost Cutting Critical to strength. I’m very happy that we completed with fellow members in the Boston area, and also with members of other FACC chapters in the United States. Mr. Eric Javellaud Today’s Survival this process last year, because it positions DS believes in 3D as a universal language. Senior Vice President of American Operations — Iliana Rabago, Lex Creative Essilor DS to better overcome today’s particular Online environments such as Everyone here at the FACCNE wishes you an excellent challenges. Although we have made some will become intersections for companies, Mr. Jean-Paul Mangeolle, Vice-President Pages 6-7 important changes, we will continue to refine customers, virtual focus groups, and various summer and looks forward to seeing you in September, with new membership packages and a renewed Millipore Corporation The Incubator Model: them in order to provide more value to our crowd-sourcing initiatives that will drive our Vision for the Future partners and customers. Our R&D and sales future products and shape our everyday lives Summer 2009: Success Factor Issue Programme Privilege. Mr. Perry Newman, President teams are going to concentrate on solving and experiences. Atlantica Group — John Henry Silva, Incunation problems our customers are facing to provide Enjoy your reading! them with immediate, flexible solutions. This Ms. Françoise Oldcorn, Director Ludivine Sanchez-Wolczik Air France Pages 8-9 gives us an opportunity to deliver critical and strategic help to our clients. Mr. Jeffrey Plunkett Business Award 2009 w w w. f a c c n e . o r g S P R I N G 2 0 0 9 Executive Vice President and General Counsel The gala dinner honoring Natixis Global Asset Management Veolia Energy NA. Images and details. About Dassault Systèmes: As a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, Dassault Systèmes brings value to Ms. Barbara Reilly Page 11 more than 100,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systèmes Managing Partner, Executive Director This newsletter is a forum open to members to share their knowledge and their thoughts. The FACCNE does not Images from recent Chamber Events develops and markets PLM application software and services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D Arnold hold responsibility for the ideas, views and/or opinions as expressed by any contributor. vision of the entire lifecycle of products from conception to maintenance to recycling. The Dassault Systèmes Mr. Jean-Pierre Sommadossi Page 13 portfolio consists of CATIA for designing the virtual product - SolidWorks for 3D mechanical design - DELMIA for The FACC Mission Chairman and CEO The French-American Chamber of Commerce in the United States, Inc. is an independent, non-profit, bi-national organization. Our or- New Corporate Members virtual production - SIMULIA for virtual testing - ENOVIA for global collaborative lifecycle management, and 3DVIA Idenix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for online 3D lifelike experiences. Dassault Systèmes’ shares are listed on Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA) and ganization contributes through the efforts of our twenty chapters and their members, to the development and improvement of economic, commercial and financial relations between France and the United States. We are committed to providing the highest level of service to Page 14 Dassault Systèmes’ ADRs may be traded on the US Over-The-Counter (OTC) market (DASTY). Mr. Stewart A. Wood our members and representing the interests of the membership to external organizations. We facilitate the interaction among our mem- For more information, visit CATIA, DELMIA, ENOVIA, SIMULIA, SolidWorks and 3D VIA President and CEO Calendar & Other Updates bership to foster continuing good economic, commercial and financial relationships between France and the United States of America. are registered trademarks of Dassault Systèmes or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and/or other countries. Veolia Energy North America ___ ___ 02 Le Courrier, quarterly publication of the French-American Chamber of Commerce, New England 03 B U I L D I N G S T R O N G T R A N S - A T L A N T I C R E L A T I O N S H I P S
  • 3. F R E N C H - A M E R I C A N Immigration & Visa Information Productivity Solutions: cutting costs quickly is crucial for survival in today’s economy Q: In the current economic situation, cutting Some of the solutions that support efficient Dispersed teams, outsourcing, market M i n i mi z i n g ri s k wh i l e o p t i mi z i n g C H A M B E R costs quickly is crucial for survival. collaboration initiatives are: expansions, etc. are some of the forces that communication is a very serious issue. In the Is it true that the H-1B cap are increasingly driving how people work, current environment, employees have access Not too long ago, efficient collaboration and Web-Based Work Spaces and will continue do so. The need for sharing to all kinds of applications and online tools has not yet been reached All the information generated by a project is information and effectively collaborating for exchanging information, but technology productivity improvement were perceived this year and that H-1Bs as a concept that involved expensive instantly available, simplified and organized, with colleagues, clients, partners and vendors grows more rapidly than most companies can are still available? consultants, structured reengineering, ISO producing real savings through faster project across different geographic locations is no gauge. Security and confidentiality concerns O F A: certifications, and other expensive and time- completion. This kind of tool integrates the longer limited to multinational corporations; increase as technology evolves. consuming options. Today, productivity is execution of all processes for communication, small to large businesses and individuals C O M M E R C E , N E W essential to cost reduction and it can make reviewing and decision making on a secure alike, rely on communication technology for In conclusion: Yes! For the first time in three years, the the difference in staying ahead of the curve. and auditable environment that minimizes everyday work. Reducing costs is one of the most pressing 65,000 cap on H-1Bs available during the liability. Teams exchange information with priorities for companies right now. Fiscal Year (October 1, 2009 to September However, a fresh approach is needed to ease, using a central work space. Communication, collaborative work and 30, 2010) was not reached on April 1st! implement these kinds of changes: instead technology are very relevant topics in today’s Since an H-1B application can be filed up of companies trying to reinvent themselves, Remote Training business world; the way they develop and to six months prior to the intended start date they must bring savings right away and These are systems, strategies and methods influence each other has a dramatic impact (April 1st for an October 1st start date), that enhance performance without affecting designed to train collaborators off-site. Based on companies and organizations at the local, was precisely the situation the past two the business. IT should not be an obstacle, on technology and corporate knowledge national and multinational level. years. Due to the economic downturn, only but the very core of effective collaboration management, they accelerate learning, E N G L A N D approximately 46,000 H-1Bs have been at any organization. Finally, cost-cutting, education and training processes, while Market trends and the unprecedented used as of the end of May. productivity and IT strategies have to be significantly reducing travel time and availability of communication technology congruent with today’s workplace. expenses. are constantly changing the way people Even when the H-1B cap is reached, it does work together. In a difficult and uncertain not affect most foreign nationals currently in People need to work with the same ease, Electronic Management of Documents economic climate, productivity has proven Keeping control of shared digital or print crucial to produce positive results. C H A P T E R H-1B status who need to file an extension of whether they are a small or a large team, status. Additionally, the H-1B Visa Reform dispersed across the globe, or in the same information is a strategic need. It is also crucial Internal collaboration has also changed. Act of 2004 exempts from the H-1B cap the office. to use the right management, confidentiality As technology expands and economic How to adapt quickly to this context is both first 20,000 beneficiaries who have earned and accessibility mechanisms required by challenges arise, work processes become necessary and challenging. The businesses a Master’s or higher degree from a U.S. Using productivity tools to reduce costs is each kind of information. Implementing a more complicated, the level of specialization that are looking for ways to enable intelligent institution of higher education. However, about taking the time to understand how system to optimize the processes of Creation, needed is higher and larger numbers of collaboration systems are taking a proactive the H-1B cap does affect foreign nationals people work together, analyzing practices Edition, Visualization, Traffic, Searching and people are brought together to participate on approach towards the current economic in some other nonimmigrant statuses, such and implementing systems that can work Retrieving documents, reduces the cost and projects, generating more information and downturn. Transforming IT into productivity as B, F, J or H-4, who request a change of with existing procedures. The main goal is time associated to them while keeping a complexity. for their workforce, bringing dispersed status to H-1B, as well as foreign nationals to optimize the company’s current resources, strong security infrastructure. teams together, motivating employees and who are applying to work in the United on a collaboration framework that meets the Communication issues at work have facilitating processes gives them more States in H-1B status for the first time. requirements of users and has the flexibility to always contributed to low productivity. power to succeed and to turn a situation of adapt to changes in the future (incorporating Impact on The New Workplace: Reality Misunderstood or delayed information has a uncertainty into one of opportunity. The H-1B cap causes significant disruptions new workflows, applications, etc.). and Challenges negative financial impact that can no longer — article by Iliana Rabago for both employers and prospective The solutions described above are intrinsically be afforded. When all these components are integrated linked to achieving effective cost cutting, but employees, so it is important to plan into comprehens ive and pragm at i c they also have a direct impact on the new Auditability has also become a top priority. ahead. Since there are still almost 20,000 solutions, businesses have powerful tools to workplace. To better understand how they Avoiding conflicts, reducing liability and H-1Bs available, employers have a great face adversity, to adapt to changes and/or strengthen collaboration, it’s important to keeping collaborators accountable, are key opportunity to hire available, talented outcomes and become stronger. look at the context of the challenges they factors for companies to stay focused on their professionals. address. work and doing more business. ILIANA RABAGO Rabago is the Founder and Art Director of LexCreative, LLC. a design and branding firm in MA. Since 2003, she manages highly specialized teams for online /offline design and marketing projects, in a broad range of 6 Beacon Street-Suite 900 industries including: Environmental, Pharmaceutical and Real Estate companies, Start-ups, Boston, MA 02108 Luxury Retail businesses, etc; as well as Advertising Agencies in the New England Area. Her Tel: 617.723.7111 most recent initiative is the creation of TeamCoord, a technology strategy company focusing on Fax: 617.723.7171 Productivity Improvement Services and Internet Collaborative Spaces. She partners with E-mail: experts in Organizational Communication and Web-based Solutions. Prior to establishing her professional activities in the U.S., Rabago worked for Publicis Group, in Paris, France. ___ ___ 04 05
  • 4. F R E N C H - A M E R I C A N The economic downturn has adversely affected whole countries and industries around the world. Pessimism is reflected by the news and in the minds of individuals. Entrepreneurs, especially, are finding that life is difficult, but they believe better days are ahead. Still the big question that many people are asking now is: What is the next step forward to prosperity? Incunation was founded in 2008 to In advanced economies like those in Europe and North America, strong industries such as healthcare, high-tech, software, education and energy are viewed to be seize an opportunity to act as a private the path out of recession. Whole industries are being reshaped, and traditional incubator to marshal together these forces. Taking models of venture financing are quickly changing. In some instances, law existing models of proven incubator services with cutting- firms must act more like business advisors to replace those services previously provided by consulting and financial firms, as many of these have evaporated edge technology, Incunation was launched. The company acts in concert C H A M B E R in the meltdown. The healthcare industry, from hospitals, medical devices, and with the social structure of traditional university alumni networks of colleagues pharmaceuticals is changing in a myriad of ways. For entrepreneurs, this means with high group cohesion and more recent developments in social technology such that they must utilize all the resources that are available to them, ranging from academia, government or private organizations. This puts New England, Canada as We use state-of-the-art enterprise software to provide our community and France in an excellent position to foster entrepreneurship, given the strong members with the means to communicate, share news and resources, make targeted and relationships between universities, governments and private industry. O F meaningful introductions, and with special tools to promote their ventures to an international community of entrepreneurs. The feedback from our membership has been overwhelmingly positive. C O M M E R C E , N E W the incubator model: providing a vision for the future For individual entrepreneurs, we have developed a proven model of colleagues inviting colleagues. Real- world relationships are leveraged with technology, rather than the other way around. Based upon market Allows real-time sharing research, group cohesion and trust is highest when members are invited in by their colleagues for whom they can vouch, and in a transparent system, colleagues know their invitees well. For organizations, Workspace collaboration E N G L A N D ranging from academic institutions, governmental initiatives supporting entrepreneurship, or private Content rating incubators, Incunation offers a host of enterprise software solutions to catalyze operations and empower their respective constituents. Features such as real-time knowledge-sharing, workspace collaboration and content rating are quickly becoming a necessity for organizations in the knowledge industries. A D V E R T I S E I N L E C O U R R I E R C H A P T E R Future solutions will come At this time, we are primarily focused on serving Trans-Atlantic professionals and business from innovative professionals organizations. Once Incunation is further established, we forecast that some of the greatest with strong intercultural and opportunities will be in rapidly growing emerging markets countries. The highly populous cities in China, Turkey, Brazil, India, Latin America and the Persian Gulf are ripe with interdisciplinary backgrounds. opportunities for infrastructure investment, technology transfer, and ideal in terms of consumers and collaboration with large, young, educated populations. Now is the time to solidify mutually beneficial relationships and plan for when the global economy improves. At Incunation, we believe the problems of the future will be solved by teams of professionals with a shared vision for innovation. These individuals will be possessed of strong intercultural and interdisciplinary backgrounds, which are often the essentials required for an effective entrepreneurship. Further, it is not always akin to an earned degree; but instead, part of a learning experience, which continues throughout a career. Social and business etiquette can be remarkably different across continents, or even within relatively close regions. Furthermore, there is often a distinct culture unto itself within the professional disciplines. For instance, a scientist may find it difficult to convey complex medical and research concepts to a sales lead whose primary focus is toward driving the profitability of the company. Or the visionary founder, accustomed to thinking in terms of highly abstract opportunities, may engage in conflict with the chief operating JOHN HENRY SILVA Silva is Co-Founder and President of Incunation LLC. His venture experience is primarily in early-stage projects with an emphasis officer, who must be necessarily pragmatic and bottomline-oriented in terms on public-private joint partnerships in the educational and social technology sectors. Prior of business decisions. These are some challenges that organizational cultures to becoming an entrepreneur, John served in the U.S. Marine Corps at the White House and present. It becomes a great opportunity for others to learn from, share in and earned an honors degree in Classical Civilizations at Harvard University. About INCUNATION, work together for a successful future. LLC: this is a private venture community of trust exclusively for entrepreneurial professionals. Incunation provides a trusted space for entrepreneurs all over the world to interact, share — article by John Henry Silva resources, and acts as a service provider for academic, governmental and private incubators globally. Contact Silva at: 312.929.6866 or ___ ___ 06 07
  • 5. F R E N C H - A M E R I C A N Stewart A. Wood, Maurice Gervais, François Gauthier and Phil Giudice. Stewart A. Wood, President and CEO, Veolia Energy North America received the FACCNE 2009 Business Award. C H A M B E R O F Phil Guidice and Bruno de Pellegars Malhortie, Over 200 attended this year’s dinner held at the Langham Hotel Jeffrey Plunkett, Rowan Sanders and Roland Shrull C O M M E R C E , N E W Executive Vice President, Business Development, Dalkia. the Award Françoise Oldcorn, François Gauthier, Stewart A. Wood, Second from left, Tim Murray, Lt. Govenor, and Isabelle E N G L A N D Lt. Gov., Tim Murray and Françoise Oldcorn. and Maurice Gervais at the VIP reception. Estebe with other guests. C H A P T E R Isabelle Estebe introducing Dassault Systèmes Marie-Pierre and Eric Javellaud, Essilor. Jeffrey Plunkett and Ludivine Sanchez-Wolczik Michael Ross, President of Boston City Council Maurice Gervais, FACCNE President makes Perry Newman. FACC Board members (right) executive to François Gauthier, Consul General of France. with guests at the early reception. the opening remarks. shares a toast with others. . Ken Vacovec (center) and Barbara Reilly (right) FACCNE Guests at the VIP Reception applaud the remarks François Ducroux, Antoine Mynard, Attaché for Science François Nivaud, Jane Denis, Annick Nivaud Board members relax pre-dinner with guests. of speaker, Olivier Barbaroux. and Technology speaking with Marlene Andrews-Gilboy and Serge Denis of the Langham Hotel. G A LA P HO TOS: COURT ESY DAVID F OX PHOT OGR APHY Mr. Stewart A. Wood, President and CEO of Veolia Energy North America, was presented the President and CEO of the Boston Chamber of Commerce; Jim Hunt, Chief of Environment and We wish to thank all our generous raffle sponsors, particularly Air France, 2009 Award from the FACCNE at a ceremony and gala dinner held at the Langham Hotel in Energy Services for the Office of the Mayor of Boston. Arnold, Axelle Fine Arts, Boston Coach, Chic Redesign, Cognac Boston on April 15, 2009. Like its 2008 edition, this annual Business Award Dinner was sold out. Pierre Ferrand, The Colonnade Hotel, David Fox Photography, Veolia Energy North America The event was attended by 200 guests and including several members representing the Veolia In addition, we are delighted to announce that Mr. Wood joined the Board of the French-American French in the City, The Langham Hotel, Lex Creative, Longchamp, also provides customer solutions Energy Board of Directors who came from France, Canada and the United States. Mr. Olivier Chamber of Commerce - New England (FACCNE) Chapter, on June 8, 2009. Paris Owners, and Sonia Rykiel for their wonderful contributions. All under the brand names: Barbaroux, President of Dalkia, addressed an audience of sixty guests who attended the VIP of our winners were thrilled to receive their prizes! Dalkia, Trigen, and SourceOne. reception in the Bel Air Salon prior to the dinner. The FACCNE is especially appreciative to our Ambassador Sponsors: Air France, Dassault We are also very grateful to our Gold Sponsors: MA+G Graphic Design, The event attracted a number of distinguished officials who guide energy and environment policy Systèmes, Essilor Mirant, and Natixis GAM, Patron Sponsors: Arnold Worldwide, Biomerieux, Central Square Florist, David Fox Photographer, Marie Landel & on both a regional and national level. Dignitaries on hand included: Tim Murray, Lieutenant IFANA, Idenix, the Langham Hotel, Millipore and Vacovec, Mayotte & Singer as well as Demi- Associates, and Moet & Chandon for helping us make this such a Governor of the State of Massachussets; Commissioner Phil Giudice of the Massachusetts table sponsors: ML Strategies and Rasky Baerlein. Everyone contributed to the success of this memorable event. Division of Energy Resources; Michael Ross, President of the Boston City Council; Paul Guzzi, 8th annual Business Award Dinner. ___ ___ 08 09
  • 6. F R E N C H - A M E R I C A N FACCNE welcomes 3 new Chamber members Sponsor information about LEX CREATIVE THE FRENCH LIBRARY/ALLIANCE J-1 Visas 68 Woburn Avenue FRANÇAISE OF BOSTON Lexington, MA 02420 53 Marlborough Street Tel: 617.763.9102 Boston, MA 02116 Tel: 617.912.0400 Are you looking for European students or young professionals? C H A M B E R The International Career Development Program SENIOR CORPORATE MEMBER SENIOR CORPORATE MEMBER (ICDP), administered by the FACC New York, LexCreative is a multi-disciplinary design studio The French Library Alliance Française of Boston is is accessible to all members of the FACCNE. specializing in branding and marketing. LexCreative a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide The FACC-NY is authorized by the U.S. State produces cross-media solutions on web, interactive an authentic French cultural and social experience Department to sponsor eligible interns and applications, print collateral materials and corporate for the purpose of personal enrichment and greater identity; as well as analysis, one-to-one campagins, understanding of the French-speaking world. trainees on a J-1Visa, by issuing the Certificate of project planning and more. The company’s clients O F Eligibility (Form DS-2019). The J-1 Visa permits range from the Pharmaceutical and Environmental Our library houses the second largest private potential trainees and interns to participate in a industries to Internet Consumer and Luxury collection of French books, periodicals, DVDs, and C O M M E R C E , N E W full-time, paid, exchange program at a FACCNE Retail businesses; LexCreative delivers effective CDs available in the US. Our school, a member of the Member company in the U.S. for up to 18 communication, that truly delivers value and helps Alliance Française network offers language classes months, while Interns may participate in the them build stronger, more competitive brands. and programs for adults and children. Our Cultural B U I L D I N G S T R O N G T R A N S - A T L A N T I C R E L A T I O N S H I P S center showcases many aspects of the francophone program for a period of up to 12 months. Every culture through art exhibitions, lectures, concerts, year, the ICDP provides opportunities for both cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, holiday U.S. and French FACC Members. celebrations and more. We often welcome political and artistic personalities for talks and presentations, There are two possible options for participants making us the center of French culture in Boston. under the new J-1 Visa regulations: (1.) Intern Our members enjoy many benefits such as reduced (including VIE) or (2.)Trainee (including VIE). event admission, free Wi-Fi, MFA passes and various discounts at retailers and restaurants through our Club Avantage program. E N G L A N D Potential host companies in New England must fulfill the following requirements: For more information visit our Web site: For more information visit our Web site: ■ Be members of the FACCNE. ■ Offer the trainee the equivalent of the U.S. Contact: Iliana Rabago Contact: Catheline van den Branden minimum wage. Founder, Art Director Executive Director ■ Develop a training plan and confirm that E-mail: (Member Liaison) the trainee carries it out. C H A P T E R ■ Ensure the trainee participates on a full-time basis; at least 35 hrs per week. ■ Provide a stipend to the trainee at least-time WORLDBOSTON basis; at least 35 hrs a week. For information about member 89 South Street, Suite 203 ■ Submit regular trainee or intern evaluations. categories and the benefits, we invite Boston, MA 02111 ■ Provide information such as Employer you to check our Web site: Tel: 603.542.8995 ID Number, Workman’s Comp Policy. Candidates must fulfill the following requirements: ■ Be citizens of a European Union Member ASSOCIATE CORPORATE MEMBER F R E N C H - A M E R I C A N C H A M B E R O F C O M M E R C E , N E W E N G L A N D C H A P T E R country for the VIE program. ■ Speak English well enough to participate WorldBoston is a nonprofit World Affairs Council in a training program in the U.S. whose mission is to deepen international awareness ■ Be between the ages of 18 and 35 and cross-cultural connections by engaging the (18 to 28 years of age for the VIE program). Greater Boston community in a variety of public ■ Must not have held a previous J-1 Training forums, professional exchange programs and youth visa in the U.S. in the last 2 years. education activities. Continuing the tradition of the ■ Possess medical insurance coverage World Affairs Council of Boston, founded 60 years for the duration of the training per U.S. law. ago in 1949, WorldBoston today produces more ■ Intern candidates must show proof than 30 lectures and conferences annually that cover of student status (or be within one year critical issues in foreign policy and international past graduation). business. Since 1961, the organization has served ■ Trainee candidates must have their diploma as the local channel for the U.S. State Department’s and one year of related work experience International Visitor Leadership Program, arranging outside the U.S. professional meetings for hundreds of emerging leaders from around the globe each year with their counterparts in the business, government, Should you have further questions, academic, cultural and scientific communities of please do not hesitate to contact the FACC ❉ the e-mail: contact for Newissue, Massachusetts. WorldBoston is expanding its in New York City: Telephone 212-867-0205 Erratum In our previous Academic WorldQuest competition, a program E-mail: Member that provides high schools with an extra-curricular ALTRAN was incorrect. opportunity to teach students about the world. Please update as: For more information visit our Web site: Sophie Koenig, Manager Marketing & Communications Altran N.A. Contact: Bill Clifford Executive Director E-mail: ___ ___ 10 11
  • 7. F R E N C H - A M E R I C A N Images and details from recent Chamber events: Biotech Executives discuss economic outlook Biotechnology companies are highly June 4, 2009 : “Impact of Financial Crisis on the Biotech Industry” dependent on well-functioning capital markets to finance their development projects since many will not see revenue for perhaps a decade. When credit markets seize up, there is less capital available for investors to put at risk, and this capital is dedicated to shorter term, lower risk C H A M B E R options. Never-the-less, the collective outlook of the conference was optimistic. The perspective on future successes of business models in the U.S.A., France and Europe was provided by our panel of executives, which included: Eric Halioua, CEO, Promethera (Moderator); Jean- O F Pierre Sommadossi, CEO, Idenix; Peter Wirth, Exec.VP, Genzyme; Ansbert C O M M E R C E , N E W Gadicke, Managing Director, MPM; Eric Zanelli, VP Research, Peptimmune; Our panel from left to right: Eric Halioua, Peter Wirth, Jean-Pierre Sommadossi, and Christophe Berthoux, Exec. VP & Christophe Berthoux, Ansbert Gadicke, and Eric Zanelli. B U I L D I N G S T R O N G T R A N S - A T L A N T I C R E L A T I O N S H I P S Chief Commercial Officer, Charles River. The event received excellent reviews from the more than eighty attendees. The French meet the Swiss May 27, 2009: FACCNE greets Boston’s newest European Chamber The first joint reception for the members and friends of the French-American Chamber of Commerce and the Swiss- E N G L A N D American Chamber of Commerce was held at swissnex Boston/ Consulate of Switzerland in Cambridge. It was an opportunity to meet the Swiss Consul, Mr. Pascal Marmier and also Mr. Maurice Gervais welcomes the Swiss Peter Vogel, Chairman of the SACC Board. C H A P T E R Among those who addressed the crowd was FACCNE president, Mr. Maurice Gervais who offered a warm welcome and spoke of future cooperative events that would be shared. Mr. Peter Vogel, Chairman of the Dawn Creighton,A.I.M.; Jim Collins, FACCNE Guests at the reception Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce Board member; and Mary Beth Totten, MOITI Biotechnology Trends & Opportunities March 10, 2009: “Robert Coughlin speaks at Goethe Institut” F R E N C H - A M E R I C A N C H A M B E R O F C O M M E R C E , N E W E N G L A N D C H A P T E R The FACCNE in partnership with the Brit- ish American Business Council (BABC), the German-American Business Council (GABC), the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce (SACC), and the Swiss- American Chamber of Commerce (SACC) presented an EU Connections event. Featured speaker Robert Coughlin, is flanked by Jim Collins, and Marian LeMay, Our guest speaker, Robert Coughlin, GABC Executive Director, on the left and Anke Lischied, Consulate of Germany, at right. president of the MASS Biotech Council (MBC), discussed the importance of the bio- technology business connections between Massachusetts and Europe and outlined fu- ture trends for this industry segment. In his thought-provoking address, Coughlin also focused on the key points, which included the role of the MASS Biotech Council to further such cooperative efforts. Warwick Davies, VP of GABC and Jim Collins, Ludivine Sanchez-Wolzcik, Urszula Wojciechowska, Christa Bleyleben and Maurice Gervais, executive director of BABCNE FACCNE president. The FACCNE is always pleased to include news about our members and events — photos and brief write-ups are much appreciated. As space permits, we will try to include as much as possible to tell the story. ■ Special events, seminars and programs are frequently partnered with other international organizations ___ ___ 12 13
  • 8. The EU Chambers celebrate an evening with international cuisines May 20, 2009 : Over 120 attend Food Festival at The French Library This event grew slowly in size until 1.. 2. 3. the day of — when it suddenly be- came the most sought after venue. In fact, more than 120 people at- European tended. It was a great occasion to end a most spectacular spring day in Boston. We ran out of wine (we apologize! so un-French!). Yet it didn’t seem to matter to everyone who came to enjoy a great evening of networking in this friendly atmosphere. Among the foods served: a variety of cheeses (French, of course) plus assorted hors d’oeuvres, great cold beer from the GABC and the 4.. 5. BABC contributed delicious serv- The FACCNE in partnership with the British American Business Council, the German-American Business Council, the French Li- ings of beef tenderloin! brary/Alliance Française, and WorldBoston were the co-hosts for this successful wine and food festival. Photos, left to right, top row: Marian LeMay, GABC Executive Director; (2.) FACCNE’s Sophie Sithamma, Christina Rogers, and Patricia Ball; (3.) group of festival attendees; (4.) FACCNE’s Ludivine Sanchez-Wolzcik and GABC President, Brigitte Carangelo; and (5.) the French Library’s member liaison Nicole Malo, FAB Director Catheline van den Branden and Noemie Craven. Check out our new Web site Calendar Le Courrier 2009 AGENDA OF EVENTS Online with a quarterly publication of the French-American Chamber of Commerce, New England Chapter Here’s a preview Introducing our 2009 Web transformation 185 Alewife Brook Parkway —Suite 413 Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 of upcoming events sponsored Telephone : 617.520.2121 Fax: 617.520.2144 by the FACCNE and collaborative www.fa c c ne .or g programs with our colleagues This new look grew out of an effort Le Courrier Editorial Staff at other European chambers. by UCCIFE to create a consistent Maurice Gervais, Editor-in-chief style to the Web sites of all the Ludivine Sanchez-Wolczik, Managing Editor organizations. It is intended to be Sophie Sithamma, FACCNE Intern Looking ahead easier to navigate and allow you to be familiar with the Web pages Patricia Ball, FACCNE Intern Marlene Andrews-Gilboy, MA+G of various FACC chapters across Graphic Designer & Creative Director Monday, October 26 the country. Ultimately, you will Business Opportunities feel as comfortable searching the for Biotech Start-Ups Chicago, Seattle or Dallas chapter in Europe sites as our own. Our thanks to the Collaborative event sponsored by Aderly many volunteers who contributed representing the region of Lyon to the new Web site, and especially Details available at a later date. to Sophie Sithamma who has put many hours, days, and weeks into Still another way to connect with this improvement and getting the other FACCNE members, check out site online for our members. We for our group: Thursday, November 5 French American Chamber hope you’ll approve these changes A Taste of France Event to our new Web site. We welcome of Commerce, New England Chapter. Details will be announced and appreciate member feedback. Create your profile there. in our Fall issue and by e-mail in the coming months. Always a great evening. Save the date. Photo credits: Tuesday, November 10 Taste of France November 5, 2009 Global Office image: Cover © 2009 Jupiter Images Corporation, Royalty Free license BOSTON CLEANTECH VENTURE DAY Bordeaux Small cover photo: Gala 2009 © David Fox Time and Location TBD Office photos, Pages 4-5, courtesy Information is available at TeamCoord Technologies Egg photo, Page 7, © 2009 MA+G Events and calendar details will be announced closer to actual dates through E-mail and on the The FACCNE has selected the Bordeaux region as its next feature for this fall’s Photos, Pages 8-9, courtesy David Fox Photography FACCNE Web site. Not all locations and speakers Taste of France. The event will be held in November and offers an informal have been confirmed at this time, but information networking and social evening getting to appreciate the cuisine, the wines, and Events Photos, Page 11 will be provided to members closer to each event. cultural aspects from a particular area of France. This event is one of our two courtesy of Ludivine Sanchez-Wolczik, FACCNE Executive Director, and annual fund-raising events and is always very popular with everyone who at- Sophie Sithamma, FACCNE intern. tends. Mark your calendar now and be sure to join us there. ___ 14
  • 9. F R EN C H -AM ER I CA N CHA MBER O F CO MMERCE, NEW ENGL AN D CHAPT E R / 185 AL E W I F E B OOK PAR KWAY - S UI T E 413 / CAM B R I DGE , M A 0 2 1 3 8 Printing of the FACCNE newsletter is made possible in part, through the generous sponsorship of Pict ur es and st or y a b out t he FACCNE’s 8 t h Annua l B usiness Awar d D i nne r 705 EAST UNION STREET / WEST CHESTER / PA 19382 See pag es 8-9 80 0 . 8 7 2 . 7 4 63