Mr. Norman MacMillan, Minister for Transport, will meet with the Board of Directors of the FCMQ

Mr. Norman MacMillan, Minister for Transport, will meet with the Board of Directors of the Québec Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (FCMQ) on February 28, 2009, at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Québec City

The Board of Directors of the Québec Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (FCMQ) will hold a special meeting on Saturday, February 28, 2009, at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Québec City (7900, rue du Marigot), in the presence of the Minister for Transport, Mr. Norman MacMillan.

Parallel to this meeting, the 2009 edition of the Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Snow Run will be staged by the Kelly Shires Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises funds to fight breast cancer. Main partner of this event, the FCMQ has committed itself to offsetting the greenhouse gas emissions produced by the snowmobiles during the snow run, thanks to a tree-planting event to take place next spring.

Mr. Norman MacMillan is invited to attend the launching ceremony to which will participate several women of the FCMQ. He will then attend the opening of the meeting of the FCMQ’s Board of Directors, and will exchange with the administrators for over an hour in closed session. Several subjects will be broached, including trail interconnection, infrastructures, safety, the development of snowmobiling as a leisure activity, and the daily management of the clubs.

Planned schedule:

  • 8 a.m.: Press conference of the organizers of the Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Snow Run 
  • 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.: Launching ceremony of the Snow Run
  • 9:15 a.m.: Opening of the meeting of the Board of Directors of the FCMQ

About the snow run: The mission of the Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Snow Run is to collect funds to provide financial assistance to women with breast cancer, and to sensitize the public to their reality. The fundraiser helps to support women in their fight against breast cancer so that they may, in founder Kelly Shires’ words, “see their future as less challenging”. Having collected a record amount of $80,000 in 2008, the 2009 Snow Run is aimed at collecting at least $100,000.

About FCMQ: The Québec Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (FCMQ) strives to further the development and promotion of the practice of snowmobiling, a recreational and family activity that generates $1.3 billion in economic spin-offs every year. The Federation includes 208 clubs representing over 90,000 members. Thanks to the support of 4,500 volunteers, the Federation’s affiliated clubs manage the sale of trail permits for Québec’s 33,000-kilometer trail network, and see to its development, planning, maintenance, signposting, and safety.