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2007 Recipient - Communications Terdor Inc.

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As Quebec’s delegate to Mexico and Russia in the 1980s and 1990s, Henri Dorion realized that his native province was not well known at home or abroad. “Few publications offered a comprehensive view of Quebec, one that might grab the public’s interest,” he says. The outcome, two decades later, is an ambitious bilingual coffee-table book and DVD on the geography of Quebec.

The first of a four-volume series, The Nature of Québec/Le Québec au naturel, about the province’s natural landscape, has been awarded The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s Gold Medal.

The DVD/book was published last fall by Communications TerDor Inc. of Saint-Lambert, Que., a small newmedia firm founded in 1999 by Dorion’s daughter, Anik Dorion-Coupal, and Clément Thériault. It combines geographic detail, poetic prose and artistic aerial photography and features video and film excerpts, an original soundtrack, cartography and 3-D animation.

“The interpreters of the landscape are not only scientists,” says Dorion-Coupal, “but artists, singers and musicians.” The next volume, The Inhabited Landscape of Québec/Le Québec habité, about the province’s communities, is to be released in the fall.

— Monique Roy-Sole

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