2007 Recipient - Communications Terdor Inc.
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