From October 1 to 3, close to 300 participants, including several foreign businesses, met in Rimouski at the BioMarine 2017 convention. This international gathering, which brought together decision-makers, researchers and entrepreneurs involved in the blue economy, was an opportunity to review the progress being made in the sector and the available financial levers.
Investissement Québec was well represented at this event, organized in partnership with the Secrétariat aux Affaires maritimes and attended by Québec Premier Philippe Couillard, his Minister for Maritime Affairs, Jean D’Amour, and a noted ambassador for marine technologies, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco.
Éric Dequenne, our Vice-President, International Affairs, and Yves Grimard, Director, Europe and the Middle East, participated in several panels on financing, and met privately with foreign investors. “The convention drove home the importance of that sector in Europe and Asia, as well as the tremendous potential we have, here in Québec, to attract businesses that specialize in marine biotechnologies. We emerged from those meetings more convinced than ever that Québec is in a good position to accommodate innovative blue economy businesses, and that is the message we are going to carry abroad,” indicated Éric Dequenne.
Lucie Beaulieu, Pascal Savard and Guillaume Cavanagh from our regional office in Rimouski had the chance to talk to representatives of Québec businesses and partners at the Investissement Québec booth.
In 2015, the Québec government launched a $1.5-billion Maritime Strategy to harness the province’s immense maritime potential.
Development of Québec’s maritime economy is a central thrust of the strategy, which calls for major investments in such assets as port infrastructure, the creation of two logistics poles in Greater Montréal, and various measures to strengthen the fishing and aquaculture industries and expand scientific understanding. The government also intends to invest $15 million in the coming years to develop workforce skills in order to maximize Québec’s know-how and expertise. Learn more about the Maritime Strategy