Cleantech Québec impresses Scandinavia!
<div id="agrandir" style="cursor:hand;font-size:10px;color:grey;/*margin-top:-1em;*/" onclick="popup.open('http://www.mri.gouv.qc.ca/PDF/actualites/Photo_Gr_technoPropre_500.jpg')">Click to enlarge</div> <span style="font-size:10px;color:grey;/*margin-top:-1em;*/"> Richard Painchaud (Innoventé), Jean Moreau (CelluForce), Denis Leclerc (Ecotech Québec), Michel Lambert (Cycle Capital Management), Chloé Legris (Sherbrooke Innopole), Caroline Normandin (DGQL), Andrew Turley (DGQL) and Yves Lafortune, Export Québec (MDEIE) <em>Photo: © Denis Leclerc</em></span>
It was as the guest of honour at Cleantech Venture Day in Lahti, Finland, that Québec ended a fact-finding mission of cleantech companies in Nordic countries from April 23 to 27, 2012.
During the event, Richard Painchaud, President of Innoventé, received the Best Presentation Award for his talk on biofuels and biomass, while Jean Moreau, President of CelluForce, presented his company’s innovative nanotechnology to an audience of international entrepreneurs and investors.
Interest in the Plan Nord
Denis Leclerc, President of Écotech Québec — Québec Cleantech Cluster — presented Québec’s know-how in this field and our major development projects. Québec’s desire to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2012, the Technoclimat Program and the Plan Nord generated great interest. The desire to preserve half of Northern Québec from industrial activities in order to protect the environment and safeguard biodiversity made an impression on many people.
The mission began in Denmark—a country at the forefront of clean technologies—by a visit to Smart City in Copenhagen. The program included tours of an incineration plant and one of the compost centres, which are relatively rare in the country. “Based on our meetings, Québec would be in a position to share its expertise in the areas of source separation, recycling and residual materials management,” said Chloé Legris, Director of the Cleantech Sector at Sherbrooke Innopole.
In Finland, Québec companies also had speed-dating sessions with potential partners, visited start-up incubators and presented their companies during a workshop with Chinese, European and Indian investors. Québec innovations focused on smart energies and biofuels would be very welcome here,” believes Michel Lambert of Cycle Capital Management.
Finland is also faced with major challenges relating to greenhouse gas emissions, the erosion of its biodiversity and the increase in the generation of hazardous waste. These could be business opportunities for Québec companies.
The Economic Service of the Québec Government Office in London (DGQL), Export Québec and Écotech Québec worked together to organization this mission to the Nordic countries.
Export Québec (in French)