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28 Jun 2013

Québec economic mission to India generates substantial spin-offs

Hugues Simard, Director of Research Commercialization, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières; Manish Gupta, Chairman and Managing Director, IFFCO Canada; Denis Leclerc, President and CEO, Écotech Québec; Jean-Guy Paré, Co-Chair, Table de diversification économique du Centre-du-Québec et de la Mauricie.

On June 12, in collaboration with Export Québec, Écotech Québec held an information day on possibilities for partnerships with the Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO), the Asian subcontinent’s biggest agricultural fertilizer coop, which plans to build a fertilizer plant in Bécancour, Québec, by 2017.

The project will require an investment of close to $1.2 billion from IFFCO, which wants to become an industry model by finding ways to reduce the environmental and carbon footprint of its future plant.

Québec expertise

With support from Écotech Québec, IFFCO representatives met with people from ten Québec companies involved in clean technologies, in order to identify innovative environmental solutions that could enhance the fertilizer plant project.

The Québec companies were able to highlight their expertise in areas such as the following:

  • CO2 reduction and capture
  • energy efficiency
  • renewable energy
  • hydrogen production

In February of this year, Jean- François Lisée, Minister of International Relations, La Francophonie and External Trade, and Élaine Zakaïb, Minister for Industrial Policy and the Banque de développement économique du Québec, led an economic mission to India. They met with IFFCO executives and discussed the status of the Bécancour project and the steps following the plant’s commissioning.

The February mission was also an opportunity for Denis Leclerc, President and CEO of Écotech Québec, the Québec cleantech cluster, to discuss potential areas of collaboration with IFFCO’s CEO and vice-president. Their conversation led to the organizing of the June 12 information day in Trois-Rivières.

Participating companies

Dalkia Canada
C02 Solutions
Air Liquide Canada

Écotech Québec
Ministers Lisée and Zakaïb back from mission to India
IFFCO Canada

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