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Novarium, an innovation campus specializing in the blue economy, has partnership with the Port of Québec. This collaboration aims to foster innovation, research, and sustainable development within the marine sector, capitalizing on the unique advantages offered by the Port of Québec’s strategic location.
The Port of Québec stands committed to providing businesses with crucial infrastructure catering to both liquid and solid bulk operations in Canada. Additionally, it boasts the distinction of being the largest cruise port along the St. Lawrence River, providing access to a UNESCO-recognized historic city. Serving as a pivotal transshipment center within a vital river corridor, the port also champions intermodality, thereby creating a conducive environment for startups keen on tapping into the economic potential of the blue economy. This enhanced connectivity is poised to fortify the port’s standing within the maritime sector.
This collaborative venture aligns with Québec’s transition towards a more sustainable and responsible economy. It will empower businesses to confront the multifaceted challenges confronting the Port of Québec while contributing to its expansion. Opening up avenues for startups to test and innovate within the blue economy, effectively leveraging the port’s facilities and resources.
Mario Girard, CEO of the Port of Québec, expressed enthusiasm about the partnership, highlighting its significance in the context of Québec’s innovation ecosystem. He remarked, “This collaboration with Novarium is another step in our rapprochement with Québec’s innovation ecosystem. We are delighted to work with key players in Québec to stimulate innovation, attract world-class talent and companies, and contribute to the sustainable growth of the blue economy in the Québec region.”
Martin Beaulieu, CEO of La Zone Bleue, emphasized the Port of Québec’s role as a natural ally for prototyping solutions in the blue economy. He stated, “The Port of Québec represents a unique opportunity for blue economy businesses to develop and prosper. This collaboration will strengthen the culture of innovation by providing resources dedicated to innovation, as well as a dynamic city-port interface, adapted to a demanding winter environment.”
Amélie Desrochers, Executive Director of Novarium, echoed the sentiment, highlighting the potential of this collaboration to establish a Quebec showcase of new technologies in the blue economy. She noted, “Collaborating with the Port of Quebec is an excellent opportunity to develop a Quebec showcase of new technologies in the blue economy, which will be a sector of the future in the global economy.”
By supporting maritime innovation, and enhancing the region’s prominence in the blue economy, this partnership not only address the intricate challenges facing the Port of Québec but also pave the way for initiatives in sustainable marine practices.