Greater Montréal’s—and Québec’s—sustainable development community has just made a big splash on the international front. Denis Leclerc, President and CEO of Écotech Québec was recently appointed chair of the board of directors of the International Cleantech Network (ICN).
Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, ICN is an exclusive network that brings together cleantech clusters from Asia, Africa, Europe and North America to drive green growth economy through cleantech. Mr. Leclerc will be making a top-level contribution to develop this sector that is vital to the future of the planet.
Dynamic and fast-growing green economy
Mr. Leclerc’s appointment to such an esteemed position did not happen by chance. The outstanding work done by Écotech Québec is attributable to the high density of innovative cleantech businesses in Québec. The highest concentration of such businesses is in Greater Montréal, where there are also internationally renowned research hubs and universities. McGill University, École de technologie supérieure (ETS) and Polytechnique Montréal—to name but a few—are very active in the development of cleantech and sustainable development tech.
The cleantech ecosystem also includes subsidiaries of international groups taking advantage of favourable R&D conditions in Greater Montréal, access to skilled labour, excellence and creativity as well as easy access to North American and European markets. Montréal is after all an intermodal logistics hub.
Multinationals that have made significant investments in Greater Montréal and work in renewable energy, energy efficiency and electric and smart mobility include ABB, Andritz Hydro, Bathium (Bolloré Group), Car2Go, Clariant (Phostech), EDF EN, Enercon, Schneider Electric, Senvion, Siemens and Voith Hydro.
High concentration of international organizations
In addition to its thriving green economy, the region boasts eight international organizations dedicated to sustainable development, such as the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montréal Protocol, making it one of the world’s top sustainable development decision-making hubs. Future Earth’s upcoming arrival in Montréal, future investment projects in this fast-growing sector and the appointment of Mr. Leclerc cement this reputation and put the city on a solid footing for the 21st century.