The Technopole Maritime du Québec - A network of expertise at the core of major issues

The leadership of the Technopole Maritime du Québec is exercised through the continued advancement of major industries that have a crucial impact on the development of its niche of excellence and related branches:



Marine Sciences and Biotechnology


Northern environments such as the Gulf of St. Lawrence have an abundance of highly potential marine organisms. The active compounds found in cold, salty waters have exceptional properties and remarkable application opportunities in industries such as pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, cosmeceutical, horticultural and environmental. As well, the St. Lawrence River is at the heart of extensive research on issues related to climate change and environmental impacts. It is a complex ecosystem that plays a crucial role for the populations that depend on it.


In addition to research centres and academic centres, the Québec maritime is home to a dozen companies involved in marine biotechnology. Part of them are interested in commercializing micro-and macro-algae properties while others are finding ways to commercialize residues from marine co-products. Some residues contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which are shown to play a crucial role in the prevention and treatment of hypertension, cardiovascular or coronary diseases. The areas of potential application are:

  • Human health - natural health products (NHP), nutraceutical, pharmaceutical
  • Human and animal food
  • Cosmetic and cosmeceutical
  • Energy - biofuel
  • Environment


Maritime Technology

The marine technology sector is vast and has enormous potential. State-of-the-art technologies, specific to the marine sector such as smart buoys, sonars and professional diving equipment, are being developed alongside other technologies that have wider applications, such as navigation and communication systems, geomatics and electronic data processing.


The Québec maritime companies, involved in the marine technology sector are specialized in high-tech fields. This cluster includes, among others, electronic navigation and communication systems, data acquisition and data management systems, marine systems integration and information technology, marine geomatics applications and mapping. The areas of potential application are:


  •   Marine transportation
  •   Data management
  •   Observation systems
  •   Electronic systems
  •   Professional scuba diving
  •   Maritime engineering and environment
  •   Shipbuilding


A strategic pole of knowledge

In the marine science and technology sector, the Québec maritime region has positioned itself as a leader nationally and internationally, thanks to its three strategic axes that are Research & Educational Institutions (REI), Government Research Centres (GRC) and Technology Transfer & Research Centres (TTRC). The expertise, knowledge and know-how stemming from these institutions, makes it a turbine of innovation, propelling this cutting-edge market even further.

Research & Educational Institutions (REI)

Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR)

Through its determination and creativity, UQAR takes part in the strong energy that surrounds the production and transmission of knowledge, and this, while remaining responsive to community needs. A leader engaged in the deepening of marine knowledge, the UQAR trains researchers, specialists and managers in various areas of the industry through its undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate programs.


UQAR offers:


It is also possible to address concerns in the maritime history, regional development and engineering program.

Institut des sciences de la mer de Rimouski (ISMER)

Commonly known as one of UQAR’s worldwide ambassadors, the ISMER is a key contributor in advancing the knowledge of ocean sciences. Major research institute in coastal oceanography, the ISMER offers diversified and integrated programs in the four major fields of oceanography (biology, chemistry, physics and geology), which are taught by expert researchers in the field.


The ISMER’s research credentials have earned it four major Canadian research chairs in the following areas: aquaculture, molecular ecotoxicology in coastal environments, applied marine acoustics, and ocean regional climate modeling. The ISMER has positioned itself as a research catalyser in ocean environments. For example, it studies active biomolecules from the marine biomass, in partnership with the Marine Biotechnology Research Centre (MBRC). With its strong focus on acquiring new knowledge in marine science and technology, the ISMER is actively involved in establishing a Quebec network of universities on active biomolecules.

Institut maritime du Québec (I.M.Q.) (in French only)

The Institut maritime du Québec (I.M.Q.) has an excellent reputation nationally and internationally. Affiliated with the Cégep de Rimouski, it is the largest maritime training centre in Canada. The I.M.Q. provides labour training and development in five areas: naval architecture, navigation, marine mechanical engineering, transport logistics and professional diving. To successfully carry out the R&D aspect of its mission, the I.M.Q. also relies on Maritime Innovation, its technology transfer centre in marine technologies.

The Cégep de Rimouski, the Cégep de Baie-Comeau and the Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Iles (in French only) 

The Québec maritime colleges offer courses that enable students to acquire skills in various fields related to marine and maritime technology.

  • Hunting and Fishing Management Technology
  • Marine Engineering
  • Transformation of Aquaculture Products
  • Aquaculture Techniques
  • Commercial Fisheries
  • Marine Mechanics
  • Fishmonger


REFORMAR (in French only)

The result of a partnership among several maritime and oceanographic institutions, REFORMAR's primary mission is to support researchers, training and research institutions, as well as government and private organizations in carrying out projects based on marine sciences and technologies, through the corporation's key facility, the Coriolis II research vessel. With its cutting edge scientific instruments and laboratories, the Coriolis II is not only the largest ship owned by a Canadian university, but also one of the best-equipped ships for oceanographic research in North America.


Government Research Centres (GRC)

Maurice Lamontagne Institute (MLI), Fisheries and Oceans Canada

The Maurice Lamontagne Institute, located near Mont-Joli on the shores of the St.Lawrence Estuary, is part of Fisheries and Oceans Canada's network of some fifteen research centres. Its mission is to provide the federal government with a scientific basis for the conservation of living marine resources, the protection of the marine environment, and safe maritime navigation, as well as to ensure the application of legislation designed for the integrated management of the marine environment and the protection of fish habitat. Research, monitoring and assessments are conducted, among other things, in relation to fisheries, marine mammals, oceanography, and habitats of the Estuary and Gulf of St.Lawrence and Northern Quebec. The Canadian Hydrographic Service at the Institute is responsible for approximately 75 nautical charts covering the navigable waters of the region.


Inaugurated in 1987, the Maurice Lamontagne Institute has some 300 employees, and also welcomes post-doctorate fellows, visiting scientists and students. Many state of the art projects are carried out in collaboration with the fisheries and commercial shipping industries, as well as with universities.


The working language at the Maurice Lamontagne Institute is French, making it one of the world's major francophone marine science centres.

Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ) (in French only)

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ, Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation) supports the bio-food industry in Quebec, fostering its growth with a view toward sustainable development. By supporting innovation and development projects initiated by businesses, MAPAQ helps improve business competitiveness and promotes the growth of the fishing and aquaculture industries as well as seafood processing and commercialization of the aquatic biomass.


Technology Transfer & Research Centres (TTRC)

Marine Biotechnology Research Centre (MBRC)

The MBRC is a unique research centre in Canada which focuses on the cold-water marine resources of the St.Lawrence and Eastern Canada. A strategic player in the field, the MBRC contributes to the development of marine biotechnology through technological watch, applied research, and the development of processes and value-added products. With its high-quality facilities, highly specialized equipment and expertise in regulatory matters, the MBRC is a major asset for industrial research in marine biotechnology.

Innovation Maritime

Innovation Maritime is a technology transfer center and an applied research center, created by the Institut maritime du Québec, who provides R&D services, technical support, SME development support, and technology watch services to companies and organizations involved in the marine industry. Innovation Maritime is a non-profit corporation, directed by a board of representatives from the marine industry and research sectors.


Innovation Maritime's projects are organized around five main research areas: marine safety and security, port management and marine transport, underwater and hyperbaric interventions, electronic navigation and environmental technologies related to marine transport.


Our multidisciplinary team includes engineers, programmers, analysts, physicists, economists, navigators, ship's engineers, professional divers, marine transportation and intermodal logistic specialists.

The Interdisciplinary Centre for the Development of Ocean Mapping (CIDCO)

A hub of international-calibre expertise, CIDCO is a marine cartography and geomatics centre for innovation and technology transfer. CIDCO develops technologies for the acquisition, management and graphic representation of marine geospatial data.


As a jewel in the crown of Québec maritime, CIDCO's collaboration with various organizations and firms is of particular value in the fields of coastal engineering, underwater infrastructure management, marine geomorphology research and marine habitat characterization, as well as seafloor mapping for navigation, developing natural resources and delineating territorial borders.

Merinov (in French only)

Merinov, Quebec's Aquaculture and Fisheries Innovation Center, is an organization that provides innovative services to the whole of Quebec's fisheries and aquaculture industry. Merinov brings together the majority of experts dedicated to innovation in Quebec's fisheries and aquaculture industry.

The Centre carries out applied research, experimental development and technology transfer activities to generate new knowledge and technologies that benefit the aquatic biomass production and conversion industry. It provides technical assistance to companies across Quebec and is involved in the monitoring and dissemination of strategic information.

Merinov boasts four coastal research centres equipped with basin rooms, pilot plants and multipurpose equipment laboratories. Merinov has boats and measurement equipment for sea and lagoon operations.

The Center has nearly 90 employees known for their multidisciplinary skills, their know-how and the quality of their work in the development of innovative solutions. They work with several organizations from the fisheries and aquaculture industry as well as with universities in Quebec and abroad.

St.Lawrence Global Observatory (SLGO)

An information infrastructure supporting ecosystem conservation, economic development and decision making, the St.Lawrence Global Observatory (SLGO) provides an integrated Web access to data and information from a network of government, academic, and community organizations. The synergy created by clustering the means and expertise of data producers translates into an increased collective capacity to serve various user groups. Data access via SLGO also creates opportunities for the development of value-added products and services and, consequently, significant socio-economic benefits.


SLGO contributes towards the integrated management and sustainable use of the ecosystem by providing timely and accurate data, information and knowledge to support decision making processes in areas such as public safety, transportation, climate change, resource management and biodiversity conservation.


SLGO acts as a vehicle for democratizing and enhancing the value of scientific information assets about the St.Lawrence by providing member organisations with technological expertise, data access and visualization tools and the international exposure of its Web platform.