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The Growing Relationship between Québec’s & New England’s Marine Technology Communities 

Despite the on-coming storm, many gathered at Boston’s Seaport Hotel on the evening of Monday, March 12 at the signing ceremony for the Memorandum of Understanding between Technopole Maritime du Québec (TMQ) and the Marine & Oceanographic Technology Network (MOTN), and the Québec reception that followed.

This MOU documents the important, growing relationship between Québec’s and New England’s marine technology communities, including TMQ’s and MOTN’s members and our respective academic and governmental institutions. The MOU serves as a framework for information exchange, contacts between businesses, research entities, and students and faculty, as well as the mutual pursuit of growing opportunities in ocean and coastal observation systems, ocean technologies, aquaculture, marine biotechnology, maritime transportation, technology transfer and commercialization, and related infrastructure and sustainable development projects.  

Present at the signing were Noémie Giguère, Director of TMQ; honored guest Monsieur Laurent Lessard, Québec’s Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; and representatives of Québec’s maritime businesses and government who made the journey to Boston to attend and celebrate the MOU, along with participating in the coincidental International Seafood Expo.  

Of course, the MOU reflects the leadership and efforts of many, including Québec’s Delegate in Boston, Mme Marie-Claude Francoeur and her very able staff; along with my ECO Magazine co-author Ariadne Dimoulas, who was involved in the MOU’s discussions and formulation. Their individual and collective vision, openness and enthusiasm for both our regions’ marine technology communities were the catalyst for making this important step a reality.  Finally, thank you to MOTN’s Board of Directors, led by MOTN President Rhonda Moniz, for authorizing the signing of the MOU.

If you are interested in joining efforts to implement the MOU and seize opportunities and knowledge in a sustainable manner, please contact me at

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