The 16th edition of Quebec Marine Day, the major annual get-together for elected officials and representatives of Quebec’s marine industry, was held at the Quebec National Assembly on October 25. Some 40 marine industry actors met with parliamentarians to mutually communicate the industry’sand the government’s priorities, notably the Maritime Strategy.

This year’s theme, Speaking with one voice, highlights the St. Lawrence River’s central role in Quebec’s economy while recalling the importance of effective communication for developing any far-reaching project. “At a time when the marine sector has been identified as an economic development tool, more than ever, Quebec Marine Day is an invitation for industry and government partners to work together”, said Nicole Trépanier, President and CEO of St. Lawrence Economic Development Council (SODES).

The organizers of this annual event, SODES and St. Lawrence Shipoperators, used this day to inform elected officials of the importance of Quebec’s marine industry and the various initiatives aimed at raising the industry’s visibility, and promoting its growth. “The meetings organized as part of Quebec Marine Day also provided an opportunity to remind elected representatives of the measures the government should consider putting in place to generate the benefits anticipated through the government’s Maritime Strategy”, stated Martin Fournier, Executive Director of St. Lawrence Shipoperators.

The day closed with a cocktail party at the National Assembly’s Le Parlementaire restaurant, attended by some 130 marine sector representatives and parliamentarians. The Minister for Maritime Affairs, Jean D’Amour, was on hand and addressed those present.