As part of its annual wind energy conference, the TechnoCentre éolien organises a private business meeting activity known as the Wind Meetings. During the last three editions of the conference, more than 170 business appointments were arranged for the benefit of over one hundred suppliers and twenty contractor givers. The TechnoCentre éolien also works with other agencies to implement networking activities for suppliers, subcontractors and contract givers active in the wind energy industry.
Trade and exploratory missions
Over the last 10 years, the TechnoCentre has implemented more than a dozen trade missions in Québec, Canada and abroad to meet industry needs.
• WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition, 2007 to 2012 editions (United States)
WINDPOWER is the largest gathering of the wind industry in North America. The TechnoCentre éolien has repeatedly participated as an exhibitor since 2007. In recent years, Québec companies have been able to enjoy activities organised in response to their needs; examples include the Québec Pavilion, trade missions, technological showcases, networking events and business support.
• New England Mission as part of the AWEA Regional Wind Energy Summit: September 4, 5, and 6, 2012 Portland, Maine (United States)
New England is an interesting market for Québec businesses because of its proximity and the complementarity of its supply chain to that of Québec. This trade mission served to identify partnership opportunities related to the New England market while promoting cross-business exchange.
• Maritimes mission as part of the 8th Canadian-German Wind Energy Conference: February 22-23, 2012 , Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada)
This mission was implemented in follow-up to the exploratory mission to Halifax in 2011. It helped to build business opportunities and partnerships related to this neighboring market which offers potential for development.
• Nova Scotia Feed-In-Tariff Forum: September 21-22, 2011, Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada)
This exploratory mission served to gather information on the wind energy development model implemented in Nova Scotia, check the status of wind energy development sites in the province, learn more about wind energy development players and stakeholders there and establish partnerships with them.
Mapping and optimisation of Québec's wind energy supply chain
Overseen jointly by the TechnoCentre éolien and the Créneau éolien ACCORD, this study was conducted by two outside firms – GL Garrad Hassan, a world leader in wind energy consultancy, and Zins Beauchesne and Associates, a consultancy firm specialising in marketing, development and innovation.
Arising from the action priorities put forward by the Créneau éolien ACCORD, this particular study is the outcome of targeted consultations conducted with contract givers and suppliers / subcontractors active in Québec's wind energy network in 2011 and 2012.
Based on meetings and interviews with stakeholders conducted by GL Garrad Hassan, this study served to produce an inventory of the anatomy of a wind farm in terms of the local and international market; it also led to a portrait of the supply (associated issues and criteria) available to contract givers and identified local supply prospects available to them. This exercise also identified a number of business opportunities related to wind turbine components and sub-components, as well as to the wind farm operation and maintenance aspect. In addition, it drew attention to a number of areas that it would be of interest to investigate more thoroughly.
Join Québec's wind energy network
You own a company, are a contract giver, operate a training centre or research institution active in the wind energy sector or wish to take part in this industry... you'd like to know more about the process or want to be informed about wind power? Contact:
Manager, Wind Energy Network
Québec Windpower Industry Directory posted by Finances et Économie Québec