The Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal (CCMM) and Quebec International are pleased to announce the names of the 23 companies that will be taking part in the fourth edition of the SME Passport program (Passeport PME). Over the next 18 months, these companies will benefit from a comprehensive training and guidance structure overseen by the CCMM's ACCLR international trade experts and by Québec International. The program's launch in Quebec City was attended by François Blais, Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity and Minister Responsible for the Quebec City Region (Capitale-Nationale).
The 15 companies from Western Quebec are Ædifica, BBLüv Group, Cuisines Steam, Fin Finaud Consultant, AZUR Group, Hardy Filtration, Infynia, Saint-Léger Waters, Pépin, PM Scada, Prevtec Microbia, Sanuvox, Stroma, TM Couture and YourBarFactory.
The eight companies from Eastern Quebec are Alfred Cloutier, Intellinox Technologies, Cuisine Malimousse, SIMCO Technologies, Profab 2000, Graph Synergy, Genius Solutions and Komutel.
"The first three editions of this program showed that it is possible for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Quebec to expand their horizons and realize their full export potential when they have access to the right tools and the support of our international trade experts. We are convinced that the fourth edition will be no different. After availing themselves of the program's services, the 23 companies taking part in the fourth edition are sure to achieve or exceed their international development goals," said Michel Leblanc, President and CEO of the CCMM.
"In a context in which growing numbers of Quebec-based companies are seeking to boost their exports and diversify their markets, it is essential that Quebec International support their efforts to broaden the marketing of their products and services outside Quebec. We are proud of the results of the first three editions, and we are enthusiastically committed to supporting the companies taking part in the fourth edition in their market diversification efforts aimed at carving out a place on the international stage,” said Carl Viel, President and CEO of Quebec International.
“The Government of Quebec is proud to support these SMEs in the implementation of promising projects in the international arena. Market development is a catalyst for the growth of Quebec SMEs as it serves to boost competitiveness while ensuring future viability. The SME Passport program, which is designed to complement Export Quebec's services, ties in with the goals set out in Quebec's 2016-2020 export strategy, which is primarily focused on the US market, as are the SMEs taking part in the fourth edition. Exports, together with innovative manufacturing and entrepreneurship, are the central pillars of our economy,” said Dominique Anglade, Minister of the Economy, Science and Innovation and Minister Responsible for Digital Strategy.
“Our economy is bolstered by SMEs that are increasingly reliant on exports to prosper. I salute the talents of the 23 companies participating in the fourth edition of SME Passport. This innovative program, funded by the Government of Quebec, serves as a beacon for companies seeking to gain a foothold in international markets. Along with other government initiatives, SME Passport fosters enhanced synergies among economic actors with a view to promoting made-in-Quebec know-how and expertise around the world. I would like to thank these entrepreneurs and partners for their contributions to our economic development,” said François Blais, Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity and Minister Responsible for the Quebec City Region (Capitale-Nationale).
“At National Bank of Canada (NBC), we believe that it is essential to join forces in order to speed the development of local companies, and that's exactly what the SME Passport program does,” said Louis Vachon, President and CEO of NBC. “NBC is proud to build on the existing momentum and to take part in the fourth edition of the program. A robust entrepreneurial ecosystem is a great asset to society, not only as regards innovation and competitiveness, but also in economic and social terms.”
Michèle Boisvert, Executive Vice-President, Business Outreach at the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), offered these remarks: “Nowadays, breaking into international markets is an essential step for all growth-oriented companies. Quebec needs audacious entrepreneurs who are willing to challenge the status quo, think outside the box and take the risk of venturing beyond our borders. SME Passport is specifically geared towards these types of business leaders, the champions of tomorrow. The CDPQ is proud to have been one of the very first partners in this initiative.”
The 23 companies taking part in the fourth edition of SME Passport were selected by a jury on the basis of their competitive advantages and products/services, in addition to their financial capacity, resources and management commitment. These companies have made exploratory forays into the international arena or are already exporting products or services and hope to diversify their export markets.
The CCMM and Quebec International will be drawing on the success of the first three editions of the SME Passport program, during which 68 SMEs took part in 117 training activities. The participants undertook trade missions to 20 countries, and a dozen of these initiatives resulted in the launch of implementation projects in foreign markets.
To consult the information document for the third edition of SME Passport, please click here.
The SME Passport program is made possible thanks to the support of the following partners: National Bank of Canada, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Economic Development Canada, Quebec Ministry of the Economy, Science and Innovation (and its Export Quebec division), along with the advisory/accounting firm of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton.
With a network of over 7,000 members, the CCMM is active on two fronts: serving as the voice of Montreal's business community and delivering specialized services to companies and their representatives. Keeping its finger on the pulse of current events, it takes action on issues that are essential to local business prosperity. Supported by ACCLR's experts, the CCMM seeks to speed the creation and growth of companies of all sizes, at home and around the world.
Through its ACCLR brand, the CCMM delivers services designed to spur the creation and growth of companies of all sizes, including business development, international trade, business intelligence, financing, labour and francization. Whenever companies seek business information, the CCMM’s ACCLR experts have an array of top-quality resources and tools available.
Québec International contributes to regional economic development and promotes Quebec City's international standing. As the pre-eminent regional economic development agency, QI fosters business growth, supports key economic clusters and attracts talent and investment. For further information, please visit www.quebecinternational.ca.