Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

October 07, 2016 11:00 ET

AquaHacking 2016 Summit: Innovating for water management and conservation

The Government of Canada supports the AquaHacking 2016 Summit: United for the St. Lawrence

MONTRÉAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Oct. 7, 2016) - Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED)

Businesses need adequate resources to create and commercialize their innovative products. The Government of Canada is committed to supporting Canadian firms that are investing in innovation. As a true economic driver, innovation is the key to success because it generates growth that benefits businesses and communities.

In attendance at the AquaHacking 2016 Summit, Anju Dhillon, Parliamentary Secretary for Status of Women and Member of Parliament for Dorval-Lachine-LaSalle, took the opportunity to highlight the Government of Canada's innovation, sustainable development and environmental management priorities. Also, acting on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for CED, she announced that $75,000 in financial assistance has been granted to the de Gaspé Beaubien Foundation to mentor youth in the design and development of solutions in order to help bring them to market, and to support enterprise creation and start-ups.

The financial assistance was granted under CED's Quebec Economic Development Program (QEDP) to support the project's promotion and communications. In all, more than $750,000 will be invested by the de Gaspé Beaulieu Foundation and its partners to carry out this project.

Founded in 1990 to work on the sustainable prosperity of communities, the de Gaspé Beaubien Foundation centres its activities around three themes: business families, health and governance, and water conservation. The AquaHacking 2016 Summit: United for the St. Lawrence has two components. First, a technological challenge (hackathon), in which teams of water management and technology experts develop innovative solutions to resolve issues related to the St. Lawrence River. Second, the Summit, which is being held in Montréal on October 6 and 7, 2016, and will support the resolution of issues and the implementation of shared strategies, through panels of experts and speakers. The panel and speakers will discuss four main issues: climate change adaptation; spills and overflows; access to the St. Lawrence River; and how innovation, technology and creativity can contribute to water conservation. In addition, the five finalist teams in the Challenge will showcase their solutions before a prestigious jury.

Quotes

"The Government of Canada has a lot of faith in this project and is proud to support the AquaHacking 2016 initiative, which focuses on innovation to find solutions for water management and conservation, particularly for the St. Lawrence River."

Anju Dhillon, Parliamentary Secretary for Status of Women and Member of Parliament for Dorval-Lachine-LaSalle

"Our government presented its new vision in 2016 to make Canada a centre of global innovation. Events such as the AquaHacking 2016 Summit provide an excellent platform where Canada can showcase the fundamental role of innovation in ensuring sustainable and inclusive growth in an evolving global economy."

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister responsible for CED

CED is one of six regional development agencies under the responsibility of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.

Related links

For further information on the QEDP: http://www.dec-ced.gc.ca/eng/programs/qedp/index.html

AquaHacking 2016 Summit website: http://aquahacking.com/en/summit/2016/home/

De Gaspé Beaubien Foundation website: http://www.fondationdegaspebeaubien.org/en/catcher/

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