Organization


Our mission

The mission of Innovation maritime is to contribute to the development of the marine sector and stimulate excellence through innovation. Innovation maritime aims to develop solutions for the benefit of companies through applied research, technical assistance and information distribution.

Our values

  • Forward-thinker

    Innovation maritime wants to be the leader in its field, a leader, a visionary and before its time.

  • Team spirit

    This translates into active involvement of everyone, listening, sharing of expertise and information, pursuit of common goals, collaboration and a positive attitude within the organization.

  • Professionalism

    Characterized by the respect of the partners, the quality of the work of the employees, by their professional rigor, by the update of their knowledge as well as by their high level of performance and expertise.

  • Commitment

    Our sense of belonging and commitment to the organization and its objectives (dynamic coordination of efforts and actions to achieve results).

History

Since its creation, Innovation maritime has completed more than 350 applied research, technical assistance and information dissemination projects on behalf of or in partnership with the Canadian marine sector.

Timeline

2001


In 2001, Innovation maritime begins its activities and quickly establishes a multidisciplinary team to answer the needs of navigation sectors, management of the marine transport and ports, marine mechanics, naval architecture as well as professional diving.

 

2002


Innovation maritime is recognized as a College Center for Technology Transfer (CCTT) in 2002. From December, individuals and companies that entrust Innovation maritime with a research and development mandate can benefit from significant tax credits through the Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR & ED) tax credit programs.

 

2003


The submariner evacuation simulator, inaugurated in the spring of 2003, is making a name for itself around the world. This installation represents the fruit of a team project that combines all the expertise of Innovation maritime, from conception until it’s put into operation

 

2006


A year of strong growth for Innovation maritime in 2006, where about fifty projects are completed, including a successful collaboration between four regional research centers generates a demonstration project of ballast water treatment which represents an environmental concern for the marine industry.

 

2010


Built in 2010, the prototyping workshop of Innovation maritime was funded by the Québec government and the Rimouski Collège. It’s a 1,500 m2 workshop with an electronic design laboratory and an adjacent gas laboratory as well as a multipurpose room. The workshop contains applied research and prototyping equipment, some of which were purchased as part of this investment. This workshop is used to develop and test technological innovations to facilitate the development of SMEs in Québec; to demonstrate technology and familiarize IMQ students with new technologies affecting their profession.

 

2015


Innovation maritime takes stock of its activities over the past five years and leads a reflection on identifying its strengths/weaknesses, reviews its position and defines its future orientations. An assessment of its CCTT status is being conducted and the Québec government has confirmed the renewal of its core funding for the next five years. This announcement reflects the relevance and quality of projects completed in recent years and also the recognition of Innovation maritime’s mandate in the marine sector.

 

Team

Depending on the nature of the projects and the mandates that are entrusted to the research center, the teams can be remodeled to gather all the necessary expertise for their realization.

In addition, all this expertise is backed by strong skills in administration, business management and finance.

Management

  • Sylvain Lafrance

    Executive Director, extension 4601
    slafrance@imar.ca

  • Isabelle Durette

    Executive Assistant, extension 4600
    idurette@imar.ca

  • Marie-Josée Caron

    Financial Controller, extension 4602
    mjcaron@imar.ca

Project team

  • Pascal Dubé

    Team leader – IT analyst, extension 4604
    pdube@imar.ca

  • Emmanuelle Doucet

    Programmer, extension 4603
    edoucet@imar.ca

  • Patrick Fortier-Denis

    Team leader – Engineer, extension 4625
    pfdenis@imar.ca

  • Naceur Zidi

    Jr. Engineer, M. Sc., extension 4624
    nzidi@imar.ca

  • Samuel Desgagné

    Mechanical Engineering tech., extension 4626
    sdesgagne@imar.ca

Associate teachers

  • Jerry Young

    Master Mariner certificate
    Navigation teacher, IMQ

  • Dany St-Cyr

    Professional diver
    Professional diving instructor, IMQ

  • Christian Côté

    Teacher – Naval Architecture Technology, IMQ

  • Mohamad Issa

    Teacher – Electricity, IMQ

 

Board of directors

  • Daniel Dion

    President
    Director – Institut maritime du Québec

  • Paul Archambault

    Administrator
    Innovation Director – Canada Steamship Lines (CSL)

  • Christian Côté

    Administrator
    Professor, Department of Naval Architecture – Institut maritime du Québec

  • Jean-François Belzile

    Administrator
    Director of Operations and Captain – Port de Montréal

  • Louis Morin

    Administrator
    Engineer – Underwater Services BLM

  • Pierre Parent

    Administrator
    Pilot – Mid St-Lawrence Pilots Corporation

  • Jean Brousseau

    Administrator
    Professor, Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering – Université du Québec à Rimouski

  • Éric Hudier

    Secretary Treasurer
    Professor, mathematics department, computer and engineering, Director of Bachelor of Engineering Programs – Université du Québec à Rimouski