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).


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.



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.



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.



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



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.



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.



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.



The year 2019 marked a significant milestone in IMAR’s evolution with its designation as a Technology Access Center (TAC), providing further recognition of its unwavering commitment to technological excellence and the positive economic impact of its endeavors.



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

Direction / Administration

  • Sylvain Lafrance, M. Sc.

    Executive Director, ext. 4601

  • Isabelle Durette

    Executive Assistant, ext. 4600

  • Alexandre Boudreau, M. Sc. A.

    Operations Director

  • Raphaël Côté, ing., M. Sc. A.

    Director, Business Development and Communications, ext. 4605

  • Marie-Josée Caron, CPA

    Financial Director, ext. 4602

  • Agathaëlle Dorsainvil

    Administrative technician

  • Benoit Yves Thériault, ing.

    Special projects

Maritime Transport/Navigation

  • Damien Morandi, ing.

    Maritime Transport Analyst, ext. 4606

Maritime Intelligence

  • Pascal Dubé

    Team Manager, ext. 4604

  • Joël Cyr

    Programmer Analyst

  • Jonathan Roy

    Programmer Analyst

  • Emmanuelle Doucet

    Interactive Media Developer

  • Émilie Duchesne


Design & Marine Engineering

  • Simon Bouchard, ing.

    Team Manager

  • Jean-David Godin, ing.

    Research Professional, ext. 4626

  • Marc-André Cusson, ing.

    Research Professional, ext. 4607

  • Frédérick Landry, CPI

    Research Professional

  • Stéphane Gagnon

    Mechanical Engineering Technician, ext. 4624

  • Samuel Desgagné

    Mechanical Engineering Technician, ext. 4622

Energy & Environment

  • François Xavier Rioux, ing.

    Research Professional, ext. 4618

  • Mareen Thiboutot Rioux, Ph. D.

    Research Professional

  • Sébastien Duquette, CPI

    Research Professional, ext. 4614

  • Frédéric Darveau

    Research Professional

Acoustics & Vibrations

  • Jean-Christophe Gauthier Marquis, M. Sc.

    Team Manager, ext. 4625

  • Kamal Kesour, Ph. D.

    Research Professional, ext. 4629

  • Simon St-Pierre

    Research Professional, ext. 4609

  • Julien St-Jacques, CPI

    Research Professional, ext. 4615

  • Raphaël Tremblay, CPI

    Research Professional, ext. 4603


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.

Administration / Business Development

  • Sylvain Lafrance

    Executive Director, ext. 4601

  • Alexandre Boudreau

    Business Development Director, ext. 4605

  • Isabelle Durette

    Executive Assistant, ext. 4600

  • Marie-Josée Caron

    Financial Controller, ext. 4602

Maritime Intelligence

  • Dany Lamontagne

    Team Leader – AI Specialist, ext. 4604

  • Pascal Dubé

    Analyst-programmer, ext. 4612

  • Emmanuelle Doucet

    Interactive Media Developer

  • Émilie Duchesne

    Programmer, ext. 4616

  • Marcel Ramet

    3D Modeler/Artist


    • Gabriel Dugas

      Eng. – Team leader, ext. 4613

    • Mareen Thiboutot-Rioux

      Ph.D. Chemistry, ext. 4603

    • Marie-Laurence Bazinet

      CEP, ext. 4615

    • Kamal Kesour

      Acoustic Specialist, ext. 4629

    • François Xavier Rioux

      Eng., ext. 4618

    • Jean-David Godin

      Eng., ext. 4626

    • Jean-Christophe Gauthier-Marquis

      Physicist, ext. 4625

    • Louis-Michel Théberge

      Electrical Engineering, ext. 4630

    • Marc-André Cusson


    • Simon St-Pierre

      Engineering Researcher, ext. 4609

    • Samuel Desgagné

      Mechanical Engineering tech., ext. 4624

    • Stéphane Gagnon

      Mechanical Engineering tech., ext. 4623


    Data Protection Officer

      • Marie-Josée Caron
        418-725-3525 ext. 4602


      Board of directors

      • Pierre Parent

        Pilot – Mid St. Lawrence Pilots Corporation

      • Mark Harney

        Technical Director Fleet- Canada Steamship Lines (CSL)

      • Christian Côté

        Professor, Department of Naval Architecture – Institut maritime du Québec

      • Mélanie Leblanc

        Director – Institut maritime du Québec

      • Éric Hudier

        Secretary Treasurer
        Professor, mathematics department, computer and engineering – Université du Québec à Rimouski

      • Jean-François Belzile

        Director of Operations and Captain – Port of Montreal