The creation of Écotech Québec is the result of sustained efforts and strategic reflection of several business leaders and organizations that saw the emergence of cleantech as a new industrial sector in which Quebec could become a leader.
In 2008, 3 entrepreneurs from the cleantech sector (including one in private finance) started to put in place the Quebec cleantech cluster. Andrée-Lise Méthot, Guy Drouin and Thierry Pagé were supported by political will in the Quebec government and the city of Montreal. The 3 entrepreneurs and co-founders of Écotech Québec proposed a business case to the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM), the Ministère du Développement économique, de l’Innovation et de l’Exportation (MDEIE), the Ministère des Affairesmunicipals, et des Régions et de l’Occupation duterritories (MAMROT), and the Agence de l’Efficacité Énergétique (AEE). They formed a committee with other players in the cleantech sector, volunteers who served as a temporary board to ensure the smooth running during the set up and beginning of Écotech Québec’s activities. The creation of a provincial cleantech cluster was announced on March 17th, 2009.
The secretariat of the newly constituted Cleantech Cluster further unified its operations when it moved into its offices in the Montreal World Trade Center on August 16th, 2010.