In the context of developing the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) sector for North American wind farms, the Wind Cluster organized the first-ever O&M mission to La Jolla, California in January 2013.
The project aimed to:
- Support O&M providers of the Gaspé region in making a name for themselves throughout North America;
- Capitalize on opportunities in this emerging industry in Quebec and the rest of Canada.
The economic mission to California was a unique opportunity for participants to meet with the major players of the O&M sector in North America and to lay the groundwork for business relationships with important clients. Participants were thus able to:
- Obtain first-hand information from component manufacturers;
- Explore opportunities for partnerships with American firms;
- Market products developed and fine-tuned in Quebec.
Through this project, the Wind Cluster also enjoyed great visibility thanks to the press releases, articles and interviews held or published in the context of the California mission. It also allowed for the creation of stronger ties with members of the Cluster. Such ties have even resulted in instances of competing businesses introducing members of their respective circles of colleagues to one another.
Financial and Technical Support
The project was made possible through the support of the Development Support Program for Strategic Sectors of Clusters of Excellence (PADS) (website in French) from the Ministry of Finances and Economy (MFE) and the North American Partnership Platform of the Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions.
The program drew not only from the involvement of 11 businesses of the Wind Cluster, but also the support of several stakeholders including:
- Quebec Delegation in Los Angeles;
- Canadian Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles and its trade team in San Diego;
- TechnoCentre éolien.
Wind Energy Cluster Participants
Contrôle électrique RK
The Ohmega Group Inc.
B.B High Performance Brake Pads
Suspendem Rope Access
East Coast Wind