By Lisa Baum
If we want Quebec to develop its international reach, it’s important to celebrate the exporting firms who are doing it right. This is the philosophy driving the MercadOr Prize which, now in its 15th year, has been championing the successes of export companies across the region.
Launched by the Quebec Finance Ministry in 1999, the event has recognised 186 companies since its inception, and this year will be awarding honours to companies across five categories in an event to be held in Laval on Sept. 24.
The past 15 years have shown an enormous shift in the challenges faced by Laval’s international firms.
Among the three regions, however, the story is not exactly the same. While firms in the Laurentides and Lanaudière have stayed true to their export trends and remain mostly wood and manufacturing exporters, Miss Proulx pointed out a major difference with Laval, commenting “We have noticed in Laval a shift away from more traditional exporting industries, and a rise in the number of firms in the IT and Service Industries.”
The MercadOr prizes are given not only to categories such as “Best New Exporter” but also addresses issues such as “Innovative HR Practices”. This highlights that the organisation is aware that the issues faced by exporting firms on the international scene are wide-ranging and multifaceted. The Laval Winners of the 15th MercadOr Prize will be announced in an award ceremony hosted by le Centre des affaires internationales de Laval Technopole Sept. 24.
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