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Saint-Hyacinthe Science Park, Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec

Fueling a

With the support of these institutions, as well as the business conditions developed by the park organization,

MORE THAN

30 PRIVATE COMPANIES

great project By Donovan St-Hilaire

Great news for the City of Agrifood, Veterinary and Agroenvironment Biotechnology in, Saint-Hyacinthe is

great news for the world. At the Association of University Research Parks’ (AURP) 2011 international conference in New Orleans, Quebec-based organization, Saint-Hyacinthe Science Park, was presented the excellence award for the Best Emerging Research/Science Park Award. Ten other science parks worldwide were nominated for the award. In winning, the park became the first in Quebec and the third in Canada to be granted an award at the prestigious competition, which marked its 16th anniversary this year. AURP President Harold Strong explained at the awards that,”The strength of a university research park is its impact on the community and its ability to drive economic growth, create jobs and improve the quality of life.” In recognizing Saint-Hyacinthe Science Park as the 2011 award winner, Strong said of the park, “We know that the progress of the park has only just begun and look forward to the continued success and community impact of Saint-Hyacinthe Technopole.” The Saint-Hyacinthe Science Park, covering biotechnology, agri-food, veterinary and agri-environment, is one of North America’s first technology parks exclusively dedicated to the bio-food sector. Launched in 2007, the park’s goals are to build synergy between the spheres of research and industry while supporting innovation in the sector. The park was developed around two major research and higher education institutions, Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (off the main campus) and the federal Food Research and Development Centre. Although still in its early years, the technology park already includes two business incubators, a biotechnology development centre, 22 research chairs and centres, and 17 development support organizations, all associated with the agri-food industry.

have resulted, creating approximately

580 JOBS

one of the highest development rates among technology parks in Canada

adding up to approximately

$120,000,000

IN PRIVATE INVESTMENT GENERATED BY PARK DEVELOPMENT

Additionally, two tiers of government as well as the institutions operating in the park, equate to over

494 96.8

in the last year

million $ in investment

million $ in investment

JUST UNDER 1/2 THE TOTAL INVESTMENT

HAVE RESULTED FROM FOREIGN INVESTMENT

THIS SUCCESS WILL GROW IN THE YEARS TO COME

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