Background of the organization
Québec Net Positif is a new think tank whose mission is to mobilize businesses to accelerate their transition towards the net zero carbon economy. Québec Net Positif aims to provide crucial support, resources and actionable insights to help Quebec small and medium size businesses (SMEs) achieve sustainability targets and seize new business opportunities from the green economy, including the identification of their technology, green products and services to address climate change that are ready to be exported to the rest of Canada and overseas. The organization aims for companies to recognize the benefits of going beyond mitigating their negative sustainability impacts and recognize their enormous potential to create positive impacts on society and the environment and put back more into the global system than they take out. With a team of experienced and knowledgeable staff from the business community, Québec Net Positif has built partnerships with Desjardins, Finance Montréal, McGill Sustainability Systems Initiative, Green Economy Canada and the Canadian Business Youth Council for Sustainable Development.
Québec Net Positif’s goal is to grow the number of Quebec SMEs aligned on a transition pathway compatible with a low-carbon future and their market share in the rest of Canada and internationally, thus creating more clean jobs in Quebec and reducing carbon emissions globally. Funds from the Foundation will be used to pay core staff who will conduct and commission original research to generate new knowledge and actionable insights useful to SMEs and investors; equip SMEs to help them align with a low-carbon future, attract investors and talent; equip key stakeholders who help promote Quebec as a jurisdiction of choice for the leaders of the green economy; create synergies and pull together the efforts of key stakeholders to make Quebec one of the hubs and accelerators of the green economy in North America. In 2021, Québec Net Positif will lead the Exploration Phase to determine the relevance of establishing a Green Economy Hub in Québec, in collaboration with the Green Economy Canada network (a Foundation grantee) which helps local businesses across Canada set and achieve sustainability targets.
Funds from the Foundation will be used to pay staff of Québec Net Positif, which is working to grow the number of Quebec businesses that are advancing the net zero carbon economy.