An Exponential Growth Exceeding All Expectations

The Brome-Missisquoi Symbiosis is celebrating its fifth anniversary. This pioneer initiative carried by the Centre local de développement de Brome-Missisquoi (CLD) and The Comittee for entreprises in sustainable development (TEDD) has been growing at an exponential rate. Gathering about fifteen enterprises when it was first launched, within only five years the Brome-Missisquoi Symbiosis has supported more than 900 business to business material, expertise and services exchanges or synergies.

From 2014 to 2019, the Brome-Missisquoi Symbiosis has compiled:

  • 900 exchanges;
  • 370 participants;
  • 8, 700 metric tons exchanged materials;
  • $1.7 M economic gains;
  • 10, 600 tons of CO2-eq., the equivalent of taking 2,250 cars off our roads;
  • 400 employees have received continuing training.

The constant efforts made to list our enterprises’ needs and offers, paired with establishing numerous synergies or exchanges, testify to this collective success. These partnerships have generated economical gains, social and environmental benefits for our Brome-Missisquoi enterprises.

Besides the quantified benefits, participation in the synergies allows companies and participants to increase their competitiveness, their resilience and their attractiveness. Increasing exchanges throughout the territory stimulates innovations and creates a network of territorial collaboration.

This network, developed by the Brome-Missisquoi Symbiosis, has revealed itself to be very efficient in compensating for market instabilities, notably since the appearance of the COVID-19 pandemic. Lay-offs and the underutilization of equipment due to economic activity slowdowns have allowed the symbiosis’s businesses to share their resources. As an example of this, local distilleries and microbreweries have been processing fermentables from our agri-food sector to produce the alcohol necessary for making disinfectant gel. Other businesses contributed with packaging supplies for product distribution. This quick response to answer local needs demonstrates the resilience established by the synergic community, and attests to the collaborative future of our Brome-Missisquoi businesses.

Some examples of current categories of materials exchanged include wood and fibres (paper/cardboard), plastics, glass, metal, organic materials, chemical products, textiles and services. Furthermore, the Symbiosis is active within a plurality of activity sectors as much industrial, commercial, institutional, agricultural, communitarian as municipal.

Through the years, the Brome-Missisquoi Symbiosis’s accomplishments have often been recognized, and 2019 is no exception. During the 26th Gala des Prix d’Excellence en environnement des Cantons-de-l’Est, which aims to highlight the most promising initiatives in matters concerning the environment and the fight against climate change, the Brome-Missisquoi Symbiosis received the Distinction award and the Grand Prize for excellence for the environment. These recognitions confirm Brome-Missisquoi’s positioning as a pioneer in circular economy. Indeed, when it was first launched the Brome-Missisquoi Symbiosis was only Quebec’s third industrial symbiosis. Today, the Communauté Synergie Québec, spearheaded by the Centre de transfert technologique en écologie industrielle (CTTÉI) counts over twenty similar projects.

About the MRC of Brome-Missisquoi

The MRC of Brome-Missisquoi groups 21 municipalities with 5 distinct economic poles. The MRC’s goal is to support territory development of this unique, dynamic and innovative natural living environment. Surrounded by exceptional landscapes, the region positions itself as being “Quebec’s wine region” and stands out through its inspiring and engaged population as well as through its advantageous location, offering an uncountable number of activities and business opportunities.

About the CLD of Brome-Missisquoi

The CLD of Brome-Missisquoi is a non-profit organization that accompanies, at no cost to them, entrepreneurs and leaders in start-ups or business development. Its mission is to stimulate economic growth and to develop entrepreneurship from a sustainable development perspective, by collaborating with stakeholders from the rural, cultural, tourism, agri-food and manufacturing sectors.

If you have a request concerning sustainable development assistance for municipalities, businesses and organizations, or would like to implement a circular economy approach, contact our environmental management department.

Link for the results 2014-2019: http://cldbm.qc.ca/en/services/consulting-services/circular-economy/
Direct link to the PDF : http://cldbm.qc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Symbiose_2014_2019_VFinale_small.pdf

Contact:
Marie-Pier Lussier, biologist, M. Env.
Advisor in Circular Economy
CLD of Brome-Missisquoi
mplussier@cldbm.qc.ca
http://cldbm.qc.ca/en/services/consulting-services/circular-economy/