For Immediate Release




GATINEAU, the 8th of June 2017. – Phone LoopsAllied Scientific ProFranchise BlastIdeal Protein and Jack’s Soda are the respective winners of the Fourth Edition of the 2017 Outaouais MercadOr Awards presented by Brookfield Renewable (Énergie Brookfield) and hosted last evening at the Zibi Site in Gatineau. These five prizes, awarded by Export Outaouais, highlight the successful ventures of exports companies doing business in the Outaouais Region.

As Vanessa Pilotte, Vice-President of Communications and External Affairs at Brookfield Renewable (Énergie Brookfield) says: “Exporting is an adventure that includes its stake of complexity and challenges.  However, this also means the possibility of growing, diversifying and developing new markets. This also entails fostering new partnerships. And above all, this showcases the experience of being surrounded by a team of people who share one’s vision and passion. ”

As a reminder, the 17 competing companies were namely: Ideal ProteinFortress Cellulose SpécialiséeAllied Scientific ProFranchise BlastGagné en SantéBiogradePhone LoopsJack’s Soda, Les Jeux Baboon, Slush Puppie CanadaBelcanto ProductionsIdée ClicHoublonnière LupulineLive Edge Timber and Imprimerie Gauvin.


Nouvel exportateur   Développement de marché   Stratégie numérique à l’international   Leader à l’export   Coup de coeur
Phone Loops Allied Scientific Pro Franchise Blast Idéal Protein Jack’s Soda


“New Exporter” Award

  • The company must make more than 10% of its export turnover.
  • The company must have been exporting for five years or less.
  • The company’s export approach must be structured.

“Market Development” Award

  • The company must be a manufacturing enterprise : more than 30% of the company’s turnover must be related to exports.
  • The company must have put into operation a strategy to develop one or more targeted geographic markets over the last two years.

“International Digital Strategy” Award

  • More than 30% of the company’s turnover must be connected to exports (outside Québec).
  • The company must have implemented a digital strategy to position itself internationally (Website, social media, referencing strategy, e-commerce, etc.)

“Export Leader” Award

  •  The company must have been exporting for at least five years.
  • It must have a ressource-person dedicated to exports.
  • More than 70% of the company’s turnover or a minimum of 3 million in export sales.

“Coup de coeur” Award or Outstanding Award

A “Coup de coeur” Award or Outstanding Award will be granted to one of the participating companies, all categories combined, to underscore the achievements of an Outaouais company that has distinguished itself in its sales ventures outside Quebec or beyond Canada.


Launched in 1999 by the Quebec Ministry of Finance and Economy, the MercdOr Awards Ceremony acknowledged the success of companies starting out in exports markets. As time went by, several Regional Export Promotion Organizations (ORPEX) have adopted the concept by making the MercadOr Awards Ceremony a must in Quebec to showcase the successful achievements of businesses outside Quebec and internationally. Over the years, new price categories have been developed and awarded to companies that have gone through different stages in the internationalization of their business.

Export Outaouais is proud to have offered the Outaouais Region the Fourth Edition of the Outaouais MercadOr Awards. Export Outaouais congradulates all finalists, laureated and is grateful to its respective partners : Brookfield Renewable (Énergie Brookfield, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, National Bank of Canada, the Centre de transfert d’entreprise du Québec, Robinson – Boutique Business Law Firm, the Quebec Ministry of Economy, Science and Innovation, and Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions who have all supported this year’s celebration of exporting companies within the Outaouais region.


In harmony and collaborative support with its regional and international partners, the mission of Export Outaouais – an exports promotion organization affiliated to the Chambre de Commerce de Gatineau – is to boost exports ventures of companies throughout the Outaouais Region by helping them develop, consolidate or diversify their markets outside the Province of Quebec and on an international scale.

Affiliated to the Chambre de Commerce de Gatineau, Export Outaouais is financed by Export Quevec, a department of the Quebec Ministry of Economy, Science and Innovation, and Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions. Export Outaouais is a member of the Quebec International Trade (QIT) Network – a consortium of Quebec regional Export Organizations (ORPEX).

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Mrs. Elizabeth Lemay, Communications and Events Coordinator at 819 243-2246, extension 222 – email :