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Study Mission 3.0: Quebec

May 23-26, 2023

Leaders are learners. As we look to learn about smart climate action, we’ve taken two study missions to California and now we’re expanding our horizons and traveling to Québec.

Why Québec?

Québec and Washington have similar economies and similar ambitions. Both are strong in research and technology, aeronautics, hydroelectricity, agriculture, fishing, mining, pharmaceuticals, aluminum, wood, and paper. They produce more maple syrup while we lead in apples. 

Like Washington state, Québec is a clean economy leader, setting the pace for
their country.

Québec introduced its cap-and-trade system ten years ago. Washington’s cap-and-invest system commences this year and is designed to potentially link with the programs in Québec and California, meaning that businesses in one jurisdiction can use emission allowances issued by the others for compliance. This increases the number of businesses under the cap, which reduces compliance costs by creating more options for companies to reduce their emissions.

Take a peek at our itinerary and join us for our third study mission and first to an international destination.


Tuesday, May 23rd

  • Travel day to Québec City
  • Overnight in Québec City

Wednesday, May 24th

  • Opening Remarks by Benoit Charette, Québec’s Minister of the Environment, the Fight against Climate Change, Wildlife and Parks
  • Presentations from the Ministry of the Environment on Québec’s Plan for a Green Economy and Québec’s Carbon Market
  • Walking tour of Québec City
  • Tour Alstom’s Coradia iLint hydrogen passenger train
  • Reception with Québec’s Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie
  • Overnight in Québec City

Thursday, May 25th

  • Travel to Montréal
  • Visit ExpoCAM Trucking Exhibit in Saint Hyacinthe to see state-of-the-art zero emissions medium and heavy-duty vehicles.
  • Clean Energy session with Hydro Québec and Québec Association for the Production of Renewable Energy (AQPER)
  • Transportation Decarbonization session with Propulsion Québec and Dunksy
  • Reception at Centre for Sustainable Development
  • Overnight in Montréal

Friday, May 26th

  • Site visits to clean energy companies. Potential sites include:
    • Lithion Recycling 
    • Sustainable Aviation Fuels Consortium
    • Center of Excellence in Transportation Electrification and Energy Storage
  • Conference ends by 4pm


How Quebec has implemented its cap and invest policy

  • Plan for a Green Economy 2030
  • Green Hydrogen and Bioenergy Energy Strategy
  • Biodiversity Plan
  • Linkage to California’s carbon auctions

How Quebec uses hydropower resources to drive decarbonization.

  • Hear from Hydro-Quebec executives on energy production and markets for green electricity.
  • Renewable energy development in Quebec.
  • Green hydrogen production using hydropower.

About Zero Emission big rigs and hydrogen-powered locomotives

  • Get up-close to Kenworth’s T680e class 8 truck and others from Volvo and Daimler.
  • Visit ABB to learn about charging infrastructure needs for MHD Vehicles
  • Learn how Quebec will be the first American site for a hydrogen-powered passenger train.

How Quebec has invested in its clean energy economy

  • Electric and hydrogen vehicles production
  • Battery recycling
  • Port decarbonization


Check with us for possible discounts on your flights. 

Tuesday, May 23:

(8:00 a.m. PT – 6:53 p.m. ET):

  • Flight AC 514 from Seattle (SEA) to Montréal (YUL)
  • Flight AC 7940 from Montréal (YUL) to Québec (YQB)


Friday, May 26:

(6:10 p.m. ET – 9:15 p.m. PT):

  • Flight AC 515 from Montréal (YUL) to Seattle (SEA)

Featured Participants

Senator Matt Boehnke

Senate Environment, Energy & Technology Committee and Senate Ways & Means Committee

Benoit Charette

Minister of the Environment, the Fight against Climate Change, Wildlife and Parks

Representative Jake Fey (D-27)

House Transportation Committee Chair

Patty Kinswa-Gaiser

Cowlitz Indian Tribe Chairwoman

Senator Joe Nguyen

Senate Energy, Environment & Technology Committee Chair (Invited

Kristine Reeves

House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee Vice Chair (Invited)

Senator Jesse Salomon (D-32)

Senate Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks Committee Vice-Chair


WHAT’S INCLUDED: Accommodations, all meals (please advise if any dietary restrictions) and transportation within the Quebec province is included in the registration fee. Please note airfare is not included.

Thank you to our trip sponsors!

Cowlitz Indian Tribe