MARCH 24, 2015 – Canada's largest shipyard, Chantier Davie Canada Inc., Levis, Quebec, is celebrating its 190th anniversary this year. Today, Mr. Jean D'Amour, Quebec's Minister for Transport and the Implementation of the Maritime Strategy, visited the shipbuilder to unveil a plaque commemorating its founding in 1825 by English sea captain, Allison Davie.
"Throughout the years, Davie has always been able to adapt, evolve and innovate," said Mr. D'Amour. "The implementation of the first maritime strategy in our history will bring it various challenges, but there is no doubt in my mind that Davie will be ready to accept them all."
"The history of Davie is absolutely remarkable and I am incredibly proud to be here continuing a 190 year old legacy of ingenuity and innovation in shipbuilding," said Davie CEO Alan Bowen. "I am particularly proud of all of our skilled shipbuilders, many of whom are third and fourth generation Davie shipbuilders. As I have often said, while you can build a shipyard in three years, it takes decades of experience to build complex ships. It's those skills which have made Davie such a great success over the past few years and the reason Davie was voted North American Shipyard of the Year."
"The history of the city of Levis is tightly linked with Davie's history, since the shipyard has always been a major economic driver for our city," said the mayor of Levis, Mr. Gilles Lehouillier. "I am persuaded that I speak on behalf of all townspeople when I speak of pride that I feel when I see here the greatest shipyard in Canada, standing square on the international scene since its very beginning 190 years ago."
A series of events and activities will take place throughout the year to celebrate Davie's 190th anniversary.