The St. Lawrence Economic Development Council (SODES) is a non-profit organization that protects and promotes the economic interests of the St. Lawrence River. SODES represents the maritime community, which includes stakeholders from the private and public sectors whose activities affect the St. Lawrence economy directly or indirectly in every region of Québec. SODES seeks to be the marine sector’s voice vis-à-vis governments on matters related to the St. Lawrence economy and development, where cargo and passenger transportation, regional development and the environment are concerned.