the innovation players
A multitude of players contribute to making Montreal an environment favourable to the harmonious development of innovation using the abundance of ideas for manufacturing, promotion, marketing, diffusion and distribution. Various institutions, initiatives, special events and centres for innovation and research gravitate around TechnoMontréal, playing a major role in the development of a Montreal ecosystem of innovation.
Teaching and Research Organizations
- Montreal boasts four international-scale universities (two French-speaking, two English-speaking): the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), the Université de Montréal (UdeM), McGill University and Concordia University. In addition, there are six schools or higher learning establishments and more than 200 private or public research centres. Since 2005, over six billion dollars has been invested in university research. Close to 85% of spending in research and development in the ICT industry is done in Greater Montreal.
- The CEFRIO network (centre facilitating research and innovation in organizations with information and communications technology) brings together more than 150 university, industry, and government members and some 80 associate and guest researchers who speed up the transition to a digital society by using technology as a lever for social and organizational innovation.
- École de l’innovation citoyenne(ÉIC)is an ÉTS initiative deployed in the Quartier de l’innovation in partnership with teaching institutions at all levels, as well as students, organizations and businesses in the community. ÉIC aims to empower citizens and support the implementation of tangible projects that are interdisciplinary and inter-institutional in nature.
- Prompt is a non-profit organization that facilitates the creation of R&D partnerships between businesses and the public research milieu in order to improve Quebec’s competitiveness on the ICT market. Since 2003, the Government of Quebec has invested 22.8 million dollars in Prompt, resulting in projects that have a value of nearly 70 million dollars within the institutional research setting.
- Le CRIM is an IT-applied research centre, established in Quebec in 1985, that develops innovative technologies and cutting edge know-how in collaboration with its clients and partners. It transfers these technologies to Quebec’s leading businesses and organizations, helping to increase their productivity and competitiveness, both locally and globally.
- The Société des arts technologiques (SAT – website in French) is a non-profit organization that is internationally recognized for its active and pioneering role in the development of immersive technologies and augmented reality through the creative use of high speed broadband. With its double mission as both an artist and research centre, the SAT was created to support a new generation of creators and researchers in the digital age.
- The Centre d’entreprises et d’innovation de Montréal(CEIM) offers customized management support and related services for both the start-up and development of companies in information technologies and life sciences.
- The International Council of Design (ico-D) is an organization whose vision, mission and core values revolve around the concept of “leading creativity” by using design as a source of progressive change.
- The Regroupement de l’industrie électronique(RIE – website available in French) unites players in the electronics field to promote the interests of its members and to stimulate the industry. Its mission is to create a platform of meetings and exchanges where all parties can improve and increase their business perspectives.
- The Réseau ACTION TI (website available in French) regroups and mobilizes players from Quebec’s information technologies sector. It encourages the improvement of knowledge and competencies, and highlights the quality of Quebec IT achievements, while promoting their value.
- The Quebec Photonic Network (QPN) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to accelerate the economic development of the industry through its leadership and determination.
- Canada’s Medical Technology Companies (MEDEC) is an entity that effectively defends the interests of the industry through its leadership.
- TECHNOCompétences(website available in French) is a sectoral committee that focuses on supporting and promoting the development of both Quebec’s workforce and ICT jobs, so that the province’s expertise can be recognized worldwide.