ÉTS and McGill team up to establish the Quartier de l'innovation, an
ecosystem for creativity in the heart of Montreal
MONTREAL, May 13, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The École de technologie
supérieure (ÉTS) and McGill University officially launched today the
Quartier de l'innovation de Montréal (QI), with representatives from
the City of Montreal, the Quebec and federal governments, and many
prominent individuals from the academic, artistic, cultural and
business communities in attendance.
The QI is located just steps away from downtown Montreal, in an area
that includes mainly Griffintown, Pointe-St-Charles, and
ÉTS and McGill have been developing this project since 2009. The QI is
designed to be a real living laboratory, where organizations,
researchers, citizens, companies and students will work together to
enhance Montreal's potential for creativity and innovation. The two
universities will draw upon their resources, acting as catalysts with
all the key players involved in promising and innovative projects.
A long-term commitment
The QI will build on McGill's strong leadership in basic research and
its international network, and on ÉTS's successful track record in
applied research, technology transfer and close relationships with the
small- and medium-sized business community in Quebec. The two
institutions have signed a formal partnership agreement that spans 25
years and covers many research and teaching projects.
"Innovation is essential to ensuring the economic, social and cultural
prosperity of our society. The objective of the QI is nothing less than
to make Montreal a hub for innovation," said Yves Beauchamp, Director
General of ÉTS, at the event. "ÉTS, located in the heart of the
district, will be an active partner in setting up a real ecosystem for
creativity, forming organic links among our students, our researchers,
and their communities."
"The QI will make Montreal an international leader in innovative cities,
building on the experiences of other visionary cities such as
Barcelona, Manchester and Boston," said Prof. Heather Munroe-Blum,
Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University. "Montreal's
Quartier de l'innovation is truly one-of-a-kind as it embraces all
aspects of innovation: from the social, cultural and urban dimensions
to education, research and industry."
Universities with deep community roots
In close collaboration with organizations working in the district, the
QI will serve as a catalyst for transforming the community, deeply
rooted in the urban fabric and the social and cultural life of the
city. Projects in the QI will help create an environment respectful of
the mixed-use character and mixed social and cultural heritage of the
sector while at the same time fostering innovative practices.
The QI will give ÉTS and McGill the opportunity to broaden their
commitment to the community around them. The founding institutions
regard the project as a major lever for economic development and job
creation in the sector.
Yves Beauchamp and Heather Munroe-Blum thanked the many partners who
have endorsed or provided financial support for the QI, starting with
the governments of Quebec, Canada, and the City of Montreal. The City
has also made a generous donation to ÉTS - the Dow Planetarium, which will be turned into a Hub of Creativity, one of the many projects that will call the QI home.
The QI also relies on a group of 14 public figures from the Montreal
community, who will serve as ambassadors for the project.
The team from C2-MTL - the first major creative event to be held in the Quartier de
l'innovation - also gave guests a sneak peek at the 2013 edition of
C2-MTL, coming up on May 21, 22 and 23.
To learn more about the Quartier de l'innovation: http://quartierinnovationmontreal.com/en/contact-us/
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SOURCE: McGill University
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