2019 Montreal Summit on Innovation

On May 24, 2019, during the 8th annual Montreal Summit on Innovation (MSI), the Quartier de l’Innovation (QI), the Fonds de Recherche du Québec and Aligo Innovation will join forces with experts, university researchers, entrepreneurs and donors to transform ideas into action. At the summit, which runs concurrently with C2 Montréal, MSI will foster discussion around key drivers of innovation and competition stemming from research and, above all, new ways of furthering science to benefit society at large. Through various panels, collaborative experiences and conferences, the MSI and its nearly 240 industry leaders will encourage invitees to rethink current research practices and reflect on the challenges to come.

Will the research of tomorrow be more focused on public participation? How will co-development figure into it all? How can we catalyze interdisciplinarity in research? How will research fit into public policy and governance? What kinds of financial instruments can best facilitate its growth?

The panel and the keynote speaker presented by the SMI on the C2 stages will soon be revealed — stay tuned!


What to expect

MSI participants will have access to a full day rich in collaborative experiences, key learnings and inspiring encounters with some of the biggest names in innovation. On the agenda:

Best practices: Who’s doing tomorrow’s research today?

Hosted by Diane Bérard, columnist, Les Affaires

Public and institutional policies affecting change

  • Rémi Quirion, Chief Scientist of Quebec
  • Professor Madga Fusaro, Rector at UQÀM
  • François William Croteau, Borough Mayor of Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie and Ville de Montréal’s Executive Committee Member responsible for the Smart City initiative, information technology and innovation

Noteworthy and inspiring practices

  • Open science: Mrs. Annabel Seyller, Chief Operating Officer, Open Science, Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (Neuro), McGill University
  • Research and Living Lab: Prof. Jacques de Guise, École de technologie supérieure
  • University-industry partnerships: Nick Laperle, CEO and Founder of EERS. Industrial Research Chair of NSERC-EERS in In-Ear Technologies (CRITIAS)
  • Intermediation spaces: Mr. Yves Jacquier, PhD., Executive Director – Production Studios Services Ubisoft Divertissements inc.

Citizen engagement in research, a new way of creating knowledge

Organized by Fonds de recherche du Québec

La connaissance produite dans le milieu scientifique suit un processus de légitimation relativement clair, qui passe par la publication dans une revue scientifique avec comité de lecture. Comment reconnaître et légitimer la connaissance unique d’un itinérant qui a vécu plus de 10 ans dans la rue ? La connaissance spécifique portée par les communautés autochtones et transmise oralement de génération en génération ? Le savoir-faire d’un enseignant qui a accompagné des générations d’enfants sur les bancs d’école ?

Lorsque des chercheurs, des praticiens, des experts, des citoyens se rencontrent autour d’une volonté de générer ensemble de nouvelles connaissances, leurs visions se répondent et parfois, se confrontent. Comment, alors, déterminer la légitimité des connaissances détenues par chaque partie prenante ? À partir de concepts clés présentés par un expert, les participants feront des propositions aux FRQ pour une reconnaissance pertinente des différents détenteurs de connaissances.

Shaping new models of financing to promote — and get the most out of — the fruits of public research

Organized by Aligo Innovation, in collaboration with District3, with an active participation from Tandem Launch

Expert : Jesse Vincent-Herscovici, Vice President, Business Development, Mitacs

Exploring new models of public research financing to maximize research promotion taking into account the following: necessity, what’s at stake, opportunities, challenges and the level of government engagement in the commercial value of public research.

Subject and speaker to be confirmed

Promoting pure research to ensure long-term innovation

Braindates are targeted meetings based on knowledge sharing. Ten conversations in groups of five on the topic of “research of tomorrow.”

In a globalized world, how do you glean the most potential from the intellectual property coming out of universities?

What are the newest strategies and most innovative tools for promoting intellectual property coming out of universities? How can we find new uses for high-potential orphaned technology? What tensions exists between openness, internationalization and protectionism? How can we best feed an ecosystem that encourages entrepreneurship in academia?

  • Mrs. Anne-Marie Larose (PhD/MBA), CEO, Aligo Innovation
  • Mr. Richard Chénier, Director, Centech
  • Dr. Eng. Olivier Vande Vyver, Operating Director, LIEU Belgique (Liaison Entreprises-Universités)
  • Dr. Tula Tamaç, Partner and Patent Agent, BCF Business Law

With the presence of Mr. Pierre Fitzgibbon, Minister of Economy and Innovation at Government of Quebec.



And more still!


Bold research for an innovative Quebec

Echoing C2 Montréal 2019’s theme of TOMORROW, MSI participants and panellists will collectively reflect on propelling Quebec to the vanguard of research and development. Together, they’ll explore the groundbreaking initiatives and new paradigms that are already shaping the future of science and innovation. For instance:

  • Engaging citizens and systems users to advance science (co-developing research)
  • New means and models for funding research
  • Open science and open data
  • Cross-sector trends and never-before-seen collaboration
  • Technology and knowledge transfer
  • Highlighting the value of research and intellectual property

Please note that your MSI pass gives you access to the C2 Montréal site and the Braindating Lounge (to the exclusion of other C2 Montréal-related activities).