2018 Montreal Summit on Innovation

Entrepreneurship + Social Impact: boosting Montréal’s potential for collaboration

*Please note that the event will mainly be held in French*

Regardless of the field, social innovation is, more than ever, a key component of business. However, how does one maintain a leadership position while continuing to have a positive global impact? In order to be relevant, sustainable and unique, every single project must take its social and environmental ecosystem into account.

With that perspective, the Quartier de l’Innovation (QI), Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and C2 Montréal have teamed up to bring the seventh edition of the Montréal Summit on Innovation (MSI) to life within the C2 Montréal conference, May 23. Under this year’s theme, Entrepreneurship + Social Impact, MSI will bring together entrepreneurs, university researchers and other key actors in the field of social innovation in order to give them an opportunity to meet Montréal’s major innovation players and learn through interactive experiences.


Propelling social innovation by nurturing collaboration

Knowing that more than 25% of all R&D spending in Québec* happens within the walls of Montréal universities, entrepreneurs stand to benefit more than ever by factoring research into their thought process. It is in the spirit of fostering this kind of synergy that this year’s Montréal Summit on Innovation is being held. With that in mind, QI, UQAM and C2 Montréal aim to create a favourable environment where ideas can collide and solutions can emerge in order for everyone to expand their horizons, get better results and collectively tackle key questions such as:

  • How can social impact be accurately measured?
  • How can a collaborative social entrepreneurship ecosystem be created?
  • What inspiring innovations have been generated through collaboration?
  • How can entrepreneurs develop a stronger reflex to include universities for better social impact?
A transformative journey

Mainly held in French, the Summit falls within the theme of this year’s edition of C2 Montréal: Transformative Collisions. Attendees can expect a multiformat experience, including:

Les Affaires breakfast seminar presented by Ville de Montréal: How do we build a collaborative social entrepreneurship ecosystem?

Introducing three inspiring collaborative projects at different stages of evolution. Hosted by Diane Bérard, columnist for Les Affaires.

1. Laboratoire d’agriculture urbaine du Palais des congrès

  • Chrystine Loriaux, Palais des congrès de Montréal
  • Eric Duchemin, UQAM
  • Antoine Trottier, Ligne verte

2. City Studio Montréal

  • Vincent Chapdelaine, Espace temps
  • Nadia F. Bhuiyan, Concordia Univertisty

3. Ville d’impact

  • Laurence Bertrand, Credo
  • Fabien Durif, ESG-UQAM
Collaborative experiences

Over the course of these two workshops, participants will be prompted to share their input on measuring social impact and implementing collaborative practices, as well as putting these ideas and processes to work.

  • Workshop 1 – “Hit your targets: Measuring social impact.”

Just how impactful are your social sector initiatives?
Professor involved in the development of the workshop: Juan-Luis Klein, Professor in the UQAM’s Geography Department and Director of the Center for research on social innovations (CRISES).
With Territoires innovants en économie sociale et solidaire (TIESS) and Chantier de l’économie sociale.

  • Workshop 2 – “Come together: Collaborating for social innovation”

What highly effective collaboration processes can you undertake to make your social innovation ecosystem prosper?
Professors and partners involved in the development of the workshop: Viviane Sergi and Claudine Bonneau, professors in ESG UQAM’s Management and Technology Department and Hugo Steben, Director of Social Entrepreneurship at the Maison de l’Innovation Social  (MIS).

Group Braindates

Braindates are specifically targeted learning labs allowing guests to share and deepen their knowledge in one-on-one or group settings. Groups are formed based on preferred areas of expertise or fields that participants wish to explore.

Featured speaker

As part of the Montreal Summit of Innovation, the following speakers will each take one of C2 Montreal’s stages to share ideas and reflections on innovation and our current system.

Speaker Bertrand Badré

Talk by Bertrand Badré (Blue like an Orange Sustainable Capital)
Get a seasoned investor’s take on how to create an ethical financial system that can foster truly inclusive, responsible and sustainable growth.


Speaker, Jean-Martin Fortier

Panel with Jean-Martin Fortier (farmer, educator and author), Colombe Saint-Pierre (Chez Saint-Pierre), John Winter Russell (Candide), Normand Laprise (Toqué!). This activity will be held in French. Cette activité se déroulera en français.


Discover what’s fueling and hindering the creativity of chefs, farmers and entrepreneurs who have made it their mission to strengthen ties between producers and consumers.

Conversation Market

The Conversation Market is an open forum where participants can simultaneously collaborate and discuss different aspects of a given subject. With a few guiding themes, all are welcome to share their point of view on the topic of “Multiplying our positive impact.”

Interactive circuit and cocktail, presented by Maison de l’innovation sociale (MIS)

In a cocktail setting, MSI attendees will get to explore an interactive circuit where 10 collaborative research projects will be displayed.

  1. Michel Séguin – Baromètre de l’image coopérative, UQAM
  2. Jean-Marc Fontan – Parole d’exluEs, UQAM
  3. Ygal Bendavid – Laboratoire internet des objets, UQAM
  4. Annie Camus – La cantine pour tous, UQAM
  5. Jacques de Guise – Living lab, ÉTS
  6. Darine Ameyed NyX-R, ÉTS
  7. Catherine Guastavino – Sounds in the city, McGill
  8. Nii Antiaye Addy – FLEdGE, McGill
  9. Zachary Patterson – Itinerum, Concordia
  10. Jason Lewis – Skins 5, Concordia


Who is the Montreal Summit on Innovation for?

In an effort to strengthen trust between entrepreneurs, university researchers and other key actors in the social innovation landscape (therefore maximizing social impact), MSI is geared towards anyone striving for better synergy between all three fields.

  • Businesspeople who believe social impact creates value
  • University professors and students
  • Employees of a social impact organization (e.g., a startup, co-op, NPO, B-Corp certified entity)
Eligibility: Anyone with a strong interest in social entrepreneurship.

Do you want to explore major social issues in order to generate new ideas and elevate Montréal’s collaborative potential? Do you meet the above eligibility criteria? Purchase your discounted ticket for $395 now:

Please note that C2 Montreal tickets owners can access the MSI on request. If you are interested, contact us at parlons-smi@c2.biz.


SMI partners