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the neighbourhood of the future

The neighbourhoods of southwest Montreal are artistically rich, historically significant, and a stone’s throw from the business and education hubs of the city’s downtown.

The Quartier de l’innovation (QI), a joint partnership between McGill and École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), aims to transform the area into a living laboratory, where organizations, researchers, citizens, companies and students will work together to enhance Montreal’s potential for creativity and innovation.

At the QI’s formal launch, held in the Darling Foundry in May, the partner institutions outlined their plan to distinguish QI from other urban scientific parks by integrating the four pillars that are essential to a creative society: industrial, education and research, urban, and social and cultural. The cross-pollination will create a world-class innovation ecosystem supported by McGill’s strong international leadership in basic research and ÉTS’s successful track record in applied research and industry collaborations.

Learn more about many projects coming out of the Quartier de l’innovation:

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Quartier de l’innovation websites

McGill Reporter articles

Sample projects

  • Social innovation platform, led by Steve Maguire and Anita Nowak, professors at the Desautels Faculty of Management: stimulate development of partnerships with community organizations, including an impact internship program that allows five management students to work at neighbourhood organizations in collaboration with the Regroupement économique et social du Sud-Ouest (RÉSO)
  • Réseau BioFuelNet Canada, led by Don Smith, Professor, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences: brings together 74 researchers from 25 postsecondary institutions to carry out research leading to the commercialization of advanced biofuels as a viable source of renewable energy