Answers to what's on your mind
How will the QI Community be involved in this project?
The QI is inclusive to whomever wants to participate: residents, famillies, students, artists, SMEs and community organizations. Citizens have the chance to let us know their opinions through public consultations, for example or by joining a Liaison Group.
What solutions are envisioned to fight the indirect gentrification the QI will bring?
The QI is not the cause of the gentrification occuring in the South-West and more particularly, in Griffintown. However, it is clear that Universities have a role to play in fighting gentrification. They must ignite reflection in the community and in economic development actors such as the City of Montreal. We can also favor that a mixed environment settles in the District through the QI's projects and McGill and ÉTS's student bodies. McGill University is a public institution, engaged in its community and ready to offer projects and activities that will aid in the development of the District.
What is the goal of the QI?
It is an economical development project pushed by two leading learning institutions that are linked to their communities. The idea of offering a true "living laboratory" to enrich the experience for our students through internships, innovative research and practical projects, is at the heart of the QI. This initiative's unicity is, firstly, to be situated in an urban environment with a story and a vivacity to its neighborhood! We want to build based on the strenghts of this environment with the community, our students, our professors, the local residents of the District as well as with social, cultural and technological companies. What is important is to equilibriate our 4 QI pillars, the social & cultural, the industrial, the urban and the academic.
With the QI, Montreal is reinforcing its position as a creative city such as Boston, Toronto, Manchester and Barcelona.
McGill University and the QI Ecosystem are distant from each other. What strategies will McGill be undertaking in order to bridge this distance gap?
The QI seems a bit far unlike ÉTS students who come into contact with the district everyday; however, it is to be noted that it is only a 20 minutes walk from our downtown campus! We already did several activities in the district like internships, community engagement day, etc... And distance was not an issue. But in all seriousness, by encouraging and developing class projects, research projects or internships, we will be able to bring McGill students in the district and allow them to discover a new surrounding, its particularities and hidden gems. In addition, we must invite different actors from the QI (businesses, local community groups, NPOs, other students etc.) to come join us at McGill and participate in different activities, classes and conversations. It is important to understand that McGill has no intention to develop a new campus in the QI but to establish footprints through concrete projects with our partners. We want to create links.
Will the QI be reflected in the curriculum?
The QI is now associating itself with professors, researchers and students, as well as student associations in order to offer the most possibilities. For example, the class of Prof. Kevin Manaugh in Urban Field Studies went to visit our partner, The Coalition de la Petite-Bourgogne, to learn about their Sentier de la Bourgogne initiative in order to show how a community project can aid in developing a better environment and quality of life for locals. Prof. Raphael Fischler from Urban Planning is currently employing students for 4 different research projects in the district in partnership with the City of Montreal; for example, studies on Urban IT applications or innovation in energy use in the built environment. Prof. Will Straw from the Faculty of Arts is working on the programming of the Laboratory of Urban Culture (a sort of YMCA of culture in the district) involving students and professors through internships and grants. In the long term, we want these examples to become the norm and found in every faculty. These will involve partnerships, curriculum and research, depending on the program or project. An important area will be the entrepreneurship curriculum in all disciplines.
Entrepreneurial Innovation brings up the issue of intellectual property. How is McGill, and the QI, tackling this issue?
McGill is currently working on a new Innovation strategy with 5 axes and the IP policy is part of this. We are basing our strategy on the creation of partnerships; making McGill open to partnerships in this new era, including with our faculty and start-ups. By collaborating with them and understanding their particular challenges, we will develop and implement the best type of IP Policy for McGill. We should also remember that McGill has led to the creation of over 50 start-up companies most of which are still in existence today and contributing to the creation of jobs and making products available to the Canadian market and this is something that we want to support even more in the coming months and years.