The third installation of McGill Innovation Week took place in November 2015, featuring nineteen events which integrated McGill students and faculty with the local Montreal innovation community.
One of the highlights of the week was the official launch of Le Salon 1861, a co-creation space, event hall, and incubator in the Quartier de l'innovation. Originally built in 1861 as St-Joseph’s Church, the building has been reconstructed by local Benefit Corporation, Quo Vadis, into a modern collective space that still boasts the beauty of the church’s exterior and interior architectural design. The building hosts entrepreneurial social laboratories, an event hall, and a kitchen and restaurant. Le Salon 1861’s mission is to promote collaboration between its stakeholders which include academic institutions, private corporations, community organizations, and the residents of Little Burgundy. The Social Economy Initiative's Social Innovator’s Integration Lab (SIIL) is one of the initiatives which will be housed within the space.
Visit the McGill Reporter's recap on the week of activities here