Success Stories

LOCAL LOGIC™

Co-founded by three graduate students from the School of Urban Planning, Vincent-Charles Hodder (MUp’15), Colin Stewart (MUp’14) and Gabriel Damant-Sirois (MUp’14), focuses on collecting, cleaning and combining data to help travellers, home buyers and consumers make better, more informed decisions when choosing urban locations.

MOGILE TECHNOLOGIES
CHARGE HUB

Launched in 2012 as a special project of Mogile Technologies to help electric car drivers find public charging stations in the United States and in Canada. The company was founded by three McGill Mechanical Engineering graduates: Simon Ouellette (BEng’14, MEng’16, PhD’18), Olivier Proulx (BEng‘07, MEng‘14), and Francis DeBroux (MEng‘14). The mobile application and website have a community of over 100,000 users.

ORA SOUND

(Winner, Innovation Award, 2015) was co-founded by Eric Gaskell (PhD Music ‘16) and his brother Peter Gaskell (MEng’09, PhD’17), a PhD candidate in Electrical Engineering. The company uses graphene—a material lighter, stronger and stiffer than steel— to build unique, high performance loudspeaker membranes. Ora’s proprietary nanocomposite formulation provides audiophile quality sound from smaller, more efficient loudspeakers.

TEMPERPACK

(Winner, McGill Dobson Cup Start-Up Competition, 2012, William and Rhea Seath Awards Competition 2013) Commercializing a novel insulation product for companies seeking to improve their large scale cold chain operations without disrupting their current shipping logistics. The company was co-founded by James McGoff and Charles A. Vincent, while they were both undergraduate students in Mining and Materials Engineering. 

SENSEQUAKE

(Winner, William and Rhea Seath Awards Competition, 2016) provides sensor-based structural health monitoring (SHM) and seismic assessment of buildings to governmental organizations, engineering firms and the real estate industry. The project was developed at McGill over a period of five years by a graduate student in Civil Engineering, Farshad Mirshafiei (PhD’16), with the help of his brother Mehrdad Mirshafiei (PhD’16).

TAIGA MOTORS

(Winner, McGill Dobson Cup Start-Up Competition, 2016) is developing the world’s first production electric snowmobile so that current and future generations can continue to explore all of winter’s pleasures in harmony with nature. The company was established by Mechanical Engineering students Gabriel Bernatchez (BEng’15), Sam Bruneau (BEng’14) and Paul Achard (BEng’15).

CARBICRETE

(Winner, William and Rhea Seath Awards Competition 2016, Runner up, McGill Dobson Cup Start-Up Competition, 2016) Patented technology that allows manufacturers to produce cement-free, carbon-negative concrete. The company is run and backed by four McGill graduates: Mehrdad Mahoutian (PhD Civil’14), Chris Stern (BEng’94), Yuri Mytko (BA’98), and Mario Venditti (BEng’93, MBA’07).

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