“We are delighted to welcome Mr. Silès, who has enjoyed an excellent reputation in the Montreal community for many years, notably in the field of social innovation,” said Jean Pierre Desrosiers, Chair of the Board. “Mr. Silès is known for his high-performance, innovative management style and his ability to bring people together. We are positive that he will mobilize the forces needed to ensure the success of the QI and make it a prominent player in Quebec, the rest of Canada and on the international scene.”
About Damien Silès
With a solid educational background in international trade, Damien Silès founded the Société de développement social de Ville-Marie in 2008 and has since served as its General Manager. From 2002 to 2008, he served as membership and sales director for the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal. Twice named Personnalité de la semaine by La Presse-Radio-Canada (in 2011 and 2013), he was a finalist in the Prix Personnalité Arts-Affaires in 2012. He worked in South America for several years, notably for an Ecuadorian foundation, where he developed national and international markets for local artisans.
About the Quartier de l’innovation (QI)
The QI, launched in May 2013 by the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) and McGill University, is an innovation ecosystem in the heart of Montreal, designed to boost the city’s potential for creativity. The QI builds on the complementary strengths of its founding institutions and its many partners in research, education, innovation and entrepreneurship. The QI is located just a few steps from downtown Montreal, in an area that includes Griffintown, Pointe-Saint-Charles and Saint-Henri/Little Burgundy. Its activities are divided into four sectors: training and research, social and cultural, industrial, and urban.
For further information on the Quartier de l’innovation: http://quartierinnovationmontreal.com/