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Discover the Quartier de l’innovation de Montréal

An innovation ecosystem in the heart of Montreal.

QI is first and foremost a place for the integration and interconnection of the four segments that are essential to a creative society; together they create a world-class innovation ecosystem in Montreal:


Urban segment

With its sustainable development, services for municipalities and citizens, green spaces, respect for history and heritage, public transportation and shared management of infrastructure, the QI is a genuine “living laboratory”, where science and technology are visible and accessible to the public.
 QI Montreal: an ecosystem that is a great place to live.

Education and Research segment

Training the next generation of highly qualified personnel requires the continual updating of programs, aligning courses with the needs of the community, and maintaining excellence in research. Multidisciplinarity, internships in the QI, and the creation of networks and centres of excellence are supported and encouraged.  QI Montreal: a knowledge-based ecosystem.

Industrial segment

The QI has the highest concentration of IT workers in Canada. Its role is to showcase not only these companies but also those in other sectors, to improve collaboration among these companies and the various players, and to foster the emergence of new ideas while accelerating the innovation process. QI Montreal: a virtual and physical business ecosystem, marked by an entrepreneurial spirit.

Social and Cultural segment

The strong presence of creators and idea generators within the QI allows us to mix the social and the functional, fostering meeting points for arts, culture, technology and innovation. We must capitalize on this diversity and make the various platforms and expertise of our university institutions available to the district’s many organizations. QI Montreal: an ecosystem serving an innovative community.

Latest News

QI CHALLENGE 2015 : schedule

22 May 2015 | QI (in French only) La programmation du QI CHALLENGE 2015, le premier tournoi de jeux vidéo en projection extérieure au Canada est maintenant connue Read More

QI-CHALLENGE 2015 : The first outdoor-projection video game tournament in Canada

14 May 2015 | QI Montreal’s Quartier de l’innovation (QI) is proud to announce that the inaugural edition of the QI CHALLENGE, the first outdoor-projection video game tournament in Canada, will be held on May 27 and 28, 2015, from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. In two weeks, the entire Montreal Indie community, which is made up of creators and users of independent video games, will gather in the parking lot at the former Dow Planetarium to participate in or watch video gaming contests projected on the wall of the former Dow brewery and at a variety of stations erected at the site. During the two nights of the QI Challenge, video game enthusiasts can visit booths operated by a number of video game developers (including Ubisoft, Eidos and Red Barrel) and test their skills on the selection of games available. In terms of the mega-projections, the program will be divided into two parts. On Wednesday May 27, visitors can play or watch others play games that will be projected on the wall of the former Dow brewery. On Thursday May 28, the multi-storey projection will be dedicated to the finals of the League of Legends tournament that is currently being contested by esport* teams from École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), McGill University and Concordia University. Detailed programming will soon be available on the QI CHALLENGE event’s Facebook page. About the Quartier de l’innovation Launched in May 2013 by École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) and McGill University, the Quartier de l’innovation (QI) is an ecosystem for creativity in the heart of Montreal that is intended to increase the creative potential of the city. The QI relies strongly on the complementary strengths of its founding institutions and its many partners in the areas of research, education, innovation and entrepreneurship. It is located only steps from downtown Montreal, in a district that essentially comprises the neighbourhoods of Griffintown, Pointe-Saint-Charles and Saint-Henri/Little Burgundy. Its activities are focused on four key segments: education and research, social and cultural, industrial and urban. About the QI Challenge Within the context of C2 Montréal, the QI is organizing the projection of video gaming contests outdoors on mega-screens and other surfaces at the corner of Peel and Notre-Dame – the first event of its kind in Quebec. From 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on May 27 and 28, 2015, visitors are invited to attend this lively and dynamic event, and even take part in the games! Combining the expertise of the Quebec video game industry with academic accomplishments in this field and the vitality of the Indie community, the QI Challenge will present Montreal as a major gaming hub! * esport Esport (short for electronic sport) refers to the practice of playing a multi-player video game over the Internet or within the context of a LAN (Local Area Network) tournament using a computer or a gaming console. High-level esport is often funded by sponsors and by the revenues generated through streaming. The ÉTS LAN, which brings together 1,200 players every year, is the largest gaming tournament in Canada and in the eastern part of North America. Information: Emmanuelle Berthou Media Liaison Officer Service des communications École de technologie supérieure Tel.: 514-396-8427 Mobile: 514-996-6799 2015 QI Challenge sponsors:commanditaires-qi-challenge  

Two new members to join QI’s Board of Governers

26 February 2015 | QI QI is proud to welcome two new members to its Board of Governers: Mr. Alan Shepard, President and Vice-chancellor of Concordia University and Mr. Philippe Huneault, Director Country Head for Canada, Ocean Capital Associates. Read More