The Quartier de l’Innovation (QI) is an innovation ecosystem in the heart of Montréal that aims to boost the city’s potential for creativity. QI was launched in May 2013 by the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) and McGill University, which were subsequently joined by Concordia University and the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). More than 25 corporate partners have since come on board. QI draws on the complementary resources of its numerous partners in research, training, innovation and entrepreneurship to create concrete projects that are changing the face of the city.
The QI zone is bounded by René Lévesque Boulevard on the north, the Lachine Canal on the south, McGill Street on the east and Atwater Avenue on the west. QI’s activities focus on four areas: education and research, social and cultural, industrial, and urban.