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Who we are

The Société Quartier de l’Innovation de Montréal is a non-profit organization created in 2013 at the initiative of McGill University and the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS).

Our mission

To foster a one-of-a-kind innovation ecosystem in which experimentation and collaboration between academics, entrepreneurs and residents generate benefits for society.

Our vision

To be a world-class urban laboratory for experimentation.

The QI district encompasses the neighbourhoods of Griffintown and Little Burgundy and is bounded by René-Lévesque Boulevard and the Lachine Canal to the north and south, and by McGill Street and Atwater Avenue to the east and west (including Silo No. 5 and the Wellington Basin).

The power of our network

Our knowledge of the Quebec innovation community is all-encompassing :

private and local partners

involved in our projects

levels of government

support our organization

partner universities

ÉTS, McGill, Concordia and UQÀM

researchers and students

are part of our network


in our innovation ecosystem

incubators and accelerators

collaborate with us

local stakeholders

involved in our liaison group

Our international reputation

  • Over 65 national and international delegations have visited the QI since 2013
  • Member of the Global Institute on Innovation Districts (GIID) network
  • Bilateral agreement with Wallonia-Brussels International

Our values







Our four pillars

Being a meeting place of the arts and promoting the emergence and democratization of social and cultural activities

Becoming a benchmark in innovation by creating a diversified high-quality living environment that respects the area’s cultural and heritage legacy

Talent pool access and collaboration with universities and research centres

Attracting new businesses, bringing innovators together, and facilitating networking between startups and businesses, whether big or small

Our strategic fields of action


We offer the only open-air experimentation area in Montréal for testing prototypes of products and/or projects.


We showcase Montréal’s innovation through our activities and our initiatives, making it accessible and visible.


We facilitate meetings between small and large companies that generate business opportunities.


A team of dynamic enthusiasts is at the helm of the Quartier de l'Innovation. Contact us!

Damien Silès

Executive Director

France Leclerc

Deputy Executive Director

Vincent Lafrenaye Lamontagne

Project Manager, Open-Air Laboratory for Smart Living

Julie Bourgoin

University Program Manager

Marie Labbé

Digital Marketing Coordinator

Our board members

Our joint board of directors is composed of high-level managers from the economic, entrepreneurial and academic sectors. The variety of talents found within the concerted expertise of our board allows us to act directly and effectively on all of the aspects that shape the four central development pillars of the Quartier de l'Innovation: urban, business and entrepreneurship, education and research, as well as social and cultural.


Pierre Laporte
President, Deloitte Quebec and Vice Chair, Deloitte Canada


Marie-Ève Ducharme
Chief Executive Officer, Nüvü Camēras Inc



Jacques Bernier
Managing Partner, Teralys Capital


François Gagnon
CEO, École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS)


Board members

Graham Carr
President and Vice-Chancellor, Concordia University

Mario Charpentier
Founding Partner and Lawyer, BCF LLP

François Lamoureux
membre du conseil de la faculté Schulich, Université McGill

Magda Fusaro
Rector, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

Chloé Langevin
General Manager KIS’M Holdings and Representative, Arsenal Contemporary Art

Sylvain Coulombe
Associate Vice-Principal, Innovation and Partnerships, McGill University

Nick Laperle
Founding Partner and General Manager, EERS

Serge Legris
Vice-president, Vidéotron

Alan MacIntosh
General Partner, Real Ventures

Natalie Voland
President, Gestion immobilière Quo Vadis Inc.


Véronique Doucet
Director, Economic Development, Ville de Montréal

Caroline Pilon
Regional Director, Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation