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Webcast : Parole aux recteurs

A new web series on innovation in Quebec universities in the context of COVID-19

Created in 2020, this four-part web series is intended to highlight the initiatives of the four partner universities of the QI, namely the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), McGill University, the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM) and Concordia University, to respond to the challenges of COVID-19.

You will be introduced to the major research projects that have galvanized researchers in the face of a global pandemic, learn how collaborative innovation comes about despite social distancing, and see how these universities have managed to adapt in this context of profound upheaval.

Watch the 4 episodes of the web series now (French only)!

Suzanne Fortier – McGill University

Suzanne Fortier is the Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University. McGill is home to more than 40,000 students, a very large proportion of whom are international students (31.9%). This internationally renowned institution also has nearly 8,000 faculty and administration members. The McGill School of Medicine is proud to have been ranked number one in the country in the famous Maclean’s list for 15 years now.

Graham Carr – Concordia University

Graham Carr is the President and Vice-Chancellor of Concordia University, a position he has held since December 2019. Concordia has a population of 50,000 students, plus 7,000 faculty and staff. Dr. Carr’s previous leadership positions at Concordia include Provost and Vice-President, Academic Affairs; Vice-President, Research and Graduate Studies; and Dean of Graduate Studies.

Magda Fusaro – Université du Québec à Montréal

Magda Fusaro has been the Rector of the Université du Québec à Montréal since January 2018. UQÀM welcomes more than 39,000 students, including approximately 4,400 students from 95 foreign countries. Dr. Fusaro heads a faculty and administrative team of over 4,300 people. Thanks to the successes achieved by its professors and students, UQAM ranks among the major research universities in Canada, particularly in the humanities, natural sciences, social health and creative domains.

François Gagnon – École de technologie supérieure

Its future engineers are trained on a cooperative basis: they alternate between course work and practical internships in companies. Highly in demand, they carry out some 3,500 internships in companies annually. The 200 or so professor-researchers at ÉTS have a unique asset: they all have experience in an industry environment. In their laboratories, with their master’s and doctoral students, they work on innovations aimed at developing the know-how of both ÉTS and the companies that make up the economic and technological fabric of Quebec. ÉTS experienced incredible growth when it moved to Griffintown at the end of the 1990s, and has greatly contributed to energizing the district where the Quartier de l’Innovation now operates. Today it has 11,000 students, of whom nearly 8,000 are undergraduates. It currently trains 25% of all Quebec’s engineers!