Montreal Summit on Innovation 2019

Montreal Summit on Innovation 2019


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Event details

Event planner:
Quartier de l'Innovation

Montreal Summit on Innovation 2019

Published on:
May 24, 2019
Event date:
Friday, 24 May, 2019 (All day)

The research of tommorow, today

On May 24, 2019, during the 8th annual Montreal Summit on Innovation (MSI), the Quartier de l’Innovation (QI), Fonds de recherche du Québec and Aligo Innovation are teaming up to join experts, university researchers, entrepreneurs and funders in transforming ideas into action. MSI is all about fostering discussion around key levers for competitiveness and innovation stemming from research and, most of all, new ways of furthering science to benefit society at large. Panels, collaborative experiences and conferences at the MSI are designed to encourage participants to reshape current practices in research and reflect on the potential challenges to come.

What to expect

MSI participants will have access to a full day rich in collaborative experiences, key learnings and inspiring encounters with some of the biggest names in innovation. 

BREAKFAST SEMINAR Les Affaires (60 min.)

Best practices: Who’s doing tomorrow’s research today?

Hosted by Diane Bérard, columnist, Les Affaires

Public and institutional policies affecting change

  • Rémi Quirion, Chief Scientist of Quebec
  • Professor Madga Fusaro, Rector at UQÀM

Noteworthy and inspiring practices

  • University-industry partnerships: Nick Laperle, CEO and Founder of EERS. Industrial Research Chair of NSERC-EERS in In-Ear Technologies (CRITIAS)
  • Open science: Damien Chalaud, Senior Director of Communications at McGill University’s Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital

Public engagement in research for a new way of building knowledge

In partnership with Fonds de recherche du Québec

Society’s challenges are many and they call for unprecedented action. The public can get more involved in research and contribute to building the know-how that will change our world. In this workshop, you’ll discover the underlying principles of civic engagement in research and the new platforms for this engagement to be developed and articulated.


Shaping new models of financing to promote — and get the most out of — the fruits of public research

In partnership with Aligo Innovation

Exploring new models of public research financing to maximize research promotion taking into account the following: necessity, what’s at stake, opportunities, challenges and the level of government engagement in the commercial value of public research.


Subject and speaker to be confirmed


Promoting pure research to ensure long-term innovation


Braindates are targeted meetings based on knowledge sharing. Ten conversations in groups of five on the topic of “research of tomorrow.”


In a globalized world, how do you glean the most potential from the intellectual property coming out of universities?

What are the newest strategies and most innovative tools for promoting intellectual property coming out of universities? How can we find new uses for high-potential orphaned technology? What tensions exists between openness, internationalization and protectionism? How can we best feed an ecosystem that encourages entrepreneurship in academia?

With the presence of Mr. Pierre Fitzgibbon, Minister of Economy and Innovation at Government of Quebec

And more still!

Will the research of tomorrow be more focused on public participation? How will co-development figure into it all? How can we catalyze interdisciplinarity in research? How will research fit into public policy and governance? What kinds of financial instruments can best facilitate its growth?

Bold research for an innovative Quebec

Echoing C2 Montréal 2019’s theme of TOMORROW, MSI participants and panellists will collectively reflect on propelling Quebec to the vanguard of research and development. Together, they’ll explore the groundbreaking initiatives and new paradigms that are already shaping the future of science and innovation. For instance:

  • Engaging citizens and systems users to advance science (co-developing research)
  • New means and models for funding research
  • Open science and open data
  • Cross-sector trends and never-before-seen collaboration
  • Technology and knowledge transfer
  • Highlighting the value of research and intellectual property

Please note that your MSI pass gives you access to the C2 Montréal site and the Braindating Lounge (to the exclusion of other C2 Montréal-related activities).



The Montréal Summit on Innovation (MSI) to life brings together entrepreneurs, university researchers and other key actors in the field of social innovation in order to give them an opportunity to meet Montréal’s major innovation players and learn through interactive experiences.

Here is a quick photo reportage on the highlights of the Montreal Summit on Innovation

Montreal Summit on Innovation 2019