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From left to right: Damien Silès, Executive Director of the Quartier de l’Innovation, Manon Brouillette, Former Chair of the Board of Directors of the Quartier de l’Innovation, Pierre Dumouchel, Executive Director of the ETS, Jacobus Du Plooy, Chief Technology Officer at Ericsson. Photo credit: Lino Cipresso


Videotron, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Quebecor Media, is an integrated communications company engaged in cable broadcasting, interactive multimedia development, Internet access services, and cable and mobile telephony. Videotron is a leader in new technologies, especially thanks to its Illico interactive television system and its broadband network, which provides services such as high-speed Internet through cable modem and both analog and digital television. Videotron has also received, for the twelfth year in a row, the prestigious title of most admired telecommunications firm by Quebecers, according to a Leger poll.


Ericsson is the driving force behind the networked society—a world leader in communications technology and services. Its long-term relationships with every major telecom operator in the world allow people, business and society to fulfill their potential and create a more sustainable future. Their services, software and infrastructure—especially in mobility, broadband and the cloud—are enabling the telecom industry and other sectors to do better business, increase efficiency, improve the user experience and capture new opportunities.

With approximately 111,000 professionals and customers in 180 countries, they combine global scale with technology and services leadership. They support networks that connect more than 2.5 billion subscribers. Forty percent of the world’s mobile traffic is carried over Ericsson networks. And their investments in research and development ensure that our solutions—and our customers—stay in front. Founded in 1876, Ericsson has its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Net sales in 2016 were SEK 246.9 billion (USD 33.6 billion). Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ OMX stock exchange in Stockholm and the NASDAQ in New York.

École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS)

The École de technologie supérieure is one of ten universities that make up the Université du Québec. It trains engineers and researchers who are known for their practical and innovative methods, the development of new technologies and the transfer of technologies to the marketplace. Nearly one in four engineers in Quebec graduates from the École de technologie supérieure. It has a student body of over 10,600 students, of which nearly 2,600 are at the graduate level. With its expertise in applied training and engineering research, it has a unique partnership with the business sector and industry.

Quartier de l’innovation de Montréal

The Quartier de l’Innovation (QI) is a 3.5 km² world-class experimental area in the heart of Montréal. Its mission is to foster a one-of-a-kind innovation ecosystem where experimentation and collaboration between academics, entrepreneurs and residents generate benefits for society. The district stretches from René Lévesque Boulevard to the Lachine Canal from north to south, and from McGill Street to Atwater Avenue from east to west. The QI is supported by the Government of Canada, the Government of Québec, the Ville de Montréal, four universities—the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), McGill University, Concordia University and the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM)—and close to twenty private partners.

Government of Québec

About digital centres of excellence: The digital centres of excellence were created as part of the Ministère de l’Économie, de la Science et de l’Innovation’s digital economy action plan. They aim to foster the development of promising fields associated with Quebec’s ICT sector in order to facilitate the creation and marketing of digital business solutions and accelerate the growth of SMEs and startups in these fields.