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Serie 2 : Quartier de l’innovation de Montréal

In times of profound change, we must dare to choose innovation and seize the opportunity to accelerate it! In this second series, the Quartier de l’Innovation and MAtv once again plunge you into the heart of innovation, and we let ourselves dream a bit! Damien Silès, Executive Director of the Quartier de l’Innovation, travels to the most significant locations in the district and meets a wide variety people and organizations involved in innovation in Montréal, including startups, companies, researchers, and community and institutional partners. Distinguished guests, including Valérie Plante, Mélanie Joly, Luc Maurice, Patrick Bonin, Claude Cormier and Nathalie Maillé, share their visions of innovation and present projects that put Montréal centre stage on a global scale. They discuss transportation, culture, urban resilience and climate issues, economic development, heritage, real estate development, and aging populations.

About the episodes

Episode 1 : The Transportation of the Future

We know that in Quebec, the transportation sector is the main emitter of greenhouse gases. For this first episode of the second season, Damien Silès discusses the transportation of the future with Valérie Plante, Mayor of Montréal. We’ll hear about sustainable mobility solutions like electric scooters, the Colibri low-carbon urban delivery project, and a truck converted into a 100% electric vehicle. These projects support a green, sustainable, ecological economic recovery, but are also means to modify mobility habits, allowing for more autonomy, agility and flexibility.

Guests :

  • Valérie Plante, Mayor of Montréal
  • Andie Ta, Founding President, Écotuned Automobile
  • Luc Rabouin, Mayor of Plateau Mont-Royal
  • Sabine Le Nevannau, President, Concept GeeBee


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Episode 2 : Urban Resilience and Climate Issues

This second episode addresses urban resilience, which is the capacity of communities and cities to overcome their difficulties, as well as climate issues. The current pandemic provides an opportunity for an economic recovery based on new, greener, more sustainable principles. Different examples of urban resilience are discussed, and a Quebec-made solar watch with a social and environmental responsibility component is introduced. We will talk about planting projects, community gardens and green alleys with a local organization.

Guests :

  • Patrick Bonin, Climate and Energy Campaigner, Greenpeace Canada
  • Yona Jébrak, Professor in the urban studies department, UQAM
  • Pascale Fleury, Environmental Initiatives Coordinator, Éco-quartier du Sud-Ouest
  • Alex Désabrais, Co-Founder, Solios


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Episode 3 : Economic Development and the Businesses of the Future

In this third episode, we talk about the businesses of the future and we visit two businesses in the Quartier de l’Innovation. With the expansion of online commerce, the consumer experience must be rethought. Learn about an unusual urban hardware store that has adapted to the local urban reality and its small living spaces, a next-generation experimental store, and software that reinvents the shopping experience by making clothes in 3D that allow you to wear fashion like art.

Guests :

  • The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Member of Parliament and Minister of Economic Development and of Official Languages
  • David Dutton Godard, Community Impact Director, Videotron
  • Nathon Kong, designer and President, Nathon Kong
  • Martin Lecomte, landscape architect, Vice-President of Retail and Network Performance, Groupe BMR


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Episode 4 : Aging Populations

How can we ensure that seniors have freedom, independence, security and socialization, all in an environment where community, health, commercial and cultural services are right nearby? We dream of giving seniors the opportunity to remain independent as long as possible and improve their quality of life. In this fourth episode, we tackle a major current issue: the aging of the population. Damien Silès will discuss new trends in research with his guests and will introduce you to a mobile application for talking to your pharmacist. We will also hear about the establishment of an innovation centre on aging populations and a groundbreaking inclusive real estate project.


  • Luc Maurice, President and Founder, Groupe Maurice
  • Sylvain Cofsky, CEO, Innovitech
  • Michaël Cardinal, Clinical Director, Therappx
  • Yann Omer-Kassin, Development Officer, Bâtir son Quartier


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Episode 5 : Culture

Montréal, designated as a UNESCO City of Design, is internationally recognized for its strong identity, its bilingualism and its cosmopolitanism. During the pandemic, we have seen to what extent Montréal’s culture and creativity are unequivocally economic drivers, engines of innovation and sources of influence. In this episode, we will discuss culture. We will talk about Montréal as a city of design, we will take a tour of an institution in the Quartier de l’Innovation, Arsenal Contemporary Art, and we will learn more about the accelerator of creativity and culture that supports and guides cultural and creative businesses. How can we rethink the way culture is shared and made accessible? We will see how culture and the arts have had to adapt during the pandemic.

Guests :

  • Nathalie Maillé, Executive Director, Conseil des arts de Montréal
  • Véronique Doucet, Director of the Ville de Montréal’s economic development department
  • David Santelli, Chairman of the Board, La Piscine
  • Corinne Danzé-Pagé, Mediator, Arsenal Contemporary Art


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Episode 6 : Heritage and Real Estate Development

In this last episode of the second season, we address heritage and real estate development. How can places, history and context inspire us? How can public input and history influence the development of relevant and heritage-friendly creative projects in the city? We discuss the conversion of a former Québec-Lévis ferry into a floating spa, we introduce you to the oldest house in the Quartier de l’Innovation and its enhancement from a heritage point of view, and we finish the season with the future MR-63 project, which will highlight the local creative culture.

Guests :

  • Frédéric Morin-Bordeleau, Executive Director, MR-63
  • Jean Pelland, Architect and Senior Partner, Sid Lee Architecture
  • Hugo Girard Beauchamp, Founding President, Maître Carré
  • Claude Cormier, Landscape Architect and Designer, Claude Cormier + Associés


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