Montreal Summit on Innovation (MSI)

Montreal Summit on Innovation (MSI)

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. 

7:15 - 8:15 A.M. - Les Affaires BREAKFAST SEMINAR - Best Practices

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 Magda Fusaro, Rector at UQÀM
  • François William Croteau, Member of the Executive committee and mayor of Rosemont Petite-Patrie borough.

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
  • Research and Living Lab, prof. Jacques de Guise, ÉTS
  • Executive Director - Production Services Studios, Yves Jacquier, Ubisoft
8:45 - 10:45 A.M. - COLLABORATIVE EXPERIENCE - Knowledges, with or without S ?

Public engagement in research for a new way of building knowledge

Expert: prof. Éric Montpetit, Professor, Department of Political Science, Université de Montréal, and Vice-Dean - Faculty Affairs, Faculty of Arts and Sciences

In partnership with Fonds de recherche du Québec

The knowledge produced in the scientific community follows a relatively clear validation process, which involves publishing in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. What about knowledge produced otherwise? Think of the unique knowledge of a homeless person who has lived more than 10 years in the street, the specific knowledge of Aboriginal communities and passed on orally from generation to generation, or the know-how of a teacher who has accompanied generations of children on school ...

How do we recognize them, how do we validate them?

When researchers, practitioners, experts, citizens meet around a desire to generate new knowledge together, they interact with each other, answer each other and sometimes confront each other. Using key concepts presented by an expert, participants will determine the best conditions for these different actors to work together.

11:00 - 12:30 - COLLABORATIVE EXPERIENCE - New Models of financing

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

Expert: Jesse Vincent-Herscovici, Vice President, Business Development, Mitacs

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.

1:30 - 2:20 P.M. - C2 KEYNOTE SPEAKER PRESENTED BY MSI - Pure Research and Innovation

How to encourage basic research to ensure long-term innovation?

Moderator: Jui Ramaprasad, Associate Professor, Information Systems, Faculty of Management Desautels, McGill University

  • David Keith, Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics, Harvard University
  • Dr. Pauline Gagnon, Senior Scientist and Retired Researcher, Indiana University
  • Isabelle Dépatie, Director of the Applied Research Laboratory, Element AI
  • Sarah Jenna, CEO, MIMs
14:20 - 14:45 P.M. - C2 KEYNOTE SPEAKER PRESENTED BY MSI - Sabrina Geremia

Promoting pure research to ensure long-term innovation

Sabrina Geremia, National Director, Google Canada


Braindates are targeted meetings based on knowledge sharing.

Ten conversations in groups of five on the topic of “research of tomorrow.”

15:30 - 17:00 - CLOSING PANEL AND FESTIVE COCKTAILS - Intellectual Property and Globalization

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

Hosted by Isabelle Foisy, President and CEO of Québecinnove.

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?

  • Mme Anne-Marie Larose (PhD/MBA), Executive Director, Aligo Innovation
  • M Richard Chénier, Executive Director, Centech
  • Dr. Eng. Olivier Vande Vyver, Director of operations, LIEU Belgique (Liaison Entreprises-Universités)
  • Tuba Yamaç, partner and patent agent, BCF Business lawfirm

With the presence of Mme Véronique Doucet, director of the Economic Development Department of the City of Montreal, and 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 panelists 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.

Offering participants a full day of interactive experiences and meetings with the big names of innovation in Montreal, the SMI makes it possible to sprout new ideas, to raise debates between the participants, to find possible solutions to specific issues and to draw inspiration from international best practices.

Power innovation, one theme at a time:

2012: The Aerospace Industry

2013: Innovative neighborhoods

2014: Smart and sustainable networks

2015: Health and Creative Industries

2016: Adaptation to climate change

2017: The 4th industrial revolution in the manufacturing sector

2018: Entrepreneurship + social impact


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