A delegation composed of representatives of the Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO), start-up specialist Cilex, the City of Gatineau and the investment and development agency ID Gatineau visited the Estrie region on April 26, 2022, to learn more about the first two innovation zones set up by the government of Quebec in Sherbrooke and Bromont.
During this exploratory mission organized by Cilex in collaboration with Grenier Stratégies, the delegation visited the Quantum Sherbrooke Innovation Zone and the Technum Québec Innovation Zone in Bromont.
Created officially in February, the two Estrie innovation zones are composed of private and public sector actors who work together to increase synergy between the research, innovation, industry and training sectors. Their goal is to accelerate market entry of products and services, and create high added-value businesses.
The Université du Québec en Outaouais was represented by Murielle Laberge, Chancellor; Adel El-Zaïm, Vice-Chancellor of Research, Creation, Partnerships and Internationalization; and Alain Godmaire, Vice-Chancellor of Administration and Resources. The delegation also included Martin A. Roy, General Director of Cilex; Isabelle Veilleux, Director of the Secrétariat au développement économique of the City of Gatineau; and Renald Piché, Strategic Adviser in Investment Attraction at ID Gatineau.
Ms. Laberge remarked that UQO – a key player of the future innovation zone of Gatineau, known as Connexité – is working in collaboration with its partners and government organizations to complete the project in accordance with the requirements for the establishment of the Outaouais innovation zone.
“The cybersecurity innovation zone project, presented to the Ministry of Economy and Innovation, already features multiple elements that fit the requirements of the program. Since then, UQO has created a bachelor’s degree in digital innovation with the accumulation of multiple certificate programs in governance and cybersecurity, as well computer networking, which will enable graduates to better manage organizational and human issues in cybersecurity.”
It is worth noting that UQO has been an active participant of the cybersecurity field for over 30 years, thanks to its research laboratory in IT security. The university is also a partner of the National Cybersecurity Consortium, which obtained $80 million last February from the federal government.
In addition to the Outaouais delegation, the Estrie innovation zones were also visited by economic development and innovation representatives from Trois-Rivières, Val-d’Or, Baie-Comeau and Sept-Îles.
It was in 2018 that the Legault government announced the creation of innovation zones, with the goal of fostering new collaborations between actors of various sectors and facilitate dialogue between them, to create the ideal conditions for innovation and international visibility for the province of Quebec.
English translation: Cilex
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