Information and communication technologies
Where innovation and creativity come together
With its qualified workforce and renowned centres of excellence in R&D, Québec is in a class of its own.
- Québec, which boasts over 196,000 specialized workers in ICT, is investing in the future and its seven world-renowned, accessible universities.
- Innovation is vital to the industry’s continued prosperity and development. That’s why Québec devotes significant resources to establishing dynamic R&D centres and networks of excellence.
- Businesses also invest in research, creating partnerships with universities to innovate and stay competitive.
Lots of big names call Québec home
Many of the high-tech industry’s global leaders have chosen to open facilities in Québec. Autodesk, Dassault Systèmes, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Google, IBM, and Teledyne DALSA, to mention just a few, provide state-of-the-art services and products in such areas as software development , microelectronics , multimedia , optics-photonics , consulting services and telecommunications .
A big future for EXFO
Since EXFO was founded in Québec City in the 1980s, it has become a world-class player in the industry employing more than 1,600 people in 25 countries and serving over 2,000 customers in a hundred countries—a success it owes to its talent for innovation! EXFO is now the world’s leading manufacturer of optical test solutions, the second-ranked manufacturer of wireless network analyzers and simulators and the second-biggest supplier of portable testing solutions.
A 3D scanner from the future
Creaform 's HandySCAN 3D portable scanner is the first self-positioning 3D scanner. The cutting-edge device has a wide range of applications in the aerospace, automotive, energy and consumer product industries. Easy to use and known for its high precision, the HandySCAN 3D seems to come to us straight from the future! Creaform won the Red Dot Award: Product Design in 2015 with its 3D scanner.
Frank & Oak, among the most innovative companies
Frank & Oak was named among the top 10 most innovative retail companies by Fast Company in 2015. The Montréal-based company shared the honour with such international stars as Pinterest and Alibaba. Founded in 2012, Frank & Oak features modern men’s apparel and accessories every month on its website and offers its members personalized advice on style and fashion. Unique and original, Frank & Oak has definitely made a name for itself with male shoppers!
Québec start-ups booming
With so many incubators offering training and technical support, Québec is fertile ground for the emergence of smart, promising businesses that use new technologies to find innovative solutions to all sorts of challenges. Examples include Frank & Oak, BusBud, Provender, Flightfox, Hexoskin, Transit App and Lightspeed, to name just a few. In addition to taking root in a stimulating environment, these start-ups are able to find funding with the help of Québec’s venture capital funds.
Putting the spotlight on research
With its generous tax measures that can cut R&D costs by almost 40%, Québec has successfully encouraged many world-renowned companies to establish research centres in the province. Examples include Autodesk , Ericsson , IBM Bromont , and Morgan Stanley . What’s more, foreign researchers and specialists can benefit from a five-year provincial income tax exemption for R&D.
The RFID bracelet by Intellitix
Thanks to the RFID-enabled wristband, created by Intellitix , crowds have become much easier to manage. The wristband allows participants to enter event grounds by waving their hand in front of a sensor. Intellitix, founded by Serge Grimaux and his team of engineers and IT specialists, won numerous major contracts for events like the Coachella festival in California. Today, the RFID bracelet is used at nearly 70 events in 15 countries.