Innovation and creativity are part of Quebecers’ DNA, but it’s their ingenuity and sense of daring that allow them to capitalize on those strengths. The result? Projects that have people everywhere talking!
That tradition of creativity, daring and ingenuity is reflected directly in Québec’s labour market:
ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile inaugurated the world’s most powerful laser guide star system in April 2016. The set of four laser guide stars lights up the sky with four 22-watt laser beams with the aim of creating artificial guide stars that resemble real stars. And it was a Québec company, MPB Technologies , that provided the fibre laser pumps and Raman amplifiers that are a key component of the new laser system for ESO’s very large telescope.
Many well-known medications were discovered in Québec labs! For instance, the combination therapy that enables so many people with HIV to enjoy long, fulfilling lives was developed here. Singulair, a drug that prevents and controls asthma and helps relieve seasonal allergy symptoms like rhinitis and hay fever was also developed in Québec. Those are just two examples of Québec’s exceptional capacity for innovation!
Pratt & Whitney Canada’s Mirabel Aerospace Centre is now one of the largest facilities of its kind in North America! The centre is the global hub for Pratt and Whitney’s integrated flight test operations and houses state-of-the-art equipment, including two Boeing 747SP aircraft.
Université de Sherbrooke, Teledyne DALSA and IBM decided to consolidate their applied research activities in the MiQro Innovation Collaborative Centre (C2MI ). Its mission is to become the leader in packaging the next generations of microchips. C2MI has become an essential link in commercializing microelectronic products in Québec and is a major player in North America’s northeastern microelectronics corridor.
Québec is the birthplace of JACO, a revolutionary tool developed by Montréal company Kinova , which designs and manufactures innovative personal robotics solutions. Light and portable, JACO can be used in multiple applications and has proven especially valuable in giving disabled persons more autonomy.
In October 2011, Cégep de Matane inaugurated its Digital Imagery Research and Development Centre (CDRIN - French website), an unprecedented collaboration between the college, Ubisoft, Cirque du Soleil and some 10 other important industry partners. Located in Québec’s Bas-Saint-Laurent region, CDRIN focuses on research and technology transfer in the field of motion capture and digital imagery.
In cooperation with Ubisoft and Amblyotech, McGill University researchers have developed a video game to help people with lazy eye. This visual impairment is caused by weakness in one eye, limiting the individual’s ability to see in three dimensions. So far, the treatments available have not always been effective. Now this new video game can help correct this problem once and for all in just a few weeks!
A new method for detecting brain cancer could help patients live longer. Developed by researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (“the Neuro”), McGill University, the McGill University Health Centre and Polytechnique Montréal, the method uses a powerful pre-operative probe to detect cancer cells so they can be destroyed.
Launched in 1999, Québec-based Triotech definitely has the wind in its sails, thanks to its innovative ideas. One of its most recent proposals involves equipping roller coasters with simulators connected to big screens located along the track. Every step of the company’s manufacturing process is carried out in Québec. Triotech currently has about a hundred employees and facilities in 40 countries, including Turkey, China, Denmark and the U.S.
Here are just a few of the innovative companies operating in Québec:
Many players in the business world (large corporations, SMBs, research centres) are joining forces to launch projects that spur development and open new vistas for key economic sectors. These partnerships come under the stewardship of the Québec Research and Innovation Strategy (QRIS) initiated in 2010.
Here are five of those projects, representing investments of over $400 million:
A number of Québec companies have decided to form precompetitive research consortiums, thanks in part to government encouragement in the form of generous tax credits! By joining forces, these new partners can share the costs and risks involved in R&D projects.
Businesses and public sector institutions—universities, technical schools, technology transfer centres and public research centres—have come together to form industrial research clusters. These coalitions serve as targeted collaborative research platforms focusing on the needs of specific industries.
Significant tax advantages for innovation
Generous tax credits to promote public-private partnerships are available in Québec, making research profitable for everyone!