Quebecers are known worldwide for the creativity and inventiveness that fuel their entrepreneurial spirit. That creativity knows no borders; it permeates every industry and everything Quebecers do. It inspires their top talent and is a big part of the reason why so major international companies here prosper.
A unique synergy between the arts, design, high tech and science has materialized in Québec. What’s more, businesses have forged solid partnerships with the province’s colleges and universities, fostering an outpouring of creative energy in the workplace and at school.
Céline Dion, Robert Lepage, Jean-Marc Vallée, Denis Villeneuve, Cirque du Soleil, Moment Factory and Arcade Fire, to name but a few, are internationally recognized Québec artists whose creations have travelled the globe. Montréal is known as a city for fashion and is one of UNESCO’s Cities of Design, whose ranks include Berlin, Shanghai and Buenos Aires. Québec is also where many well-known scientists, including Dr. Judes Poirier and Dr. Karim Zaghid, are conducting groundbreaking research in their fields.
As the birthplace of such 3D animation pioneers as Softimage and Discreet Logic, Québec is home to world-famous game publishers and highly innovative production studios. Eidos , Ubisoft and Warner are a few of the inventive companies operating here.
It’s not enough for Québec to be a dominant player in the global aerospace industry: we’re reaching for the sky! Targeting a leadership position in a context of sustainable development, Québec has launched a far-reaching project to design the green aircraft of tomorrow. A number of major companies have combined forces to achieve that goal, including Bombardier , Bell Helicopter Textron Canada , Pratt & Whitney Canada , Héroux-Devtek , Esterline CMC Electronics and Thales Canada .
An innovative spirit is a great asset in science! AngioChem , GSK Biologicals , Merck , Pfizer , Norda Stelo and many other leaders in pharmaceuticals and contractual research have invested in Québec. Industrial partnerships, clinical testing, local investment funds and the scientific expertise of its research facilities are some of the advantages attracting international pharmaceutical companies to Québec.
Montréal ranks 8th in the world in the 2015 Best Student Cities index prepared by the British firm QS. After edging up two notches since the 2014 ranking, Montréal has outperformed both Toronto and Vancouver as the top Canadian city and placed second in North America, after Boston.
What makes a city appealing for students? Along with reputed universities, it has to boast quality of life, employment prospects, a vibrant student community and affordability. QS looked at these key factors and a series of indicators to assess 50 cities in 29 countries for its 2015 index.
By investing heavily in education at the elementary, secondary and postsecondary levels, Québec has developed an outstanding education system and achieved one of the highest enrollment and graduation rates in OECD countries.
Québec’s network of universities and research centres is spread strategically across the province and includes seven prestigious universities dispensing programs in French or English. The university network does more than just produce an excellent workforce, however: it also plays an active role in fostering university-industry cooperation.