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Great success for the first event Focus sur la transition technologique series of the CEI MTL

17 February 2021

On February 11, the Centre d'expertise industrielle de Montréal (CEI MTL) organized its first of a series of events on technological transition as part of the tour Le Point sur le Québec Manufacturier Deloitte - L’ère des transitions. It was a successful event! 


Hosted by Leesa Hodgson, GeneraManager at Développement économique Saint-Laurent, along with prestigious speakers such as, the event highlighted the importance of investing in digital technologies in order to remain competitive in the era of the 4th industrial revolution. 


Quebec's Chief Innovation Officer as our guest of honour 

The event got off to a strong start with the opening remarks from Luc Sirois, Quebec's Chief Innovation Officer and General Manager at the Conseil de l’innovation du Québec, who presented from the outset the mission of the Conseil de l’innovation du Québec and the remarkable people who are part of it. 


Although several Quebec SMEs are reluctant to take the digital turn, Luc Sirois reaffirmed its importance and added that businesses that have already embarked on the 4.0 shift are better equipped to face the pandemic. Indeed, they manage to keep up the pace and have even managed to increase their turnover. 


Through examples of Manufacturers who have adapted to the current context, such as POKA, Robert Transport, Sonomax and Leclerc, he indicates that transformation does not only affect production. In his opinion, it is also important to ask how technologies can bring added value to marketed products, but also how to equip the workforce with 4.0. 


He ends by mentioning the panoply of organizations and suppliers such as the CEI MTL that support businesses in the process of technological transition. Technological investments are essential, and large ecosystem is available to facilitate the transformation of Quebec manufacturing businesses. 


The digital transition: one step at a time 

After a technological transition’s background from Deloitte and a presentation of the digital shift’s methodology implemented by the Centre d’expertise industrielle de Montréall (CEI MTL), the Computer Research Institute of Montréal (CRIM) and the Institut National d'Optique (INO) hosted a panel on digital transition. 


Françoys Labonté from CRIM and Alain Chandonnet from INO emphasized the importance of adopting a continuously structured and methodical approach when it comes to innovation. Moreover, CRIM and INO are valuable allies for a digital transformation project since these two organizations have a critical mass of technological experts, available on demand, to develop tailor-made products and innovative solutions at high added value. 


To watch the February 11 webinar again, click here. 


Do not miss the second event: February 25th , 2021 

Join us on February 25th for the last part of the Focus sur la transition technologique series. We will have two panels bringing together prominent guests: 

  • Lyne Dubois, VP of Investissement Québec-CRIQ, and Alex Brisson, President and CEO of Norda Stelo, on the panel on Advanced Automation. 
  • Maxime Clerk, VP of partnerships and special programs at Prompt, Yann Van De Voorde Senior Account Manager of Desjardins and Alain Denis, Senior VP of investments - Venture capital of the Fonds de solidarité FTQ, who will present the available financing. 

Reserve your place now by clicking here. 

For more questions, please contact our Communications and Events Project Manager, Noémie Tremblay. 



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