Industrial expertise Center of montreal project 

In keeping with its 2019-2021 strategic plan, DESTL is working on setting up the Industrial Expertise Center of Montréal (IEC MTL), the first phase in the development of the future Complexe d’innovation industrielle (CII), in Saint-Laurent.




PHASE 1 - Industrial Expertise Center of Montreal (IEC MTL)


The Industrial Expertise Center of Montreal (IEC MTL) will enable businesses to acquire the knowledge they need to adopt Industry 4.0 digital technologies.



  • Integrates the first cyber-physical (CP) factory in Québec, the result of an agreement between DESTL and the Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec (CRIQ).
  • Showcases how the new technologies can be integrated into a factory.
  • Involves educational institutions and manufacturers.
  • Helps match labour with industry needs and gives entrepreneurs access to research infrastructures, laboratories, events and networking activities.


4.0 Industrial Expertise Centers Network in Quebec

On September 26, 2019, the experts from the Quebec IECs in the process of creation met at Festo Didactique to test some of the equipment allocated to the technology showcases. They were able to experiment with two CP Labs and their control tablets - advanced automated modules dedicated to the transfer of knowledge - programmed and supplied by Siemens.



From left to right: Jérôme Gervais Lavoie, engineer for the CNIMI - UQTR - Drummondville Campus ; Robin Dandurand and Laurence Vallée, Economic commissioners - Innovation at DESTL and Project Managers for the CIE et CII in Montreal ; Francis Bourbonnais, digital expert  at DEL, CIE Longueuil ; Denis Beauchemin, business devlopment - digital and 4.0 industry Director at Québec International, manager of the CIE in Québec ; Geneviève Lefebvre, Manager, Innovative Manufactring initiatives at CRIQ.


PHASE 2 - Industrial Innovation Complex (IIC)

With the importance of leveraging innovation to ensure the preservation and prosperity of the industrial sector, DESTL is enhancing its support role with the creation of the future Industrial Innovation Complex (IIC). This complex will serve as a manufacturing innovation hub where industrial sector stakeholders can obtain help with their digital transformation.


The development of the CIE and its eventual integration into the IIC  will be an excellent opportunity for businesses to define, test and build the manufacturing of tomorrow and thus contribute to the city’s progress and prosperity.

The IIC will offer a host of one-stop value-added services, in five distinct areas:


  • Technology showcase
  • Innovation garage
  • Modular industrial space
  • Training space
  • Collaborative spaces for technology firms


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2019: To help Québec businesses transition to Industry 4.0, the Québec government, in its 2019-2020 budget plan, has earmarked $5 Million over five years to support the Réseau des centres d'expertise industrielle (RCEI). Read the MEI press release.


2017: The Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec (CRIQ), in partnership with Industry 4.0 giant Festo, announces the establishment of Québec’s first cyber-physical laboratory in Saint-Laurent. Read the CRIQ press release


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