Learning Expedition Montreal

Learning Expedition Montreal
5 September 2017 PAMART Laure

Business opportunities in Montreal
Mobility, Smart City and Artificial Intelligence.

October 18-19-20 201


We are glad to invite you to the “Learning expedition – Mobility, Smart City and Artificial Intelligence” that will make you discover how Montreal is THE place for innovation. During this event, you will meet some renown customers and investors.

Montreal is a metropolitan region encompassing a population of 4 million located in Québec— Canada’s largest province.

  • A 90-minute flight from Boston and New York City
  • Less than a one-hour drive to the U.S. border
  • An intermodal transportation hub: air, sea, land and rail
  • Efficient flow of goods across borders

And the excellence of Canada :

  • Ranked as the fourth most attractive country for foreign investment by the Global Opportunity Index- Attracting Foreign Investment published by the Milken Institute in 2013 and by the Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index 2013
  • Canada is considered “the #1 place to do business in the G7” for the 2013-2017 forecast period, according to The Economist Intelligence Unit (February 2013) and Invest In Canada (2013)
  • Canada’s banking system is considered to be the soundest in the world, according to the World Economic Forum (2013), for the sixth consecutive year

Program (to be confirmed)


October 18th, 2017
Starting 7:30pm – Opening dinner

October 19th, 2017 – The main canadian players

9:00 – 9:30 – Introduction
What are the majors strengths of the Montreal area ?

Cyrille Marcant – Project Director, Electric vehicle – Montréal International.

Montréal International acts as an economic driver for Greater Montréal to attract foreign wealth while accelerating the success of its partners and clients.

10:00 – 12:00 – Table Ronde – Key players.
How big canadian businesses invest to innovate and build the future ?

Speakers :

  • Bombardier

A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from commercial aircraft  and business jets to rail transportation equipment, systems and services, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2009, were $19.7 billion US, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). Bombardier is listed as an index component to the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America indexes

  • STM

A public corporation, the STM serves the mobility needs of residents and visitors by offering an efficient public transit system (bus and metro). It thus strengthens the reputation of metropolitan Montréal as an urban centre with a high quality of life and a prosperous economic hub that is respectful of the environment.

  • Keolis

A Canadian leader in ground transportation for passengers and packages

With its network of urban and intercity coaches, school buses and paratransit vehicles, Keolis Canada uses its expertise to serve communities by providing them with superior-quality, reliable, safe and sustainable transportation services.

  • Ubisoft

Ubisoft is a leading creator, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and services, with a rich portfolio of world-renowned brands. The teams throughout Ubisoft’s worldwide network of studios and business offices are committed to delivering original and memorable gaming experiences across all popular platforms.

  • Desjardins

Desjardins Lab provides rapid prototyping and IT exploration services. It also makes a significant contribution to developing a culture of innovation by gathering like-minded individuals who wish to contribute to innovation, thereby creating added value for Desjardins members, clients and communities.

12:00 – 14:00 : Lunch (Enfants Terribles – Place Ville Marie)

14:00 – 16:00

Option B : B2B Meetings

For businesses that want to build deeper relationships, we offer them to meet the key players during this afternoon.

Based on their profiles, we will organise B2B Meeting to make them able to meet the right contact and to find partners, customers and investors.

17:00-19:00 – Networking cocktail with Canadian start-ups in Mobility, Smart City and Artificial Intelligence.

Friday 20 October 20th, 2017 – Financing and Discovery of innovative structure

9:00 – 9:30 – Introduction – Montreal Ecosystem : essential financial lever for businesses

In November 2016, the report “Portrait de l’écosystème start-up montréalais” reveals that during the last 5 years, 360 millions$ has been  invested in start-up company, which allowed to increase development of this kind of organisation. 61% of this money comes from Montreal investors.

Discover the true benefit of this financing system and how entrepreneurs are supported and challenged.

Alexandre Taillefer – Managing partner, XPND Capital (Téo Taxi)

Alexandre Taillefer is a serial entrepreneur who has spearheaded and championed several projects over the years, all of which have been integral to Montreal’s and Quebec’s cultural landscape. Alexandre Taillefer is currently the managing director of XPND Capital, an independent investment fund involved in the technology, entertainment, media and transportation industries.

10:00 – 12:00 – Table Ronde – Funding

The outlook for this industry is excellent worldwide and especially in North America, where major projects continue to be launched.

Since Québec’s transportation industry boasts major innovative players in a number of key sectors, collaborative efforts are easier to initiate, encouraging the development of cutting-edge solutions.

Private and public investors have been able to support developments in sustainable and eco-responsible transport and mobility.

Discover how can take advantage of all existing sources of funding ?

Speakers :

Xavier Kato – Director of Investments – Investissement Québec

Investissement Québec is a driving force in the economy as they support the growth of companies which, in their turn, create thousands of jobs in Quebec. Its objective is to participate to the economic development of Québec, by supporting companies in their projects of : expansion, development R&D and funding.

Stéphane Goyette – Director of smart and digital city office – City of Montréal

The mission of the smart and digital city office is to define and implement the 2014-2017 Montréal strategy. Our team’s objective is to make Montréal an internationally recognized leader among smart and digital cities.

Michel Brouillette – Director, Capital Intelligent Mtl

Capital Intelligent Mtl helps arrange vital financial backing for innovative companies offering solutions for present and future urban challenges. Funding is available both for start-up and established businesses wishing to grow their operations.

André St-Pierre – Director – InnovÉÉ – Innovation / Energy / Electricity

The mission of InnovÉÉ is to support the development and financing of collaborative R&D on electricity technology, with emphasis on projects that combine the expertise and resources of multiple academic  and industrial partners to solve industry problems.

Nadine Bernard – President and CEO – Grappe industrielle des véhicules électriques et intelligents

Concentration of various-sized organizations with common interests, complementarity and/or interdependency that  voluntarily develop cooperative relationships in electrification of transportation and in development of  smart city

12:00 – 14:00 : Lunch

14:00    16:00    Discover  the  Ericsson Garage :  Technology  Incubator  – Ville Saint Laurent.

Ericsson Garage is a leader in technology and business incubator projects, taking new ideas from lightbulb moment to commercial viability, creating ground-breaking solutions to real world problems.

17:00 – 18 :00 – Closing conference

The key to the Teo Taxi’s success

Marc Petit, CEO – Taxelco

Teo Taxi is 100% electric and work to make the world a greener, cleaner place. Taxi use the latest state-of-the-art technology to get you from point A to B in our wonderful city of Montreal.

Closing Evening – Heather Adelson



The price is 1200 euros (VAT not applicable).

A reduced rate of 1050 euros (VAT not applicable) is granted to the contributing members of the IE-Club (up to date of their contribution on the planned date of the trip). The price includes accommodation, catering and sightseeing (airline tickets at your expense).



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