The federal government has committed to investing almost a billion dollars over five years in five supercluster initiatives in order to encourage collaboration among businesses, universities and research organizations in sectors with high growth potential. A supercluster ─ SCALE AI ─ has recently been established in Montreal in order to maximize the adoption of artificial intelligence technology and boost Canada’s industrial performance.
How can the effectiveness of these superclusters be optimized? How might they contribute to the strengthening of innovation ecosystems? And how will Montreal, and the province of Quebec, benefit from this initiative?
Catherine Beaudry (Polytechnique Montréal), Pascal Beauchesne (Arche Innovation), and moderator Ariane Krol (La Presse) explored these questions and more at our 5 à 7 at Pub L’Île Noire in Montreal.
Catherine Beaudry is a professor at Polytechnique Montréal and holds a Canada Research Chair in the creation, development, and commercialization of innovation. An expert in science, technology, and innovation economics, she directs the Partnership for the Organization of Innovation and New Technologies (4POINT0). A Rhodes scholar, she has a doctorate and a master’s degree in economics from Oxford University.
Pascal Beauchesne is a partner and head of R&D of Arche Innovation. Over the past 20 years he has held strategic positions in technology, cultural and social innovation companies and supported them in the process of change and innovation through intersectoral and interdisciplinary collaboration. Among other things, he advocates for the sound use of technology in society, social equality and public health.
Ariane Krol is an editorial writer for La Presse. She has written on many economic and social topics such as innovation, consumerism, agrifood, work, and health. A journalist for over 20 years, she has also been a columnist and television reporter for Radio-Canada and LCN, and she has published articles in magazines such as L’Actualité and Châtelaine.